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The Real Voter Fraud

No shame,

If this AP article is any indication, the shenanigans of Republican governors and legislators in voter suppression (Florida’s purge, a stunning admission from a Pennsylvania lawmaker) is going to be a key story this election cycle. That’s largely because of the individual stories, like this one:

When Edward and Mary Weidenbener went to vote in Indiana’s primary in May, they didn’t realize that state law required them to bring government photo IDs such as a driver’s license or passport.

The husband and wife, both approaching 90 years old, had to use a temporary ballot that would be verified later, even though they knew the people working the polling site that day. Unaware that Indiana law obligated them to follow up with the county election board, the Weidenbeners ultimately had their votes rejected—news to them until informed recently by an Associated Press reporter.

Edward Weidenbener, a World War II veteran who had voted for Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential contest, said he was surprised by the rules and the consequences.

“A lot of people don’t have a photo ID. They’ll be automatically disenfranchised,” he said.

The truth of the matter is that if most Republicans, not Republican politicians, but Republicans, knew this was the effect, and who it was affecting, they would be raising hell about it.

Again, if the Republican politicians were really concerned about voter fraud they would have demanded paper trails for, and open sourced software in, electronic voting machines. That they have not does not excuse Democratic politicians from not doing so either, while the media coverage of the problem implies an elite GAF about the most sacred institution of democracy, the right to be heard at the ballot box. It may not sink to immoral, but it cannot and will not ever rise above amoral, and of such we are to be informed, and of such we are to be governed?

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With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan…to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.