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docjim
  • From:USA

Date Posted:30-08-2018 03:17:31Copy HTML


Vote for me, or don’t vote at all

It is easy to imagine that those running for political office seek to win your vote. But that really would be just your imagination at work. In the sophisticated world of voting technology our political parties really only want you to vote if you vote for their party candidate, and they are willing do to almost anything to insure you comply. 


For starters, Republicans tend to want fewer voters at the polls than Democrats because Democrats hold an edge in registered voters, 48% to 44% according to recent Pew Research reporting.


And both parties seem happy that making voter registration an individual responsibility rather than an automatic registration program is acceptable, even if our voter participation rate is lower than most developed countries at a whopping 57% (even lower in midterm elections). We rank a dismal 26th of 32 compared nations in voter turnout.


There are many reasons why we are so successful in keeping voters from the ballot box.

One notable reason is that campaigns are often designed to turn off all but the most partisan voters by the vitriol spewed by the candidates. By the time the election day arrives many of us dislike all the candidates.


But there are more insidious methods deployed to prevent unwanted voters from showing up on election day, stealth methods wrapped in false integrity claims.


One of the more popular methods is to simply reduce the number of voting booths in districts who might not vote for your candidate. Long lines and long waits to vote are effective in reducing turnout and votes.


If that alone does not seem to help enough, you may want your party to close voting locations in “enemy” districts. Imagine your local polling place is closed and the nearest polling location is now a 45-minute drive away. If you do not drive you may simply give up on voting. If you work until 5pm, get off work, drive 45 minutes to the new polling location only to find a line an hour long, you too may give up.


Then there is the best method to reduce working class voters, that is to reduce early voting, originally designed so those with little time on the first Tuesday in November can vote in advance. Ohio uses this method to hold down the vote.


Several states have discovered a stealth method that seems to work well; on provisional and absentee ballots make execution of the ballot so precise that any minor infraction of voting etiquette invalidates the ballot. Apply this demanding standard only in districts with heavy levels of opposition voters, and opposition votes can be discounted.


Recently, Republicans have found richness in slowing voters down by creating new voter ID requirements, impacting votes of color more than any other voter. This method solves the non-existent problem of voter fraud at the ballot box.


Republicans have also excelled at the newest method of getting rid of nasty opposition voters by purging voter roles of the unwanted categories of voter. In this scenario you show up at the poll only to find that because your name was spelled exactly like another voter’s name, you have been disqualified.


While all of these are great ways of minimizing unwanted voters, nothing matches the Gerrymandering method. Mastered best in our Southern states, Republicans have packed Democrats into a few voting districts where Democrats win, but made many more districts stacked for Republicans. In Ohio, where the parties’ split voting mostly 50/50, 11 of 16 congressional seats go to Republicans using this method.


The Courts are reversing some of these “voter picking” strategies, but not all, and not fast enough.


The best choice you have is to fight to vote in 2018, no matter what it takes.


OP ED

Drjim893

9/1/18

 

 

 

 

 

 


DRJim
mickeyrat Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #1
  • From:USA

Re:Vote for me, or don't vote at all

Date Posted:30-08-2018 07:00:50Copy HTML

That was well said, jim. I think that Republicans really do depend on minimizing the voting to win. It remains the fact that 53,000 so called "felons", who were NOT felons and some whose supposed conviction dates were actually in the future at the time cited, were purged from the rolls of Florida in 2000, the vast majority of whom would have voted for Gore. What worked then has been on the GOP's mind again and again. We really can't depend on the courts to change this. Even in the best of times courts are unwilling to tread upon what is, constitutionally, clearly a state prerogative when it comes to elections, and only in the most obvious of cases is it going to intervene. The only real answer is to increase voter turnout. The elections/nominations of so many progressives is really encouraging in this respect, since it speaks to more and more people coming out to vote. If we can get one extra voter out there for one discouraged by a long ride or a long drive, then the equation is balanced out and the GOP still has to deal with the registration deficit.
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Yobbo Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #2
  • From:New_zealand

Re:Vote for me, or don't vote at all

Date Posted:30-08-2018 07:18:02Copy HTML

Any connection between the Greedy Old Pricks and democracy is purely incidental.
"Les hommes ne font jamais le mal si complètement et joyeusement que lorsqu'ils le font par conviction religieuse." Blaise Pascal
Segovia_del_Prado Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #3
  • From:USA

Re:Vote for me, or don't vote at all

Date Posted:12-09-2018 12:14:28Copy HTML

“The truth is like a lion, you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose, it will defend itself.” St. Augustine
Bogus0Pomp Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #4
  • From:USA

Re:Vote for me, or don't vote at all

Date Posted:12-09-2018 12:58:30Copy HTML

As is the norm for such memes, the one posted above by segovia is utter bullshit.

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Doe_Eyes Share to: Facebook Twitter MSN linkedin google yahoo #5
  • From:USA

Re:Vote for me, or don't vote at all

Date Posted:12-09-2018 03:27:51Copy HTML

There is a great deal to be outraged right now: Russian interference, ICE raids in hospital rooms, Eroding LGBTQ rights, Vanishing environmental protections, Puerto Rico still in shambles, Flint still without clean water, unparalleled gun homicides, a compromised Evangelical Church, raising hate crimes, the sabotaging on the Affordable Care Act. - John Pavlovitz [B]Their blood is on YOUR hands.[/B]
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