Unfortunately today many young people don't know the moral of a pig in a poke, so please let me explain. Years ago it was common, particularly in the South, for people to take a sack with them to carry things in. If they bought or found something they wanted, they would poke it into the sack. Thus the term poke sack or just poke for short. Now a swindler might try to sell someone a pig in a poke. They would show the poke with something moving about inside it. They would say that they can't open the sack to show the pig because it might escape and run away. No one in their right mind would buy the pig in the swindler's poke sack. The sack might contain a snake, a squirrel or another small animal. If it did contain a pig, it might be a runt, deformed or diseased. The moral is to know what you're buying, not a pig in a poke.
Let's apply this to voting. If we told our vote to someone on the other side of a curtain, would we believe that the other person recorded our vote correctly without viewing it? The effect is the same with voting machines. We can't see how our votes are recorded. It is the equivalent of buying a pig in a poke. (The gist of this illustration is from the documentary “Absolute Interference.”)
If the vote counting/tallying does not have transparent/verifiable observation by independent judges, then it is a pig in a poke. If voting machines and the software that operates them cannot be inspected by independent computer forensic experts, then they are a pig in a poke. We must demand independent verifiable audits. Don't buy a pig in a poke!
Posted by Rockey Jackson.