But I keep remembering how John Kerry had raised millions of surplus dollars towards the end of his 2004 campaign by saying that he needed the money for lawyers and legal fees to challenge the election outcome if necessary. As it turned out, the lawyers all volunteered to work without pay, but Kerry conceded early and told them to go home. As for the money, he kept some of it for his war chest, and donated some of it to the Democratic Party and to Democratic candidates.
So along comes Debra Bowen who understands that we have a serious election integrity problem in California and sincerely wants to do something about it. Everybody seems to assume that once elected Secretary of State, Bowen will immediately move to decertify Diebold election systems in California. Everybody except me, that is.
You see, we used to have a Democratic Secretary of State, Kevin Shelley, and he actually did decertify Diebold. Then the Republicans mounted a recall campaign, removed him from office, and appointed someone who immediately recertified Diebold. The Democratic Party was unable to stop this from happening.
My reasoning goes like this: Having secured the Democratic Partys endorsement, once elected Bowen will be beholden to them for their support and campaign contributions. And they really do want a Democrat as California Secretary of State, every bit as much as much as Bowen really wants to restore election integrity to California. But the moment Bowen moves to decertify Diebold, the Republicans will threaten a recall. And since the Democrats were unable to block the last recall, theyll pressure Bowen not to decertify Diebold, as that would only invoke the wrath of the Republicans. And owing the election to their support, and knowing that they are powerless to block a recall effort, Bowen will have to agree to drop the matter. It is important to understand that while Bowen understands the vulnerability of Diebold election systems to hacking and fraud, the Democratic Party leadership does not and is still referring to election integrity activists as wackos and conspiracy theorists. As far as the party leadership is concerned, having a Democratic Secretary of State in California is important, election reform is not.
So while I dont question Bowens integrity and sincerity, I will be voting for Green Party candidate Forrest Hill for Secretary of State. Hill believes that Californias electoral system needs a complete overhaul, and he is beholden to noone. A Financial Advisor with a Ph.D. from MIT in ecosystems analysis, Hill recently coauthored the new book, California Under Corporate Rule, with Peter Miguel Camejo, the Green Party candidate for Governor of California. Hill is an advocate of proportional representation, ranked voting, publicly-financed elections, and secure, accurate elections.