Thursday, March 23, 2006

Ailing Democracy ...

Slightly disappointed that the Washington Post, along with quoted Paul S. DeGregorio, chairman of the federal Election Assistance Commission, is downplaying the "growing pains" in a recent Cook County, Illinois Primary that used new electronic voting machines.

It wasn't Diebold, that wily, secretive, DL Republican of a company cornering the voting machine market. Instead, it's Oakland, CA-based Sequoia Voting Systems, a company Cook County paid $50 million in federal grant money to implement a new voting system in time for yesterday's primary. But, there are many questions surrounding Sequoia, as well as the flawed training of election workers on its system.

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Interesting how the Post leaves out that detail - you'd think it would be the most significant piece of information since we're talking about software glitches and memory cards. We're trying to shake off a bit of Belarussian vibe - still, quite a few of us could get an education from cats holding 24 hour vigils in 10 degree weather; we can barely get up from the X-Box or an episode of Tyra to protest a sham primary election in New Orleans on April 22nd.