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September 17, 2006

“Count the Votes” Rally for Donna Edwards


Via the Maryland blog Crablaw, I see that supporters of Maryland 4th District congressional candidate Donna Edwards will hold a rally Monday morning, September 18, at 9:30 at the Montgomery County Board of Elections (751 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville) “to coincide with the counting of the large number of uncounted Montgomery County ballots of all sorts for Edwards and all candidates running within that county.”

I don’t want to compare the rally to the Brooks Brothers Riot of 2000, but it’s time progressives started standing up for themselves. The events of September 12 in Montgomery County may very well have resulted only from incompetence (and the unnecessary complication of introducing electronic voting machines into the process), but regardless of the cause, people were disenfranchised, and that must not be allowed to recur in November. I’m distressed that the election-day chaos in Maryland hasn’t gotten much coverage in the national media.


  1. Thanks for the mention and the link - I could not go, day job. Looking forward to hearing how it went.

    Bruce Godfrey11:33 pm, September 18

  2. I couldn’t go either, and I haven’t seen any coverage of it in the blogs or other media. If anyone went, please let us know about it in the comments.

    Keith11:44 pm, September 18

  3. District 4 needs this woman. I think the chaos on election-day was over shadowed by the many other problems that took place during the primaries around the country. What happened in Rockville was a microcosm of what was happening everywhere. Voters were disenfranchised in Rockville, D.C, Baltimore, and everywhere else inside and around the beltway. Not to mention the many mayoral races that took place around the country and here in DC, (congrats to Mayor Fenty). Electronic voting machines are here to stay, just like i-pods, and laptops. If we really want to see a change we need to look at the problem from a different standpoint. Rallies and lectures will continue to be ineffective until we can change the voting process to something that is truly democratic. Run-off voting, proportional representation etc. “Its not the wheels, the whole bike is broke.”

    —yyoung • 11:11 am, September 29

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