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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-27-10 12:22 AM
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Another FL 2000 moment -- in New York! Watch how the NY Dems protect our votes (NOT!).
Edited on Sat Nov-27-10 12:24 AM by Bill Bored
Count leaves Grisanti with 527-vote lead
By Tom Precious and Jay Rey
NEWS STAFF REPORTERS


http://www.buffalonews.com/city/capital-connection/alba...

Updated: November 24, 2010, 08:04 AM

Mark J. Grisanti moved another step closer to becoming a state senator Tuesday, as he maintained a 527- vote lead over Sen. Antoine M. Thompson following a marathon session of paper ballot counting in the Erie County Board of Elections office.

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A week ago, Democratic lawyers were certain that voting machines in Erie and Niagara counties had enough problems to persuade a judge to order a hand-recount of all 51,000 votes cast on the machines on Election Day.

But by last weekend, that plan had rapidly faded.


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Senate Democratic sources say that Thompson would need to get within real striking distance ... one official put the number at about 200 votes behind Grisanti to stand a chance of getting an order to hand-count the machine votes.

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Republicans have dismissed those possible legal maneuvers as mere delay tactics for the inevitable: a GOP takeover of the 62-member Senate.

Were in the minority, conceded a top Democratic Senate official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Thompsons team of election lawyers dispatched from other parts of the state also has dwindled.

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If this were not a Democratic website, I'd be tempted to say what I REALLY think of our party!
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Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-27-10 12:26 AM
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1. When you have to have lawyers and courts deciding elections
something is very wrong with the system.
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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-27-10 12:51 AM
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2. To be fair, lawyers and courts have always played a role -- but never like THIS!
Edited on Sat Nov-27-10 12:51 AM by Bill Bored
What we have now are lawyers and courts making uninformed decisions about matters related to the correctness of vote-counting software, computer forensics, auditing and statistics -- things that most lawyers, courts, candidates, legislators and voters know nothing about. I'm not saying our elections should be turned over to scientists and academics to sort out either necessarily. The system should be sufficiently transparent and comprehensible for candidates, voters, lawyers and courts to be able to make informed judgments about it. We don't have that now, and the powers that be don't even consult with folks who have some understanding of what it takes to prove who won an election. Instead they make arbitrary decisions based on their "gut" or their partisanship.

With all these paper ballots, we've got faith-based voting in New York! And we spent 50-million bucks on it just for starters!
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