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The government we deserve?

Posted by Charles II on March 3, 2010

Via Bradblog, another vote-rigging scandal unearthed by the FBI and Bill Estep of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Clay Co. precinct worker testifies she stole votes
By Bill Estep – FRANKFORT — A former Clay County precinct worker testified Friday that top election officers in the county taught her how to change people’s choices on voting machines to steal votes in the May 2006 primary.

The scheme involved duping people to walk away from the voting computer before they had finished their selections, then changing their choices, said White, the Democratic [actually a Republican who switched registrations] judge in a precinct in Manchester.

White said she also went into the booth with people who had sold their vote to make sure they cast ballots for the candidates who had paid.

White testified Friday in the continuing trial of eight Clay County residents who allegedly took part in a scheme to rig elections over several years.

Those charged are former Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle; former county school Superintendent Douglas Adams; Thompson, who is still clerk; Jones; William Stivers, a former election officer; Magistrate Stanley Bowling; and William “Bart” Morris and his wife, Debra.

The alleged scheme also involved buying votes, White said.

There’s a saying, perhaps by Mencken, that we have the government we deserve. But it’s hard to see how voting officials deceiving people into leaving the voting booth prematurely counts as being something deserved. We have the government that the Republicans deserve.

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The Most Valuable State Official Of 2009

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 3, 2010

That’s not me saying that, either, but John Nichols of The Nation:

When this veteran activist ran for Minnesota Secretary of State, he argued that putting honest players in charge of counting votes was necessary to restore credibility to an electoral process that had been battered by Republican gaming of the 2000 presidential vote in Florida and the 2004 vote in Ohio. Ritchie won and two years later found himself managing the recount of one of the closest and most bitter Senate contests in American history. Attacked by right-wing media and faced with massive spending by national Republicans who did not want Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party nominee Al Franken seated in a Senate where he would provide a critical sixtieth vote, Ritchie kept his cool. He ran a clean recount, emphasizing transparency and accountability, and delivered a credible result that survived legal challenges and gave the seat to the candidate who actually won the most votes.

Oh, and he pisses off pond scum like Rick Berman (you know, the guy whose own son’s disowned him for being an amoral creep?). Ritchie’s “crime” in Berman’s eyes? Being one of the folks behind Peace Coffee, among other things. (Yes, kiddies, one of Berman’s schticks is to take something or someone good and talk about him as if it was obviously bad — without of course providing anything other than insinuation to back up his insinuations.)

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