24 October 2012

Make it stop !!!


For those (like me) absolutely tired of endless campaigning and politics, there is a discouraging article in Salon today suggesting that there's no way it will stop on November 6.
No matter the results of the election, I can guarantee one thing: The winner will be widely considered to be completely illegitimate by the losing side.

The Republicans have now convinced themselves of Romney’s inevitable victory...  If Barack Obama wins reelection, it will almost certainly be by a slim margin, and I imagine conservatives have already convinced themselves that that margin will consist entirely of fraudulent votes...

On the other hand, liberals see, basically, a race in which Obama has never really trailed, and in which he has a decided Electoral College advantage. If Romney wins, the massive and growing crusade against “voter fraud” will certainly receive some of the blame...
Meanwhile, we’re having another of our regular cycle of stories about how horrible electronic voting is. The machines are easily hacked, many still provide no paper trail, and all the companies that make them always seem to be invested in and owned by Republicans for some reason. If, in other words, Romney manages to make his difficult electoral math work out, and he wins in Ohio, I guarantee we’ll be hearing horror stories about suppression and “lost” votes for the next year.
There will be one winner.  The comedy gods are smiling on Jon Stewart...

6 comments:

  1. I just read an article today online that said that Tagg Romney (did they REALLY name their kid TAGG?)owns the company that owns the voting machines in Ohio...

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  2. No matter the results of the election, I can guarantee one thing: The winner will be widely considered to be completely illegitimate by the losing side.

    Sad but your right

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  3. If you read it on the Internet, it must be true.
    http://www.snopes.com/politics/romney/votingmachines.asp

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  4. One thing that the article didn't mention that has the potential to increase the level of animosity is the 'True the vote' movement which is hoping to send thousands of new pollwatchers to prevent (almost non-existent) voter fraud.

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/08/28/748841/tea-party-group-builds-poll-watcher-network-to-discourage-voting-create-false-record-of-voter-fraud/

    Having people challenge lots of voters is going to slow down the voting, and lead to heated arguments on election day.

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  5. Also, I'm really hoping that the election won't come down to Ohio.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/ohio-election-results-could-come-weeks-after-nov

    "Under Secretary of State Jon Husted’s initiative to send absentee ballot applications to nearly 7 million registered voters across Ohio, more than 800,000 people so far have asked for but not yet completed an absentee ballot for the Nov. 6 election.

    Anyone who does not return an absentee ballot, deciding instead to vote at the polls, will be required to cast a provisional ballot.

    That’s so officials may verify that they did not vote absentee and also show up at the polls.

    By state law, provisional ballots may not be counted until at least Nov. 17."

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