Thursday, June 15, 2006

Not a Hearing, A Sales Presentation

I am outraged by how last night's meeting went.

Originally, it was to be a joint IS & Judiciary meeting. The IS Committee (which I am a member) had directed County Clerk Sue Ertmer to invite as many vendors as would show up.

Then, when Chair Albrect decided that the meeting should be for the entire county board, he unilaterally decided to invite only the Diebold salesman.

Therefore, an opportunity for open government and honest debate was shut down. It was shut down by one person acting on his own.

We did not give fair service and representations to voters with disabilities in Winnebago County last night. We did not advance the debate on the issue. We did nothing to increase public confidence in our decisions. We failed, blew hot air and wasted time.

Unless we have a true hearing, in which we see all machines and have an open debate instead of a sales job, we will have failed the voters of Winnebago County.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the answer to the question about Dave Albrecht in a previous thread is obvious. He is arrogant. He thinks he knows what is best for our citizens.

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought that the most disturbing parts of the county board meeting were 1) the clerk that got up and told the citizens and the county board that the decision had already been made and why were even talking about it? and 2) the talk given by State Elections Board Executive Director Kevin Kennedy. He and HIS board are obviously Diebold touch screen cheerleaders who arrogantly dismissed the very legitimate concerns of a diverse and informed group of citizens. And these are people sworn to protect the legitimacy of our elections. Yikes!

11:56 PM  

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