Kurt McKee

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Hey there! This article was written in 2004.

It might not have aged well for any number of reasons, so keep that in mind when reading (or clicking outgoing links!).

VOTE!

Posted 2 November 2004

Remember that today you need to VOTE! It's election day!

I'm voting in Illinois. Oklahoma will go to Bush, so me voting in Oklahoma won't make any difference. So I'm voting in Illinois, where it also won't make any difference -- Illinois will go to Kerry. Secretly I'm hoping that they count and recount and recount and eventually come to the conclusion that Bush wins by 1 vote, in my precinct, so I can say "Yeah, that was all me."

Seriously, I want to predict right now: counties that use electronic voting machines will be thrown into chaos as they find out how Diebold screwed up again. If you haven't heard me lambast Diebold before, I'll sum it up: Diebold is a dangerous company. They illegally disenfranchise voters by turning them away at the polls, and their machines screw up and arbitrarily give and take candidates' votes. There are videos online of a monkey clearing the audit trail on the central computers that tally a county's votes. Clearing the audit trail after modifying votes means there can be no way of knowing that the votes were modified.

Diebold is one of the most dangerous companies in America, and you can quote me on that.