Friday, July 31, 2009

Voter Rolls

This last election cycle included the usual agitation from both sides about voter registration. The left accused the right of using organizations to intimidate voters, the right accused the left of using organizations to register voters illegally. Everyone accused everyone else of counting votes incorrectly, and a lot of local election boards didn't have enough understandimng of their own proceedures to defend their actions adequately.

And faith in the system takes another hit (2000 popular vote, 2008 birth certificate, etc). If you listen long enough to political culture, so many elected officials have obtained their offices fraudulently that our government itself is a charade.

Sounds pretty third world to me. When questions of government and leadership legitmacy garner enough attention, society becomes less stable.

But, same as it ever was, as soon as the election was over, many of the cries and legal challenges (and therefore press) about our anarchic method of choosing who will allocate public monies to public projects has quieted down. It seems the only time we care about the process in which we choose our leaders is on the day we show up to choose our leaders (especially if our "side" loses). Well, besides the odd slow day on talk radio where the mere mention of ACORN can hype up the listeners.

Hell, we were more involved with the electoral processes of Iran this year than we were for our own. The ayatollahs who didn't want questions asked had to revert to machine guns, the powers that be over here just had to wait for Michael Jackson's funeral.

So where's the talk about fixing the system now that an election isn't looming? Where is the examination of politically gerrymandered districts (creating undefeatable machines at the extreme wings of each party)? Where are the examinations of campaign financing, and residency requirements? Where is the effort to simplify and coordinate our voting rolls so we know who is eligible and who isn't (since that always seems to be a problem)?

The only article that has come across my wire was from Foreign Policy.com where they compare our chaos to the efficiency of other Western democracies.

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3 comments:

DADvocate said...

Oh, we care, but with Obama and the Dems in power, it's spitting in the wind. Take the case of obvious voter intimidation they're dropping the prosecution of. And they want ACORN involved in the census. Great. All this while trying to pass cap and trade, destroy health care, etc, etc.

We have to set priorities on what to fight first. Obama and the Dems are quickly proving themselves to be the most corrupt and dishonest ever.

patsbrother said...

This past week I swear he said somthing to the effect of: On this I give you my word, and I have yet to go back on my word...

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Interesting link on the NBP's "security" at voting stations. Unfortunatley, the links all relate to a Reuters article as the primary source. Where is the police report (as it mentioned the police showed up and removed one of the individuals)? Where is the text of the original injunction? Did the AAG drop the charges due to a legal reason or a political one?

As for ACORN being involved in the census, how many other non-profits and contractors are used in the collection of census data, historically?

While this administration is losing some luster, and getting bogged down in Congress, calling it the most corrupt and dishonest ever is really whitewashing the past 8 years. I said back then that either McCain OR Obama would be a vast improvement over the past clowns, and I stand by that 100% even with all the missteps.