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
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.