Laying the groundwork for electoral reform in Ohio
by Jerome Armstrong, Sat Dec 25, 2004 at 05:17:15 PM EST
In terms of the raw ongoings of the election in Ohio, was the burglary of computers with sensitive voter information from Lucas County Democratic headquarters in Toledo partisan politics? In terms of the votes cast on election day, is it fathomable that Concord South West precinct in Miami County showed a 98.55% (679 of 689 RV's casting votes) turnout in a precinct that favored Bush over Kerry by a 520-157 margin; or that 19.27% (90 of 557), in the Cleveland 6-M precinct didn't vote for a Presidential candidate, in a precinct that favored Kerry over Bush by 367-9 votes?
At the least, the last few months have proven that Ohio (and don't forget New Mexico) needs electoral reform. The "strategic machine shortages in largely Democratic precincts" is the 'biggest deal since Selma', especially given Blackwell's continued stonewalling of the recount (and look, he's the GOP frontrunner for Governor in '06). Upcoming, OHIO'S STOLEN ELECTION: VOICES OF THE DISENFRANCHISED, in January of 2005, is sure to shine the light under more than a few stones that have been turned over.
I'm convinced that vote-by-mail is the most legit and democratic means of holding an election. Currently, only Oregon holds their entire election in this manner; but it works. Vote-by-mail yields a high turnout, avoids electronic voting, leaves a paper trail, accomodates voters, and it saves the taxpayer money. Hopefully, the Democratic trifecta in Washington State sees the sense in adopting this practice; and eventually, Ohio follows.