Saturday, May 13, 2006

What's the deal with early voting?

Politicians, or at least the ones who know what they're doing, use something called talking points. They make the same argument over and over, using the same kind of language, until the public accepts what they're saying as truth. Usually, talking points are designed to obfuscate some inconvenient fact.

The Ehrlich administration had one set of talking points this past week: Early Voting Bad.

Ehrlich mentioned it an unnatural number of times yesterday during his apparence on Ed Norris' WHFS show. And the administration used new expert warnings that the electronic voting machines are ripe for voter fraud to bolster its case.

Ehrlich argues that early voting opens the door to voter fraud and is an unfair system. Democrats say it gives working people, the sick and others the same opportunity to vote as everyone else

So just what is going on here? Is our Governor just an altruistic crusader for all that is good and right in this world? Not quite.

The Republican governor is worried because early voting tends to favor Democrats. Our wonderful little legislature designated early voting sites at places where Democrats are more likely to vote than Republicans, like college campuses and strongly Democratic regions. This could hurt Ehrlich's re-election chances.

What you have here is typical of politics: each side cloaking their raw political interests in lofty rhetoric about rights and equality. Reaffirms your faith in democracy, don't it?

from The League: Reassembled

2 Comments:

Blogger Nat said...

We do not live in a democracy -- we live in a republic. There are very real differences between the two.

5/16/2006 02:36:00 PM  
Blogger Avowed Liberal said...

I understand that the Governor is concerned about Early Voting and wishes to stop its implementation because it may contribute to illegal and fraudulent elections.

However, he supports the elimination of the assuault weapons ban despite the fact that it could contribute to illegal and criminal acts.

Double standard!

5/17/2006 05:26:00 PM  

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