Penticton Western News letters to the editor.

Does voting make me an accomplice?

Reader concerned over use of electronic vote-counting machines

Several serious unresolved concerns make me reluctant to vote in Penticton.

The ballot counting machines are not audited by independent voters. Laurie Darcus told me today that this council “did not approve any manual counting after the election.” This is shocking since, by their own statements, a 10 per cent independent audit would cost less than $500. This places the validity of our elections in question. There is no reasonable doubt that the machines can be tampered with and hacked. As an expert being interviewed on CBC said years ago: if the ballot machines can be compromised, they are being compromised.

Candidates for our city government do not present their credentials as completely as a job applicant for Tim Hortons would. However, the mayor and council control over $77 million dollars this year. That’s a pretty good reason to manipulate and hack voting machines, isn’t it?

Where are the candidates’ employment records, credit reports, character references, police records posted? Nowhere that I can find. There is no way for the voters to make intelligent hiring decisions with the current system of beauty pageant liar contests that we call “elections.”

The movement among governments to make laws compelling people to vote seems to me a clear indicator that they know the system is not trustworthy. We must be forced to participate so that elections will appear legitimate.

As things stand, voting seems to make me an accomplice in the corruption of government, and the potential robbing of our people.

Jonathan Sevy


Just Posted

Penticton Vee player of the week, new assistant coach joins team

Penticton’s James Miller named BCHL player of the week, former Surrey coach joins Vees

Update: Penticton man who allegedly exposed genitals makes court appearance

Penticton RCMP said incident occurred at the Kiwanis Park

Peach City Radio offered funding for new project

Speak Out Community Collective to feature live interviews with community groups

Penticton city council candidate questioning vote counters

Kevin Proteau has previously requested the city go back to manual vote counts

Almost 2,000 votes already cast

Penticton voters taking advantage of advance polls

Video: Okanagan Fest of Ale Society doles out $60,000

The society has given out over $60,000 to Penticton and area not-for-profits since 1996

VOTE: Nature in Focus reader’s choice photo contest

The Penticton Western News Reader’s Choice photo contest

Who’s running in Penticton’s election?

Candidates for the Penticton municipal and school board election

Trump: Saudi king ‘firmly denies’ any role in Khashoggi mystery

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is travelling to the Middle East to learn more about the fate of the Saudi national

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

Allen died in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Shuswap goat delivery way above quota

Hillside Dreams Callekno produced sextuplets, a rare event among goats

Experts gather to discuss Okanagan water needs

Kelowna environmental water flows conference Oct. 17-18 has global reach

Transport Canada to take new look at rules, research on school bus seatbelts

Canada doesn’t currently require seatbelts on school buses

Sockeye run in Shuswap expected to be close to 2014 numbers

Salute to the Sockeye on Adams River continues until Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.

Most Read