starts petition to investigate the vote

I will not get into the election irregularities stuff I've found lately at the moment, but I will quote a form email that Dan Schned sent me:

Dear friend,

Questions are swirling around whether the election was conducted honestly or not. We need to know -- was it or wasn't it?

If people were wrongly prevented from voting, or if legitimate votes were mis-counted or not counted at all, we need to know so the wrongdoers can be held accountable, and to help prevent this from happening again.

Members of Congress are demanding an investigation to answer this question. Join me in supporting their call, at:


I wrote the following in the petition comment box:

As a young person who understands the principles of information technology, I am terrified that the legitimacy of our democracy rests on the 'black boxes' of memory cards in electronic voting machines. I know perfectly well (and I suspect the Republicans know, too) that anomalies in how these machines operate cannot scientifically be detected from the outside. Hence, the election becomes a matter of unobserved, unverifiable phenomena, encouraging electoral fabrication similar to so many Iraqi defectors providing fake intelligence to Congress about weapons of mass destruction. Every year, my generation trusts less and less what the adult world tries to pass off as legitimate systems of government. Our patience for these farcical claims of veracity wears thin.

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