Thursday, October 19, 2006

NY Times sandbagging for "voting irregularities" excuse

The financially failing NY Times, apparently fresh out of security-compromising stories to publish, has decided to issue excuses beforehand should the Dems not win control of the House and/or Senate. Lacking originality as always, the NYT has settled on the left's main boogeyman: "voting irregularities"! From the Treason Times:
As dozens of states are enforcing new voter registration laws and switching to paperless electronic voting systems, officials across the country are bracing for an Election Day with long lines and heightened confusion, followed by an increase in the number of contested results.

In Maryland, Mississippi and Pennsylvania, a shortage of technicians has vendors for new machines soliciting applications for technical support workers on job Web sites like Ms. Oakley, who is also facing a shortage, raided the computer science department at the University of California, Davis, hiring 60 graduate students as troubleshooters.

Arizona, California, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania are among the states considered most likely to experience difficulties, according to voting experts who have been tracking the technology and other election changes.

“We’ve got new laws, new technology, heightened partisanship and a growing involvement of lawyers in the voting process,” said Tova Wang, who studies elections for the Century Foundation, a nonpartisan research group. “We also have the greatest potential for problems in more places next month than in any voting season before.”

Election officials in many of the states are struggling with delays in the delivery of machines before the election as old-fashioned lever and punch-card machines are phased out. A chronic shortage of poll workers, many of them retirees uncomfortable with new technology, has worsened matters.
Meanwhile, votes in about half of the 45 most competitive Congressional races, including contests in Florida, Georgia and Indiana, will be cast on electronic machines that provide no independent means of verification.

“In a close race, a machine error in one precinct could leave the results in doubt and the losing candidates won’t be able to get a recount,” said Warren Stewart, policy director for VoteTrustUSA, an advocacy group that has criticized electronic voting.
There's more, if you care to read it, but I think you get the point: if the Dems lose, it's because of vote fraud, Bush's buddies at Diebold, or (insert paranoid leftist fantasy here) that's the reason. However, I wonder if the Dems win if they'll finally shut up about "voting irregularities"? Somehow, I doubt those curmudgeons will ever run out of material about which to stop kvetching.