Tuesday, June 3, 2008
A thank you to Mr. Nintzel, and while I'm at it, an apology to the Pima County Board of Supervisors and our blog readers who I have mislead to believe (if they do indeed believe our blog entries) that under Arizona's public-meetings law the supes in executive session can vote in secret.
They can't. You are right, Nintz. 'Tis illegal. The only thing that might be different is what is reflected in the minutes to protect personnel information, etc.
So, after that self-kick-in-the-ass, I also want to let everyone know that the supes voted today, in open, to not appeal Judge Michael Miller's ruling that provides not just the Pima County Democrats, but all political parties, the remaining elections data base files. The vote was unanimous.
Election-integrity activist John Brakey was present, and toward the end of the meeting, he reached out to the supervisors (including a special thank you to Republican Supervisor Ann Day for getting on board) and county staff. Brakey asked the supes to work with him, Jim March and others interested in future Pima County elections, specifically regarding any new equipment or elections systems the county may purchase to replace its current Diebold machines. Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry has already said he agrees with the activists about using regular-old scanners to scan individual ballots to post on the Internet as another step toward more election transparency, although the Secretary of State isn't so keen on the idea.
Brakey told the supes he and his colleagues believe it will only cost $111,000 to get this kind of system, rather than the $5 million discussed in the past. Brakey said the county needs to keep its existing Diebold machines and work with new scanners--since all involved know the problems and how to work with the Diebold system--rather than hetting new electronic elections equipment on the market. See the full report he presented to the supes here.
And speaking about elections and all that, slate.com had an interesting article posted last week worth sinking your election paranoid teeth into as Pima County gets through round one (final round?) of what the Slate writer might describe as election=fraud hysteria. Another Slate article posted last year gives another national perspective on election fraud, and just what those trusty (pesky) political parties are could be up to.