Skully 1; Mulder zip..
- Well folks, With the passing of another 48 hours, it would seem the
miraculous self-correcting online rumor mill has done it again. The
groundswell of conspiracist "black box" voting scandals
largely spawned by the web has just as largely been quelled by it.
Democracy, even the raw online version, is indeed a wondrous thing to
behold. Though initially quite skeptical of claims about systematic
fraud, I should admit here that I too was caught up in it
(see "snafu" < http://biggertent.com/?q=node/5 >) once I saw
the story headlining Oberman's Countdown <
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6210240 >. Shame on me. No, it would seem
that a dark Rovian conspiracy is not the story of this election, but
rather the dark Rovian GOTV ground game.
That said, it sure seems to me that in the richest, most (blah, blah,
blah..) one would hope that we could standardize, plan and run a less
chaotic and ultimately disenfranchising election. The vote spoilage
rate is much too high and tends to disproportionally impact poor and
minority precincts. Optical scans and touchscreens need to be
independently and thoroughly secured, tested then tested again. And
yes we need a paper trail! Perhaps most outrageous of all the
election foul ups though is that people would have to wait 3, 5, 7 or
more hours to exercise their right to vote. This is absolutely
disgraceful and unacceptable folks and in of itself may well have
cost Kerry the election. Only those on a mission from God would
happily stand in line in the rain for 4 hours to vote "the chosen
one" back into office.
I know, state jurisdictions and cost and.. but I'm convinced we need
to pursue the called for federal investigation and with those results
enact better federal law WITH TEETH to enforce across the board
standards of fairness and efficiency. If states don't, won't or can't
meet them, then their elections should not be sanctioned. Period. As
for the cost, if we can with a straight face flush $200,000,000,000
(,000,000,0..) down the toilet "fighting terrorism" in the debacle
formerly known as Iraq, we can surely afford to run clean, fair and
user friendly elections. Again period. Peace.
A Bigger tent
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