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Rigged Elections?

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , on September 18, 2008 by gyma

All along I’ve been saying that if the press keeps reporting the polls are too close to call, then the Republicans will steal the election and it will be 2000 all over again.  And just to remind you, the composition of the Supreme Court has changed, although I believe the outcome would be the same.  I hope Obama has a strong legal team behind him.

Susan Greene, a local columnist for The Denver Post, had an interesting column in today’s paper.  Colorado’s Secretary of State is Republican, Mike Coffman.  Coffman is also running this year for the 6th Congressional District (the seat being vacated by Tom Tancredo, another worthless bag of DNA).  Besides having no faith in this country’s financial institutions, I no longer have any faith in our ability to run fair elections.  We might as well reprint all our currency with “The Banana Republic of America.”

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Problem is, he wouldn’t return inquiries for this column.

Maybe that’s because Coffman doesn’t want his would-be voters for Congress reminded that a state audit found one of his employees probably broke the law by operating a partisan side business, and that Coffman himself “shares responsibility for these violations.”

Or that a lobbying firm working on Coffman’s campaign also was representing a voting-machine maker seeking recertification by his office.

Or that Coffman’s election director recently resigned after news broke that the condominium where she claimed residence is owned by a businessman whose firm has elections-systems contracts with the state.

Or that, after identifying more than 100 hours of unaccounted work time on Coffman’s calendar, watchdogs are calling for him to step down.

On Wednesday, Gov. Bill Ritter joined with county clerks in urging Coloradans to cast absentee ballots to help avoid chaos at the polls. As Flanagan tells it, it’s good advice “that raises an alarm bell that we’re not prepared for Election Day.”

Go figure that Coffman — the official supposed to oversee our elections — didn’t attend the news conference.

I particularly like the part about Coffman hiring a lobbying firm that was also representing a voting-machine maker (Diebold??) seeking recertification by his office.

We are being urged by our lawmakers to vote by mail because this same Secretary of State has certified 18 ballot issues, the longest ballot since 1912.

This country has become a joke and I’m not finding it very funny.

Losing Votes

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on August 23, 2008 by gyma

Last week the Columbus Dispatch reported that half the counties in Ohio have voting machines that contain a programming error causing votes to be dropped.  Anyone believe this programming error is an equal opportunity dropper?

The maker of these machines?  Diebold, who very cleverly changed its name to Premier Election Solutions.  If you haven’t seen the documentary, “Hacking Democracy”, you should check your public library or get it from Netflix.  It’s a must see and will infuriate and frighten you.

The problem cannot be fixed by Novemer 4th, but not to worry.  Premier, in conjunction with the Secretary of State, are issuing guidelines to counties explaining how to avoid the problem.  Yeah, right.

If you lived in one of these 44 Ohio counties would you honestly believe your vote was properly counted?  I wouldn’t.

Ohio’s Secretary State, Jennifer Brunner, is suing Premier for the millions of taxpayers’ dollars spent on these machines.  Good luck with that.

If you are interested in learning more about how easy it is to steal elections, see Black Box Voting, the makers of the “Hacking Democracy” documentary.