Friday, November 03, 2006

Inside Straight, 7-10 Split, the 2006 Elections.... You Can't Say You Weren't Warned

I guess Patrick Daugherty is a national treasure, though San Diego has custody, just like Ft. Knox in Kentucky has that big pile of gold. When he talks about next Tuesday, I listen. It's a conversation about how -- for the first time in a long time -- he won't be placing a bet or two on some of the more interesting races.

Here's the deal: electronic voting machine manufacturers have fought to keep from providing a paper trail that would allow third parties to verify their electronic results, refused to allow public regulators to go over their source code and check for back doors, bad code, a thousand things. To put this in gambling terms, would you play blackjack in a casino that won't allow regulators on their premises, won't allow public officials to check their slot machines and go over their books?

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