Re: Ms. Tobi's overheated rhetoric

From: Arlene Montemarano <mikarl_at_starpower_dot_net>
Date: Mon Nov 12 2007 - 06:02:19 CST

Arthur, years ago I was involved in controversies about solid waste
disposal in my community. The same arguments were made by proponents of
dirty expensive incinerators. They said recycling could never work
because of the variety of types of trash. And they were right. It made
it more difficult. But not insurmountable. The system of production
needed, and still needs to be integrated with the problems of disposal.

I believe that our ways of voting are also unwieldy and, if it were up
to me, I would separate much of this voting. I believe all Federal
voting should be hand counted and treated separately, as it is done in
other countries.

Local elections should be handled any way that local populations chose
to vote, as specified by the founding fathers, who wanted maximum
distance from the Feds and local communities' votes.

The use of machines has been seized, as I see it, to justify federal
involvement.

Arthur Keller wrote:
> At 7:56 PM -0500 11/11/07, Arlene Montemarano wrote:
>
>> With seven races and two initiatives, the six teams of two people
>> each were able to hand-count twice 944 ballots in four hours.
>>
>> In Rockport, it took about one hour to hand-count 522 ballots; there
>> were six races and no initiatives. In Hudson it took about one hour
>> to hand-count 59 ballots; there were 14 races and no initiatives.
>> As noted, both communities used ballot boxes that provided a degree
>> of security for the ballots.
>>
>
> I have a sample ballot from the November 2004 Presidential Election
> (for Daly City) in my files. This ballot has the following contests:
>
> President/Vice President
> Senator
> Congressman
> State Assemblyman
> County School Board (3 separate races)
> City Council (vote for no more than two)
> City Treasurer
> County Harbor District (vote for no more than three)
> State Propositions (16 separate yes/no questions)
> County Measures (5 separate yes/no questions)
> City Measures (2 separate yes/no questions)
>
> That's 8 regular races, 2 multi-candidate races, and 23 yes/no
> propositions and measures.
>
> And that's typical for an even year primary or general election.
>
> I was Precinct Inspector in the November 2006 election where 501
> ballots were cast at our polling place (not counting vote-by-mail
> envelopes deposited with us).
>
> New Hampshire consists mainly of small towns. How would you
> hand-count the one million or so votes in the City of Los Angeles or
> the well over one million votes in the City of New York? Would you
> use computers to record and sum up the totals from each precinct? Or
> would you do that on an abacus?
>
> Best regards,
> Arthur
>
>

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