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Friday, September 08, 2006

How Paula Hollinger Killed the Voter Verified Paper Trail

You may have noticed a number of letters to the editor this week on Paula Hollinger killing the Voter Verified Paper Trail bill. Someone who follows what goes on in Annapolis very closely emailed be the following rundown of how Hollinger killed Liz Bobo and Shiela Hixson's Voter Verified Paper Trail bill resulting in us still having these Diebold machines where the voter has no idea if their votes are being recorded for the same candidates they marked their ballot for. It really demonstrates what type of character or lack there of Paula Hollinger has:

Hollinger is technically accurate in saying she passed the bill through her committee this year. She DID pass a bill with the same name and bill number, but that's about all it had in common with the bill passed by the House. She amended it by striking through everything from the middle of pg 2 onwards, replacing all of that carefully crafted language with provisions so weak they would have done very little except put us on a fast track to retrofitting our currect machines with Diebold paper trails. And then she held the bill in her committee until she knew it would be too late for a senate vote.

She was very sneaky in protecting herself by actually passing the bill in a way that she could point to later and say that she had sponsored and passed it, while at the same time making sure that it wouldn't come to a vote. And just in case it did, she first made sure that it would have very little effect in verifying our elections, but would be a windfall for Diebold.

It's her duplicity that I find so incredibly evil. If she had said she disagreed with the bill and given solid reasons, or even if she had said that we would need to compromise on some provisions get it through, I would respect her honesty. But to say one thing while doing the exact opposite shows how completely corrupt she is.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't support Paula. And I have no doubt the substance of the quote is true. However, using an unattributed quote to attack someone's character seems a bit Rovian to me!

7:59 AM  
Blogger Evan said...

The quote is an explanation of legislative maneuver. I also watched the legislative maneuvering on this one very closely and can vouch for its accuracy. I put the quote up there because it does a better job than I could to explain it. I don't see how saying how some no name like John Smith said it changes the matter. If you see any factual issue with it point them out. If you what to attack a person for vouching for the facts attack me. This is an issue of having our votes counted accurately and that goes to the core of our democracy.

8:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to thank Liz Bobo's donors for writing those letters to the editor! What a great tactic.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Evan said...


1:34 PM  

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