Drew, on Mar 16 2004, 07:41 PM, said:
I don't know about you, but if I made a mistake on my ballot, I wouldn't want anyone coming along and telling me who I really meant to punch.
Anyway, Kerry's assertion "We had more votes! We won!" either refers to Florida alone or it refers to the general election. And if he meant the latter, then he wouldn't have been bringing up the voting fiasco in Florida. Instead, he would be appealing to get rid of the electoral college. Context is everything, and from the context, it's clear what Kerry was talking about--Florida votes.
Oh, I wasn't advocating any of that "dimpled chad" nonsense--but you've gotta admit . . . even that margin of error was greater than what actually won Bush the election.
I don't see anything wrong with Kerry's comments in context. In the 2000 Presidential election, Gore won the popular vote of the General election, but lost the electoral votes of Florida by a margin so slim it *easily* could've been swung by equipment problems, confusing ballots, and nitpicky errors on other ballots (didn't use No.2 pencil, absentee ballot didn't use correct postage and didn't arrive in time, etc. etc.)
So I think the comments are pretty valid--and that he wants to challenge problems he foresees in advance to make sure nothing similar happens again. I don't see anything wrong with his campaign bugging the crap out of Florida elections officials to guaruntee that they don't screw this one up again.
In fact, we're already hearing about problems with the bleeding-edge touch-screen voting terminals and electronic balloting. These don't exist in Florida, but some other states have started using them.