Next year, there will be a vote for the Upper House and Hatoyama needs to gain an absolute majority there.
That would have made a vote for independence almost impossible in a region of low literacy and abysmal infrastructure.
It really doesn’t take many people voting together to overturn even the safest seat – it requires only a removal of apathy by the voters who decide the elections by not casting a vote.
Many are under the misapprehension that it is a vote to authorise new spending, not permission to pay the bills that this and earlier Congresses have already run up.
The OVC's aim is to replace the closed - source electronic voting machines from proprietary vendors, specifically those that fail to provide a voter - verifiable paper ballot.
The EVM2003 project is a SourceForge - hosted project to develop voting machine software that uses wholly free software, and whose machines produce a voter - verifiable paper ballot.
But this time, some Senate Republicans may even block a vote on this issue.
Unless the House Republican leadership continues to block a vote, the legislation would likely pass the House by a huge margin, as a similar bill did last year.
In fact, they used their power to block the issue from even coming up for a vote.
Heads bobbed in agreement, but not enough to call for a vote.