Tuesday, July 27, 2004

I deride your truth-handling abilities

At the end of an otherwise not terribly noteworthy analysis of electronic voting machines at the WSJ (short version: paranoid crazies are never going to trust them, although they have their advantages, but there are admittedly some legitimate problems to work out), I noticed this: In Snohomish County, Wash., 50 protested at a rally this month against electronic machines. County Auditor Bob Terwilliger accepted their petition of 20,000 names. But he said he couldn't help chuckling as he perused it. The "signatures" were electronic and on a computer printout he couldn't verify. Bob Terwilliger? Really? Jeebus. If ever there was a perfectly apropos person and situation to make a "Sideshow Bob Roberts" joke about... (Wow, it's been a Simpsons-heavy day.)

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