Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/30/simpsons_evoting_parody/

Rigged e-voting machine snacks on Homer Simpson

Cartoon doughnut eater smitten by touch screen

By Dan Goodin

Posted in Security, 30th October 2008 23:22 GMT

USA '08 If the US voters reporting flipped votes in early balloting for the US Presidential race think they have it bad, they haven't heard of Homer Simpson's plight.

In this Sunday's episode of The Simpsons, the lovable loser enters a voting booth for this year's presidential election and is surprised to find a touch-screen machine. "Ooh, one of those electronic voting dealies," he says with glee. But after casting his ballot for Democratic candidate Barack Obama, Simpson is shocked to hear the machine reply, "One vote for McCain. Thank you."

"No, I want to vote for Obama," Simpson replies. As the increasingly frustrated fat man repeatedly presses the Obama portion of the touch screen, the machine responds: "Two votes for McCain," then "three votes for McCain" and finally "Six votes for President McCain."

After Simpson roughs up the machine and declares it rigged, a bottom compartment opens and sucks him into it. Bloodied and unconscious, Simpson is eventually spit back out.

The parody, which is already available online, just goes to show how deep distrust of electronic voting has seeped into the American psyche. It comes amid a flurry of warnings about computerized voting systems that can cause votes to be lost or miscounted because of malfunctions. The reports include:

Homer Simpson confronts rigged voting machine

Your voting machine won't eat you. But it may eat your vote. ®