Monday, October 09, 2006

6th District Race: Close Enough to Steal?

Voters intending to cast a ballot in the Duckworth v. Roskam race should take a gander at this story from Boing Boing:
Here's video of Clint Curtis, a former programmer for Yang Enterprises (YEI) in Florida, testifying under oath that Representative Tom Feeney asked him to write a voting machine program to rig elections. Feeney is Republican Congressman who was the Speaker of the House of Florida at the time, as well as a lobbyist for Yang Enterprises, and Yang Enterprises' corporate attorney. *** In the video, Curtis testifies that Feeney asked him to write a program for touchscreen voting machines that could undetectably "flip the vote 51-49 to whoever you wanted it to go to and whichever race you wanted to win."
I don't know much about computers, but I do know that if a machine can be hacked, it will be hacked -- and every machine can be hacked.

Paper, by contrast, is notoriously difficult to hack.

UPDATE, OCT 10: An anonymous commenter informs us that Tom Feeney's chief of staff,
Jason C. Roe, is currently on a leave of absence to work as the campaign manager for Creepy Pete Roskam.

Rollcall -- via FlashReport -- confirms.


Anonymous said...

SCAM - Roskam's Campaign Manager, Jason Roe, is Feeney's Chief of Staff.

grand old partisan said...

Your original post was a head-scratching stretch - (what the heck does Feeney have to do with counting ballots in DuPage County? Why are you laying the groundwork to question the legitimacy of the count a month before the first ballot is cast?)
- and the revelation about Roe does make it any less so.

If the allegations against Feeney are true, then yes - indeed they are troubling. But Roe is a DC guy who didn't start working for Feeney until after he came to Congress - after the alleged request to Curtis. Guilt by association, squared? Pretty sad, if you ask me.

So-Called Austin Mayor said...

I am merely pointing out the associations -- who said anything about "guilt"?

Thanks for reading.


grand old partisan said...

two cute by half.

so, in your opinion, why are those associations relevant?


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