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Chris Britt

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  1. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, almost 2 years ago

    Two-year campaigns, line-ups for six to eight hours to vote in Florida and other places almost as bad, multiple reports of irregularities, batteries of lawyers on standby, etc. Why?
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    Canada you need 36 days notice to call an election. Usually its around 40 days from issuing of the writs to election day – ample time in this age of multiple media to make your case. I can walk in and vote in about 5 minutes. Results are know within hours of the polls closing. Voter turnout is similar, slightly over 60% in Canada, slightly under in the U.S. Voting irregularities in Canada are rare.
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    Why is democracy so precarious in the U.S.?

  2. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, almost 2 years ago

    In a society where a person is assumed innocent until proven guilty, a voter showing up in person should be considered valid until a reasonable doubt calls for that validity to be tested. I am voting for Obama, but I find the possibility he could win the electoral vote but lose the popular vote to be…distasteful- even wrong.
    I feel the same way about the Republican’s efforts over the last 2 years to make it harder for people to vote. My state of Virginia came up with a good solution where any one of several forms of I.D. can be used to verify your right to vote. Too many states are using tactics more akin to those used by the “Dixiecrats” of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, during the forties, fifties and sixties.
    If you defend these more stringent/rigid rules for being elected, you risk having your own rights suppressed in the future if the majority in your state government passes laws. There is even a movement by some conservatives to introduce legislation where senators to the DC senate are chosen by state legislators instead of a state’s citizens.
    We should always err on the side of liberty and freedoms. it has become easier to make something illegal than to make it a right or freedom. If women’s suffrage and the civil rights movement is an indicator, it still is hard to make something into a right than to make it a crime.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  3. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, almost 2 years ago

    @Gypsy8

    One of the main problems – as I understand them – is that states are responsible to hold the federal elections. So you have money issues, you have partisan issues, you have issues with state-laws, you have no uniformity and so on.

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    Personally I don’t get it either. Germany, my home, is a republic as well, but federal elections are governed by federal laws and federal standards. The mere thought that someone would try to alter the results – in any way, shape or form – would lead to the party in question being kicked out of power forever and a lot of people ending up in prison!

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    I’m watching the live-blog on HuffPo. By now there are 26.000 calls to a hotline (1-866-US-VOTE i believe) to report irregularities. That’s JUST TODAY, just by 10am eastern. And then we have pollworkers asking for ID when they are banned by a judges ruling, we have unsafe software in Ohio (where else…), we have GOP-pollwatchers having to fight their way into the stations, broken machines, wrong ballots – IT’S A MESS! And it always is! They do this on purpose, in confusion lies opportunity. I’m so mad i could puke right into their rigged machines and tabulators!

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    This is the greatest democracy on earth? I’d like to see it’s birth-certificate…

  4. Cinci Steve

    Cinci Steve GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Umm, so where is it easier to vote if you’re Republican than if you’re Democrat?

  5. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, almost 2 years ago

    @MortyForTyrant

    Correction: the Voter Suppression Hotline is 1-866-OUR-VOTE

  6. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @MortyForTyrant

    We like to keep the mock in democracy.

  7. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    The United States is, indeed, a republic, not a democracy. Accurately defined, a democracy is a form of government in which the people decide policy matters directly—through town hall meetings or by voting on ballot initiatives and referendums. A republic, on the other hand, is a system in which the people choose representatives who, in turn, make policy decisions on their behalf. The Framers of the Constitution were altogether fearful of pure democracy. Everything they read and studied taught them that pure democracies “have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths” (Federalist No. 10).

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    http://www.thisnation.com/question/011.html

  8. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    My SIGNATURE is the only thing I’ve needed to validate my RIGHT to vote. It is NOT like buying booze, or cashing a check out of state. Voter suppression has been rampant from the right since 2000. We will see tonight, tomorrow, and maybe for weeks the lawyers out if Romney loses, as he should in a landslide if anyone voting just thinks about the future.

  9. Greg Teggeman

    Greg Teggeman said, almost 2 years ago

    They say there is no EVIDENCE of voter fraud… but that is because it is illegal for polling officials to ask for any proof in Texas! If the same guy comes in 3 times with different ID’s, all the officials can do is ask if this is really him. If the guy says it is, then they have to let him vote!

  10. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, almost 2 years ago

    Thanks for those responses. Should be an interesting evening. And the results will affect more than just those in the U.S.

  11. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Oh, my, the people wised up! (and got to vote!)

  12. markjoseph125

    markjoseph125 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Gypsy8

    Easy answer to your last question: Because the rabid, religious, racist, rotten right-wing despises it so much that they do everything they can to destroy it.

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