Monday, November 15, 2004

Restoring Integrity to the Voting Process 

Thom Hartmann has a new article on the voting process in America, and I pulled out this little nugget (this is actually a quote from Peter King regarding another election, but I believe it is an apt metaphor for this election; whoever counts the votes, now has the power, and...the process of vote tabulation can be tampered with):

Alex Pelosi's new film "Diary of a Political Tourist" catches a tipsy Congressman Peter King making a comment at a White House function before the election had been finished that, "It's already over. The Election's over. We Won."
When Pelosi asks, "How do you know that?" King replies, "It's all over but the counting. And we'll take care of the counting."
To some, while not evidence of conspiracy, this is, at best, unseemly. Republican-affiliated corporations secretly handling our vote; significant disparities between exit polls and machine-based vote counts (that vary widely from state-to-state); the Republican Party fighting legislation that would make the vote transparent; Republicans saying they'll "take care of the counting"; and now RNC chairman Gillespie calls for an end to exit polls.