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Originally appeared at BBV.Forums I've been watching the discussion and debate about voting systems evolve. I pared it down to get the essentials, which I think are profound in their implications. 1) Without public participation and scrutiny of the election systems and processes, elections lack true meaning. 2) The use of computerized voting of any type effectively eliminates public participation and scrutiny of elections for the following reasons:
a) The vast majority of the public are not in a position to undertake such specialized scrutiny. b) The process is handed over to 'experts' hired by those in power. c) There is simply no reason to trust the experts and certainly no way to monitor them.
3) As a result of the previous point, by definition, any computerized elections remove the public from the election process thus supplanting citizens with a privileged class who are in the employ of either those in power or those contending for power. The public is cast aside. The elections lose meaning because they cannot be verified or the verification process cannot be understood except as an act of faith. The public loses faith in the actual election of its leaders and finds no reason to recognize election results and the authority those results confer on candidates. Point 2 above is critical. It shows both the source of public alienation and also the rise of a new expert class that hands down judgments that are incomprehensible to almost all involved. This is not a criticism of the experts, rather it's a call for elections that actually have meaning and are run by the people. Michael Collins - Election Fraud News As Ross Perot used to say: "IT'S JUST THAT SIMPLE." Permission to reprint granted
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good job, michael! joan b., voting integrity ed... by Joan Brunwasser on Friday, Feb 16, 2007 at 7:19:43 AM
Well, it just struck me...the more complex the "ru... by Michael Collins on Friday, Feb 16, 2007 at 7:00:30 PM
http://bullnotbull.blogspot.com/2007/02/why-we-fig... by billp37 on Friday, Feb 16, 2007 at 11:48:34 AM
Why we fight indeed! MSM can't be criticized fo... by Michael Collins on Friday, Feb 16, 2007 at 7:03:41 PM
thanks for breaking it down. i will be using these... by john de herrera on Friday, Feb 16, 2007 at 1:47:29 PM
Glad it was helpful, use away!... by Michael Collins on Friday, Feb 16, 2007 at 7:04:37 PM
The stealthy privatization of American elections i... by Phil Lindsey on Friday, Feb 16, 2007 at 4:45:50 PM
Heirophants...I have not heard that for years but ... by Michael Collins on Friday, Feb 16, 2007 at 7:07:40 PM
The only way to keep minorities from stealing elec... by Guitar Chris on Friday, Feb 16, 2007 at 5:47:43 PM
I agree with everything you wrote. On the othe... by Phil Lindsey on Friday, Feb 16, 2007 at 6:29:35 PM
The use of computerized voting of any type effecti... by PrMaine on Friday, Feb 16, 2007 at 6:25:49 PM
PRMAINE, you need to visit this website, Hack t... by Chuck Garner on Sunday, Feb 18, 2007 at 6:19:21 PM
This is an important recource, one people need to ... by Michael Collins on Monday, Feb 19, 2007 at 1:49:49 AM
We use paper ballots here. They work fine. In one ... by lwarman on Friday, Feb 16, 2007 at 8:13:01 PM
"NON PARTISAN" administration of voting is critica... by Michael Collins on Friday, Feb 16, 2007 at 11:15:35 PM
I think the best place to start from is the offici... by lwarman on Tuesday, Feb 20, 2007 at 7:38:36 PM