Just not where the Democrats want you to believe it is. This in from Blackfive about his attempt to vote this morning. Seems like a lot of Republicans aren’t in the voter roles for some reason.
|::::::::||I have two forms of ID – a driver’s license and a Firearm Owner ID. I also have a faculty ID for the UofC and a corporate ID from where I work. I had my Voter Registration Card. I also had a paycheck with my address on it.
There were many people who were also not in the voter books. The guy next to me was screaming about “Fraud!”. There were four ladies who were crying. Another guy was yelling about his rights. The election judges were freaking out.
The election judges (certainly inept and under-prepared for the onslaught) didn’t have any provisional ballots.
They turned everyone (that was not in the books) away.
As I left on my way to the County Election Commission to file a complaint, I asked ten different people who were also denied a vote because they weren’t in the book, “Are you Republicans?”
All ten replied, “Yes.”
“Did you vote in the primary?”
And let’s not forget about an event up in South Dakota, where Democratic Senator Tom Daschle is fighting for his political life.
|::::::::||At the McLaughlin Community Center on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, a Daschle operative (a male lawyer in his 50s) has taken over part of the election table and is interfering with the election workers’ duties in violation of SDCL 12-18-3, 9.1 (9.2 gives authority to have the person removed and arrested). The election worker feels intimidated by the Daschle operative and feels that the man is interfering with the process. When told this was illegal, he responded “F–k you, do something about it.”||::::::::|
You got it, bub. Turns out the election worker did very much the right thing and called the Sheriff. We now have 1 jerk lawyer who’s been forcibly ejected from the polling location. Next door in Wisconsin, we have attempts to impede Republican voters from getting to the polls. Captain Ed reports on a story about someone deciding to slash the tires of 30 vehicles that had been rented by the local Republican Party in Milwaukee to drive voters to the polls.
In that same story, by the way, there’s a very sad – and angering – note all the way at the bottom. A man whose wife had died put into her obituary that in lieu of flowers, he’d like people to vote for Kerry. No, that’s not the sad part, regardless of what you or I might think about using your wife’s obit to try to buy votes. The sad and angering part is that some slimewad called this guy up and left a message saying he hoped the man’s wife burned in hell. The story referred to that as an increased “level of incivility.” That’s the understatement of the year. The asshole who thought it would be just ripping good reparte to pull that stunt ought to be tracked down, identified publicly, and never, ever be allowed to live it down.
People have forgotten that we live in a democracy and you don’t always get your way. Regardless, you owe it to your fellow citizens (who are eligible to vote) to allow them unimpeded access to the polls. Everyone, on every side of the political spectrum and we need to work on it, all of us.
Election day. Get out there and vote.