An E-Vote and a Prayer

As "voters took to the streets in 19 states ... to protest paperless electronic voting machines" at "The Computer Ate My Vote" rallies, the high-tech industry lobby group Information Technology Association of America fought back. ITAA head Harris Miller suggested that "critics who claim to be concerned about the issue are really pushing a political agenda on behalf of the open-source software community." Furthermore, asking open-source proponents about electronic voting "is like asking a bunch of clergymen what they think of premarital sex," said Miller. An ITAA-funded poll found that 77 percent of registered voters aren't concerned about the security of e-voting systems.