Green Dog dem

Monday, December 04, 2006

Northampton county paper verifiable election

I had a hard time imaging since the last election that anyone in Northampton county would argue that having a paper verifiable back up to elections was a bad Idea. But Ms. Deborah Depaul Chief register of Northampton county. Whose statement on the issue in the morning call was "'''I think it would be redundant [to add a paper backup],'' DePaul said. ''And an extra burden and cost to the general public.''".

That's the point of a paper back up Ms. Depaul redundancy, I thought you would have learned the value of that from the mid-term elections in Northampton county. http://greendogdem.blogspot.com/2006/11/more-evidence-of-northampton-county.html


I find it almost laughable that you don't seem to understand that voters now question if their vote really counted in Northampton county. That you don't seem to understand that had there been a any close elections in Northampton county it would have cost Northampton county much more than 600k in legal, and administrative fees (the figure she quotes as a cost to upgrade the machines in Northampton county), simply to sort it out. That the county may still be sued because of this election. I'm not making accusations of partisanship because the mistakes ran both ways, Against Dent, Browne,Wisley and Shade.

It is shameful that Ms. Depaul fails to realize the damage this could cause in a contested election, that the paper backup would have lessened these question of accuracy. I personally think this type of statement off hand and the showing that happened on Nov 7th brings into question whether ms. Depaul is up to this job. That serious consideration should be made to her removal from her position this is not my decision but the facts speak for themselves and when people in charge don't do their jobs they should be removed.


  • Why has the canine been injected in politics?

    It wasn't enough to allow Hip-hop to monopolize the word "dog"?

    blue dog--green dog? It do not make no sense no more.

    By Blogger R. Wicki, at 6:36 PM  

  • We existed before hip-hip hop did we are really really old school. Just new breeds.

    By Blogger Greendogdem, at 7:09 PM  

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    By Blogger Greendogdem, at 7:32 PM  

  • I'm also glad to see that the republican house staffers enjoy reading my blog

    By Blogger Greendogdem, at 7:35 PM  

  • gdd

    the situation you describe has been under investigation for some time and action is forthcoming

    I have heard that Ms DePaul has already hired an attorney - of course, that information is hearsay

    there is far more to this situation than anybody realizes.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:44 PM  

  • Yes i've been hearing that something was going to be done for the past it's been almost 6 months and one election that could have been a serious disaster and, what i'm seeing is a county council that seems to be avoiding the topic, everyone blaming everyone else, and nothing has changed. What happened on Nov 7th was predictable from what I saw of what was going on before Nov 7th

    By Blogger Greendogdem, at 4:48 PM  

  • For some reason there is nothing in the Home Rule charter about who Voter Registration is s'posed to report to - the County Executive, County Council, the county Election Board, or the PA BOE. What we have is a minefield where nobody, not even the home team, knows where the mines are.

    The leadership and membership of the Elections Board MUST be selected from lists of candidates provided by the party chairs.

    This seems to be a closed system that is run by (and reports to) the inmates.

    You would be doing everybody a favor by personally taking on the unraveling of this Gordian knot.

    For example, I appreciate a good rant as much as the next guy, but before one attempts to arouse somebody to action, might it not be a good idea to determine just who is responsible for this mess?

    Stoffa is not only aware of the shortcomings in the operation of that office, but is also committed to resolving this problem for once and for all. Unfortunately, without a clear sense of who/what the chain of command consists of, premature action could result in a suit against the county that could turn out to be devastating.

    You could begin by calling the County Solicitor, Karl Longenbach.

    I promise that you will have an interesting journey.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:58 PM  

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