The question is not whether Bush won, the question is whether the American people won a victory over voting irregularities which became so obvious in 2000. Are our voting procedures secure and trustworthy, whether in national or local elections?
Jewish Times of Baltimore published the following story a few days before the election (excerpt):
Last month, U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski decided to try one of Maryland's new voting machines in Takoma Park. It was a brand-new Diebold AccuVote-TS. The state of Maryland has just spent $55 million for the ATM-like electronic voting devices to be used in the upcoming presidential election. The AccuVote, acting just as a demonstration, offered two choices: "yes" and "no." Sen. Mikulski pressed "no." The machine registered "yes."...
...The Diebold program was written for computers using Windows, Microsoft's relatively unstable and notoriously insecure operating system, the target of choice for hackers everywhere. (Almost all the staff of Hopkins' security institute uses Apple Macintoshes, which are virus-free and far more difficult to tinker with.) Oh, there is more. The method chosen by Diebold for voting required the voting officials to check the registration of each voter and then hand them a "smartcard," a credit card-like piece of plastic containing digital information that essentially turns the machine on. The machine reads the card and if the information is correct, permits the voter to cast his or her ballot. The smartcards chosen for the Diebold DREs were not encrypted and could be forged by a 15-year-old in his bedroom at an equipment cost of about three weeks' allowance, Dr. Rubin said. Anyone with a phony card could vote more than once.
There's more -- some of it is for geeks only but it's fascinating. And if you'd like to contribute your own story about oddities encountered while voting, go to MyDD which is collecting reports of voting irregularities from all over the country.