It is widely known, proverbial even, that the Argentine political class commits suicide every now and then. Yet again — as part of the relentless crusade of the Macri administration against society’s rights and conquests, exemplified by the chain of shuttered factories, unemployment and one in three Argentines sunk into shocking poverty — everything suggests that we’re witnessing yet another suicide. A couple of weeks ago, the Lower House passed an electoral reform bill endorsed by the PRO, which is capable of subduing the people’s will to ensure their perpetuity in power after winning it legitimately, all the while betraying the citizens who voted for them in good faith and in the hopes of a change that is clearly not what this republic is experiencing today. That is why the government is now seeking to hastily apply the single electronic ballot system throughout the country starting with next year’s elections.
They are now preparing for another “patriotic fraud” — as it was called in the 1930s. That is the culmination of what respected farmers’ leader Pedro Peretti, a former director of the FAA and member of Manifiesto Argentino group, accurately calls the “revolution of the rich.” With the blessing of the obliging friends from the Renewal Front and Mr Bossio’s Justicialist caucus, electronic voting is already underway in Argentina. And it’s coming in fast, because they want to launch it in the next elections.
Electronic voting is, at this moment, the greatest immediate danger facing Argentine democracy. A true detritus of the wonderful cybernetic progress of these times, the single electronic ballot system is being questioned and has faced backlash throughout the world because it fundamentally thwarts the voters’ control over the elections. It is that and nothing else. The vulnerability of any massive counting system is irrefutable and, furthermore, impossible to audit. There is no guarantee — in any country in the world — against the risk of hacking. This is why England, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland and Finland have already banned electronic voting after trying it out for a few years. Even Bill Gates has recently criticized it.