I want you to vote. No matter whom you vote for. I won’t waste my time, your time, trying to convince you to vote for someone else. Don’t waste mine. You want to explain why you are voting for whomever? You want to explain why anyone shouldn’t vote for whomever? Fine. But no one has to agree. No one has to listen. No one has to read what you write. No, not even what I am typing right now.
Vote for Trump. Vote for Biden. Vote for Bernie. Vote for Jo Jorgensen. Vote for Howie Hawkins. Vote for Alliteration Miteration.
OK, I made that last Alliterative pun up for fun, but write Miteration in if you want. You can vote for Groucho Marx like I have on a rare occasion. My personal rule was I would do that when just one person was running; one person who had never bothered reaching out to voters so I had no idea who they were. Just reading their promo material won’t do. It’s like what a salesman claims when they’re trying to sell you a used car. Personally I don’t trust what candidates write; or have written, about themselves any more than I would accept what time share salesmen claim is gospel. So Groucho. My single write in might as well make someone laugh.
You don’t have to use my reasons. Use your own reasoning. It’s YOUR vote.
I have no interest in being the kind of election watcher whose actual job is to get in the way of those I disagree with. I hope you won’t play those kinds of one sided, vote eliminating, games. You HAVE TO know most attempts to defend that are politically driven partisan drivel. In my opinion those kind of “watchers” don’t belong at poll stations at all. Try to force themselves upon any precinct and they should be arrested, prosecuted for interfering with an election. Found guilty they should lose their right to vote permanently. They have proven themselves enemies of the electorate, and representative governance. Only interested in sabotaging elections.
Please remember I typed “force.” I suspect this election that may become a concern, just like running over protesters and confrontations between different protesters have become a concern. I suspect both of those may become more of a concern: murder by means of wheels combined with the unwillingness to let citizenry decide without interference. Interfering because they know it’s not likely to go their way.
I don’t want postal machines smashed, post boxes removed, the mail slowed down in areas that have a populace that tend to vote in some politically incorrect way. I want ALL the votes to count. As long as your vote is postmarked by Election Day it should count: even if that means we have to wait for all the votes to be counted. Our form of governance is worth waiting for: representative governance. Only dictator wannabes and their enablers are in a rush to get it all over with and therefore count fewer votes. Interesting how they’re no longer in a rush once they’re losing and they think that more counting might go their way. This is why people against just counting provisional ballots suddenly demand they be counted if they are losing.
As offensive as such hypocrisy is I believe such counts should continue. ALL VOTES SHOULD BE COUNTED.
Personally I don’t care for provisional ballots but; if we must have have them, I want them counted: every time, any election. No voter should have to jump through hoops because any vote stealing computer program list; where John A. Jackson in Idaho is considered to be the same voter as John D. Jackson in Florida, mean their right to vote is eliminated. Nor if some public servant (intentionally?) enters a name wrong.
Voter blockers should have to fight openly in court to take away votes, and the right to vote. Fight each one individually. ONE… BY… ONE. Those whose rights are being threatened should be there, allowed to see their accusers, encouraged to defend their right. Transportation there should be available and free. s a society sometimes rights are taken away, usual for PROVEN through due process criminal activity. Isn’t the right to vote deserving of at least that much due process? Even MORE, IMO.
Anyone who thinks a crime has been, or is being, committed should have that person charged and due process applied. “Each one individually. ONE… BY… ONE.” Otherwise step aside.
Make it harder for vote thieves, Protect voters from having their right to vote stolen.
No, I don’t want those who don’t have the right to vote to vote, but a few doing so doesn’t make it worthwhile to have a system rigged so groups of politically incorrect voters have to fight to get it back. No matter how minor anyone CLAIMS that ‘fight’ may be. The onus should ALWAYS be on those who want to block voters, steal the right to vote.
You think there is some massive amount of illegal voters? Fine. To court we go. But you had better have pictures of provably illegal voters pulling up in buses, testimony from lots of not paid to testify poll workers who, under oath, will admit that they were ordered. or bribed, to let all these illegals vote without them being on the rolls, no voter cards. Most states already do have voter cards. And their fellow poll workers should be able to testify to back them up, because they would know. Any place I’ve voted more than one person checks you in, and poll workers do talk. I’ve worked the polls before. I promise: they do talk.
I have no problem with picture IDs as long as they are very, very easy to get and paid for by the state. Otherwise; not only do you have a poll tax, but another way for partisans to block those they don’t agree with.
Your vote is a threat to no one, except those who disagree with you, those who want power. But those who come up with massive methods for purging voters certainly are a threat to you, to our form of government, to our nation. Let the voters in their area decide if their polling stations should be closed, not partisan political operatives, partisan public servants. No confusing card sent to anyone should ‘prove’ someone has moved. The post office should be funded, staffed, and have enough equipment to handle ballots sent by mail.
If votes that were mailed in are found uncounted that’s a good thing. They CAN be counted. The problem, whatever it is, can be fixed: unlike votes put in some black box that don’t register or flips your vote.
Much is made of the occasional stacks of uncounted mail in votes found. Stacks of uncounted mail in votes can be counted. Stacks of uncounted votes are EVIDENCE. The motives of those who didn’t let them be counted can be investigated. Want to prevent such things? The best way if to vote early, as early as your state allows.
Black box proprietary software voting has no such evidence: even if given a ‘receipt’ that’s fed back into some machine and goes… where? Maybe flipped, as has happened many times? I’m sure we don’t always know when that occurs; just when reported, when it’s obvious.
I don’t want that to happen to YOUR vote.
I don’t want it to happen to mine.
I don’t want you to be harassed.
I don’t want you to find you’ve been kicked off for no reason.
I don’t want you to change who you will vote for.
I want you to vote. And I want your vote to count.
Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 40 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks, and into the unseen cracks and crevasses, that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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