If John Edwards walked up to NonMonkey wearing a Wellstone! t-shirt and shot him in the kneecaps, NonMonkey would probably tell the police that his assailant was some Republican. In other (old, tired, thoroughly debunked) news:
Yes, it's an election year. Political pulses are pounding.
But the Nov. 4 election may do more than choose a president. It may also decide whether we can still trust democracy, after two elections marked by vote-tampering and fraud.
It will help if we can believe our votes count this time.
That is what it's supposed to be about. One person, one vote is the democratic ideal. But over the past few elections, we've learned hard lessons:
Like the ballot box stuffing that happened in Milwaukee, or ACORN registering all those fictional Tic voters? That's what you're talking about, right?
Millions of voters can be kept out of the equation -- by keeping them from the polls, by under-counting ballots or even changing the vote totals.
And here I thought NonMonkey might actually be talking about stuff that actually happened; not repeated accusations that were never borne out in fact. Silly me!
It can happen here. It has.
I am going to bookmark this last line here for the inevitable column that decries the idea of requiring photo IDs to vote.
But will the vote-counting scandals and controversies of the past two elections happen again next fall? That's the question asked in a new documentary film that will be shown Wednesday night at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis. Called "Uncounted," the documentary is a disturbing look at the weaknesses in our system of counting ballots, which allow manipulation of the outcome and corruption of the very idea of a democracy.
"I used to take for granted that our system was sound," said Mark Halvorson, director of Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota, a nonpartisan group that advocates for verifiable elections and is sponsoring the film (for more information, see www.ceimn.org). "Then I went to Ohio in 2004.
"That was very eye-opening."
Halvorson, 52, quit his job as a social worker to begin working full time to help make elections open and accurate after observing the "laundry list" of problems that disrupted voting in Ohio in the 2004 election. So many people were unable to vote due to equipment or polling place problems, and so many who managed to cast ballots did not have their votes recorded, that Ohio -- which was won by George Bush and helped secure his reelection -- is the model for what can go wrong. And will go wrong, unless citizens are vigilant.
Why this looks like another one of those instances in which NonMonkey forgets about the internet.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Mark Halvorson's political donations.
And I give you the total content that the Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota devotes to the Milwaukee overvoting scandal.
No, strike that. I'll just broaden the results, by searching the site for "Milwaukee".
CEIM on ACORN.
Gee. You'd think that a "nonpartisan" organization devoted to maintaining the integrity of elections might have something to say about lessons learned from Milwaukee's 2004 experience and ACORN's corrupt registration drives.
Yet another phony organization and another phony film piddling out phony stories to be fawned over by phony journalists.