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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:56 AM
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Secretary of state pick could bring voting paper trail
Governor-elect Charlie Crist tapped a county elections supervisor to lead the state department that runs voting.

By GARY FINEOUT AND MARY ELLEN KLAS
meklas@MiamiHerald.com

TALLAHASSEE - In an effort to repair the image of Florida's mocked and criticized elections, Gov.-elect Charlie Crist on Thursday tapped Kurt Browning, Pasco County's supervisor of elections, to be Florida's new secretary of state.

It marks the first time that Republicans have turned to an elections expert to lead the department, which also deals with historic preservation and cultural affairs. Browning, who has been an ardent defender of ATM-style touch-screen voting machines, says he is open to creating a paper trail, echoing the point of view of the new governor.

Along with Browning, who has been Pasco's top elections official for 26 years, Crist named Dr. Andrew Agwunobi, a former head of Atlanta's public hospital system, to be secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration.

Browning, who has in the past been critical of having paper trails for touch-screen voting machines, said Thursday that in his new job he will be ''open''' to any new technology that will restore confidence in voting.

more: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/state/1624377...
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:51 AM
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1. Gimme a break. These f_____s!
Sorry, I just can't take this seriously.

They will never, never, NEVER willingly give up their advantage in TRADE SECRET, PROPRIETARY programming code, owned and controlled by BUSHITE corporations, in extremely insecure, unreliable and insider hackable electronic voting machines and central tabulators, "paper trail" or no "paper trail." We have to TAKE IT FROM THEM.

"Paper trails" are USELESS if the secretly programmed, Bushite-controlled electronics are generating the "paper trail." And even real paper ballots are useless UNLESS THERE IS A SUBSTANTIAL AUDIT (recount--comparison of ballot totals to electronic totals).

In Venezuela, they hand-count FIFTY-FIVE PERCENT of the ballots, cuz they don't trust the electronic voting machines. Smart people. They thus get a government that uses the country's oil revenues for schools, adult literacy classes, free university education to all qualified students, medical clinics for the poor, low cost housing, small business loans and grants, help to small farmers, and policies that promote maximum participation of citizens in their government.

You know how much of the vote is handcounted in the US? One third of the country cannot be counted AT ALL, because shitheads like Browning are so corrupt, and Tom Delay and Karl Rove DIDN'T WANT a recount in 2004. In the rest of the country, often there is NO audit, even if they have a "paper trail." And the best audits in the country--the best!--are only 1% of the vote. Totally inadequate, in this high speed, SECRETIVE "vote counting" environment.

Venezuela: 55%

US: 0% to 1%.

You do the math. (--and the RESULTING politics!)


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In Florida, they take 34 minutes to kill a human being, and no time at all to count the votes. Don't hold your breath about any kind of "paper trail." It's much too inefficient. And don't expect it to change anything. It won't. "Paper trails" is a lying, deceptive, slimebag P.R. phrase, to cover up more stolen elections.
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BlueInPhilly Donating Member (341 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:41 AM
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2. But Browning was a great figure skater!!!
First one to the QUAD! I thought he's Canadian, though?

:hippie:
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:53 AM
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3. They must be positively gleeful knowing that there are enough people
who know nothing about voting machines who will be pacified immediately by the knowledge someone gave them a little piece of paper after they voted, and will be 100% convinced the problem has been fixed.

The only hope for honest elections is for the entire public to become informed. It will make life so much harder for Republicans.
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