Re: The Recent Election

From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Thu Feb 22 2001 - 14:50:43 MST

From: Neal Blaikie <>

I wrote:
>> I'm curious as to what you saw that was unfair about the

>I'm really rather tired of this subject, but will mention one
>thing of which I have personal knowledge: my brother, who lives in
>Palm Beach County and has been voting there for 20 years, noticed
>something wrong with his ballot when he began to use it. He took
>it up to a poll worker (probably a Democrat :-0) to point out the
>problem and was basically told "too bad." This caused him to have
>to choose between either voting for a candidate other than the one
>he had intended to vote for, or not having his vote count at all.
>If this had been an isolated case, I could understand it, but it's
>not. I have since spoken with a number of people I know who live
>in the same county, and have been told similar stories.

Although you did not mention it in this post, If I recall correctly
the problem you were refering to was the holes in the ballot not
lining up properly. I do not recall seeing any information on this
but I would be interested in any referrences.

The poll worker involved shold be punished/barred from
participating in further elections.

>Add this to the thousands of reported cases of this happening, of
>votes being thrown out for various other reasons, of absentee
>ballots not being counted or being counted twice,

Last I knew the majority of the uncounted absentee ballots were
from the military, and it was the dems who tried to prevent their
inclusion, so this would not have changed the outcome.

>of black voters being turned away at the polls due to rather
>suspicious technical snafus, and various other problems, and to me
>we have a highly suspect election.

Individual claims should be investigated. Some of the claims were
erroneous however. After the democratic initiated telemarketer
campaign was launched, the number of complaints was considerably
higher than the number of votes cast for example.

>But this is all irrelevant to the response I made to your original
>posting. The only reason I addressed it here is because you
>brought it up. My statement about us not really having a president
>was just me tossing off a personal opinion, and it was delivered
>as such. I had no interest in convincing anyone of my point of
>view. Besides, there's not a lot we can do about it now.

Yes, there is little use in debating personal opinions.

I was just curious.


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