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Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Saturday, January 25, 2003

E-voting not ready for prime time?

Toronto blogger and "right-wing jackass" David Artemiw has found out just how easy it was to cast a fraudulent vote in the NDP leadership race. On his blog, he describes how he used the name of a pal who became an NDP member but who had no intention of voting to get a "replacement" login ID to cast a vote. Apparently the leadership election administrators didn't ask any further question to see if Artemiw was who he was claiming to be.

In fairness to the NDP, this kind of vote fraud could have been perpetrated for last year's Canadian Alliance leadership vote, assuming that you, like Artemiw, had a friend who was part of a party but had no intention of voting for the leader. In the case of the Alliance's mail-in vote, all you'd need is the ballots that were sent to every eligible Alliance member, and then voted, etc. Same with previous phone-in votes that have been used for Reform/Alliance, BC Liberal, and other party leadership votes where a one member/one vote leadership vote was in place.

Makes you wax nostalgic for delegated conventions, where votes were garnered through good old-fashioned arm-twisting, horse trading, and, of course, booze. Oh yes, and rigging party memberships so that you freeze out your competitors.

At least Artemiw voted for the impressive Pierre Ducasse.
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