Thursday, August 19, 2004

It's Worth Saying Again

All the premature hysteria about balloting in Florida leads, inevitably, to a discussion of the Florida results of 2000. Richard A. Baehr of The American Thinker addresses some of the premature hysteria, after having dealt a death blow to "The Myth of the Stolen Election". Dave Kopel at Independent Institute, in this section of a piece on "Fifty-nine Deceits in Fahrenheit 9/11", also puts the myth of the stolen election to rest (for those who are open to reason).

What needs to be said, once more with vehemence, is that it is the voter's responsibility to cast a ballot correctly. Chads don't hang unless voters allow them to hang. Touch screens don't record votes incorrectly unless voters are careless about using them and fail to review their selections before pressing the "vote" icon. And so on.

When election results are contested this year -- as they surely will be -- the main cause of controversy will be voter error. Remember that in the hysteria that ensues November 2.