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October 31, 2006

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Certifying votes isn't the same thing as overseeing voting machines, voter registrations and counting ballots. And we've all seen reports about how with the new computer machines one person to could alter the vote. I don't know if Chrismer's clean or dirty. But it doesn't matter if he's Mother Theresa. He's got an obvious motive to try to sway the election, so he ought to step aside or put some safeguards in place just to eliminate any question of impropriety.

Should we stop the election because people are related . Sounds like STALIN is alive and well.

MOBlogger

As state representative back in the 90s, Chrismer addressed Missouri's 51st Militia. The militia/terrorist organization that espoused the same views about the US that Timothy McVeigh did.

tsquare

The Democrats are getting funnier with every day.

Engawyer

THIS SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT HAS SERIOUS ISSUES. WHY WOULD SUCH A PARTISAN SEEK OUT SUCH A POSITION IN THE FIRST PLACE?

ITS ONE THING TO BE A VOTER AND A MEMBER OF A PARTY, I DON'T ENTERTAIN FOR 1 SECOND THAT SHARON BUIE IS NON-POLITICAL AND ASSUME SHE IS A DEMOCRAT OR INDEPENDENT

BUT ITS ANOTHER THING TO BE THE SPOKESPERSON FOR A SENATORIAL CANDIDATE. IT IS TOO MUCH OF A CONFLICT OF INTEREST WHERE A SON STANDS TO GAIN TREMENDOUSLY (PROBABLY A SIX FIGURE JOB SOMEWHERE) BY THE OUTCOME OF AN ELECTION THAT HIS FATHER IS OVERSEEING. MR. CHRISMER DEFINITELY SHOULD RECUSE HIMSELF SO AS TO FOSTER VOTER CONFIDENCE IN THE SYSTEM.

2003 REMEMBERED...


Machine Politics In the Digital Age

By MELANIE WARNER (NYT) 2144 words
Published: November 9, 2003


IN mid-August, Walden W. O'Dell, the chief executive of Diebold Inc., sat down at his computer to compose a letter inviting 100 wealthy and politically inclined friends to a Republican Party fund-raiser, to be held at his home in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. ''I am committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year,'' wrote Mr. O'Dell, whose company is based in Canton, Ohio.

That is hardly unusual for Mr. O'Dell. A longtime Republican, he is a member of President Bush's ''Rangers and Pioneers,'' an elite group of loyalists who have raised at least $100,000 each for the 2004 race.

But it is not the only way that Mr. O'Dell is involved in the election process. Through Diebold Election Systems, a subsidiary in McKinney, Tex., his company is among the country's biggest suppliers of paperless, touch-screen voting machines.

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Other Diebold executives have contributed to President Bush's re-election campaign. According to data reported to the Federal Election Commission, 11 executives have added a total of $22,000 to the president's campaign coffers this year. No money from Diebold or its executives has gone to Democratic presidential candidates this year.

Touch-screen machines from Diebold, called AccuVotes, do not have such a ''voter verified'' paper trail. ES&S and Sequoia are working on prototypes for machines with printers. Diebold's machines are like A.T.M.'s, in that voters touch their selection and hit ''enter'' to record their votes onto memory cards inside each terminal. After voting has ended, the memory cards are inserted into a Diebold server at each precinct. The results are tabulated and sent by modem, or the data disks are sent to a central office.

Rebecca Mercuri, a computer scientist and president of the consulting firm Notable Software, who has been studying election systems for 14 years, says the trouble with this system is that it is secretive. It prohibits anyone from knowing whether the data coming out of the terminals represents what voters actually selected. If someone were to challenge election results, the data in memory cards and the software running the voting terminals could be examined only by Diebold representatives.


http://www.wanttoknow.info/031109nytimes

craig

I agree with you Engawyer, any hint of conflict of interest by either side should be treated as a legitimate conflict of interest just to silence any critics.
And the Carnahan name should invoke trust and integrity (even if you don't side with them politically).

cominghome

check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyLqKYTZ__4

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