I don’t really know how seriously to take the risk that electronic voting systems are subject to undetectable rigging at the software level, but I know that it’s a risk I’d rather not have to think about at all. Rep. Rush Holt of New Jersey (who used to be Assistant Director of the Plasma Physics Lab at Princeton) has proposed a law that would make me sleep easier: it would require, among other things, a paper record of every vote and random audits. South Knox Bubba has the details. The fact that such simple safeguards didn’t make it into the “election reform” bill might hint, to someone more conspiratorially minded than I, that the Republican leadership doesn’t really mind a little bit of voter fraud, as long as their friends get to do it.
Write your Congressman.