[Paleopsych] The prefection of democracy

Geraldine Reinhardt waluk at earthlink.net
Wed Nov 10 21:23:52 UTC 2004

Re-electing "everyone" at a date no later than 2006 is a dangerous 
proposition especially if our country turns into one huge red zone with only 
tiny pockets for blues.

I think the reason provisional votes were not counted was because Bush 
received the number of Electoral College votes he needed to win.  If reform 
is needed, we should begin with a critical review of benefits from the 
Electoral College.  From where I stand, I can't see any.

Gerry Reinhart-Waller
Independent Scholar

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Steve Hovland" <shovland at mindspring.com>
To: "'Geraldine Reinhardt'" <waluk at earthlink.net>
Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 2004 9:54 AM
Subject: RE: [Paleopsych] The prefection of democracy

> The justification given for not doing a paper trail now was
> that there wasn't time.  As a working computer jock, I
> don't buy that.  This problem was spotted many months
> before the election.  Practical solutions were demonstrated
> and rejected.
> I think everyone who was on the ballot, both Democrat and
> Republican, is there by fraud and that they should all be
> required to stand again no later than 2006, this time with
> hardened voting systems.
> The other part of getting everyone to vote is that every vote must
> be counted.  As I recall the election was considered to be
> settled even though many provisional votes weren't counted.
> The excuse was that those votes probably wouldn't have
> changed the outcome.  That might have been true, but it is
> also true that for people to believe in the system, no decision
> should be finalized until all legitimate votes have been counted
> and all possibility of fraud has been ruled out.
> Steve Hovland
> www.stevehovland.net
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Geraldine  Reinhardt [SMTP:waluk at earthlink.net]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 2004 8:59 AM
> To: Steve Hovland
> Cc: paleopsych at paleopsych.org
> Subject: Re: [Paleopsych] The prefection of democracy
> I think most Americans, especially those who don't use computers on a 
> daily
> basis or who don't own one, like the idea of being "up to date".  They 
> feel
> a sense of pride and accomplishment when they complete their ballot via
> machine and smug when they view another voter experiencing some difficulty
> with the "new" technology.
> A paper trail, similar to a readout tape on an adding machine, sounded 
> good
> in theory but too costly to implement especially when less than 2% of the
> voting public actually used a paper ballot .   As I mentioned previously, 
> in
> my precinct, only 5 people had requested a paper ballot.  This proved to 
> be
> a bit annoying for me since there were 5 voting machines for the majority 
> of
> voters, and 1 voting booth for those wishing a paper ballot.  That could
> have been one reason why the voting lines were so long.
> It's humorous that you claim the majority in Congress were put there by
> voting fraud.  I wonder if they know who they are?
> If the purpose of a democracy is to allow everyone, regardless of race and
> sex,  the right to vote, then we may have achieved our goal, perfect or 
> not.
> Gerry Reinhart-Waller
> Independent Scholar
> http://www.home.earthlink.net/~waluk

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