Friday, September 22, 2006

Attacking Ehrlich on Voting is Wrong

Democrats are engaging in short-sighted political attacks against Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich, accusing him hypocrisy for reversing his positions on several voting-related issues.

They denounced the Governors' call for voters to cast absentee ballots as "highly hypocritical, given that Ehrlich vetoed a bill last year that would allow voters to cast absentee ballots without giving a reason for doing so," The Post reported. Ehrlich said absentee ballots are preferable to electronic votes cast on Election Day before they are less likely to be lost and are physically verifiable.

Democrats have also attacked Maryland's Executive for changing his position on electronic voting in general. Although Ehrlich expressed support for the system and its producers in the past, he began expressing growing concerns and recently called for a complete reexamination of electronic voting.

Attacking the governor for "hypocrisy" is the wrong thing to do. A person is to be respected, not ridiculed, for admitting that a previously-held belief is wrong. Changing one's opinion when faced with evidence is a sign of strong character and a working intellect. Instead of taking the "Flip-Flopper" page from the Republican playbook and attacking Ehrlich, Democrats should simply acknowledge that he finally came to the right conclusion on such an important issue.

from The League: Reassembled


Blogger Bruce Godfrey said...

I agree with you, League, re not attacking, but I think that the Democratic critics are correct to note that changing the law by special session and retraining 24 not-so-swift Boards of Elections in 7 weeks might not go so well. But yeah, they should not pile on Ehrlich. It is a mark of character to reflect and improve one's views.

9/22/2006 01:49:00 PM  

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