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Lexingtonian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-04-05 02:53 PM
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Edited on Fri Nov-04-05 02:55 PM by Lexingtonian
I'm not convinced that much has taken place that is any worse than what was going on in the 1960 election. Though that is a sadly low bar.

My own analysis is that the structural root of the corruption lies in the many ex-felon/parolee/probationer disenfranchisement laws. It's tragic what these open the door to in preventing national standards and selective screwing with registrations and obstructing elegibility and turnout and actual ability to cast the ballot.

I can't get straight answers why there is no significant widespread effort by higher level Democrats to achieve their rollback in whatever increments- Democrats don't benefit from these laws anywhere I know of but Republicans do so and greatly, the 'soft on crime' and criminal-coddling angle to it is an excuse rather than a viable explanation in the polling evidence. There's no compelling excuse for such laws still existing in New Jersey or Washington State I can see and less excuse than imagined for them existing in New York State or California or Maryland and Delaware. In a lot of Republican-run places it's admitted that these laws have no meaningful foundation or purpose ethically and the real number of votes they suppress are fairly small (80-90% of formerly incarcerated people in the states where they are permitted to vote never actually do), though those votes tend very much to go to Democrats.

I don't know how many more Florida recounts and Washington recounts are necessary or how many tiltings of the table as in Ohio and military balloting are going to be enabled until there's action taken on the problem laws. Problem ballots and technical musings about poor quality manipulable machinery seem much more manageable issues, and a lot more fun, but the rot simply goes far deeper.
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