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Perception is everything!
If you have something that is working fine, but if you think it may not be working fine, then you are not comfortable with that item. If you perceive an item has a flaw, whether it does or not, it has a flaw.
During the battle over the election results, I was hoping that the Trump team would show us a ballot that was flawed or marked by a person who was not eligible to vote. But that did not happen. I was hoping that they would show us that they tested some of those Dominion voting machines and that they were flawed. But, if they did, we were not privileged to hear what the results were.
If we think a voting machine has a flaw, then it does, at least in our mind.
That brings me to what is perceived as flawed. In last week’s edition we carried a letter to the editor from JoAnn Utphall and she was upset at the local municipality clerks in Dunn County for purchasing new Dominion voting machines.
Even if these machines worked as advertised, they are viewed as flawed by some voters in Dunn County. And, that alone should be enough reason to buy some other brand.
The local clerks should have known that there are bad feelings about these machines and they could have saved themselves a boat load of grief and having people upset with them, they should have looked elsewhere for another brand.
In her letter, Utphall stated, “I just can’t believe, with all the controversy in the last six months that any person in their right mind would think buying a Dominion voting machine would be okay with all the public. The people who I have mentioned this to commented, ‘Why even vote then.”
I am indebted to Peter Nelson for forwarding some information from our State Senator Jeff Smith about the election results in the State of Wisconsin. Smith’s letter indicates the following.
“Recently, the bi-partisan Wisconsin Elections Commissions (WEC) released several resources, which outline the process of the most recent general election to reassure Wisconsin residents of the legitimacy of the election results and to correct the misinformation being put forward. Senator Smith is encouraged to know that ‘No evidence has been provided that supports allegations of systemic or widespread election issues.’
“WEC Correcting Information about Wisconsin’s Election—This link explains the cause of the delay in reporting election results. This resources also states the WEC has seen no evidence of problems with Dominion Voting systems or any other manufacturer’s voting system in Wisconsin.”
So, those Dominion Voting machines and others by different manufacturers worked Ok in the November Election in Wisconsin, according to our state officials. But, here is still that perceived thought that there is a problem. So how do our state officials overcome that feeling?
“My definition of a leader in a free country is a man who can persuade people to do what they don’t want to do and like it.” – Harry Truman
Thanks for reading! ~Carlton