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The 11th Husband; or, Why software is bad for elections

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A handsome man married a beautiful woman who had previously divorced ten husbands.  On their wedding night, she told her new husband, "Please be gentle; I'm still a virgin."

"What?" asked the puzzled groom. "How can that be if you've been married ten times?"

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"Well, husband #1 was a Sales Representative; he kept telling me how great it was going to be.

"Husband #2 was in Software Services; he was never really sure how it was supposed to function; but he said he'd look into it and get back to me.

"Husband #3 was from Field Services; he said that everything checked out diagnostically but he just couldn't get the system up.

"Husband #4 was in Telemarketing; even though he knew he had the order, he didn't know when he would be able to deliver.

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"Husband #5 was an Engineer; he understood the basic process but he wanted three years to research, implement, and design a new state of the-art method.

"Husband #6 was from Administration; he thought he knew how but he wasn't sure whether it was his job or not.

"Husband #7 was in Marketing; although he had a product, he was never sure how to position it.

"Husband #8 was a Psychiatrist; all he did was talk about it.

"Husband #9 was a Gynecologist; all he did was look at it.

"Husband #10 was a Stamp Collector; all he ever did was ... well you get the drift.  God, I miss him.

"But now that I've married you, I'm so excited."

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"Wonderful," said the husband, "but why?"

"You’re with the 'GOVERNMENT'... This time I KNOW I'm gonna get SCREWED."

Stop software driven voting systems from being deployed in the last state to resist them: New York.  Sign this petition: http://www.electiondefensealliance.org/ny_levers_petition

NOTE:  I would have posted this as a diary item, where I like to put jokes, but some software code prevents me from accessing my OEN diary.  Rather ironic.

 

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In 2004, Rady Ananda joined the growing community of citizen journalists. Initially focused on elections, she investigated the 2004 Ohio election, organizing, training and leading several forays into counties to photograph the 2004 ballots. She officially served at three recounts, including the 2004 recount. She also organized and led the team that audited Franklin County Ohio's 2006 election, proving the number of voter signatures did not match official results. Her work appears in three books.

Her blogs also address religious, gender, sexual and racial equality, as well as environmental issues; and are sprinkled with book and film reviews on various topics. She spent most of her working life as a researcher or investigator for private lawyers, and five years as an editor.

She graduated from The Ohio State University's School of Agriculture in December 2003 with a B.S. in Natural Resources.

All material offered here is the property of Rady Ananda, copyright 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009. Permission is granted to repost, with proper attribution including the original link.

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