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Arnie Loses His Props Wednesday, November 09, 2005

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger lost his props in the polls this weekend in a sign that he may not be back come the next governor's election in California. He called the four propositions crucial to changing the politics in California. Obviously, they didn't work. This is an excerpt from Washington Post:

The election pitted the once-dominant Republican governor against two of California's powerhouse political forces _ public employee unions and Democrats who control the Legislature.

The unions spent millions of dollars to beat Schwarzenegger's propositions to limit the use of their member dues for political purposes, cap state spending, redraw legislative districts and restrict public school teacher tenure.

It was a sobering evening for a man once considered among the most popular politicians in America. The contest represented the biggest test yet of a faltering Schwarzenegger's leadership.


Voters overwhelmingly defeated Proposition 76, the governor's centerpiece proposal to slow the growth of state spending. Proposition 77, which would have redrawn legislative and congressional districts, was knocked down by a similar margin.

Failing by slimmer spreads were Proposition 74, a plan to make teachers work longer to achieve tenure, and Proposition 73, which would have restricted political spending by public employee unions.

It's interesting to note a couple of years ago there was talk of amending the constitution for possibility of electing Arnie for president. He'd done everything right too. He'd married a Kennedy, mastered the media... hell, even the mormons liked him. But he crossed the teachers in California. He also crossed the legislature and tried to strip them of one of their key powers: redistricting abilities. Bad Arnie... he work on making a new Conan movie.

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At 9:47 AM, Blogger Greymagius said...
As a humourous side note, I've been watching the questions & concerns on the accuracy & danger of fraud with electronic voting machines. The maker of many of these machines is a MAJOR Republican contributor. They have been saying that a paper back up is unnecessary and the machines are safe from hacking or fraud...

Guess it's not safe from the people supposedly taking care of the machines. Now, imagine if you were wanting to vote, but weren't world famous...

The below is from the LA Times:
Schwarzenegger Hits Snag at Polling Place
By Robert Salladay, Times Staff Writer

SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger showed up to his Brentwood neighborhood polling station today to cast his ballot in the special election — and was told he had already voted.

Elections officials said a Los Angeles County poll worker had entered Schwarzenegger's name into an electronic voting touch screen station in Pasadena on Oct. 25. The worker, who was not identified, was testing the voting machine in preparation for early voting that began the next day.

Somehow, Schwarzenegger's name was then placed on a list of people who had already voted, said Conny B. McCormack, the Los Angeles County registrar.

Schwarzenegger's aides were informed of the problem when they arrived this morning to survey the governor's polling station. The poll worker told the governor's staff he would have to use a "provisional" ballot that allows elections workers to verify if two votes were made by the same person. McCormack said the poll worker did the correct thing.

The governor, however, was allowed to use a regular ballot.

McCormack said she apologized to the governor's staff and would investigate what happened. She said nobody actually voted for Schwarzenegger in Pasadena, and the governor's votes today will be counted.

"This is someone who breached our protocol and was playing around in advance of the election," she said.

Tom Hiltachk, the governor's attorney, said: "I have no reason to believe anything nefarious occurred.

But Kim Alexander, president of the nonpartisan California Voter Foundation, said the problem highlights the need for better verification of electronic voting.

"If the governor is going to have a mix-up on his ballot," she said, "it will make other voters wonder what is going to happen with their ballots."

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At 9:48 AM, Blogger Cynicus said...
The reason for keeping paper ballots is that after centuries of use, it's a known system. Every possible way of crocking a paper ballot vote - and every way to discover the crocking of a paper ballot vote - is already known. It may not be perfectly transparent, but light can be shown through it.

The electronic ballot is new, and as such is inherently murky - plus, it takes little for even a computer-illiterate like myself to figure out how it is potentially bendable toward a particular 'interest'.

Give it time, and we'll have some 13 year-old computer genius create the latest Maxim model as President, because she is "teh hotness[sic]". But at least that's obvious.

It's much more frightening to think of some Diebold clerk adjusting your vote to grant victory to the favored person while generally matching statistical variation and demographics.

And even more so to know that, the way government agencies work, you could vote for The Leader in pure fear of reprisal, have your vote changed so that your poll place's results look statistically believable ...........

And then have the reprisal for not voting for The Leader, since your voting record shows you voted for the other guy.

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