Shuck and Jive

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Violence Inherent in the System

Thanks to Witherspoon for linking to this article:

Voter Fraud? No. Voter Suppression

Why are we hearing so much about voter fraud and so little about election fraud? After all, the odds of someone voting fraudulently are about the same as those of an American being struck and killed by lightning.

A microscopic evaluation of election data in the 2004 gubernatorial election in Washington state revealed that voter fraud occurred approximately 0.0009 percent of the time. An analysis of the 2004 presidential election in Ohio revealed a voter fraud rate of 0.00004 percent....

...On the other hand, evidence of what I will somewhat imprecisely call election fraud -- voter suppression by election officials and state governments -- is widespread and validated. "Tens of thousands of eligible voters in at least six swing states have been removed from the rolls or have been blocked from registering in ways that appear to violate federal law," the New York Times recently concluded after its own investigation. The Times' numbers don't include efforts by state officials and private parties to discourage, intimidate or challenge eligible voters....

...Expanded voter rolls tend to favor Democrats. One reason is that voter-registration drives are usually conducted in minority and low-income neighborhoods and on campuses, areas that are likely to vote Democratic. Voter-suppression efforts, on the other hand, tend to favor Republicans because minorities, poor families and students will be least likely to overcome the new obstacles put in place. (Read More)

Witherspoon has also linked to a PCUSA resource Lift Every Voice and some practical suggestions to make sure your vote is counted.

You go to the polling place, do all the paperwork, enter the booth, press the buttons behind the curtain and wonder if anything really happened. I think we should go back to the good old days when our leaders were chosen by having some watery tart throw a sword at them.