"The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. ”
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
Friday, August 06, 2010
OK, Just STOP this now, will you?
Oh brother. Here comes ANOTHER useless press release from the SCDP, asking that the SCEC throw out the election. I have it on good authority from someone I trust that this only affected roughly 230 voters. PERIOD. Even if all those votes went to Democrats, we would not win.
Now, I would love it if the state EC would throw out the Diebold machines and institute optical scanners with paper receipts, but if it didn't happen when WE were in control, it sure as hell won't happen now.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TO ALL MEDIA OUTLETS
Date:August 6, 2010Time:4:30 p.m.
THE REPUBLICANS HAVE GONE TO FAR THIS TIME
According to our estimates, the Shelby County Election Commission’s “gross negligence” or “intentional” malfeasance as Congressman Cohen referred to it, could have affected as many as 30,000 voters yesterday.I understand the tactics of Bill Giannini and the Election Commission.They are attempting to control the message and downplay what happened.Naturally, it is in their best interest to do so until the votes are certified next Tuesday.The issues that we are dealing with are massive. I contend that we should explore whether the whole election should be thrown-out.
What we are experiencing today is just the reason why the Diebold machines need to be retired.Bill Giannini indicated that the problem was resolved at a central location.This is also worth questioning.The fact that they could remotely control the voter lists from one location is alarming.One would think that the entire operation should have been suspended or shut-down to make sure that the problem was resolved.This did not occur yesterday.I ask that the Shelby County Election Commission and the Republican Party of Shelby County to stand with me in asking the Tennessee General Assembly to repeal the Diebold voting machines or implement optical scanners, as the law requires, for the November election and all forthcoming elections in Shelby County.We have the ability to change what we are doing and to finally rid the election process of all these “glitches” and authorized uplinks.However, as long as Republicans keep doing what they are doing, I doubt they will have the integrity to do what’s right, what’s fair, and what’s transparent.