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Bruce Funk is a Hero

If you haven’t been following the Bruce Funk story, he’s the County Clerk in Emery County to had the courage to have someone inspect the Diebold voting machines that he received and is now having his job threatened. He’s elected, so he can’t be fired by the County Commission or the Utah Elections office, but he’s under pressure.

I wrote a piece about is at Between the Lines and there’s also articles in today’s DesNews and the Emery County Progress.

In short, the inspections found “crooked paper feeds that jam, memory card bay doors that wouldn’t close, parts getting stuck, coming loose, falling off, etc.” Moreover, two of the machines failed their initial, Diebold run, acceptance testing. Diebold’s trying to punish him and make sure no other County Clerks try the same thing by charging the State a $40,000 “recertification” fee. I call it intimidation and coercion.

Posted by windley on March 29, 2006 05:46 PM


Good for him. We need to look into these things from every direction. We need to rip them apart and find every quirky thing before an election disaster. Let's get it right!

Posted by: Bryan Catherman at March 30, 2006 07:58 AM

The Diebold machines might be bad, but I know Bruce, and he's a major snake in the grass. I think they intimidate him, and that is the primary reason he's rejecting him. He's not running for re-election... the best thing that has happened to Emery County in many, many years...

Posted by: TI-Source Webmaster at April 1, 2006 07:23 PM

The flashing light on my answering machine told me I had a message. It was about UtahPolitics.org, if that's believable. Apparently, the placement of the line on the comments has led someone to believe that my comment was the one below my name rather than the one above. So then, I pulled up the page and for a second thought something along those same lines.

So there is no confusion, my comment starts, "Good for him." I've also learned that this website has some interesting readers in interesting places.

Posted by: Bryan Catherman at April 4, 2006 08:19 PM

I'm jealous! I've been doing this for a few years and no one's ever called me!

I can see how someone would make that mistake.

Posted by: Phil at April 4, 2006 10:13 PM

My earlier comments about Bruce were a bit harsh. I don't know him personally, but he seems like a nice guy. I've read about some of the decisions he has made as clerk/auditor. Some I agree with, some I don't. I guess I have a real distrust in politicians in general. Change can be good, so we will see what happens in Emery County in the years ahead with a new clerk/auditor.

Posted by: TI Source Webmaster at April 10, 2006 08:14 PM

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