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I'm sorry Albaby, but what you say makes no sense. We're talking about the election of the President of the USA here - not some local mayor!

Well, the process for casting votes for the President of the United States and the mayor are exactly the same - at least here in Florida, and I presume in most other places. You've got a local administrator (typically a County post) who is in charge of printing the ballots and running the polling places, and a state official (here, the Secretary of State) who is in charge of implementing state election rules, to the extent they come up.

Some of the more disappointing problems that have been surfacing lately in Florida (the failure to mail out absentee ballots in Broward County, early polling places with malfunctioning equipment, electronic machines without paper trails) have been thoroughly within the control of the local officials. To the extent that those local officials are partisans, they've been Democrats. At least under Florida law, it's not just the Governor's job to make sure that the voting system is credible, since there are wide areas of the election process that are solely in the hands of local officials.

Yes, the Secretary of State is a partisan position - and that's not a good thing, to my mind. But it's not tantamount to automatic voter fraud. While many of the calls that have been made in Florida in this election have favored the GOP, most of them have been found to be correct when taken to a court of law. Strict application of election laws will result in de-registration (no matter who does it); and while we might not view that as a good thing, the correct antidote is to liberalize the voter registration laws.

Albaby
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