How tamper-proof are these new electronic voting procedures? The question has the whiff of the paranoid about it, perhaps because such suspicions are inevitably most popular among whichever political faction is on the outs. It can be taxing to sort the legitimate arguments from partisans' wishful thinking, especially in a realm with as many uncertainties as this one.
But there's more to the question than sour grapes. (For the record, I have no strong party preference myself.) The Baltimore City Paper has just published a skeptical but even-handed look at the new voting technologies, raising some uncomfortable questions about their potential for fraud. Poli-sci junkies will especially enjoy the discussion of this past election's unusual outcome in Georgia