Will It Be the Mouse That Roars?
That is, will it be a tiny town filled with good-natured regular folk who finally slay a Mighty Dragon of Tryanny? We'll see:
Grafton â€“ No matter how you do the math, 193 â€œyeasâ€ plus 198 â€œnaysâ€ donâ€™t add up to 369 votes.
That faulty equation â€” results of a warrant article vote from Tuesdayâ€™s election ballot â€” was the first clue for Grafton town officials that something was wrong.
As a result, two voting machines used to collect ballots in the annual town and school district meetings are now in the custody of the Attorney Generalâ€™s Office, removed from the town yesterday, said Grafton Selectman Jennie Joyce.
It's naughty to point out, but the ballot issues include a new police car and trash compactor. Small town politics are so fun!
Secretary of State Bill Gardner last night would only confirm that the machines had been seized, something he characterized as a â€œpretty unusualâ€ occurrence.
â€œNot that itâ€™s never happened â€” it happens once in a while. Sometimes it explains itself,â€ Gardner said.
â€œWeâ€™ll take a look at it. Sometimes what were perceived as discrepancies can be explained, and sometimes it canâ€™t. Then you try to reconstruct what happened,â€ Gardner said.
Titter. "Reconstruct?" Pray tell, how can you do that when HAVA makes it illegal to look closely at company code? When Diebold hems and haws about sharing "sensitive" corporate information about its products? There are other examples of the e-votestealer's unwillingness to be forthright, just ask Brad.
But still, wouldn't it be funny if a tiny group of neighbors, for whom this was the "talk of the town," refused to accept that they couldn't get a complete recount? Small town folk are often stubborn about such things, in ways that our pundits don't really understand. I'd love to see a Grafton v. Bush or the like in the SCOTUS. Then every American could see plainly, while the Bush administration's lawyers argued against the town and in favor of Diebold, what tyranny looks like.