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07 November 2006

6 Years + $3 Billion = Nowhere

The constitution of the United States stipulates that election day is the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. So I went to my polling location and voted this morning.

I was looking forward to using one of the nice new Diebold voting machines everybody has an opinion about. These were bought with the $3 Billion the U.S. congress authorized to help clean up the voting problems that marred the 2000 presidential election.

Instead, I had to use a paper ballot--like I have in the past. I have nothing against them, but we paid so much money for these new machines! It was a shame to see them standing there. One of the election judges explained to me that it had something to do with the flash memory each machine uses.

Folks, welcome to the future.