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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-15-10 01:14 AM
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Brennan Center Drops The Ball On WNYC Radio As Host Suggests Keeping Levers Would Prevent Overvoting
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Edited on Thu Jul-15-10 01:36 AM by Bill Bored


The Brennan Center refuses to give up on electronic vote counting, even if it means thousands of votes will be lost.

The pitch to keep New York's lever voting machines came TWICE from WNYC host Brian Lehrer, who was one of the few mainstream journalists to cover the voting irregularities in Ohio in 2004.

Lehrer asked Wendy Weiser of the Brennan Center's so-called Democracy Program: "You say that either the machines should be set to...reject an overvote....or what?....We are already close to Primary Day, which is Sept. 14...Are you actually advocating that we go back to the lever machines?" :think:

Weiser: "Absolutely not." :grr:

And she drops the ball AGAIN when Lehrer asks: "So if the court rules in your favor, it is...possible...that we'll be using the lever machines one or two more times this fall." :applause:

Weiser: "No! We are not seeking to have us return to the lever machines. We're just seeking to have the Board fix the other setup." :mad:

OK, we get the picture. Someone dropped a lever machine on her big toe when she was a child and she'd rather count votes with computers now, even if the NY State Board of Elections can't get the overvote notification right. I can understand that. Shit happens.

But in my opinion, the Brennan Center does NOT have a case, because they're going to federal court over a violation of a state law. HAVA does NOT require voting MACHINES to notify voters of the effect of casting overvotes -- the New York State Election Law does.

If I were a federal judge in this case, I'd tell 'em to get over it, or use the levers, which of course are allowed by HAVA.

It's clear that the NYS election officials are incompetent and therefore not able to run computerized elections. If they can't even get overvote notification right, how the hell can we expect them to stop vote switching, vote padding, vote deletion, and all the other crap that can happen when vote-counting is delegated to computers?
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