God forgive me for ever linking to the HuffPo, but they do have a rare non-Sheehan post. It’s about Cathy Cox and Georgia elections. Is this Secretary Cox’s achilles heel?
In the last week, Cox has made a surprising and entirely unanticipated volte-face on the question of adding a voter-verifiable paper audit trail to the touch-screen machines so they can, if necessary, be subject to a meaningful manual recount. Having vehemently opposed the introduction of such a paper trail, she has now come out in support – ostensibly in the wake of the Carter-Baker commission report on electoral reform. Political sources in Georgia, however, suggest she is under mounting pressure over her record of electoral management over the past four years and may have decided that supporting a paper trail was the price she had to pay to keep her gubernatorial ambitions on track.
With the publication of these official documents, the question arises whether she is fit to hold any public office. That, ultimately, will be up to Georgia voters to decide.
Now, do keep in mind that the writer, Andrew Gumbel, is most assuredly to the left of Cox, Perdue, and Taylor. Still, the documents he has gathered purport to reflect badly on Cathy Cox.
Nonetheless, I love the new voting system in Georgia. I do think we need a paper trail, but I give Cathy Cox full credit for taking the lead nationally on this issue and introducing a system that works rather well and seems generally to only be totally opposed by crackpots. Sure, there are ways to improve the system. But, overall it is a job well done.