Vote counter denied US entry

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Who really knows what the deeper story is here. As with actual electronic voting, this story is perhaps better taken as a potential danger to voter confidence than as a solid case for fraud. But it don't look good.

"The CEO of Smartmatic Inc. [an electronic voting company with contracts in the U.S.], Antonio Mujica, has been denied a tourist visa by the US embassy and will not be allowed to return to the United States," according to John Gideon.

Twisting noggins around the political spectrum is the fact that Sequoia, a Venezuelan-owned company facing a lawsuit in Washington, has ties to Hugo Chavez.

The lawsuit, as with others concerning electronic voting, surrounds the fact that the machine's codes are not public, and therefore not auditable. In other words, according to a press release:

"It's ironic that when we take vote-counting to Iraq, we take it in the form of paper ballots deposited into clear plastic ballot boxes, but in our own country, vote-counting is in the form of electronic ballots and secret software controlled by a man our government has declared ineligible to set foot in the country."

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