I'm reading the paperback version of Paul Krugman's The Great Unraveling and in this updated edition, the one thing he worries about most is what can happen with touch-screen voting machines if there are no checks.
Let me put it this way: nothing on the American political scene scares me as much as the shift to electronic voting machines that leave no paper trail. Maybe the people who, in a supposed drive to root out felons, prevented thousands of eligible voters from voting in Florida in 2000, who redistricted Texas, not to reflect a new census but simply to gain political advantage, who boasted about letting the earthmovers roll in over the Plame affair, would refuse to engage in high-tech ballot-box stuffing. Do you want to bet your democracy on it?
David Dill, the computer scientist that has done so much to raise the visibility of this problem, has come up with a proposal to prevent fraud during the next election. He is looking for technical professionals to volunteer to help on election day to monitor the polls where touch screen systems are used. If you are interested in helping, please visit the TechWatch site and volunteer your services.
It's your turn now.