Re: [Full-Disclosure] University Researchers Challenge Bush Win In Florida

From: Paul Schmehl (pauls_at_utdallas.edu)
Date: 11/24/04

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    To: Valdis.Kletnieks@vt.edu
    Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2004 13:07:06 -0600
    
    

    --On Wednesday, November 24, 2004 01:28:07 PM -0500 Valdis.Kletnieks@vt.edu
    wrote:
    >
    > So when Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida, appoints a State Commissioner of
    > Elections, and drops a hint or two, there's NO way for said Commissioner
    > to make sure that things happen the way Jeb's brother wants them to
    > happen?
    >
    Did you not watch the mess in 2000? The *counties* decided how their
    ballot would be constructed and how the elections would be run. Now how is
    Jeb Bush and/or his Commissioner going to influence *Democratic* counties
    run by *Democrats*?

    Simple answer is, he *isn't*.

    > Simply issuing an edict that candidates shall be listed alphabetically
    > (and leaving the rest to the slight "first candidate listed" bias) would
    > suffice unless the Democrats fielded somebody who's name started with
    > 'A'....
    >
    Except that state law *explicitly* places that responsibility in the hands
    of the county election board for *that very reason*.

    > Might want to study up a bit - political machines from Boss Tweed to
    > Richard Daley have had absolutely *no* problems in getting the ballot
    > to go the way they wanted....

    Yes, *before* electronic balloting.

    Paul Schmehl (pauls@utdallas.edu)
    Adjunct Information Security Officer
    The University of Texas at Dallas
    AVIEN Founding Member
    http://www.utdallas.edu

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