Sunday, October 28, 2012
  Looking at it backwards

The media still haven't got the hang of early voting and mail voting. They still think of those methods as special personal exceptions to the "universal and natural" one-day vote.

Simply not true. Voting by mail is standard in Calif, Ore, Wash. Long intervals for early voting are common in many other states.

Media is worried that the hurricane may disrupt early voting. That could only happen under the bizarre assumption that people vote by appointment; that each early voter has a specific day when he's required to vote, and his opportunity vanishes if his special day goes wrong.

Correct assumption: The hurricane proves the superiority of flexible voting methods versus the idiotic single-Tuesday system.

In states that have exactly one day for voting, a disaster can cancel the whole election. With mail or early voting, no unforeseen event can cancel or move the election. People who know the storm is coming can vote before it; those who get caught off guard can vote after it.

Mail voting has all the advantages. Best part: It takes the wind out of racist windbag fuckheads like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and Eric Holder. When there's no polling place and no specific day, Jesse and Al and Eric can't claim someone is "intimidating" voters into not showing up at the one polling place on one specific day. More generally: You can take your time when marking the ballot. You can look closely at the referenda and candidates, read other information, and mark carefully without the hurry-up feeling that others are watching and waiting.

If anyone in DC had any intelligence at all, Superstorm Snooki would be the final straw, requiring mail voting to be universal by the next election. Since nobody in DC has any intelligence, racist windbags Jackson, Sharpton and Holder will continue to spew their evil crap.

 


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