Uncle Sam Wants to Know How You Feel About E-Voting Machines

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If you're not exactly down with the state of e-voting in the US (and you really shouldn't be), the Election Assistance Committee (a federal oversight committee that now has reign over certifying e-voting machines) wants to hear about it and what you think of their recently proposed guidelines (PDF, 600 pages).


Ostensibly they're designed to improve notoriously non-existent security, but they were drafted in part by reps from voting machine companies. One place to start, besides simply saying the machines should be more secure and add paper trails, would be to push for them to use open source code, according to some researchers. Regardless of what you think, you have 120 days to let 'em know. And you should, even if you aren't registered to vote (like me) so maybe at least someone else's vote will be worthwhile. [EAC via Threat Level]



First off, let me say that I think everyone should vote, and I'm in the process of (slowly, perhaps) gaining a greater sense of civic responsibility.

However, the idea that someone doesn't have the right to an opinion about a system in which they don't participate is patently ridiculous, and people really need to stop using it as an argument in favor of voter registration. It's like saying that you can't complain about gang violence if you haven't been in a gang.

I really don't see why this is such a widely used argument when it has no logical ground whatsoever on which to stand, and every election cycle (or whenever the whole to-vote-or-not-to-vote issue is raised) I get more aggravated that people are still beating the same old empty drum.