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livvy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-13-07 09:38 AM
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1. OpEdNews: Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire

January 12, 2007

Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire

By Charles Corry

Out of the frying pan into the fire
You can have an honest election, or you can have a mail in/absentee
ballot election, but you can't have both at the same time.

By November 2006 the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) (aka Leave No Voting Company Behind)* tidal wave had washed almost completely across America, destroying election integrity and trust in its wake, and brought to us by the same "leaders" who brought us war in Iraq; a war on drugs; the wholesale destruction of children, families, and marriage; torture; gulags; reinstituted indentured servitude and debtors prisons; and
incurred a national debt of nearly $9 trillion dollars that is increasing by $1.7 billion a day.

One need not read far into the tabulation of problems by
VotersUnite, or by the Equal Justice Foundation, to realize electronic voting has been a massive failure. The innumerable problems, in many cases initiated by requirements of HAVA, has led to often extreme
distrust of voting machines in polling places. Nowhere is this more
apparent than in November 2006 election in Riverside County, California, one of the first counties to switch to electronic voting.

In many cases, dysfunctional voting machines and incompetent or
dishonest election officials have led to outrageous waits for voters
at polling places, e.g., in several Colorado counties in November
2006 the last voters were not able to cast a ballot until 1:30 AM the
next morning at voting centers. In some cases, notably Ohio, election officials apparently deliberately put too few electronic voting machines in minority or Democratic neighborhoods, forcing many potential voters to turn away rather than wait in line for many hours to vote. And, if citizens are able to vote at a precinct, the innumerable problems with electronic voting machines (documented here) and on many other web
sites leaves voters justifiably uncertain if their vote was counted
and, if counted, counted correctly?

In order to avoid the lines at polling places, and with
well-founded mistrust in touchscreen (DRE) voting machines, an ever-increasing number of voters have taken to using absentee ballots in the correct belief that a hand-marked paper ballot is more durable and accurate than an ephemeral entry on a computer screen.

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