By John Gideon on 11/16/2006, 4:38pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

If a recount in Sarasota Co, Florida fails to award Democrat Christine Jennings a seat in Congress, she has a final recourse: The newly Democratic-controlled U.S. House. A little-known provision in the U.S. Constitution gives the House the final decision on who sits in its chamber. The CA-50 special election to replace Randy "Duke" Cunningham was decided by decision of the majority party in the House and according to the US Constitution Article 1, Section 5. FL-13 may be decided in the same way. / VVPAT: The printer that was added on to the DREs to allow the voter to review the ballot and to allow the counties to have something to audit/recount instead of software. What good has it been? Voters don't review it. On some models of machines the printer is covered by an opaque cover that must be lifted by the voter so they can review the ballot. They don't do it. Poll sites ran out of replacement spools for the printers and, where the printers are mandated by law, the machines had to be taken out of service. We need to rethink this idea....

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