Re: GOP standards were higher than DEM standards

From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Wed Aug 08 2001 - 10:08:52 MDT

>From: "Harvey Newstrom" <>

>Wrong. The Republicans only followed the law and election
>procedures where they wanted to. They rejected the law that
>required postmarks on all absentee ballots because the military
>votes did not have postmarks. They counted these votes "to be
>fair" even though it violated the law.

Excuse me Harvey, but this is incorrect.

There is a Federal law which explicitly states that military
absentee ballots do not require postmarks.

It was Al "every vote should be counted" Gore who did eveything he
could to exclude these votes. In my opinion he can add hypocrite to
his list of accomplishments.

>I am constantly amazed by the perception on both sides that only
>the other side played unfairly. I see neither side acting
>superior to the other in the Florida elections.

>One side note: Later studies show that many other states had
>worse problems with uncounted ballots. It was only Florida's
>sunshine law and pivotal role in the election that put the focus
>on Florida. Most state elections are just as screwed up, but the
>media does not have access to the counting process in those
>states, and there was not as much attention given to those states.

I agree with this completely. Al Gore won Illinois by something
like 2 votes per precinct, I don't doubt for a second there was
foul play at work.

I think it was clear that the election system is sadly in need of
a high tech as well as low tech overhaul.


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