Woo hoo! It's primary day in Pennsylvania. We're looking at rain off and on all day, which should suppress a turnout that's already projected to be somewhere in the high teens. Democracy is on the march. I'll be standing at the polls for a couple of hours in the morning handing out literature for Chuck Pennacchio but then it's off to a nature center for a field trip with the preschooler until noon. Then it's calling people to remind them to vote until I get on a train to NYC and ... I'll tell you later. I don't want to jinx it.
I wonder if they'll let me bring a camera into the voting booth. This could be the last time I'll be able to vote on a lever machine. If you look at this colorful map, you'll see that Bucks County is the lone white space. That's because our County Commissioners didn't pick a new eVoting system in time to have the miserable things installed for the primary so we get one more election on machines that work before our votes are cast into the ether on the Danaher Steal-a-Vote 5000 or whatever the damn thing is called. Pretty soon we'll be purple. Purple sucks.
When you take a look at the map notice how many counties are the neon green color. That means that those lucky folks will be voting on the Diebold TSX machines, which have just been exposed to have a security hole so huge that you could back a Humvee through it. It's being described in the corporate media as a "glitch" but the truth is that the hole is a feature of the programming, put in to make it easy to load software. And if that software steals votes? Well, don't you worry your pretty little head about that. Bradblog has the whole sad story here.