Saturday, December 30, 2006
Detritus — 12/30/06
JUDGE WON'T LET SARASOTA DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER CHECK VOTING MACHINE CODE
Unlike John Kerry in 2004, Democrat Christine Jennings of Sarasota, Florida, is not accepting her "loss" quietly. Jennings lost the race to represent District 13 by a mere 369 votes, with an undervote estimated at over 18,000.
Votes have clearly gone missing, and one possibility is that the code in the iVotronic voting machines is the culprit. But a Florida judge thinks the property rights of ES&S, the voting machine manufacturer, trump the right of the voters to elect a candidate fairly—
revealing the machines' source codes would "result in destroying or at least gutting the protection afforded those who own the trade secrets."