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"'Daily Voting News' For August 05, 2006"
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COMMENT #1 [Permalink]
said on 8/5/2006 @ 6:36 pm PT...
"normaloia .... That's when you think everything is OK, no matter what."
That's a great new word! Seems to apply to a large section of our populace!
Looks like another train wreck in Ohio!
COMMENT #2 [Permalink]
said on 8/5/2006 @ 11:24 pm PT...
The gerrymandering, which has been for the most part under the radar, is morphing into 'normaloia' (I like that word too).
Almost every political gimmick and trick in the politician playbook, such as gerrymandering, which tend to make it more and more difficult for the voting public to hold incumbents accountable, is not being slapped down hard by the courts.
It has been more like a slap on the wrist.
The reason they give is that it is too difficult for them to figure out how to determine when gerrymandering is illegal and when it is not!
Nevertheless they found some of Tom DeLay's efforts to be illegal, and have redrawn a congressional district in Texas, after the US Supreme Court held that DeLay had violated the Voting Rights Act:
Responding to the Supreme Court's decision partly nullifying a 2003 Texas congressional redistricting plan, a special three-judge U.S. District Court (Marshall Division) on Friday drew up a new map that changes the boundaries of five existing districts. The District Court adopted its own plan, refusing to embrace any of the 14 proposals submitted to it. It acted one day after holding a hearing on how to adapt the districts to the Supreme Court's ruling June 28 in League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry (05-204, and companion cases).
COMMENT #3 [Permalink]
said on 8/6/2006 @ 7:46 am PT...
Thats great, now Diebold can access the voting machines remotely and outsource evote maintaince to India.
COMMENT #4 [Permalink]
said on 8/6/2006 @ 12:25 pm PT...
"...outsource evote maintaince to India."
Can't wait 'till I have to call tech support!
And why do they need modems in the first place?
COMMENT #5 [Permalink]
said on 8/6/2006 @ 1:12 pm PT...
Good Point Bluebear2, The modem would allow you to dial in via a remote access, kind of 1990s.
However, we are well into the new decade. Rf Diebold enabled wireless capability and did not tell anyone, (wireless is built in on many systems), all a Diebold tech would have to do is drive up to a polling place to "up grade" or "repair" an operating evoting system.
Has anyone checked for wireless capability in our installed base of systems?
COMMENT #6 [Permalink]
said on 8/6/2006 @ 6:56 pm PT...
I don't use wireless - too easy for someone to get in. Granted - if someone wanted to, they could hook onto my phone line and tap into my DSL stream, but that isn't as easy as parking around the corner with a laptop and wireless receiver.
COMMENT #7 [Permalink]
said on 8/6/2006 @ 8:56 pm PT...
Thats the point. Wireless worries me the most. Its easy to drive up, make the changes and drive on to the next set of voting machines. My guess is that in 2007 we will be reading on how wireless was a factor in the 2006 elections. By that time its too late.
We have to go to hand counted ballots only.... TODAY