Asks 'How Could This Be Allowed to Happen?'
By Brad Friedman on 6/15/2006, 12:43pm PT  

Emily Messner, a blogger at WaPo, has picked up on what's been going on in the Busby/Bilbray election fiasco and asks "How could this be allowed to happen?"

She explains why sending home Diebold voting machines with poll workers, overnight and unsecured for days, is outrageous (and, as we reported yesterday, also illegal) underscoring the point with this graf from NEWSWEEK's Steven Levy just a week or two ago:

It requires only a few minutes of pre-election access to a Diebold machine to open the machine and insert a PC card that, if it contained malicious code, could reprogram the machine to give control to the violator. The machine could go dead on Election Day or throw votes to the wrong candidate. Worse, it's even possible for such ballot-tampering software to trick authorized technicians into thinking that everything is working fine, an illusion you couldn't pull off with pre-electronic systems.

She forgot to give us credit for breaking and continuing to cover the story. But we're not really looking for credit, we're just looking for some democracy.