About That Voting Machine Company Tied To Mitt Romney And Bain Capital…October 15th, 2012 6:34 pm Brad Friedman
Yes, there are similar concerns about private corporations being in the business of reporting results in that way, as we saw back in 2004 when a right-wing company named SMARTech took over the reporting of questionable presidential election results in Ohio in the middle of the night as the country was waiting on the Buckeye State to determine who would be the next president of the United States. The media used the numbers reported on SMARTech’s servers as the actual results of the election, while the actual ballots in most of the Buckeye State were never allowed to be reviewed by the citizenry. So whatever the private Republican company reported, accurately or inaccurately, to be the results that night were generally regarded as the official results of the election.
That is virtually the same threat presented by the private, unoverseeable third-party corporations which now control the election machinery—voting and tabulation systems—itself in all 50 states of the union. Concerns about this matter are justifiable no matter which party you may or may not support.
Despite the right-wing reports, Soros has no apparent control of the Scytl outfit, but it doesn’t matter. Other private corporate entities—unaccountable to the public—do. Either way, whether it’s Soros or entities tied to Mitt Romney, George W. Bush, Hugo Chavez or anybody else, the fact that we have allowed this complete corporatization of the machinery of our public elections, the very lifeblood of our democracy—the first and most important element of true self-governance—is, in and of itself, a continuing shame for what was once regarded as “the world’s greatest democracy.”
Someone ought to do something about it. It’s an outrage and a threat to our nation. But we’ve said as much many times before, even as very few in a position to actually do something about it have bothered to pay much attention.
For another take on the dangers of corporate control of American elections, see Ellen Theissen of VotersUnite.org’s 2008 report on the vendor-controlled “undermining of U.S. Elections.”