First I have to say that I am as excited as anybody to see that Obama and Edwards are doing well. I do realize though that I want to see them continue to do well and I will keep abreast of events I cannot influence events in New Hampshire so I will refocus on the big picture. Edwards and Obama are big boys and good men. They know what they have to do. They will take care of business until their fate is in all or our hands if we are lucky.
I was struck with two issues that will influence our future and the future of the world that we must stay with. Yesterday I talked again about the electronic voting machines and how they were not getting enough attention and time was running out to replace them. Today good news on that front.
This is important! How does your State vote?
* With the presidential race in full swing, Colorado and other states have found critical flaws in the accuracy and security of their electronic voting machines, forcing officials to scramble to return to the paper ballots they abandoned after the Florida debacle of 2000. In December alone, top election officials in Ohio and Colorado declared that widely used voting equipment is unfit for elections. "Every system that is out there, one state or another has found that they are no good," said John Gideon of the advocacy group Voters Unite. "Everybody is starting to look at this now and starting to realize that there is something wrong."
* The swing states of California, Ohio and Florida have found that security on touch-screen voting machines is inadequate. Testers have been able to disable the systems and even change vote totals. The Help America Vote Act of 2002 effectively required that states have electronic equipment in place by 2010. There are no documented cases of actual election tampering involving electronic voting machines. But in tests, researchers in Colorado found that electronic voting systems could be corrupted with magnets or with Treos and other similar handheld devices. In Colorado, two kinds of Sequoia Voting Systems electronic voting machines used in Denver and three other counties were decertified because of security weaknesses, including a lack of password protection. Equipment made by Election Systems and Software had programming errors. And optical scanning machines, made by Hart InterCivic, had an error rate of one out of every 100 votes during tests by the state.
Now some states are turning back to paper -- in some cases, just weeks before primary elections. All fear time is running out. It can take two years to put a voting system in place, and overhauling a system just weeks before some states hold presidential primaries will invite a new round of problems. sramble for paper ballots
Some of us have been highlighting this and trying to keep the issue alive in order to prevent a rerun of stolen elections. It blows me away that this was allowed like everything else to turn into a crisis situation as id is right now where there is a scramble to dump the machines and return to paper ballots that themselves will be untested. We have once again ensured ourselves a major problem this election is we are lucky enough to even have them.
* As I watch Bush criticize the countries of the world ever time they do something that is only reserved for him and endangers is desire for a new world order I realize we have to stay focused on that.He criticized Putin for improper elections while it was okay for him. I watch Pakistan brought to the precipice by his friend Musharraf who now says like the chief idiot that we might have made mistakes but it won't happen any more. As with Bush they are not mistakes and it will happen again until they get their way. You watch Bush call for unity Governments all over the world even though the people do not want them and they will fail. except for Hamas and Palestine because they are against Bush and Israel so it is not in his favor. Bush practices the politics of division to be used in gaining what he wants. You see it all over the world today. That is what we have to focus on The future of our America not Bush's. The future of our desire for world order not Bush's. Bush is the danger to our future whoever is the next President.