Consider the following articles, both from the same issue newspaper….
Test slot machines arrive Richard Williamson, director of Gaming Laboratory Operations of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, samples the play of a slot machine that his office will test and use to train staff for a variety of investigation and auditing duties. Seven machines donated by manufacturers that have applied for a license arrived in Harrisburg Tuesday.
Although a Dec. 31 federal mandate is fast approaching, Lancaster County officials have yet to decide on which new voting machines they will purchase.
Under the terms of the Help America Vote Act of 2002, all voting machines in the county must be accessible to the handicapped and must provide for the manual audit of returns in time for the spring 2006 primary.
The reason the county hasn’t yet picked a voting-machine model, Stehman said, is only two machines have been certified by the Pennsylvania Department of State. Only certified machines can be bought by the 67 counties in Pennsylvania.
Now, here’s my question:
How is it that in three years the Commonwealth can only certify 2 voting machines but when it comes to slots we can come up with 7 models in a matter of 6 months?
Obviously the priorities of our government are skewed away from the basic tenets of democracy (one person one vote) in favor of bait and switch ‘gambling for taxes’ swaps.
PA legislators, if you haven’t already gotten the message after the PayJacking scandal; now hear this… PACK YOUR BAGS THE FREE RIDE IS OVER.