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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-11-05 09:53 PM
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114. This is why THEY MUST HAVE MACHINES & HAVA is the midwife.
Why did the Bush administration give $26 million to Louisiana in 2004 for voting machines AND deny Louisiana $24 million in 2004 for levee maintenance? Because the need to get that state in the permanent win column.

Great line: "Faith-based balloting is the fast lane to voter cynicism and a death march for democratic government."

It's a death march indeed, paved with the stones placed by the "trusting" who offer no solutions.

We can settle the issue right not. The following is a near fool proof method of taking our elections back. It's a compilation of various folks ideas but why not? Can't think of a single reason except to perpetuate the "faith based" balloting that ensures the Republicans a victory whenever they want.

SIMPLE, INEXPENSIVE, IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE REFORM TO THE VOTING SYSTEM:

1) Free and fair elections, transparent and open to all.

Motor voter registration.
Other easy access registrations.
Any ID will do that has a picture or is deemed appropriate.
No "new" ID's, no voter ID's.
Early voting starting the Saturday prior to the Constitutionally mandated date all over the country.
Elections administered by non-elected officials supervised by independent auditors (as in multiple auditors).


2) Simple solutions to ensure free and fair elections

Paper ballots marked with a stamp in a closed voting booth.
Hand counts of paper ballots by volunteers without a strongly identifiable partisan bias; with partisan representatives looking on.
Public announcements of precinct total published in a variety of media (including the Internet).
Public transmittal of the announced results to central tabulation center(s).
Visible presentation of the results received at the central tabulator facility via television, the Internet, etc. with a check by each precinct and party precinct representatives.
Totals that everyone can live with, verify, and know occurred.
Preservation of the ballots indefinitely in appropriately monitored facilities.
The use of symbols or pictures for those who can't read and the ready availability of those ballots and the use of voting machines to accommodate the handicapped (we certainly have enough now).

No levers, no punch cards, no scantron ballots, no DRE's, no mediation at all...just paper, an ink stamp, and a private place.

3) General political awareness through public awareness of the need for change NOW, including the use of any and all available means to raise that consciousness.

4) Specific political awareness of the fact that election fraud in 2000 was a race crime ("felons" list) and resulted in a stolen election and that it's been a race crime as long as we've had "spoilage" and continues to be one right through Ohio. It's not exclusively a race crime by any means, but that was clearly the overriding focus and, judging by the result, the goal. This needs to be emphasized as an equity issue.

5) Support of all types of election monitoring, including: private foundations or other forums to evaluate elections, equipment, etc.; political parties or nonpartisan groups to implement audits; exit polls designed to catch fraud (although the paper ballot process, with full participation, would make this an afterthought).

6) Recognition that voting rights is a potent issue that crosses the political spectrum.
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