Wednesday, August 25, 2004


There are many shocking tidbits in this excellent Slate piece about the possibility of election fraud in Florida this November. But the most shocking has to be this:
For one, Hood and Jeb Bush have strongly endorsed the state's Republican-controlled legislature's new rule that outlaws manual recounts. This means that if any of the new optical-scan or touch-screen machines fail—as they did in the 2002 elections; and the recent March primaries; and just last week, when a backup system failed in a test run in Miami-Dade—there will be no recourse for counting votes. A coalition of election-reform groups has challenged this rule, and Rep. Robert Wexler of Palm Beach sued in federal court after a state appeals court dismissed the matter, ruling that while the right to vote is guaranteed, a perfect voting system is not.


At 12:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's like saying a defendant has the right to an attorney, but not a competent one who stays awake during trial. Oh, wait, what's that other Bush state? JS


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