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Reply #7: PA's in the same boat, and the new wrinkle here now is no one will even talk about voting machines. [View All]

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demodonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-10 07:18 AM
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7. PA's in the same boat, and the new wrinkle here now is no one will even talk about voting machines.
Edited on Thu Nov-04-10 07:45 AM by demodonkey

Our former Secretary of State (now a vendor for an Internet Voting company) started this, citing a pending lawsuit. So from our officials right now we have a total State of Denial here in PA.

It is a national disgrace that 25% of our electorate is still being forced to throw their votes down these paperless contraptions. And it is not realistic to expect states and counties to correct this on their own. Most are so cash-strapped they can't cover basic expenses these days, let alone find money to replace equipment that some of them were misled to believe would be good for decades.

The bottom line is that Rush Holt's Voter Confidence & Increased Accessibility Act would have ended all this. DREs would be gone by now in states with no paper, and on their way out everywhere else. We'd have a basic audit of federal elections. And internet voting would be off the table too. Plus, the bill specifically provided for individual states to do more, all the way up to hand-counting every paper ballot if that is what a state desired.

THIS BILL SHOULD HAVE BEEN PASSED, AND PASSED LONG AGO. Windows and doors were open in the 111th Congress that may not be open again for a long time, if ever.

I am sick and tired of the unrealistic, self-serving, self-aggrandizing whackadoos who continue to insist that any bill must be perfect (in their eyes) or no federal reform of paperless voting systems will be supported at all.

As FBN points out, until we get the basic protection of a paper ballot for every vote, the 25% of us who still have to use paperless DREs can never truly know who won our elections.

And at least in part, we have the 'perfect-or-nothing' people to thank.

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