Monday, March 1, 2004

Computer-voting critic loses poll-worker job

By Ian Hoffman, Alameda Newspaper Group

Longtime Alameda county pollworker Doug Faunt has been prohibited from serving as a pollworker because he spoke out about his concerns over his county's use of electronic voting equipment.

Alameda assistant registrar Elaine Ginnold is quoted in the article saying, "With all the talk about sabotage and tampering, someone is making comments about touchscreens, (and) you have to wonder...It seemed like he was the type of person who might do that."

Faunt's response: "They're accusing me of being dishonest, of being a bad person...My sin was criticizing the system and for that I've been locked out. I think that's not the American way."

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