60,000 absentee ballots were sent out from Palm Beach County, FL with a heading error making machine tabulation impossible; the heading in question concerns the merit retention of Supreme Court and District Court Judges whom the Republican Party of Florida is actively lobbying to replace. The ballot in Camp County, TX has the incorrect party affiliation for a candidate running against the incumbent republican. In Maricopa County, AZ Spanish-language election materials were distributed with the erroneous General Election date of Nov. 8. Only local newspapers and broadcast media have reported this news.
Why are there so few articles, or even op-ed pieces in the erroneously labeled liberal media and national newspapers devoted to the scandal of fraudulent election supervision, mistakes on absentee voter ballots, or misinformation on polling places, and dates of election. In the past month, the LA Times has published zero articles on the topic, but seven concerning voter ID laws. The Washington Post: 1, and that one from the AP news wire. The NY Times: zero. The Miami Herald: zero. Bloomberg News: zero.
In the few pieces that make it to print, the overwhelmingly common theme is that all of these mistakes/errors/frauds benefit the Republican candidates and agendae. The only documented arrests have been of operatives working directly for the state republican party. Have you heard this on Fox? Have you read about it on NewsBusters or RedState? Does Rush mention it? No.
A new voter-identification law may disqualify almost 25 percent of adult residents in Philadelphia from casting ballots in November. Why? President Barack Obama won 83 percent of this state’s largest city’s vote in 2008. Pennsylvania republican legislators have even bragged that these suppressive measures will win them the election! How many stories have you seen regarding the voter ID laws. If you have any exposure to the news you’ve seen or heard, hundreds, and most of the coverage attempts to establish a false balance by keeping alive the myth that there actually is any in person vote fraud occurring; a demonstrably false conjecture. The extensive investigation and analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice has revealed these ID laws serve no purpose other than to suppress voting by the elderly, the indigent and minorities. Indeed, the the republicans own reports indicate they will have no mitigating effect on in person voter fraud. Who proposes these laws? Republicans. Whose votes do they hope to suppress? Democrats.
Yet, the media does not see fit to do their job and keep us informed. They instead turn every issue into a false equivalency as if they are covering a football game where two equal sides compete for the prize. With these laws “we the people” all lose. This is a simple question of right versus wrong. Voting is not some mere privilege arbitrarily granted by a benevolent government. It is one of our inalienable and constitutionally guaranteed rights. Limiting that right is anathema to the principles upon which this country was founded. It is time to expose these measures and their proponents for what and who they really are; poll taxes imposed on the citizens by demagogues who would prefer to rule than to govern.