Voting has complications usually overlooked by voters. Who should vote is a beginning; adult male property owners as earlier Americans saw matters? Or nearly everybody able to get to the polls, as seems to be the current view? Should felons be restored the vote? But there is another issue running below the surface: How do we know that those who vote are the ones we have said should do so?
Voter fraud is usually dismissed by politicians, who benefit from it. Until at least, we hear of the mummified body of a woman who died in 2008 and somehow managed to vote in 2010, an extraordinary accomplishment, wouldn’t you say? Oh, you don’t want to comment until you know with which party she was registered? Thank you for clarifying the issue!
One reason this receives so little attention is that the Democrats receive more of the benefits than do the Republicans, particularly from the votes of wetbacks unqualified to vote but aided to do so by Democrat supporters. They are part of the Hispanic vote, traditionally Democratic. You may read more of that here. Part of the story is a current Florida program purging the voter registration lists of unqualified voters, an activity that has resulted in a lawsuit by the Federal Department of Justice, aimed at stopping the clean-up. We suppose that were the present administration in Washington Republican, there would be no such action; it would be replaced with applause. Which, when one considers the matter, is really no improvement on what is really, a local matter.
Those paying attention have noted that voting is common around the world but an honest vote, is not. The worst dictators commonly offer their people a vote, as North Korea’s new, young dictator did recently, obtaining a 100% turnout and a unanimous vote for himself. Most other dictators are a little more circumspect, though the end result is the same.
We assume that the vote in large Western “democracies” is more honest, with their much lower turnouts and much closer results that can make actual changes in who governs. In this day of government spying and computer invasion we may be kidding ourselves when in fact, computers count our votes but we don’t know that, if it is so. Perhaps though, we should be a bit more suspicious than we have been, given the stakes. Considering the politicians we have been electing, a bit more suspicion seems indicated, anyway.