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Archive for April, 2006
From Ron Baiman’s blog, the numbers just don’t add up.
From Unless San Diego is a veritable “hot bed” of third party and independent candidate activism (something that I wasn’t aware of), I find it hard to understand how a full 35% of voters (6,914 out of 19,739 votes) in the Busby/Bilbray 50th Congressional District run-off election who did not vote in the primary (in the same election) would vote for Libertarian and Independent candidates.
In CD26, Calitics is scratching their heads as to what the heck happened in that race.
And how do we explain what happened in CD2 on June 6th?
Bill Falzett www.falzett.org represents the greatest challenge that Wally has faced in a long time. He campaigned all over the district, and while he didn’t have a lot of money or a major amount of public awareness, he did meet with every Central Committee and had some newspaper publicity. He also had the state party endorsement.
Arjinderpal Sekhon also registered as a candidate 3 days prior to the deadline. Sekhon is a Colonel in the US Army Reserves and has run in the past, so perhaps there was some name recognition. He did not campaign in any manner. No web site, no media, no outreach to central committees, no public appearances. Sure loser, right? Wrong…
Sekhon managed to score a sound victory over Falzett, winning every county except Trinity and Butte.
How do we explain this? That is not clear at the moment. But until we overcome the fact that our voting machines operate proprietary software that cannot be examined by the public, how will we ever feel confident that our votes were counted as cast? These problems will continue to plague us until then!