Monday, July 12, 2004

Absolutely Unacceptable

U.S. Mulling How to Delay Nov. Vote in Case of Attack

Don't even think, for one tiny minute, that we can permit this.

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge warned last week that Osama bin Laden (news - web sites)'s al Qaeda network want to attack within the United States to try to disrupt the election.
[House Intelligence Committee member, Jane] Harman said Ridge's threat warning "was a bust" because it was based on old information.
Newsweek cited unnamed sources who told it that the Department of Homeland Security asked the Justice Department (news - web sites) last week to review what legal steps would be needed to delay the vote if an attack occurred on the day before or on election day.
The department was asked to review a letter from DeForest Soaries, chairman of the new U.S. Election Assistance Commission, in which he asked Ridge to ask Congress for the power to put off the election in the event of an attack...
The commission was created in 2002 to provide funds to states to replace punch card voting systems and provide other assistance in conducting federal elections...
In his letter, Soaries wrote that while New York's Board of Elections suspended primary elections in New York on the day of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, "the federal government has no agency that has the statutory authority to cancel and reschedule a federal election."

That's because, Mr. Soaries, if someone drives another plane into a tower somewhere, that should not stop an election in Des Moines. Or Kansas City. Or Irvine. Unless the tower happens to be located there. Delaying ALL of an election because of something happening in one state infringes on *my* right, in *my* state, to cast my vote. The appropriate response to another terrorist attack is to hold announcing the results of the election, until all the votes have been counted, including those in the specific precincts, districts, municipalities, counties, or states that could not keep their polls open or report their ballots received properly.

The US Election Assistance Commission referred to in this article was created in 2002 by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), which means...

The people who brought us Diebold, in all their unsafe and election-fixing glory, would like to 'delay' your vote.

The appropriate phrase here, is, "over my dead body". Got it? Good.

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