* Oh, for crying out loud…
Check out those engagement numbers. Sheesh.
* So, I sent a quick email to the Illinois State Board of Elections asking if this was true…
No. They do not connect to the internet. They use a cellular signal to send a one-way, handshake-encrypted transmission of UNOFFICIAL results on election night. There is no Internet connectivity on either end.
These are used by a handful of jurisdictions (Cook, Chicago and some of the collar counties; I’m not sure at the moment which ones) for the sole purpose of providing unofficial results as quickly as possible on election night.
I am watching that tweet to determine whether it warrants a reply. Twitter is not a good forum for technical explanations and I’m not interested in an extended back-and-forth that invites virality.
I posted the response and reported the tweet to Twitter, but it’s obviously still up.
* Meanwhile, Brenden Moore has a story about the Trump boat parade on Lake Springfield over Labor Day weekend…
Ward 6 Ald. Kristin DiCenso asked City Water, Light and Power officials and city attorney Jim Zerkle at Tuesday’s committee of the whole meeting if a permit was necessary for the event and if one had been obtained. […]
The question was asked and answered, and the discussion was seemingly over within five minutes. But, it turns out, it was only the beginning.
On Thursday, DiCenso became the target of fierce criticism from Sangamon County Republican Party chairwoman Rosemarie Long, who was responding to information on a flier that’s been making the rounds on social media.
The flier claimed that DiCenso, following Tuesday’s meeting, had described the boat parade as “horrid and unacceptable” and that she had plans to propose an ordinance that would prevent the displaying of political signs and flags on lake property.
The flier has been distributed to various lake clubs and to lake lease owners. Long, speaking at the party’s committee call, said she was “getting goosebumps because I’m so mad” about the claims.
“I cannot tell you how upsetting this is to me,” Long said. “What happened to freedom in this country, in this town, in this county when they just think about not letting you place your American flag in your yard?”
And, of course, the “flier” is completely overblown. But some people will believe anything they see, apparently.