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Reclaiming Our Voices
Friday, March 10, 2006
If it ain't broke, why fix it?
Mood:  irritated
Now Playing: "I fight authority, authority always wins!" John Cougar Mellencamp
Topic: To Vote or Not to Vote!

New York State may lose Federal funds for not replacing its voting machines. But are we being compelled to fix something that isn’t broke?

New York State does not have butterfly or punch card ballots. The lever machines have been around over 50 years, and I have not heard that they have posed any problem.

On the other hand, touch screen voting machines have been known to record votes for the opposite candidate.

They possibly can be hacked in a way that can change many votes all at once.

They cannot be recounted, there is no paper trail.

Some of these machines are made by corporate interests committed to the election of a particular candidate.

Some touch screen voting results have shown a high disparity from exit polls in the last two elections.

What we really need is a publicly financed, bipartisan process of collecting and counting our votes.

We can't have a state official of one party, arbitrarily deciding whether or not to examine possible voting irregularities.

We don't need to spend tax dollars on suspect voting machines provided corporate partisan interests.

Posted by pencandle at 11:14 PM EST
Updated: Friday, March 10, 2006 11:17 PM EST

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