By Tom Chartier
Are you worried about fraud at the polls? Ahâ€¦ you must live where electronic voting machines are being used. Are they the ones made by Diebold? If so, that is all the more reason to be uneasy.
If you are a staunch Republican Bush supporter fear not! I have no doubt your party line Republican vote will be correctly counted as you wish. Of course, if you are a Democrat or, God forbid, a Libertarian, or even a member of the Bull Moose Party, you might have cause for concern.
Electronic voting machines are, in the words of my hard-core Midwestern Republican, Information Technologies expert buddy, a â€œformula for disaster.â€ Indeed they are. They can be easily hacked as some researchers at Princeton University recently proved.
Electronic voting machines are not in the best interests of the Nation. They are only in the best interests of those who would abuse them to gain power. As Josef Stalin, another notorious dictator, once said: â€œThose who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.â€ And that is exactly the problem and concern with electronic voting machines. We already have at least one Presidential election that may have been stolen. Remember Ohio in 2004?
So what do you do? Vote with a baseball bat? Well, thatâ€™s a good idea but not really practical. Instead, request an absentee ballot. Itâ€™s not hard to do and many states donâ€™t even ask why you want one. In fact the Democratic Party has even made up a website that simplifies the process.
Some states may ask for an excuse and give you a choice of them. Now, I would never, never suggest making up an excuse. That would be lying and we donâ€™t do that in American politicsâ€¦ unless of course you are running for or holding an office. But thatâ€™s the subject of a future diatribe. Do not lie! Just use â€œcreative logic.â€ Call in sick. Take a day trip, whatever. Weâ€™ve been lied to so much itâ€™s only fair. Besides, if you check something like: â€œI will not be in my precinct that dayâ€ simply arrange not to be. If youâ€™ve already sent in your absentee ballot you donâ€™t need to hang around.
So here it is again in a nutshell.
If you are seriously concerned your vote will not go to the candidate
of your choice, and you should be, because of electronic voting machine
hacking, get an absentee ballot now! Just to be sure, here is the link for the third time.