By John Gideon on 4/24/2008, 10:35pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

What happened in Pennsylvania and what can be done about it? All indications, outside of the main stream media, are that there were problems all over the state with voting systems. There were many anecdotal reports of vote flipping and other machines failures that never made it into the media. State election officials from the Secretary of State on down seem to have misrepresented the facts as they talked about the “scattered” problems and the media reported that propaganda. The state needs to do an honest appraisal of their voting systems and decide whether the status quo is more important than the voter’s voices. The state must also realize that if they are only going to put two DREs per polling place they must make paper ballots available to anyone who wants one and certainly for use when a machine fails in any way. Not a provisional ballot that may, or may not, be counted but a paper ballot that will be counted on election night. Unless something is done Pennsylvania will be the site of an election disaster in November and our democracy does not need three national elections in a row that are train wrecks....

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