Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Holt Election Security Bill Opposition Not Abating

from Bev Harris Black Box Voting


I find the "pass Holt now even if it's damaged goods, or we won't have anything in 2008!" arguments to be not just dangerous to our system of government, not just an invitation to waste collossal sums of money, not just exploitive and coercive, but partisan.

Such arguments imply that "if we don't pass something, anything" Republicans will cheat. While they don't come right out and say "We are Democrats and we think Republicans steal elections", when you peel off the layers you find that assumption among many who are pushing Holt.

Well, I've said it before and I'll say it again: I live in King County, Washington, the home of the deleted three hours in the GEMS audit log, the home of the now-you-see-em-now-you-don't ballots, which appeared like rabbits out of a hat every few weeks during the 2004 gubernatorial recount (usually when the Republican candidate pulled ahead; the "found" ballots -- lo and behold -- ended up in the Democrat "winning").

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Election integrity is not a partisan issue and it is not an issue that should be "solved" by dealing only with the federal races, as if the presidential race was the key to election integrity.

The most common frauds are at the county level, in the breadbasket positions that oversee development projects, guns, and contraband. Those positions in turn hold great sway over the elections official chosen, and that election official -- or any civil servant working for that election official -- can hold the keys to the kingdom for the federal races...

Posted on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 11:32 pm:
by Nancy Tobi
Intro by Bev Harris

A Ponzi Scheme, by definition, is an artifice that is insolvent from its inception, thereby defrauding its funders (in this case, the taxpayers). Ponzi schemes work on the "rob-Peter-to-pay-Paul" principle, as new investment (taxpayer) money is needed to fulfill promises made on earlier investments (tax monies) until the whole scheme collapses.


2-8-07: Beware of the Bandwagon -- A concise list of problems with Holt Bill HR 811

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