Friday, October 26, 2012

11 days and counting until Election Day. Cue: Shenanigans.

Those of you who are frequent readers of A Liberal's Libretto know exactly how I feel about this year's election.

In a nutshell (for those of you who aren't returning visitors) I believe that in order to help move our country forward, we must vote.

Period. End of discussion.

Well, with 11 days to go until election day, the closeness of the election (by date and by poll) is quite evident given that there all sorts of shenanigans transpiring.

Let's leave the voter suppression / intimidation issues I've discussed previously and take a look at Arizona:
A spokesperson for the Maricopa County Elections Department admits they once again gave voters the wrong date of next month's election.

Yvonne Reed confirms to ABC15 that bookmarks distributed by the elections department incorrectly listed the date of the general election in Spanish as November 8.

The flip side of the bookmark correctly lists the date in English as November 6.
This was after ABC15 also reported:
The Maricopa County Elections Department mistakenly listed the wrong date of the upcoming general election on an official government document. The error appears on a document containing a voter ID card.

In addition to the ID card, the piece of paper it comes in lists other information such as important election dates. In the corner of the document, it says November 6th in English but in Spanish it reads 8 de Noviembre, the 8th of November.

Election day is November 6th, not November 8th.
Hey there, Arizona ... we see what's going on. Your large Latino population, which favors President Obama, is being "accidentally" told to show up to the polls two days AFTER the election. We're not stupid. Wake up.

Now, let's also take Florida:
The FBI and U.S. Postal Service agents are investigating bogus official-looking letters sent to voters in at least 28 Florida counties questioning their citizenship and their eligibility to vote, NBC News has learned.

David Couvertier, a spokesman for the FBI in Tampa, said his office opened up an investigation into the possible attempt at voter intimidation on Wednesday after receiving reports that eligible voters throughout the state have received the letters. [...]

The fake letters, which first started showing up last Friday, have been sent under the names of real Florida county election supervisors -- with some correct contact information -- informing the voters that the supervisors have received "information" about their citizenship status, "bringing into doubt your eligibility as a registered voter."

Chris Cate, a spokesman for the Florida Secretary of State's Office, told NBC News, "We believe these letters appear to meet the standard of voter intimidation." Between 50 and 100 such letters have been reported to state officials so far, "and those are only the ones we know about. We're encouraging people to come forward."
Can you handle another?

Let's take the great (and by 'great' I merely mean great-in-size) State of Texas:
Tom Ng moved to Frisco, Texas, recently and registered to vote there. Tom says he knew that you don't need ID to vote in Texas -- a judge blocked that law over the summer. But look, above, at what he got from the state. He writes:
Found it interesting that the back of the voter registration card dedicated two paragraphs about voter ID rules Texans would have to adhere by upon federal approval. At first glance, it appeared to me the voter ID law passed and would be enforced. Why else would they dedicate two paragraphs full of details on voter ID rules?
Texans have been pointing out the mixed signals for several months now...
I don't think I need to proceed any further ... let's be honest, it's not like I haven't discussed voter suppression and intimidation before. Right?

Ladies and Gents, if you are of voting age and are a citizen of this country, you must vote. It is our fundamental right as Americans to participate in the election of our government. It is a key principle upon which our great country was founded. If you sit by and let nervous political gasbags corruptly muck-up your chances to take part in that vote ... if you allow them to bully you into not being allowed to cast your vote ... then, you have allowed them to adulterate our elections and you are, ultimately fulfilling somebody else's plan.

And, look at it this way ... if you don't vote in this year's election specifically, we could end up with Speaker of the House, John Boehner as president. You think I'm joking? Watch this:

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