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Recall election is postponed!

September 15, 2003 1:35 PM

In a huge win for the ACLU, a federal appeals court has delayed the recall election because several counties would be using punch card ballots. The recall forces have 7 days to get an appeal in, and it is assumed it will head to the Supreme Court in short order. Assuming the ruling stands, the election will be during the March primary, a huge plus for Democrats.

Punch card ballots were abolished after the 2000 Florida debacle.

In grand karmic fashion, the Republicans could lose the recall as penance for stealing the presidency.

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Read the 4 comments.


Nothing like the courts disregarding the law and making ones that better suits their desires.

Tue Sep 16 2003 5:33 AM


Its amazing that the same voting machines that Davis used to be elected are now not good enough for his recall (where was te ACLU in 2002?).

Tue Sep 16 2003 6:00 AM

Jim Gilliam:

The decision to move away from punch card machines was made in the Fall 2001. There were nine counties that got $200 million in state funds to upgrade their systems (Davis signed the bill). It's quite a big ordeal to upgrade everything, so 6 counties representing 40% of the electorate haven't finished yet. They are scheduled to be finished by the March election.

I think the court, in this situation, is doing its damnedest to make sure the election goes off without a hitch. A close election would be immediately contested, and with good cause since the machines are known to be a problem. Needless to say, that would be disastrous for California.

Tue Sep 16 2003 6:55 AM


Just found out today that the Berkley study the 9th Circuit Court used to justify their ruling was funded by the same voting machine company that is slated to manufacture the new touch screen machines for future elections. Yet they still accepted it as gospel, and ruled to stall.

Wed Sep 17 2003 5:41 AM

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