Sunday, June 13, 2004

Like Hell They Can't Be

Florida Secretary of State Hood: "No votes are lost, or could be lost."

Florida leads the way in the GOP drive to build its alternative to representative democracy.

In 2000, the US Supreme Court gave GWB the presidency, arguing that Florida could not recount its votes within a Dec. 15th deadline and with a consistent statewide standard.

They did not say recounting was bad. They said it was impractical, so Florida had to be a judgement call. The judges preferred Bush.

Today, GOP-appointed judges and GOP office-holders are working hard to assure they can once again throw doubt on the voters' preference and make the election a bad judgement call.

The electronic voting machines are not working.

The head of the state elections division (suspected of covering up the flaws) quit for "a change of pace."

How does the Jeb-appointed secretary of state's office react? "No votes are lost, or could be lost."

AP - Jun 12, 2004 - Touchscreen voting machines in 11 counties have a software flaw that could make manual recounts impossible in November's presidential election, state officials said.

... Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla., has asked state Attorney General Charlie Crist to investigate whether the head of the state elections division lied under oath when he denied knowing of the computer problem before reading about it in the media. A spokeswoman for Crist said he was reviewing the request.

The elections chief, Ed Kast, abruptly resigned Monday, saying he wanted a change of pace.
And this is just the state that gets the most attention. What's going on in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin?