An Electronic Coup?

An Electronic Coup?

Several people have asked me whether I believe the election results were valid given my longstanding opposition to the use of electronic voting machines whose results can’t be independently verified.

I believe in the maxim made famous by former President Ronald Reagan: trust, but verify.

This is the first national election in the history of our country where the results cannot be independently verified. So my answer is that I do not really know who won this election. How can any of us know?

What I do know is that the Bush administration had four years to make sure this election was conducted with procedures that removed all doubts about the accuracy of the count. They did not do that. Instead, key GOP-run states such as Florida and Ohio selected a technology that generates results that cannot be independently verified.

Now, why would they do that?

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hplotkin@plotkin.com

<p>My published work since 1985 has focused mostly on public policy, technology, science, education and business. I’ve written more than 600 articles for a variety of magazines, journals and newspapers on these often interrelated subjects. The topics I have covered include analysis of progressive approaches to higher education, entrepreneurial trends, e-learning strategies, business management, open source software, alternative energy research and development, voting technologies, streaming media platforms, online electioneering, biotech research, patent and tax law reform, federal nanotechnology policies and tech stocks.</p>

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