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2008 October 30 — Why Now?
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And The Hits Keep Coming

WFTV reports that Dead People Voting Throughout Florida

“This is what makes Supervisors of Elections lose sleep at night,” said Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall.

McFall said it used to be easy to clear out voter rolls.

“We had two people who did nothing but cut obituary notices out of the papers,” she said. “That’s how we found out someone died.”

But 2002’s Help America Vote act, which made it easier to register to vote, also made it more difficult to remove voters from the rolls.

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October 30, 2008   4 Comments

Today’s Computer Problem

So the printer, from which I ask almost nothing, decides to have a conniption while I’m trying to print out pictures of my Mother’s first great granddaughter.

At this point I think I’m just going to buy a new one, because it just too much trouble hunting down ink cartridges for it locally. I’m going to buy something with the cheapest ink cartridges because I don’t do enough printing to keep the ink flowing in the “economy-sized” cartridges, so I end up only getting about half the ink out before they clog and become unusable.

The computer gods have really been on my case this week.

October 30, 2008   16 Comments

What A Surprise

The St. Petersburg Times is running a piece on the effects of provisional ballots on the election process thanks to that other piece of voter suppression passed by the Florida legislature, the “no match, no vote” verification law.

Imagine a law based on the concept that there are no typos in official records. My middle name appears on my birth certificate, military records [once], and my Florida driver’s license. I hadn’t written out my complete name in more years than most of the people reading this have been alive, but I have to sign in with my total name when I vote these days. When I get junk mail I know when someone has gotten my name from the drivers’ license list, because there is my middle name. I have to stop and remember how to spell it, and I am writing it, not signing it, as it is obviously much easier to read than either my first or last name.

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October 30, 2008   2 Comments