The Daily Sandwich

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Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Thursday, November 04, 2004

Election Woes

No, I'm not going to contest the vote. But coming on the heels of the Carter Institute's declaration that the US doesn't meet their basic requirements for a fair election, and on the news that it cost us more than $5 billion (that's $5,000,000,000), this is less than comforting:

"The [international] observers [of the US election] said they had less access to polls than in Kazakhstan, that the electronic voting had fewer fail-safes than in Venezuela, that the ballots were not so simple as in the Republic of Georgia and that no other country had such a complex national election system.

"To be honest, monitoring elections in Serbia a few months ago was much simpler," said Konrad Olszewski, an election observer stationed in Miami by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.