Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Voting Machine Fun

Democracy for Utah has passed along a press release from Utah:Count Votes. It says among other things: "This is it — our final chance to preserve Democracy in Utah in the next 9 days!" "We all need to take time off work on April 20th and attend the Hearing on Utah's Voting Equipment." and "If any of you attended the Mock Election and were not asked to fill out a survey, weren't told that there were surveys to fill out, or you had asked to fill out a survey and were told that there were not any surveys left because they already had filled out the "required" amount of surveys, please email or call Joycelynn Straight at or 801-485-4457 because we will sign a joint letter testifying to that fact." Sounds like we'll get some good conspiracy theories out of this voting machine thing.


Blogger Charley Foster said...

Chalk it up to residual “Bush is illegitimate – selected, not elected” disgruntled holdouts.

4/14/2005 10:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know charlie, there couldn't possibly be any legitimate criticisms of bush. You stupid fuckhead!

4/14/2005 01:20:00 PM  
Blogger Charley Foster said...

Um, did I say there couldn't be any legitimate criticism of Bush?

Did I mention that these disgruntled holdouts tend to be really, really touchy - and hostile?

4/14/2005 02:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a Democrat, and like many voters I have some concerns about electronic voting machines.
That said, I have also observed several elections up-close as an official observer and I think the conspiracy theorists are WAY off the mark. I have read so many baloney stories that get passed around the internet. They make me wonder if some of my fellow "liberals" are liberal enough to get their information from a variety of sources instead of the internet rumour mill.
The problem seems to be that the ultra "progressives" would prefer the optical-scan punch cards and the status quo rather than to make real "progress" in our election systems. No matter what change is proposed they seem to view it as a conspiracy to steal their votes.
I am all for touchscreen & electronic voting, but would prefer a paper printout with a number (like current voter stubs). This could be dropped in a ballot box by the voter (or machine) and kept as a back up.

-Doug H.

4/14/2005 04:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a republican, but I'm hoping the next president is a Democrat so that I don't have to listen to the Democrats bitch and moan anymore.

Are Democrats capable of doing anything but complain? It gets old...

4/14/2005 08:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've got a point...we seem to be the party of "no" right now. In the '90s it was the right wing nuts who thought America was going down the tubes. Now its the left wingers. A lot of people just need to take a deep breath....When all is said & done we live in a pretty good country. At least the voting here is not like Zimbabwe or the Ukraine.
-Doug H.

4/15/2005 04:03:00 PM  

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