Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2003


Our Elections Administrator is letting us down badly.

Voting is the bedrock foundation of our representative democracy. If you can't trust the voting process, there's no confidence in anything else in government.

Bexar County recently bought ESS touch-screen voting machines, intended to solve our embarrassing voting problems.

The machines may be wonderful. But I have many reports from other towns saying they can have horrible flaws. I cited Dallas County's mistrust of the ESS machines in Friday's commentary.

I recently asked a nationally-recognized expert on the machines’ problems to come on KTSA and talk with our Elections chief. I wanted all of us to hear her charges, and then an informed counterpoint from our local expert.

The professor agreed immediately. But on Friday our Bexar County Elections Administrator said he won’t do it. Oh, he’ll bring a voting machine to the station for another dog-and-pony show, but he won’t face the expert.

Cliff Borofsky cannot hide from these questions. But he is hiding from giving answers. If Bexar County is trying to restore confidence in the election process, ignoring voting machine questions is the bass-ackward way to do it.

Come out of the cave, Mr. Borofsky. We see you in there.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.

Dallas News Oct 22, 2002 Area Democrats say early votes miscounted
• Who will win in 2004 (was 99.9% accurate in 2002)
Dallas News Oct 23, 2002 Some ESS touch-screens not accurate (cited above)
Search "ESS voting machines" in "Election Mistakes"

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