An Electronic Coup?

1st November 200410:30 am

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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