Voting machines in New Jersey are ready to see some openness as a judge seeks to solve a lingering election issue for voters by figuring out who won the election based on the machines.
Vote tabulation machines would be eliminated if officials were sincere about the integrity of elections and the worries of the American people. There is no other way to explain the constancy of defending machines and marginalizing American citizens than to say that most elected officials are more concerned with protecting the machines and the industry and money behind the machines than they are with protecting the public.
Tabulating votes Republicans and Democrats have shared a fear about machines for decades, but as “proprietary machines,” their workings are shielded from all public inspection.
According to the widely accepted definition of proprietary in relation to products, they are created under the sole ownership of the producer and are not subject to disclosure to third parties unless specifically agreed upon in a written contract.
The catch, according to Bush Elevator Company, “While purchasing equipment of a proprietary nature may often have a lower initial purchase price than some non-proprietary competitors, the catch comes in the long-term cost of product support and maintenance as you become a captive sales audience of the manufacturer.”
In an open and democratic society and in a people’s government, the very fact that individuals cannot audit the machines and are “active” disqualifies them from tabulating elections. However, our judicial system has repeatedly defended the machines.
The national conference on state lawmakers states that although “Technology is used throughout the voting process but when most people think of election technology, they think of the equipment used to cast and tabulate votes,”
“Since the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002 required replacing older lever and punch card voting machines, jurisdictions across the country primarily use two types of technology for tabulating votes: optical (or digital) scanners to count paper ballots or Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines.”
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There are also ballot marking devices that provide an electronic interface for voters with disabilities to mark a paper ballot. And, a few small jurisdictions hand count paper ballots.
And here is a story where a judge has ordered a machined to be cracked open.
The New Jersey Globe reported that an unknown poll worker in Manalapan County, New Jersey, prematurely removed two USB drives downloading the results from a voting machine, according to Deputy Attorney General George Cohen.
Superior Court Judge David Bauman is allowing the Monmouth County Superintendent of Elections to open the machines. CONTINUE READING…