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althecat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 09:45 PM
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BBV: Former Congresswoman McKinney Heats Up The GA BBV battle...
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/0903/14mckinney....

(a very good article... McKinney was caught in NYC where the Truth about 911 thing went OFF - Scoop is very interested in eyewitness reports on this BTW... - she wasasked about her pol. future... she replied she was considering lots of stuff..)

and then she said..


...."

Though McKinney wouldn't say in the interview whether she intended to run for office again, she did say she was working on making sure that voting machines across America were working properly so the country did not experience the same chaos and confusion that surrounded the November 2000 presidential election, when uncertainty over Florida ballots cast doubt on the outcome.

"I'm working with several local coalitions, looking at the integrity of the voting process," she said, declining to discuss details.

The right to vote is an important right, McKinney said as she talked about how she would be watching elections in Cincinnati, where an African-American minister running for local office is considered a hopeful sign for the minority community.

"Voting, to me," she said, "it's the only tool we have to make change."

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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 09:54 PM
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1. Good article
:kick:
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ret5hd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 10:18 PM
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2. Re: R. Doug Lewis...
I posted this on an earlier thread, wanted to make sure someone in the know saw it...

Who is this guy:
http://www.county.org/resources/library/county_mag/coun...
Election Reform: Will the Prayers Be Answered
by Jim Lewis

I saw this while researching yesterdays Texas elections. Any connection to R. Doug? He's from Texas and pro-BBV.
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althecat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 10:45 PM
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3. Good spotting Retshd.... thanks...
It is definitely a PR puff piece.. and there could be a connection. Diebold is based in McKinney texas. Not sure about Doug's location...


Here's the important bit for people wading through this

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"The Travis County Clerk said the new technology that many counties around the country are considering is called Direct Recording Electronic voting equipment, known as DREs. Compared to automated teller machines, this equipment uses touch screens or screens that can be navigated with turning mechanisms (knobs) and is equipped with audio capability to enable visually impaired voters to vote in private, instead of having to tell others how to cast their ballots on their behalf.

Because of the ongoing trend toward DREs, DeBeauvoir said lawmakers addressed several changes to ensure adequate pre- and post-election measures are in place to ensure their effective use and guarantee the security of the vote. Some people were skeptical about DRE systems so they required counties to take steps that would satisfy everyones concerns that they were accurately recording the votes that were entered.

An area that the Legislature made a point of re-emphasizing was the existing requirement that all punch-card and optical scan ballots be individually inspected prior to being inserted into a tabulator, Assistant Secretary of State Ann McGeehan noted.

That was one of the problems in Florida. In many counties, they did not do that they just let the machine count them before they looked for any irregularly marked ballots, she said. It was why there was some discrepancy in their recounts.

While that was already mandated in Texas law, that provision was added once again to the Election Code to make clear the state means business.

I know there are many counties that do that (hand inspection before tabulating) on a regular basis but there are a lot of counties that skip that step, McGeehan said. Thats something that were going to be emphasizing quite a bit in our training.

All these changes are likely to have little impact on the 80 counties that still use paper ballots.

One of the ironic things after the November 2000 election is that paper ballots began to look a little better than punch-cards, McGeehan said, noting that most folks in the election world thought we had to get rid of the paper ballots because they may be too easy to manipulate, alter or stuff.

But those smaller counties that still use paper ballots are under no pressure from the state to change.

I dont see them going away, unless the state were to finance it, she said.

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ret5hd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 10:53 PM
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4. If I recall earlier discussion correctly,...
R. Doug resides in the Houston area.
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 11:05 PM
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5. Great article on McKinney
In case you hadn't seen this al check out Diebold new project.

Diebold is celebrating being chosen to provide three new customized high-tech vaults to secure the original copies of the Charters of Freedom: The U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence.
www.diebold.com/nyse.htm
Busy little beavers aren't they?


Kia ora ra
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althecat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-14-03 11:36 PM
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6. Well that would be nice and appropriate....
It is curious how reality seems to have a sort of inbuilt sense of irony.

So dreamlike one.... any more calls to C-Span lately?

:)

al

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