April 12, 2006
Blog post becomes a whale of a news story
Unfortunately, like all other Washington elections, this one is on the honor system and appears to be hijacked by those who do not follow the rules. Mrs. Gregoire's instructions say "Please only vote one time per person". But the system appears to allow people to vote as many times as they want to, or even run scripts that automatically vote repeatedly.Nice work!
And now, Stefan's investigative blog journalism turned into such a big news story that I learned about it from my local CBS news site:
Robotic computer programs stuffed the online ballot boxes in a contest for Washington's official state quarter design, forcing technicians to suspend voting.While I think KYW should have given Stefan a link at their web site, at least they acknowledged his role.
For his part, Stefan remains modest, giving credit to a commenter:
As I told Woodward, the real credit for discovering that the poll was being played goes to Jeff Boly, who reported this in the open comment thread on Saturday afternoon.What about the design? There seem to be three choices, one of which seems a bit silly:
What attracted Stefan's attention also attracted mine: the kookiest design -- a whale that looks for the world like a goofy airplane but is described as "A stylized American Indian-style drawing of a playful killer whale, spouting water and raising its tail flukes" -- was winning! As Stefan noted, the vote numbers were "increasing by more than 20 per second, strongly suggesting that one or more robots are stacking the vote."
Robots stacking the vote for whales that look like goofy airplanes? What kind of democracy is that?
Who would have such an interest in corrupting an online quarter election? I think we need to ask who benefits the most from a goofy coin design.
Numismatists, perhaps? If the coin turned out to be a laughingstock, it might not see as much circulation, and might even be recalled.
A quarter for your thoughts.
posted by Eric on 04.12.06 at 09:36 AM
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