Fwd: Unacceptable

From: Jerry Lobdill <lobdillj_at_charter_dot_net>
Date: Sat May 06 2006 - 11:28:02 CDT

FYI
>Date: Sat, 06 May 2006 08:58:29 -0500
>To: ProgressiveNews2Use
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>From: Jerry Lobdill <lobdillj@charter.net>
>Subject: Unacceptable
>Bcc: David House <dhouse@star-telegram.com>
>
>Please see my comments interspersed within the text of this S-T editorial.
><http://www.dfw.com/>
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>Posted on Sat, May. 06, 2006
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>Unacceptable
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>
>Star-Telegram
>
>Tarrant County elections officials can make any
>excuse they like about flawed ballots on the
>first day of early voting Monday in Arlington
>City Council races. No excuse is good enough.
>
>The snafu involved areas of municipal Arlington
>that cross into school districts other than
>Arlington's. Northwest Arlington voters living
>within the Fort Worth and Hurst-Euless-Bedford
>school districts discovered that they had no
>listing for the Arlington District 1 City
>Council race. Southwest Arlington voters living
>within the Kennedale and Mansfield school
>districts found no listing for the District 2 council race.
>
>The errors were quickly caught and corrected --
>a task made easier because the ballot was
>electronic -- but council candidates campaigning
>in those districts were understandably perturbed.
>
>True, the ballots are long and complex. They
>include city and school district races, a bond
>package in Mansfield schools, a sales tax
>renewal proposal in Arlington and county bond
>proposals, all involving overlapping boundaries.
>
>But those boundaries are not new. Single-member
>council districts in Arlington have been in
>place for more than a decade; school district
>lines have been fixed for much longer.
>[and...this kind of problem never occurred
>before the advent of DRE voting machines, so the
>fact that the problem was "quickly caught and
>corrected -- a task made easier because the
>ballot was electronic" misses the point that the
>problem probably wouldn't have occurred without electronic ballots.]
>
>This problem comes after yet another major
>problem during the recent primary election in
>which a tabulating error counted 100,000 votes
>that were never cast. Though the error did not
>change the outcome of any races, [ My
>understanding is that Justice Steve Smith's race
>was sufficiently affected that he filed suit.
>Moreover, if the error didn't change the outcome
>of any race it was only fortuitous that it
>turned out that way. These yes-men for Hart
>InterCivic need to stop using this excuse for
>the errors of the March 7 election. The errors
>revealed that the entire election system is
>vulnerable to tampering in the central
>consolidation of results from polling stations.
>This flaw has not even been discussed by
>officials--including TCDP Chair, Art Brender,
>who seems strangely defensive about Hart
>InterCivic.] flaws occurring in two consecutive
>elections create a credibility problem. The
>county election administration process must be repaired, and quickly.
>
>To make matters worse, a sprinkling of Arlington
>voters complained that when they reviewed their
>choices before submitting the electronic
>ballots, the completed forms did not accurately reflect their selections.
>
>Here's a tip: Test the system -- again and again
>and again. This shouldn't happen. [Another
>mantra betraying ignorance (or worse). Testing
>can never reveal the presence of malicious
>hidden software in the DRE voting machines, the
>optical scanning machines, or the central
>processing software that consolidates results
>from the DREs. Please take this as worth
>investigating. I have over 30 years experience as a software engineer.]
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