On 11/11/06, Eric Yost <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Simon: Conversely, it's clear the Republicans didn't win...nobody cheated. Eric: My point exactly. It says a lot about DEMs, and not the good stuff about them I prefer to support. It shows the irrational, venal, vulgar, petty, mob side of Democrats.
Nah, first it says a lot about losers. Spend a bit of time reading the comments on, for example, the National Review or Red States blogs and you will find insanity to match and surpass anything you have seen on the Dem side in previous elections. And, second, the relative cleanness of these elections had a lot to do with the fact that both parties had the good sense to have thousands of lawyers spread out all over the country keeping an eye on polling stations and ready to pounce on irregularities...Not to mention the pollwatchers recruited by organizations like Common cause. And, third, the problems still exist. Electronic machines are hackable, and the fact that the scrutiny described above deferred the majority of malefactors (FL-18 remains a notable exception) doesn't mean that this won't be a problem if we become too complacent in future elections. And, fourth, not only are the machines hackable. At least in some cases the interface design is abominable. My daughter, voting in Corpus Christi, Texas, noticed poll workers madly scrambling back and forth telling people not to push the red button until they completed their ballots since (1) selection involved use of a dial instead of a keypad or mouse and (2) the opening question "Spanish or English" was the only thing displayed on the first screen. Real easy, then, for folks to turn the dial to their preference, hit the button, and wind up not being able to cast a vote at all. My daughter almost did this herself, and she is a highly educated Navy pilot, used to being careful before she pushes buttons. Cheers, John -- John McCreery The Word Works, Ltd., Yokohama, JAPAN http://www.wordworks.jp/ US CITIZEN ABROAD? YOU'RE THE DECIDER! Register to Vote in '06 Elections www.VoteFromAbroad.org