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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> Against computerised democracy


What hasn't been mentioned in all of this is that the use of machines for
voting is closely related to the widespread effort to make sure that people
who -- for one reason or another -- can't actually write down their choices
still get to vote.

Think about it.

Ever hear of JIM CROW?

To make functional literacy and legible handwriting (of English) a
prerequisite for voting would "dis-enfranchise" certain voters (mostly those
who vote Democrat, it would seem).

And, we wouldn't want that, would we?

Mark Stahlman
New York City