Sunday, February 09, 2020

We're way past hanging chad, now

Randall Monroe says something interesting here, I think.

Except, where I have lived and worked for most of 40 years, "A very left-leaning place", according to "Zuck" (AKA Silicon Valley), this opinion depends, in my personal experience. In 2000, when the political conversation included words like "polls", "Bush", "Supreme Court", and "hanging chad", I can recall a knowledgeable technical guy I know, at a networking company I used to work for, tell me we had to go to electronic voting, to make things more "fair". It was as if margin of error, reliability, transparency, hacking, etc., had suddenly vanished from his knowledge- even my bringing up those subjects had no visible effect on his thinking. His mind was made up.

XKCD: Voting Software


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