Rocking the Vote Electronique

Lucas Gonze lgonze at
Mon Nov 24 10:06:59 PST 2003

Old bits, repurposed for conversation about partisan angles on voting  
Howard A. Denis (R-Potomac-Bethesda), a Montgomery County Council  
member, was so shaken by the Hopkins report that he is considering  
asking for a waiver to stop using electronic machines.

"The more I look into this, the more serious I think it is," he said.

I distrust Republicans as much anybody, but I have known many  
Republicans who were passionate believers in freedom, and I think that  
the rank and file of both parties would happily toss their leadership  
over this.  So why aren't we out burning them in effigy yet?  I've  
never seen a more serious political scandal than this -- what the hell  
is going on that it hasn't taken over the front page?

On Monday, Nov 24, 2003, at 12:52 America/New_York, Lucas Gonze wrote:

> On Monday, Nov 24, 2003, at 12:17 America/New_York, Robert S. Thau  
> wrote:
>> I know of a few Republican partisans who are very big in the voting
>> machine business -- the CEO of Diebold, for instance, who is also an
>> active Bush fundraiser who has personally declared himself "committed
>> to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes" to Bush.
>> I'm not aware of any similarly partisan Democrats...
> Ok, so if Republicans are getting the majority of campaign money from  
> voting machine companies then the partisan perspective is that it's a  
> competition between Democrats and Republicans for the same money.  And  
> that's a perspective I'm completely comfortable with, since I'm  
> skeptical that Democrats would be any more likely to throw Diebold out  
> of bed.
> The story to me is about citizen apathy.  Either citizens care enough  
> to protect our votes or we don't, and so far we don't.
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