portland independent media center  
images audio video
newswire article announcements united states

government | political theory

walker recall fails

recall fails in Wisconsin
Democracy could not cut the cheese.

Analysis of why people vote for idiots is lacking. Perhaps there was no choice.

Good to the recall.

Citizens United 05.Jun.2012 22:53

we are the enemy

they outspent 30-1. Not that people in this day and age should let tv ads think for them but it seems that 36% of Union households also had someone who voted for Walker. At this point its fair to let the roof fall on people if they are this stupid. In France you can get a million people to shut down government but here, it takes a few billion in the form of Citizens United vs the FEC.

"I don't know if you've noticed, but our two-party system is a bowl of shit looking at itself in the mirror."
― Lewis Black

FYI 05.Jun.2012 23:40

@

There were a sizeable group of people pushing for a general strike when Walker began his attack on unions. Just goes to show what happens when you allow resistance to be hijacked by establishment reformist groups.

The Wisconsin Votes Were Machine Counted 06.Jun.2012 01:16

blues

/
BradBlog.com 6/4/2012
 http://www.bradblog.com/?p=9329

Remember, WI mostly votes on paper ballots. Unfortunately, however, most of those paper ballots are tabulated in secret inside of computers systems similar or identical to ones which have failed time again elsewhere, as seen most recently in places like Palm Beach County, FL and New York City. In WI, there is no mandated manual examination of paper ballots after the computer tabulates them in order to make sure they were tabulated accurately. That's a very bad (and dangerous) system.
In Palm Beach, several candidates incorrectly declared to be the "winners" by the Sequoia Voting Systems optical-scan tabulation computers in a March election this year had, in fact, been the losers of their races. The failure was discovered during a manual post-election spot-check of a tiny percentage of the paper ballots. WI does no such post-election spot-check of ballots to test the accuracy of their computer systems. Only a full hand-count of all the paper ballots in the Palm Beach elections revealed the correct winners. The identical tabulation system are used in WI's very Republican-leaning Waukesha County, as well as elsewhere in the state.

[....]

There are many other systems used across the Badger State which have similarly failed in election after election. As always, "Democracy's Gold Standard" is a full public hand-count of ballots by actual human beings on election night, at the precinct, in front of all parties and video cameras, with results posted right there before ballots are moved anywhere. Unfortunately, that is rarely, if ever, done in Wisconsin. So it's up to you to try and help ensure the results on Tuesday are as accurate as possible, at least until those paper ballots are actually hand-counted and confirmed to have been tabulated accurately --- if they ever are.
\____________________

I think THAT explains it!

The game is fixed. 06.Jun.2012 05:39

kili

Even when you find a way to win, they will change the rules so you can't do it again.

'It's Not the People Who Vote that Count; It's the People Who Count the Votes' - Uncle Joe Stalin

Anyway, 06.Jun.2012 16:52

Den Mark, Vancouver WA

... democrats took control of the senate in Madison.