Friday, January 14, 2005

NC still without an Agriculture Commissioner - Complements of E-Voting

From the Raleigh News and Observer:

The people responsible for finding a fair way to end the race for state agriculture commissioner are taking heat for their own illegal vote.

For the second time in less than a month, a Superior Court judge has told the State Board of Elections that its proposed resolution of the agriculture race won't fly. In late December, the board ordered a new statewide election, with its three Democratic members in favor.

The problem is, the law says the board needed four votes.

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The board has been hung up on how to determine the winner in the race between Republican Steve Troxler and Democratic incumbent Britt Cobb. A faulty touch-screen voting machine in Republican-leaning Carteret County dropped more than 4,400 votes, putting in doubt who would have won the contest. Troxler is ahead by fewer than 2,300 votes in the statewide tally.


Agriculture Commissioner - who cares? I'll tell you who cares. According to the NC Dept. of Agriculture:

North Carolina's agriculture industry, including food, fiber and forestry, contributes $59.1 billion annually to the state's economy, and accounts for 21.5 percent of the state's income, and employs over 18 percent of the work force.


Once again, thank you electronic voting. Great stuff. Looking forward to using in a Presidential election, when all the votes for Iowa end up lost.

Damn you, technology!

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