Today’s Voting Machines Story

I wonder how conservative bloggers would be talking about the unverifiable electronic voting machines probem if they knew that one of the companies was run by Venezuelans!

The chief officers of Sequoia-Smartmatic are two 32-year old Venezuelans from Caracas, Antonio Mugica and Alfredo Anzola. Anzola also works as a Venezuela-based lawyer brokering international oil deals with the Cleveland law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey.
… There is, however, nothing verifiable about the Sequoia voting system used in Cook County. The voter has no way of knowing if his vote has been counted or how it was counted.
The absolute lack of transparency in U.S. voting systems yields unverifiable election results, which can only be accepted on faith. In Chicago voters are asked to trust the results produced by malfunctioning machines operated by a privately owned foreign company.
… Dimas Ulacio, one of the Venezuelan technicians who worked in the tally area spoke with American Free Press. “Who really owns Sequoia?” Ulacio was asked. “Is Sequoia-Smartmatic truly a Venezuelan company or is it a British-owned company masquerading as a Venezuelan company?”

2 thoughts on “Today’s Voting Machines Story

  1. Short answer?
    Not enough familiarity with the subject matter to comment. I’ve never claimed to know the first thing about voting machines, electronic or mechanical, though it troubles me that there is no way to know if a vote was tallied correctly.
    Considering all the problems we’ve had with voting machines of both type, I’d be quite willing to go back to a simple paper ballot with check boxes next to the candidate’s names. Differences in pressure, the size of the mark and other subtle differences made by real live humans make paper ballots quite hard to screw up, or fake, when compared to other systems.
    Sorry, I don’t have anything to argue about with you on this one.

  2. I’d be quite willing to go back to a simple paper ballot with check boxes next to the candidate’s names.
    It’s very pleasant to agree with you about something.

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