Re: question about hand-held statisticaldevices in the field

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Fri Dec 21 2007 - 11:24:11 CST

> This is an insecure system, missing checks and balances, and as a
> matter of public policy, must be put right before Jan. 3 2008.
It's not exactly "a matter of public policy" in the same sense that
elections administered by the government are "a matter of public policy."
The stated purpose of government is to protect the rights of the people
(according to Declaration of Independence). This is not the stated purpose
of political parties. So, the legal/philosophical basis for demanding
transparency and accountability in government administered elections is very

For most of U.S. history, the political parties selected their candidates
for president in a very undemocratic manner. You are right to demand a more
democratic process in Iowa -- and all the primaries, for that matter. And,
I think you are right to say it's a "matter of public policy." However, it
might be worthwhile to keep in mind the difference between political parties
and governments.

Alan D.

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