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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-20-05 12:36 AM
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167. I agree. This is a bipartisan issue. Specifically...
Edited on Sat Aug-20-05 12:37 AM by autorank
The machines, the software, the vendors, the networking, the lack of security, the lack of real certification, the personnel, the arrogance of bureaucracy, the docile public, the cynical, sleeping CM (corporate media)...all of these make a mockery of democracy. I've never said corruption is exclusively the province of the Republicans, although it certainly seems that they're the big winners: Congress, the presidency (twice).

There should be nothing controversial about Voting Rights. The reason the act passed 40 years ago was simple: no one could mount an argument against a person's right to vote. This time around, the voting rights movement has to establish fraud in order to make the connection between the right to vote and the problems with the current system.

Interestingly, there has been a voting rights issue with election procedures for decades called "spoiled ballots" which routinely make up 1-2% of the presidential ballot. These types of disqualifications take place 7 times as often in minority precincts, typically black precincts. We all tolerated this as though it were a fact of life but, in fact, it was blatant racism operating to steal the votes of a specific segment of the population.

Part of the answer to your question about the excellent summary in Answers.Com is "go along to get along." If any established part leader stands up and says, "It's a sham," they will threaten to topple the whole system because "it's not legitimate" follows closely after the first statement.

I say, let's put it all on the table, go back to paper as the only solution, and make appropriate accommodations for handicapped voters with our 'voting machine surplus.' Simple isn't it. Paper, trail of evidence, observed counting, recounts are possible, precincts announce the results so no temptation to mess with network transmissions.

That would be easy and it would solve the problem.

Why don't you think a major political figure from either party has said a word?
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