Saturday, February 26, 2005

 

The Senator proves she's more than talk

Despite those who rouse rabble on the right, whose best shot to discredit Senator Boxer's challenge of the Ohio electoral votes was to call her an obstructionist and a sore loser, we here at President Boxer took the Senator at her word when she said that her objection was intended to bring to light the need for real election reform in which all voters gets their votes counted, and that the voting takes place under circumstances that are equal among all communities.

The two ballsiest females in the Senate have proved that there was more than obstruction afoot in January. Senator Boxer, along with Senator Hilary Clinton, introduced the Count Every Vote Act of 2005. "Every citizen of this country should be guaranteed that their vote matters, that their vote is counted, and that in the voting booth, their vote has a much weight as that of any CEO, any member of Congress, or any President. Our democracy is the centerpiece of who we are as a nation, and we must take action to ensure that the American people have full confidence in our electoral system", said Senator Boxer in a press conference.

The act has several elements which include requiring a paper receipt as proof of electronic voting, declaring Election Day a national holiday, requiring early voting to be available in every state, and requiring voter registration to be uniform.

Even more important, however, is the Act's declaring deceptive campaigning, (addressing many of the alleged incidents of flyers being sent out to neighborhoods with the incorrect date to vote) a federal crime.

It will be important that, in supporting this Bill, we and the Democrats in the Senate be the ones who frame the discussion around this issue. We have to show just why every one of the provisions of this Act is important and necessary, and to make it impossible for Republicans to vote against it without being painted as those who embrace deceptive and discriminatory voting practices.

As we expected, the Senator is taking the lead. We are surrounded by so many party leaders who say one thing and don't follow through. The Senator has followed through... Let's get her back.

Comments:
It seems the Reich Wing want Condi or Arnie for Prez. That is if elections are thrown out altogether. I can seriously see things evolving so that they dont even bother with the illusion of choice and democracy anymore and just calmly announce who will replace president Bush as Fuerer.

Ive been thinking about who could run against Condi if she runs. I say Will Smith. The Reich think they can steal the "black vote", let's run Will Smith against either Condi or Arnie and they wouldnt have a prayer in hell...
 
Nahhh... the Republikans would then just run Denzel and shit... even the majority of the left lib white women LOVE that black man.
 
So, we just counter with Obama! White House, here we come!
Seriously, this bill is one very important one, but one that will never even get a committee hearing, and will vanish unless we promote it with letters to the editor, phone calls to talk shows, etc.
 
"Count every vote" sounds like a great name for an act -- but the act is simply too large and has too many controversial provisions to be realistic. I think we can all agree to provisions like "everyone should have a paper receipt" and "it should be easy for the handicapped to vote" and "voting systems should be secure". But I think trying to include provisions like restoring voting rights to felons and making election day a national holiday (which is more controversial than you'd think) will cause the bill to fail.
 
I appreciate the comment that giving ex-fellons (not fellons) the right to vote- as they have in New York but do not have in Florida may not be strategically beneficial to the overall passage of this legislation. On the other hand, it was specifically because ex-fellons do not have the right to vote in FLorida that so many other people (mostly blacks and hispanics) who had a legitimate right to vote had that right denied in the 2000 election- soley because it appeared -on the ssurface- that they might have been ex fellons-- they has the same last names as an ex fellon, for example. Rather than legislate around that debacle- why not just provide ex-fellons the right to vote? They've done their time. They are US citizens, it is unconscionable that they do not have the right to vote- in some states. Let's beat the religious right at their own game: It is immoral to deprive ex-fellons the right to vote! Let's promote what is morally right!
 
I appreciate the comment that giving ex-fellons (not fellons) the right to vote- as they have in New York but do not have in Florida may not be strategically beneficial to the overall passage of this legislation. On the other hand, it was specifically because ex-fellons do not have the right to vote in FLorida that so many other people (mostly blacks and hispanics) who had a legitimate right to vote had that right denied in the 2000 election- soley because it appeared -on the ssurface- that they might have been ex fellons-- they has the same last names as an ex fellon, for example. Rather than legislate around that debacle- why not just provide ex-fellons the right to vote? They've done their time. They are US citizens, it is unconscionable that they do not have the right to vote- in some states. Let's beat the religious right at their own game: It is immoral to deprive ex-fellons the right to vote! Let's promote what is morally right!
 
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