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Reply #3: Hard to say. The US DoJ wants NY to count votes electronically but NY rolled over. [View All]

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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-22-10 11:30 PM
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3. Hard to say. The US DoJ wants NY to count votes electronically but NY rolled over.
Edited on Wed Dec-22-10 11:38 PM by Bill Bored
The state, led exclusively by Democrats for the last two years, did nothing to stop this debacle which was very predictable. That includes the Governor, the Legislature, the Attorney General (now the Governor-elect) and half the State Board of Elections, which is bipartisan.

It's clear to me that neither the Bush nor Obama administration cares much about trustworthy elections.

New York Democrats have failed quite miserably to litigate against these machines on behalf of the state and especially the voters, or to legislate requirements to check the system effectively with hand counts.

On the other hand, some Republicans and some Democrats are trying to STOP e-vote counting in the state by keeping lever voting machines which are NOT computerized and have none of the risks associated with punch cards, software or computer networking.

So I think it's more a question of who's more afraid (and realistic) about having computers run elections than anything else. But certainly this case went in favor of the Republicans and against Democrats and more importantly against voters' rights to know if their votes were counted as cast.

Anyone who's been paying attention knows that having paper ballots buys us nothing if they're counted by computers and not people. Anyone who's been paying attention also knows that almost no one in New York wants to hand count paper ballots.

Some continue to push their fake vote-counting agenda, knowing full well they will fail to get any meaningful legislation passed to deal with this problem, especially now with a divided, 2-party state legislature.
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