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Bishop & Alessi’s Chickens Come Home to Roost

Slot machine.

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Congressman Tim Bishop (CD-1) and New York State Assemblyman Marc Alessi (AD-1)have recently been de-elected  when it turned out that their election night vote counts were off by several thousand in their opponent’s favor in very close races.

I have no sympathy for Congressman Bishop.  Congress shoved the awful “Helping America (not be able to) Vote Act” down our throats.  It is aslo known as HAVA.  Congress demanded we get rid of our safe and secure manual voting machines and replace them with these black box slot machines electronic voting machines.  In a huge case of corporate welfare, these unproven machines were to be purchased from a small number of manufacturers.  Even worse, they privatized voting so that the ability to check the software running the vote is in the hands of a private company.

Assemblyman Marc Alessi has the secondary blame, but more than enough.  In the volleyball analogy that Kimberly uses,  the New York State legislature popped the ball over the net, by accepting the federal demand for these slot machines and even setting the terms on which they were purchased.

Chicken roost

Image by btmspox via Flickr

In the greatest irony of all, Bishop and Alessi are now demanding a full hand count of the ballots.  ROTFLMAO.  Voting experts have testified from the beginning that hand-counted paper ballots (not electronic voting machines) are the most secure, least expensive, and most accessible form of voting.  Canada uses paper ballots every year without issue.  And they hand count them overnight.

I am only waiting for the other shoe to drop, or be thrown, as the case may be.  They are now claiming that 38% of the machines in Bishop’s congressional district mis-reported the vote to the Suffolk County Board of Elections.  Since that large a sample from one end of the county was wrong, when is someone going to figure out that they need to check the vote in ALL of Suffolk County?

Ian Wilder ROTFLMAO 110710

Ian Wilder ROTFLMAO 110710


One Response

  1. Haha! Totally agree!! From the long lines, microscopic print, ridiculous extra steps and completely public view of your voting slip, this was a voting nightmare. The most ridiculous attempt at “technology” I have ever seen.

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