Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Primarily Disinterested

Psst. I don't care who people in New Hampshire vote for.

In all likelihood, the next President of the United States is going to be chosen by the actions of a few state officer holders who are sworn to ensure fair elections and who are simultaneously on the payroll of one of the campaigns in the election they are overseeing.

In the stolen 2000 "election", Florida had numerous instances of obvious election fraud. Katherine Harris was the Florida Secretary of State, the person in charge of ensuring that the Florida election was fair and carried out in a legal manner. Katherine Harris was also in charge of the Bush campaign. Bush carried the state and the national election, thanks in no small part to the actions of Ms. Harris. In a curious role reversal, in the days and weeks after the election, she acted primarily to ensure that legally cast, primarily Democratic, ballots were not counted, while illegally cast, primarily Republican, ballots were.

In 2004, Ohio suffered from systematic irregularities. Kenneth Blackwell, the Ohio Secretary of State, was chairman of Bush's re-election campaign in Ohio. Bush carried the state and the national election, and the voting irregularities were never properly investigated.

Hooray, democracy!

Why hasn't this loophole been closed yet? The Republicans have benefited from it, and the Democrats want to. In the meantime, if you want to know who is going to win the 2008 election, you might want to start looking at which campaigns have the most Secretaries of State in their pocket.


Catherinette Singleton said...

High five to you! I agree with you, totally and completely.

Writeprocrastinator said...

An excellent and depressing point. Plus, I'll bet that this will be the third election in a row where they have those African American hit lists that mistakenly list them as felons.

Hot Lemon said...

heh. 2-troo. I'm an independent so I can't vote in primaries and other than that, I just don't give a shit this far out.

vikkitikkitavi said...

I have no idea why everyone is so apathetic about this. Maybe because the media doesn't write about it?

Natalie said...

This is so completely true. I hope the Dems have some people in their pocket this year. There is a petition going around from Moveon about prohibiting electronic voting machines the oh so hackable voting mechanism of the future.

Flannery Alden said...

Just you wait, Ohio's still having problems. We'll probably have to color in the dots with a number two pencil this time around.

minijonb said...

Congress should hold hearings and investigate Harris and Blackwell... too bad that'll never happen.

Coaster Punchman said...

I often put the word "election" in quotes when discussing 2000 as well.

Let us not forget the wonderful election commissioner or whateverhertitlewas who was a registered Democrat only long enough for her to screw up the butterfly ballot resulting in all those Jewish retirees voting for Pat Buchanan. Immediately after the elections she mysteriously became an "independent."

And why was it Kerry ate so much shit for publicly declaring them the biggest group of crooks and swindlers he'd ever seen, or something like that?