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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

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Marc Davidson

Thanks for the timely post.
It's difficult to imagine the implementation of an efficient and fair voting system in this country given the control of this process that local jurisdictions have and the corrupting influence of money in the huge contracts given to manufacturers of voting machines.
If we were truly interested as a nation in fixing the problem, we could find a way. One way would be to challenge the constitutionality (on 14th Amendment grounds) of the way fully half of our jurisdictions run elections. This would require, for instance, the implementation of hand-counting or proven automatic systems such as optically scanned ballots. Another way would be to remove any question about the nonpartisanship of our election officials (eg secretaries of state and chairpersons of their state's Bush campaign, Katherine Harris and Steven Blackwell).
You are right to point out that the greater danger is disenfranchisement than ineligible people casting ballots.
With regard to voter ID cards, another layer of computer automation (eg swipe strips) is likely to complicate the system even more causing increased disenfranchisement as well as misuse of the information collected.

reg

It is imperative that Mgmax report to this thread with all deliberate speed so that he can use his favorite catch-all term of derision for liberals, "goo goo", in an appropriate context for a change.

Steve Smith

"Not by a long chalk?"

Andrew Gumbel

Sorry. Britishism. Sorry also for formatting/continuity problems including a few mysteriously skipped words - at one point last night the whole entry looked like it had been blown over by Hurricane Rita.

Marc Davidson

Sorry. I'm missing the "goo goo" context.

Gene Tenace

Heck, just putting enough machines in neighborhoods that are likely to vote Democrat would make a big enough difference. Making people wait for 4,8, 12 hours to vote is enough right there to hand an election over to the Repubs!

johnny bench

Ahem, Joe Rudi can go to hell for that fake 'catch' of my extrabase hit...

johnny bench

oops, i had a studs terkel moment there, it was Denis Mencke, not me, who hit that spectacular hit! we wuz robbed!

reg

"goo goo" = good government, in the lexicon of cynics (i.e. election reform, Common Cause-type stuff). Mgmax used it rather aggressively in a prior thread under the mistaken assumption that it had something to do with '60s liberals who supported the Black Panthers.

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let's pray for everyone :-) this is the only gift i can actually for a reform.

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"goo goo" = good government, in the lexicon of cynics (i.e. election reform, Common Cause-type stuff). Mgmax used it rather aggressively in a prior thread under the mistaken assumption that it had something to do with '60s liberals who supported the Black Panthers.

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