Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Is it too much to ask for a trustworthy election?

Trust, but verify.
Ronald Reagan

Black Box Voting has posted a remarkable video showing New Hampshire's Secretary of State William Gardner caught off-guard by the simple question: "What was the reason the ballots are being left in the room ... instead of in the vault?"

The room where the ballots were to be stored overnight is eventually "sealed" by the special Secretary-of-State-tape that is later shown to have no more adhesiveness than a post-it note.

It is possible that Secretary of State Gardner thinks the potential of a fraudulent ballot count in the Granite State is so slight that there is no need to insist upon transparent and tight election procedures. If so, he had better understand that such trust is not universally shared. His conduct only invites suspicion and cynicism.

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