Re: Florida ballot

Subject: Re: Florida ballot
From: "Stanley A. Wickman" <cownabor -at- oeonline -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2000 06:18:19 -0800

It has to be a given that the design of the ballot was the work of a

The committee was composed of representatives of Bush, Gore, Buchanan,
and any others who were privileged to be on the ballot.

The ballot is obviously too small to contain the list of names on one
page in a legible font, ergo, two pages are required.

If you were Buchanan, or any of the others, would you sit still for a
requirement that the general public turn a page to find your name?

After the committee approved it, the layout was apparently circulated
among others with a right or a responsibility to review it. It obviously

After it was approved by the political (Democrats and Republicans)
authority, it was circulated among the great unwashed for their review
before the stress of the voting booth.

Because the lawyers are anxious for money or notoriety (they'll accept
both), they couldn't wait for the ballots to be counted to bring suit. I
don't see that they have legitimate grounds for complaint. Nor do they
have right to rerun the state election. Election day is election day and
all ballot format issues are closed when the deadline to amend anything
for election day has passed.

I have an additional suspicion that the graphic representation of the
holey ballot was prepared to delude those of us who had to see it on TV.
If you will revisit the picture, you will notice that they located the
highlighting so that it would bisect the arrows. There was no such
hindrance in the voting booth. Even with this handicap, I had no
difficulty in discerning that there were arrows and that their quivers
were on opposite sides of the punch line (no pun intended).

Whatever the count, no rerun is required. There appears to be no attempt
to disenfranchise anyone, except by the individuals who did not take
their citizenship seriously enough to prepare themselves to do their

The candidates will do more harm than good to take this matter to court
in hopes of influencing the election. Whatever misfeasance, malfeasance,
or nonfeasance, if any, is uncovered can be remedied at law before the
next election.

Stan from Livonia, MI

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