Corzine says “NO” to preventing voter fraud

Courier Post reports on the NJ law requiring retrofitting of polling machines to provide a paper trail to guard against election fraud.

Among the budget-balancing cuts announced by Gov. Jon S. Corzine is a delay in adding printers to New Jersey voting machines that are designed to create a paper trail for recounts, a move that would trim spending by $19 million.

State law, however, requires them. And the state Senate last month rejected the proposed delay and pilot program. In fact, as Corzine was announcing the budget cut, Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells certified the retrofit machines, which will be used this week in special elections in Bound Brook, Passaic and Rumson.

Beyond that, though, those economic worries might win out after all.

An Assembly committee is scheduled to consider a bill Monday that delays the requirement that voting machines create paper records, citing both the “critical economic situation and lack of appropriate technology.”

“We simply don’t have the money,” said Assemblywoman Joan Quigley, D-Hudson. “We just can’t do it right now. I don’t think most people in New Jersey would see this as a priority.

I love the last quote – most people in NJ would not see this as a priority. After all, there has never been a case of election fraud or suspected election fraud before. I think the citizens of Florida and Michigan might have different opinions.

Corzine was able to give hundreds of millions in extraordinary aid to cities such as Camden and Jersey City as a reward for years of gross mismanagement and graft under corrupt Democratic leadership, but will use this fiscal crisis to leave the voters with equipment that is easily hacked and provides no way to authenticate the tallies.

Corzine was able to give hundreds of millions to the impoverished pharmaceutical industry, but can’t find the pittance to ensure we have clean election results?

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