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Ediacara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:20 AM
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Ban on E-Voting OKd by Panel | LA Times
Ban on E-Voting OKd by Panel
Senator says secretary of state, who has barred machines in four counties, needs backup should counties 'thumb their nose' at him.

By Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer

SACRAMENTO The Senate Elections Committee, upset that counties are challenging the secretary of state's restrictions on electronic balloting devices, cleared legislation Wednesday that would ban all electronic voting in the November election.

"I believe the secretary of state is on solid legal footing. What he has done is reasonable," Sen. Ross Johnson (R-Irvine) said. "If the counties are going to basically thumb their nose at the secretary of state, I think it's important we have a backup."

Johnson said he also was concerned about the reliability and security of electronic machines.

The measure needs two-thirds approval from the state Senate and Assembly and the approval of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger potentially steep challenges because of organized and widespread opposition from counties that want to use the equipment in November.

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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:29 AM
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1. I would be very surprised if Schwarzenegger signed that. (nt)
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 10:32 AM
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2. This needs to happen with all states that have these...
...diabolical Deibold and other touch screen voting machines. Outlaw the machines in their current form, sue them so the public can recover at least some of the funds wasted on these and close down the companies that created this madness.

Then bring in a federally mandated emergency task force made up of experts similar to the Manhattan project or NASA to create a voting balloting system that will meet all of the standards of integrity, accountability and honest vote counting.

While they are at it, mandate that all eligible voters get registered and all those voters who have been mistakenly purged from the voter roles be restored without delay. :dem:
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