By John Gideon on 6/20/2007, 8:00pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

In his “S.1487: A Deconstruction” Robert Bancroft points out;

One cannot help but notice a pattern in the fiscal priorities set by this bill.
• Money to help States develop training programs: none
• Money to help States establish early voting programs: none
• Money to help States perform rigorous audits: none
• Money for the Commission to give to manufacturers for research: $4,000,000
• Money for States to give to manufacturers for machines: $600,000,000
The bill is quick to clarify that the $600 million grant in no way prevents States from also tapping the $650 million granted by HAVA. That puts the total amount of American taxpayer dollars siphoned off to voting-machine manufacturers at $1.25 billion. Are the authors certain that the American people agree with these priorities? Even after handing so much of our money over to these business interests, the bill still does not provide the one thing we have requested: a paper ballot.

That story, and all the other notable voting news today, linked below...

  • NAtional: S.1487: A Deconstruction LINK
  • AR: Clark County - Special election brings record number of voters LINK
  • FL: Palm Beach County threatens to keep touch screen voting machines LINK
  • FL: Palm Beach County - County balks at paper trail law LINK
  • FL: Sarasota County approves purchase of new voting system LINK
  • MS: Jackson County - County seeks two election commissioners LINK
  • NC: N.C. auditor retreats from early findings LINK
  • NC: Truth behind NC "voter fraud" crusade is out there --- if we can get to it LINK
  • NY: Mailbox could become ballot box LINK
  • TX: Jefferson County - Port Arthur to conduct elections solo LINK
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