Vote Early And Often! (A Glorious American Tradiiition!)

Dead VotersVoting 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.


About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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8 Responses to Vote Early And Often! (A Glorious American Tradiiition!)

  1. michael says:

    I heard a democratic senator in Vermont got 109 percent of the vote… We don’t need no stinkin ID. Suck on that Mr. Kim

  2. Jack Curtis says:

    Mr. kim cannot presently respond; he is out feeding the dogs …
    I imagine that the Vermont legislator is, as a thrifty New Englander, saving the unused 9% for use at his next election.

  3. the unit says:

    Some states are outlawing high capacity magazines. Won’t that stop loads of bussed in voters at election time?

  4. Rawclyde! says:

    Voter ID is okay with me. But I don’t like letters in the mail that tell me I’m not qualified to vote because of where I live, when I’m living with 50 other military veterans, and we’re not in jail. I also don’t like walking away after voting, reading my voting receipt and discovering it took so long cuz I did a provisional ballot, without being told about it. But, I live in Arizona, so, what the hell…

    Incidentally, Afghanistan’s presidential elections are coming up soon ~ the first week of April. I believe these are real elections. And I believe they’re real important. And, of course, threatened by the Taliban. And protected by the Afghan security forces ~ which are trained by NATO and US military forces. This is an exciting election…

    • Jack Curtis says:

      Arizona doesn’t always do as its told … and military voters tend toward the conservative. Nothing anyone in power wants to encourage!
      Afghanistan … I’m expecting the next guy to run against the Talibs and negotiate them a slice after he’s elected. Be nice if he’s not another Pushtun. Any bets on the status of forces agreement?

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