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Re: University Researchers Challenge Bush Win In Florida
From: Paul Schmehl <pauls () utdallas edu>
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2004 13:07:06 -0600

--On Wednesday, November 24, 2004 01:28:07 PM -0500 Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu wrote:

So when Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida, appoints a State Commissioner of
Elections, and drops a hint or two, there's NO way for said Commissioner
to make sure that things happen the way Jeb's brother wants them to
happen?

Did you not watch the mess in 2000? The *counties* decided how their ballot would be constructed and how the elections would be run. Now how is Jeb Bush and/or his Commissioner going to influence *Democratic* counties run by *Democrats*?

Simple answer is, he *isn't*.

Simply issuing an edict that candidates shall be listed alphabetically
(and leaving the rest to the slight "first candidate listed" bias) would
suffice unless the Democrats fielded somebody who's name started with
'A'....

Except that state law *explicitly* places that responsibility in the hands of the county election board for *that very reason*.

Might want to study up a bit - political machines from Boss Tweed to
Richard Daley have had absolutely *no* problems in getting the ballot
to go the way they wanted....

Yes, *before* electronic balloting.

Paul Schmehl (pauls () utdallas edu)
Adjunct Information Security Officer
The University of Texas at Dallas
AVIEN Founding Member
http://www.utdallas.edu

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