Rocking the Vote Electronique
lgonze at panix.com
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
>> 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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