Sunday, October 29, 2006

Voting machines and Chávez

This story in the NYT is just too bizarre. The company that makes voting machines for 17 states and DC has been taken over by a Venezuelan firm. Now the U.S. is trying to figure out whether it has any ties to the Venezuelan government.

So would the machines be rigged to vote for Noam Chomsky?


Anonymous,  11:18 AM  

Hi Greg, this story is actually about 2 years old. The story was originally published in the Miami Herald on May 28, 2004 then a follow up article was published on following the owner trail of the company. Then on Dec. 3rd 2005, the Miami herald reported that Smartmatic paid for the luxury expenses for the head of the Venezuelan electoral board (including his spa visit) while he visited the US.

If you want any of these articles let me know I'd be happy to email them to you.

Greg Weeks 2:09 PM  

If the story is old, then I am guessing that the new aspect is the U.S. investigation.

Anonymous,  3:57 PM  

yes, you are correct

Greg Weeks 4:21 PM  

The best irony would be if Venezuelan machines helped Bush win in 2004...

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