Sunny, I don't believe that the Clinton camp rigged the election. On the BradBlog, the guy, Ben Moseley, who was researching whether Diebold machines made a difference in NH, put out an article today that the votes did match the EXIT poll results which are important. http://benmoseley.blogspot.com/2008_01_01_archive.html What they did not match was the ENTRY polls days before where people said they would vote for one person or another. People could have changed their minds. It is what they say when they come out that is more telling. In 2004, the Kerry vote results did not match the exit polls.
The voting was not done on the touch screen Diebolds but the optical scanners, which can be hacked but also still have a paper ballot that the people marked and the machine is supposed to read. There is evidence that these machines do not always read accurately, but the good thing is that there is a paper ballot that voters actually marked that can be recounted. If discrepancies continue through the primary and the general election, we should be able to demand hand count recounts.
At this point, I don't believe that the Clinton people rigged this election. I think it is importnat for us to watch our elections closely and work to get Diebold out of every precinct. However, I think it is pretty dangerous for us to make these accusations at this point. It also sets us up to have voter fraud as the reason Obama might win future elections. I do not believe that Obama would want his camp floating these accusations or engaging in this negativity.
I am really afraid of Dems getting too ugly with each other in the primaries and then the rethugs using it against us in the general election. Discussing someone's record is fair game. Making them defend their policies and goals is fair game. Accusing someone of voter fraud is pretty serious and could open Obama's people up to all kinds of criticism and negative backlash. I hope the Obama camp will not pursue this. I just don't believe it is true.
I believe there should not be a Diebold machine anywhere near a precinct in America. At very best, they are not accurate. They can misread votes. At very worst, they can be hacked. I hope and pray we get these machines out of our voting booths. Hopefully there will be no touch screens left that have no paper ballots. However, the optical scanners can misread. Thank heavens there is a paper ballot that people marked before they went into the machine. If they are preserved, a recount is always possible. I have been saying for years now that the security and integrity of our vote is the most urgent and important issue our country faces. If we don't have faith in our voting, the issues and candidates really don't matter. If the people's vote does not count, we are really not a democracy. Every single state and the federal government should be addressing this issue. We cannot afford another stolen election.