Ethics issues aren't going away
I have had a number of people tell me they think the ethics 'stuff' would go away post-election. Once the eyes are on to other things, the scrutiny would fade.
I'm not sure I believe that. We just have to go to look at the exit poll results from Tuesday's mid-term elections, which showed that people were almost as upset about Washington scandals as they were about the war in Iraq
The NYT's Web site lays it out
: Voters were asked how important scandals in government were to determining how they cast their vote, a wopping 41 percent said extremely important and another 33 percent said very important. That is about 74 percent of voters. A mere 7 percent said it was not important.
Given those numbers, it seems unlikely that ethics issues are going anywhere. And with the SARA panel expected to make recommendations in this area
, I'm guessing it will be an issue that will live on.
Meanwhile, here is FCW's earlier story: 5 ethical missteps and how to avoid them
Other election notes:
Election boosts trust in US voting systems [CSM, 11.10.2006]
Exit polls suggest that 88 percent of Americans felt confident in their voting device Tuesday.
Read FCW's e-voting coverage from the 11.6 issue
Voters are caught in an e-voting quandary [Federal Computer Week, Nov. 6, 2006]
Are elections officials naive about e-voting, or are critics just pushing the wrong buttons?
Also, DOD's e-voting efforts
And FCW's editorial calling for paper back-ups
And, just for fun, don't miss The Daily Show's take on e-voting
Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Nov 09, 2006 at 12:15 PM