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I Want My Election Day Back! A Celebration of Citizenship. by The Elephant's Child

It’s the day before Election Day, and the news is all about everybody’s ‘closing statement,” polls, prognostication, hopes and fears. There are a lot of races that I really care about. Unfortunately I don’t get to vote in any of them.

I have been gerrymandered into a largely Democratic district, and my representative is a Democrat and fairly innocuous. They obviously had a hard time finding someone to run against him. Lots of judges running, many  unopposed. Two Second Amendment issues, one to grab guns, which has lots of financial support from Democrat billionaires, the other to rein in the gun grabbers. I voted as I have in every election since I was old enough to vote for the first time, but there’s not much joy in it. I’ll just have to cross my fingers and hope for the candidates for whom I cannot vote.

I am troubled by the early voting, the states where you can register for the first time and then vote on the same day. There are a lot of schemes designed to make vote fraud easier. In Washington state, everybody votes by mail, which we are told makes vote fraud, which has been a familiar problem, even easier. But we read of voting machines that are deliberately programmed to — misread  your vote. Voting machines are being discarded across the country in favor of paper ballots.

I liked having to drive to the polling place, greet the election workers who were the same women who did it every year, show my photo ID, sign in, and receive the ballot to mark up in the privacy of a booth. I miss it. I always believed it to be an important and special day. Marking up a ballot at the kitchen table just isn’t the same.


The U.N. Will Investigate U.S. Voter ID Laws by The Elephant's Child

Most of us have to show our driver’s license so frequently that we don’t give it much thought — at the bank, the drug store, the doctor’s office, the hospital, to buy alcohol, to fly, to go to an R movie or every time you pay by check, in my state when I vote, but this is not a uniform requirement. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is currently blocking implementation of voter ID laws in South Carolina and Texas.

This is just the latest battle in the fight for voter integrity at the ballot box, and the reason why two supporters of voter ID are launching a robust defense of the laws.

“We believe this offensive by the Justice Department must be met with a counteroffensive,” said Ken Blackwell, Ohio’s former secretary of state. He is working on the project with Ken Klukowski, a fellow with the American Civil Rights Union and faculty member at Liberty University’s School of Law The two will launch their project in the coming days. Blackwell and Klukowski warn that liberals will stop at nothing in their quest to topple voter ID laws.

“The Obama-Holder Department of Justice has launched an all-out war on voter ID and other measures,” Blackwell said. “Although Holder’s actions are purported to prevent African-Americans from being disenfranchised, in reality they serve as a crass political attempt to ensure his boss gets re-elected this year.”

One might conclude that Democrats want to keep their options for fraud open at the voting booth.  ACORN is an organization whose members have been arrested and convicted in several states, and are well known for registration drives that elicited voters named Mickey Mouse, and Donald Duck. The organization has changed its name, but still operates in the  same way. Congress has attempted to eliminate funding for them. Then the Democrats had the “Secretary of State Project” during the last elections that was specifically designed to elect Democrats to the office in charge of voter registration, and the voter rolls, as well as supervising electoral results.

Officials from the NAACP are presenting their case against U.S. voter ID laws to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. They argue that requiring voters to show a picture ID disenfranchises voters and suppresses the minority vote. Saudi Arabia is a member of the Council, and they don’ t allow women to drive, let alone vote. A number of other members have only very recently allowed women to vote.

The civil rights group will present Kemba Smith Pradia, as a witness.  She lives in the Midwest and has a criminal conviction on her record.  She is concerned that if she moves back to Virginia from the Midwest, state law will block her voting because of her record, even though she was granted clemency by President Clinton.

If they can create enough controversy, perhaps they can keep South Carolina and Texas from enforcing their voter ID laws at least until after the election in November.

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