If the trend of increasing influence on elections from the blog community is to continue, and all signs point that they will continue to exert pressure on the mainstream media to cover abuses of our electoral system. Voter turnout is up, an optimistic sign, but voting now seems like the illusion of choice. It is becoming clear the course of politics is increasingly more clever machinations, with both parties guilty of deceit, failed promises, and negligence.
I strongly encourage you all to read the reporting of Brad Friedman:
“Election Officials Confirm that Employees from LHS Associates, Diebold’s Sole Programmer, Vendor, and Service Provider in NH, Were Allowed to Access Vulnerable Optical-Scan Systems Throughout Election Day”
“… LHS employees may have had regular access to memory cards and voting machines, and even replaced them during the course of the day as failures occurred. Officials I spoke with in New Hampshire were unclear whether LHS was working under any strict written security protocols other than those procedures that clerks and other officials are told to follow concerning set-up and use of the machines on Election Day. ”
More troubling than the potential for abuse is the lack of major network news coverage. It is frightening to think of what a blogger could uncover in a few hours of phone calls and meetings that network and newspaper journalists haven’t picked up. Why is there no outrage that voting patterns on the electronic machines seem erratic when compared to hand counted ballots?
Turnout is up, and considering the inevitable disenfranchisement, maybe more people will care enough to force our legislators to act and fix an obviously flawed system. Let’s hope.
Reason #34635 to vote for Ron Paul.