Voter fraud.

An interesting opinion piece in the Globe yesterday about voter fraud in the US. This sort of thing has been on my mind lately, since I just reregistered to vote at my new address, and campaigners have been stopping by the house a lot with lists which are rarely up-to-date. Granted, September is a difficult time due to the sheer number of people who change their residence on the first of the month, particularly in a college town like metro Boston, but I remember the frustration that results from wrestling with voter registration printouts and petitions and all the complex bureaucracy of election law from doing some political work with my dad back in high school — and, let me tell you, the system is antiquated, innacruate, and infuriating in the extreme. That summer I learned enough about the inner workings of politics and elections to be disillusioned for years and avoid any sort of political discussion like the plague.
And, of course, it’s a presidential election year, four years after that disaster in Florida, which I remember distinctly for the sheer number of people in my dorm gathered in the Main Lounge around a whiteboard inked with a map of the US being progressively colored in red and blue, state by state, CNN or whatever it was on the television, and a tension in the air. Presidential elections always fill me with dread, for I have never been excited about voting for a candidate, and I’d like to at least have some investment in rather than dissociation from the process.
It’s an important election, though, the first presidential election since 9/11 and Iraq, and, however it turns out, there will be a lot to be learned from it.
I’m going to go do some research on the candidates, I think. Once I can get rid of this splitting headache.


6 thoughts on “Voter fraud.

  1. We often think and talk about it: you were a marvel and created on that MacPlus in hours what the Board of Elections — illigeally — would not sell to us. That summer we all learned a lot.
    Here is something I have not said to you before this I think: I apologize — it was my last thought that win or lose you would abandon political focus the way you clearly did for so many years: it is hard to see defeat up close. Yet, if we are to be the vibrant republic of which we are capable, the focus of The People is what is essential. Without it … goblins rule, in the gruesomely gray streets, in the mighty shining marble corridors.
    I have often wondered whether I should just have gone ahead and taken out a second mortgage on the house to — again, win or lose — maintain that fight; but then, you know what kind of a situation we were in and how maniacal such an act would likely have been.
    (And besides, now that I am out of them, I rather like my “collection” of ties as distinct from my wearing of any of them ‘-D
    Be aware: Nail a bullshit barometer to the jamb of your door, and say no when it reaches your toenails. Be focused and informed.

  2. Cheer up! The greater American public has not only an aversion to the practice (if when they hear of it) but they are miserably innocent of the knowledge of it, why it exists, how it is used and abused. This is but one of the reasons of a cry for focus. However, we should all fear for the further decrepitude of their knowledge should they shrink from the scanty exposure because they “do not want to get dirty,” rather than that they should take action to learn the rules, get involved on the basis of those rules, clean the sewage where it may exist, and abolish or rewrite the rules that need such attention. Of course, that requires movement. But such movement can turn, as it so often has in our history, into A Movement with just the right length lifeline, and then dissolution. Yet, if a movement dies, must a person, too, retire into ignorance of “How Things Work” — a book on politics in this theme being, to my present knowledge, missing (that’s a come on).

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