Saturday, May 29, 2010

Fact Checking Instant Runoff Voting guru McCarthyism claims Part 1

Could the IRV Fact Check Blog by Instant runoff Voting guru be more misleading? Inaccurate. Wrong? Well, in a very lengthy post Rob Richie accuses me of distorting what the Chairman of FairVote said about the Election Integrity Movement. Not so. FV Chair Krist Novoselic's own words about what he calls the "election security" movement should speak for themselves.

Excerpt from Rob's latest "IRV Fact Check" blog

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Joyce McCloy and McCarthyism: Her Latest Distortions


Now in a post at several of her blogs she is distorting a comment on a news article by FairVote's board chair Krist Novoselic where he was defending IRV against typical over-the-top attacks from Ms. McCloy. The context of Krist's comment was that reformers have a lot to do in different areas of the electoral process, but in no way was he suggesting that seeking secure elections wasn't important. But once again I've already heard from some of our reform allies concerned that we don't take issues like manual audits and transparent elections seriously.


Now, here's my actual blog post, word for word, nothing excerpted:
Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pro instant runoff voting group shows how much they care about fair elections

The Chairman of FairVote took a swipe at the verified voting movement in his defense of instant runoff voting in the comment section of an MYNC news article. See Second Primaries In NC Costing Millions RALEIGH, N.C. May. 18. The comments section soon became a free-for-all, with North Carolinians and a Burlington VT citizen taking on FV chair and others to debunk pro IRV talking points.

Here is one of the comments posted by FairVote Chairman & former Nirvana band member KristNovoselic.

Whats with this "election security movement" bit? Or the joke about conspiracy?
Verified Voting, public observation of vote counts, chain of custody, audits, standards for voting systems, this is all a big joke to you? Its all just a conspiracy?

Don't try to peddle that to the folks in Carteret County where 4, 400 votes were lost in the 2004 General Election.
Don't pitch that to the voters in Sarasota Florida when there were 18,000 undervotes in the FL 13 congressional race.

It is a really really bad idea to belittle the verified voting movement in North Carolina. Folks from around the state worked hard for this law, we care about this law, and we continue to protect it today. And we will fight the outside interest money being used to eat away at the Public Confidence in Elections Law.

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