Sunday, October 29, 2006

New Right Wing Focus on Electronic Voting Skullduggery

Key GOP mouthpieces such as Charles Krauthammer and George Will have begun to complain about the fallibility of electronic voting technology.

They appear to be getting their ducks in a row to explain any Democratic landslide in the midterms as electronic voting skullduggery.

Today comes revelations about U.S. suspicions that America's bogeyman -- Hugo Chavez -- has covertly purchased a major manufacturer of electronic voting machines.

The federal government is investigating the takeover last year of a leading American manufacturer of electronic voting systems by a small software company that has been linked to the leftist Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chavez.

The inquiry is focusing on the Venezuelan owners of the software company, the Smartmatic Corporation, and is trying to determine whether the government in Caracas has any control or influence over the firm's operations, government officials and others familiar with the investigation said.

The inquiry on the eve of the midterm elections is being conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS, the same panel of 12 government agencies that reviewed the abortive attempt by a company in Dubai to take over operations at six American ports earlier this year.

I can see where this is heading.

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