By Karen Lee Ziner
Christopher Young, unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Providence mayor, and his fiancée Kara Russo, who lost the Republican primaries for lieutenant governor and the 1st Congressional district seat, want to end to electronic voting in Rhode Island.
They have filed a complaint with the state Board of Elections that seeks a re-do of the November 2 election "without electronic voting.'' They also want all future elections to be conducted without electronic voting machines.
Their complaint to the elections board states, in part: "Our arguments are that if you conceal essential election processes from the public, it is a human rights violation and the election ceases to be a public election. This transfers sovereignty over the government from the public to government insiders and is unconstitutional. The voter cannot see what actually happened to his or her vote inside the computer and is required to place 'blind faith' in the technology. The results were and are open to manipulation."
Young and Russo cited precedent in "the German Constitutional Court's recent decision to ban electronic voting in Germany by ruling it 'unconstitutional'" because citizens cannot actually "see their votes counted, without specialized technical knowledge."
But a Journal search of German news articles suggests electronic voting has not been ruled out. In one article, the German news online broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported that "the judgment did not rule out digital voting for once and for all," though the equipment used four years ago did have shortcomings.
During a phone interview on this latest campaign, Young was also asked whether he and Russo intend to go ahead with their much-publicized 'conditional' wedding. (Young, who proposed to Russo during a mayoral debate, had said it was conditional on his winning the election).
Young said on Thursday, "We'll be making an announcement about proceeding with the wedding."