Re: More on Washingtom Recount

From: Fred McLain <mclain_at_zipcon_dot_net>
Date: Sun Dec 05 2004 - 13:30:15 CST

I'd love to get in on this. Send us a pointer to the forum where this
is being discussed, OK?

        -Fred-

On Sat, 2004-12-04 at 23:15 -0800, Keith Copenhagen wrote:
> Just the start of an interesting thread over at BlackBoxVoting.org,
> discussing the washington recount of DREs...
> Keying on the legal definition of a ballot, and Bush v. Gore uniform
> process....
>
> But aside from this, and possible irregularites, my original point
> was: Can they just perform this process and call all these 8 1/2 X 11"
> sheets of paper legal "ballots" ? Doesn't "ballot" have to be defined
> in the election law? Maybe as something a voter actually "casts"?
> Color me stupid, I guess, but it seems to me that if they can just
> make up a process and call these things "ballots", then what's to keep
> Sam Reed from doing the recont on his fingers and toes and declaring
> Rossi the winner? Wouldn't that be a "recount"?
>
> Also, think about Election 2000 and the Supreme Court's ruling in Bush
> v. Gore. They said that the manual recounting of ballots had to
> follow a uniform process to conform to the Equal Protection clause.
> Aren't Snohomish and Yakima Counties using a wildly different
> recounting process than the rest of the state?
>
> I'd love to get an informed legal opinion on this. I think there's a
> legal case (or two, or three) here. Let the Dem's spend a million
> bucks on this hand recount, and then let's get the entire election
> invalidated. I guarantee that would be the death knell for paperless
> electronic voting systems nationwide.
>
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