Saturday, October 11, 2008

It's Gonna Be a Rough One

I don't mean Obama vs. McCain, I mean the election itself. I mean the ballots, computers and election officials -- the cogs and wheels of our election process. We've lived through butterfly ballots, chads and computer voting machines that seem to pull votes from thin air (or hide them there).

If you haven't seen the documentary Hacking Democracy yet, then don't, it'll just depress you. Don't check out Bev Harris' website (black box voting). And stop reading this post. Go outside and take a nice walk in the woods or play in your garden.

But if you've already dipped your toe into the messy pool of the electoral world, then stick with us and we'll get depressed together. Perhaps you've heard about the Rensselaer County, New York absantee ballots that were mailed out with the names of candidates listed as McCain and Osama. Republican Commissioner Larry Bugbee begged off, noting that "we have three different staff members who proof these things and somehow the typo got by us." Yes, that's a hard one to notice, the name of America's #1 enemy as a candidate for president.


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