Sunday, October 19, 2008

and so it begins

"People make mistakes more than machines," said Jackson County Clerk Jeff Waybright.

Dear Jeff Waybright,

You are way wrong. You are confusing consistency with correctness. If a machine is programmed to do something (programmed, by a person) it will do that thing, consistently. If what it was programmed to do is WRONG, it will do it CONSISTENTLY WRONG.

Yours Truly,

Someone who actually knows about machines

Above quote from More W.Va. voters say machines are switching votes in the Charleston Gazette, October 18, 2008. The story reports that machines are not correctly displaying votes (presumably because of touch screen misalignment, or other malfunction).

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