GOP Forces Country to Electronic Ballots... So Why Does Iowa Get Hand-Counted Paper Ones?
On Iowa Caucus day 2012, Brad Friedman makes the salient point that while the GOP has pressured the country into using electronic ballots, they're maintaining the more reliable, accountable hand-counted method for today:
In other words, Republicans will be relying on"Democracy's Gold Standard" when it comes to casting and counting ballots in their own election, in which they setall of the rules, even if they will not allow the same standards to be applied to elections in which Democrats will take part.
Martin's story should come as great news for Election Integrity advocates and, in particular, Ron Paul supporters who have very good reason to be concerned about the process after witnessing --- first-hand and on video-tape --- blatant voter fraud carried out by Mitt Romney supporters in years past. The news is also welcome in light of a recent report suggesting the GOP would be counting votes in secret to avoid a purported "threat" by the hacktivist group Anonymous to disrupt next week's caucuses.
Though the article, if accurate, is wonderful news, it underscores, yet again, the Republican Party's almost indescribable hypocrisy when it comes to elections.
Furthermore, he details another glaring hypocrisy: that in the (GOP-run) Iowa Caucuses, voters enjoy election-day registration, a luxury of a real democracy that Republicans have decried as a path to voter fraud (or, more specifically, leading to disenfranchised Americans actually being able to vote). It's infuriating and terrifying; read the full treatise over at Bradblog.