READER COMMENTS ON
"'Daily Voting News' For March 08, 2006"
(4 Responses so far...)
COMMENT #1 [Permalink]
said on 3/9/2006 @ 6:06 am PT...
John, I have been wondering why election officials are fundamentalists when it comes to computerized voting issues.
Their modus operandi is to say "trust us", or in other words have faith in us. It really is a faith based approach to voting.
But we know that faith based things are for religion, not electoral government.
I think I have a clue for voters to consider. A recent Gallup Poll indicates that only 12% of Americans believe in evolution. The majority believe in the bible text indicating how humans arrived on this planet.
Perhaps the politicians are playing to these underlying faith feelings when they apply electronic voting machine rhetoric.
The notion that "faith is good" may work fine for religion, however, our ancestors told us that it is not a good way to do government, and establishment of religion within governmental dynamics has been disastrous in the past.
COMMENT #2 [Permalink]
said on 3/9/2006 @ 2:32 pm PT...
Just my opinion from talking to elections officials and reading the media. Most elections officials are hardworking, honest, and truly want every vote to be counted and to be counted correctly. However, most elections officials are also not very technical and they believe everything that they are told by others in the trade and by the vendors.
So they go blindly into the night and spend tax payers money (our money) to buy voting systems that do not work or that fail and then they have to defend their decisions or realize what we have been saying is correct. Some are learning from us now and I expect that number to grow.
COMMENT #3 [Permalink]
said on 3/10/2006 @ 5:23 am PT...
Good news John, in the sense it is naivete rather than corruption, for the most part.
Of course the Ken Blackwell situation shows us that not all of it is innocent.
It would be so great if there were a million Ion Sanchos out there, and zero Ken Blackwells.
One day they will see that we have their best interest in mind too.
After all they vote too and their vote will be protected too if our mission is accomplished.
It is not us v them, it is us v bad voting machines.
COMMENT #4 [Permalink]
said on 5/2/2006 @ 4:42 am PT...
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