Dear young people, “Don’t Vote”

This country belongs to whomever shows up. And do you know who shows up for every election? Old people. But only 46% of people 18-34 years old voted in the last election.

Fantastic piece.

I’ve voted in every election since I was 20 and I’m 66 now. My parents drilled into my head that voting is the most important right a U.S. citizen has and no matter what, it should never be taken for granted.

Voting by iPad

Voting by iPad in Oregon on Tuesday

Election workers are taking the iPads to disabled voters who might otherwise have difficulties marking their ballots, the AP wrote. These voters are able to pull up the ballot on the iPad and tap the screen to mark the candidate of their choice before printing out their completed ballot. After that, voters will send in their votes in a much more traditional way: by mail.

Apple Inc. donated five iPads to the state for the program, and Oregon shelled out about $75,000 to make the software, the AP reported. According to Secretary of State Kate Brown and the state elections director, Steve Trout, the office tested several different types of devices before settling on the iPad.

Now, how about using iPads so the rest of us can “vote different.”

Behind the scenes on accessible voting

WIRED News has a fascinating and depressing story: Diebold and the Disabled about disability groups being in bed with Diebold (the controversial voting machine company) initially to push their agenda of making voting more accessible (electronic voting is generally more accessible than paper or mechanical voting) but now it has come out that Diebold has given a lot of money to numerous disability groups in exchange for lobbying. Bad news for the credibility of these groups and it sure looks like a conflict of interests to me.

Disability rights and accessible voting do not trump the rights of all Americans to have fair voting with a process that is transparent and open to scrutiny. Current Diebold machines produce no paper trail (metaphoric or otherwise) and this is unacceptable, especially after the 2000 election fiasco in this country.