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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-15-09 08:19 AM
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9. We need a national law requiring paper ballots AND mandatory random manual audits.
In Tennessee, we passed the TN Voter Confidence Act (TVCA) (which mandates the above) overwhelmingly, but only because the corrupt Rethugs, clueless Democrats and on-the-take state election officials postponed its implementation until 2010.

Then, when the Rethugs won EVERY OPEN SEAT in our legislature in November (giving them control of our legislature for the first time since Reconstruction (think Georgia 2002 -- same m.o., same result)), they have now announced that one of their three legislative priorities this year is to repeal the TVCA. As Gomer Pyle would say, "Sur-prize, sur-prize, sur-prize."

Rush Holt has been one of the few US Congresscritters to understand the vulnerabilities of our non-verifiable voting systems and to work to remedy the problem. I agree completely with DemoDonkey -- this time around, we need to work to submit, amend where necessary and finally pass a national mandate to allow free, fair and verifiable elections. The last time around, our so-called "election integrity" movement did more to scuttle this effort than the real bad guys. That remains a major embarrassment and source of frustration for me and the many others (like DemoD) who are actually doing the footwork in our states to protect the vote.

For once, it would be nice to put principle before personalities in this effort. Otherwise, we just keep shouting from the rooftops while the Rethugs go on laughing at us and stealing elections.

If LS or anyone else has suggested amendments to Holt's latest effort, have the courtesy and good sense to work with his office, instead of braying your complaints here.

Now it's off to the Garden.
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