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calendar   Wednesday - October 27, 2004

What Say You?

I am posting this in an effort to get commentary from you, the readers, about where our election process is heading.  Please feel free to fire away!

But let me set the stage first. by going back and addressing the voting issue first.  As I do so I will eventually lead you to where I’d like your input.

It’s apparent that due to efforts of politically correct in-DUH-viduals we are now dumbing down the voting process such that we allow the lowest common denominator of stupidity (not to mention complete and utter morons) into the voting booths.

It all started with absentee ballots allowing (rightfully) our military members and government workers overseas the right to vote.  Next were the seniors incapacitated by disease or illness.  I have no problem with that.  But then we started the downward slide.  We began stretching and stretching the bounds of “absentee” ballots to include those who knew they’d be out of the area.  Then we allowed ANYONE who wanted an absentee ballot to get one for any reason whatsoever.

Why was this taking place? In addition to becoming more and more blatantly politically correct, officials were concerned that voter turnout, never really high in the last 30 or 40 years, was getting lower and lower.  They needed something to attract the morons who made a personal decision to abdicate their civic duty.  Officials began appealing to non-English speaking Americans (please, do not even get me started on THIS issue!), the youth, and the senior citizen vote.

I guess that’s all well and good but it was not long before political correctness took complete control and disenfranchisement became the buzzword.

In Florida we can now vote up to 2 weeks prior to the election in addition to absentee ballots.  Sample ballots are sent to the homes to help the voter familiarize themselves.  Voter registration drives are a perennial event.  Newspapers crowd their editorial pages with their “picks” for all the seats. (Nevermind that those fuckers are already liberal and mostly portray one side of the argument.)

Results, not just in Florida but all over?  Voter apathy remains as high as before.  Except that now voters demand even more and more ease in voting.  Recall that I mentioned in a previous posts (here) and (here) how only 28% of the voters came out for our last primary here in Florida?  That means that 14% (plus 1) was sufficient to get someone on the General Ballot.  Which, in turn, means that basically 14% of the population made decisions for the other 86%.  Scary, huh?

It’s as if people do not care.  Even when I give them that statistic above it does not seem to phase them in the least.  THESE people are the slackers.  They stay at home, do not vote and then cry when they have to pay higher taxes.  So why the hell do we want these lazy pieces of shit out to vote anyway?

Back to the early voting concept.  If people want to vote early why not just get an absentee ballot and send it in?  Well, I asked that question of local officials and was told folks do not trust the mail service.  Or they think their mail carrier has a different political persuasion than they do so they don’t trust that person.  Others just want the “feel” of going to a voting booth on election day without having to go on election day.

Given all these opportunities to make the process easier we still barely get 50% of the electorate to the booths except during presidentail elections when we get a few more.

Now the big “issue du jour” is provisional voting.  As originally intended it was for people who for one reason or another were not on their precinct’s voting lists and the individual states he or she is, in fact, registered there.  It was also intended for people who moved from one precinct to another yet the paperwork has not caught up with the changes so that when they go to their new precinct, there is no record of them.  To resolve this phone calls are made to the Supervisor of Elections Office (SOE) to confirm the person WAS listed and the individual is them allowed a ballot.  All of these “exceptions” are recorded and evaluated once they reach the SOE’s office at the end of the day.  If anyone is caught voting twice (the names are bumped against a database to see which pop up more than once) they are turned over to the feds for prosecution.  (yeah, right!!!  As if the feds would pursue it really stringently!!!)

So far so good in Florida.  But let’s not get too giddy.

Political correctness is now rearing its ugly head in this scenario with activist judges stating that individuals in some states are allowed to vote at ANY precinct within their county regardless of address.  Think for a moment how catastrophic that would be and the strain it would put on the system.

See here and here for my earlier discussion of these consequences.

It’s easy to see how some activists would use this as a means of SWAMPING one or two precincts automatically allowing those people to invoke the cry of “disenfranchisement!” when that precinct runs out of ballots.

Yet political correctness being what it is and activist judges being what they are, any state allowing this would set a “precedent” upon which other activist judges or groups sue their local officials for the same “rights.” How long before that moves up to state level?  Or national level?  Fortunately two efforts to expand provisional voting were shot down on appeal.  But the concept of precedent guarantees it will come up again----and soon.

I formly believe the process of voting in the US is not one of ensuring an intelligent and informed citizenry arriving at the polls.  It is a process hell bent on becoming IDIOT FRIENDLY instead.  The motto seems to be, “Do everything possible to lower the bar so as to allow the morons, the idiots, the stupid dumb-asses to come out and vote on issues they have absolutely no clue about but are doing so because some condo captain or party hack is telling them to vote a certain way.”

How very third world.  That’s the sort of stuff that happens in banana republics.  That’s what’s happened in Brazil and other Latin American countries where the promise of a food basket guarantees a vote for a certain individual.

Just how easy do we have to make it for these people?  It’s gotten so bad I’ve read of several instances where activists go harvesting voters at mental institutions!! Not only that, I’ve seen mentally handicapped people AT THE BOOTHS getting help from relatives on how to vote.  Now, what do you want to bet their opinions are heavily influenced by those who purport to take care of them as opposed to them having the ability to make decisions on their own?

Oh, and let’s not forget the inordinate amounts of Democrats who have homes in two states.  They register in both. At election time they vote absentee in one state and then travel to the other and vote in person there.  They even take pride in admitting having done this!!!  However, at this point there is NO WAY to stop them from doing so and no systems in place to cross check between states to verify if the same person is registered.

Allow me to go a step further:  the voting process is getting so IDIOT FRIENDLY in Florida that a buyer’s club ID with photo is accepted as proof of ID!!!!!!!!!!

But it gets worse!!!  In Florida (and I am certain elsewheres) restrictions on ID were seen as too intrusive so they were basically made “not mandatory” and advertised, as such, with some sort of pride. In Florida there is no need to bring an ID to the precinct!!!!  Sure, they say you should.  But PC has infected this state to the point that SOE office officials tell people on the phone that if they “forget” their ID they can sign an affidavit attesting to who they are after which they are given a ballot and it is inserted into the machine.  No questions asked.  Of course, if later on they find out that person fraudulently signed that paper how in the world will they find that person’s ballot? 

They can’t. 

The gradual decline of our collective morality and ethical behavior is leading to more and more instances of fraud taking place in states where photo ID is not required.  We’re going backward.  Not forwards.

So where am I going with this? 

Are you ready?

Here goes:  National ID for everyone in order to vote (or possibly the mandatory presentation of some sort of “national document” like a passport.)

As much as I abhor the idea, think about all I’ve mentioned above: lack of moral behavior where “anything goes” to get a candidate in office; idiot friendly voting rules; no ID requirement; provisional voting soon to be demanded across the US, and double voting.  Lest you forget, also take into consideration the slippery slope we’re on and how it would not be possible to scale back any of the current “idiot friendly” voter programs we have in place. 

Portability seems to be king.  People move often and far. They travel a lot on business or pleasure.  The age of electronics touches everything we do and we demand even MORE portability and ease in everything we do.  How else to stop those who have bad intentions?

Rules of life have changed in America.  If we continue along this path of “idiot friendliness” how soon before we either go to a system that resembles that of Afghanistan where people vote and their fingers are dipped in indelible ink to keep them from voting elsewhere.  No absentee ballots. No early voting.  Again, farfetched given our “portable” and “electronic” society.  So the next logical step is National ID cards because at this time we have no way to stop fraud, deceit, corruption, intentional mayhem.  None of the state election computers are tied to one another to catch perpetrators hell bent on falsifying their addresses or the fact they’ve already voted.

A national ID is the only alternative, given the propensity for certain individuals of Democratic party affiliations.  Killing the PC movement wouldn’t be such a bad idea either!!

Oh, one more thing: as for those low voter turnouts?  I have the best solution. Change the voting process to one similar to what I mentioned in the above links. Basically it would boil down to this:  for those not disqualified for receiving government largesse it is simple:  if you do not vote, you lose all your tax exemptions, itemizations, vouchers, EICs, etc. at the end of the year.

Now THERE’S an incentive!!

So, the floor is yours.  What do you think?  How can we fix (realistically) today’s system knowing what we know about precedent?  Is national ID the solution?


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Posted by Ranting Right Wing Howler   United States  on 10/27/2004 at 01:36 PM   
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