From: Teresa Hommel <tahommel_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Tue Nov 16 2004 - 01:36:48 CST

Large margins are as easy to create as small ones, if computer results
are falsified.
Large margins are a concept that has meaning only with paper and
mechanical voting systems, where falsifcation requires many people in
many polling places and central counting locations.

Teresa Hommel

Josef Stalin: "It's not who votes that counts, it's who counts the votes!"
Anastasio Samoza: "You won the vote, but I won the count."
Boss Tweed: "As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do
about it?"

charlie strauss wrote:

>Alan I hate it.
>The message for me this election was
>1) it was close
>2) there were known errors
>3) there were certainly unknown too
>4) But we cant tell the difference between an error and a surprising outcome
>5) there are always going to be errors, and close outcomes
>6) the goal shoul dnot be to make an error-proof machine, but rather a robust system
>7) this requires making errors detacable
>8) the requires making error differentiable for odd statistics
>9) this require being able to correct errors when they occur
>10) voter confidence requires tranaparentcy in all of the above.
>Frankly it makes no difference to me that there were errors in this election or if we averted a disaster just with a large margin. The looming potential of fraud and errors is problem enough.
>I also like Avi Ruben's take that the press set up this hypothetical train wreck by hyping the potential for errors as a high likelihood of a disaster. Now the story is that this was another millenium bug overhyped by the verified voting henny pennies. I think you should address this by stressing the potential for problems remains unchanged. Microsoft has had secuirty holes lurking in designs that only come to light years later.

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