Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 33076
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2019/03/26 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2004/8/23 [Politics/Domestic/California, Politics/Domestic/President/Bush] UID:33076 Activity:nil
8/23    Old, but summarized:  Florida felon can't-vote list includes
        highly disproportionate number of black voters, but only 50 Hispanic
        names, in a state where 1 in 5 residents is Hispanic.  ("Hispanic
        names" is a superset of Cuban, which votes heavily GOP).  Total
        size of list is 50,000 names.
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run down of the prospects for another 2000-style election meltdown in Florida this year (although this time without the hanging chads): Three years after Gov. Jeb Bush announced a new voting system that he called "a model for the rest of the nation," Florida is grappling with some of the same problems that threw the 2000 presidential election into chaos, as well as new ones that critics say could cause even more confusion this November. The touch-screen voting machines intended to cure many of the ills of 2000 have raised a host of other concerns here just four months before the election. A new state rule excludes the machines from manual recounts, and the integrity of the machines was questioned after a problem was discovered in the audit process of some of them. Most of the article is about Florida's "black box" problem - this one a product of Elections Systems and Software, Diebold's major competitor in the business of creating voting fraud opportunities. 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When the CNN asked for a copy of the list (which had almost 50,000 names on it) earlier this year, Jeb's people told them they couldn't have one. Because the GOP-dominated Florida legislature had quietly inserted another provision in the post-2000 election reform package that, in essence, allowed reporters to look at the list, but not to make copies of it. If I remember correctly, this was made the list unique among state records that are subject to public disclosure. Sorry, Jeb's crew told CNN, but that's the way it goes - we don't make the laws. But they insisted that local election officials and the voters had nothing to worry about - after all, the process now had the NAACP's seal of approval. "The mantra has been 'trust us,' " the head of the Miami League of Women Voters told the Times. 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