Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
by Nazgul35, Fri Jun 02, 2006 at 11:35:15 AM EDT
cross-posted at Michigan Liberal
As the Robert Kennedy, Jr. Rolling Stone article"Was the 2004 Election Stolen?" makes its way through the blogsphere's collective consciousness, it becomes clear that the Republicans have a modus operandi when it comes to elections.
You would be a fool to not believe that Michigan will receive the same special treatment that Ohio and Florida before it has experienced.
When you consider that many Democratic precincts state wide have much greater number of voters packed in than the Republican precincts, it should be clear to anyone that it is impossible for full turnout to occur.
Let's look at the numbers:
If you consider that it takes a person five minutes to complete the entire voting process from the minute they approach the desk until they turn in their ballot (a very overly optimistic time frame), it means that 12 people can vote in one hour. Since the polls are open for 13 hours in one day, one machine (assuming no problems) can process 156 people in one voting day.
Ten machines can process 1560 people. How many precincts have you been in with more than 10 machines?
So those precincts that have 3000+ registered voters would require roughly 20 machines to process this many voters.
This is with no problems or delays of any kind. This is an efficient polling station with the right personnel, equipment and zero glitches of any kind.
Sound likely to you?
Now we don't have machines with ballot boxes to drop the ballot in. We have voting stands with one machine processing our optical ballots...
How long would this take? How quickly will a line form in front of the machine? What problems can go wrong with an overworked machine?
How likely do you think it is that the Republican Party machine in this state will do everything in its power to make sure that Democratic precincts are sub-par while Republican districts have more than is necessary?
We must act to ensure reduce any Republican shenanigans to a bare minimum...otherwise get used to the idea of saying Governor DeVos.
What can we do?
First: Get as many Democrats in those heavy Dem precincts registered to cast absentee ballots as possible. This will not only reduce the number of people who will be in the polling station, but also reduce the likelihood of voter disenfranchisement. Another plus is that it will increase voter participation. Not only for this election, but voters can register for absentee ballots for ALL further elections, thereby receiving an automatic notification of an upcoming election.
Second: Get poll challengers for every precinct in your county. Not just the Democratic precincts...but ALL OF THEM. As the article suggests, many of the vote tampering that occurred in the election happened in Republican strongholds. We need someone in every precinct to ensure no such nonsense goes on in our state. Make sure they are well trained and know the law backwards and forwards. Have some lawyers on the ground to ensure a quick reaction squad to any nonsense that may happen on Election Day.
Third: Get skilled people to work the polls. Anyone who has ever voted knows who sits behind the tables in the polling stations, and God bless them, they are not up to the task, especially in this more technological age of voting. Get people to plant their behinds at those tables as another layer to prevent fraud in every precinct in the state. It will increase the skill level and reduce waiting times on the day.
Fourth: Let the people know. Get the word out. That means taking time out of your life and walking precincts. This is incalculable free POSITIVE advertisement for our party. Having all of us out there, walking precincts advising people how to preserve their votes will not only make them more inclined towards our efforts, but will boost turnout and build the party up from the bottom up.