[LINK] Who won the USA 2004 election?

Rick Welykochy rick at praxis.com.au
Thu Jan 18 16:48:29 AEDT 2007

brd at iimetro.com.au wrote:

> <brd>
> For those interested in elections and the murky issue of electronic voting.
> ..
> This also touches on my on-going Link whinge:
>      IT systems should always be suspect -- brd.
> </brd>
> Who won?
> http://books.slashdot.org/books/07/01/17/158227.shtml
> Posted by samzenpus on Wednesday January 17, @03:15PM
> from the start-the-political-machines dept.
> doom writes

> If you're looking for an answer to the question posed by the book's title, 
> the
> authors conclude: "So how did America really vote? Every independent measur
> e
> points to a Kerry victory of about 5 percentage points in the popular vote
> nationwide, a swing of 8 to 10 million votes from the official count."
> Of the many and various potentially depressing books out there about the st
> ate
> of the United States, I recommend this one highly: it addresses a critical 
> set
> of issues that everything else depends on.

It is sobering to think that if e-voting machines were not used in the
2004 elections, more than 100,000 Iraqis and over 2000 (or is it 3000?)
Americans would be alive today.

One point not raised in the review that may be in the book is that in certain
polling districts, submitted e-ballots numbered two to three times the TOTAL
NUMBER OF REGISTERED VOTERS. Republican ballots ;)

Without the political will and an astute electorate, democracy in the
USA will continue to slide into white supremacist capito-fascism.


Rick Welykochy || Praxis Services

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being
governed by those who are dumber.
     -- Plato

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