Tag Archives: Voting

All done.

[See sidebar disclaimer. These opinions are my own, and my employer — or recent employer — has nothing to do with them.] To paraphrase H. H. Munro, it was a good job, as jobs go; and as jobs go, it … Continue reading

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The story that just. will. NOT. die.

Standard disclaimer: See sidebar. These are my views, not those of my former employer, for whom I am in no way authorized to speak. I am writing from my experience working for an elections division, a worker bee who got … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to The Republican Nominee.

Standard disclaimer: See sidebar. These are my views alone, not those of my employer, for whom I am in no way authorized to speak. I do not identify them, but I know what the Internet can do. Dear Mr. Trump: … Continue reading

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I could vote for Trump.

Today, when all hell has broken loose for the Republican Party, a lot of my friends on social media are asking why so many conservatives have announced that they are appalled by everything The Donald says and does but are … Continue reading

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Naivete.

In my friend Jane’s Facebook page a extremely conservative college classmate of hers stated, in regard to voter ID laws, “Why would someone refuse to show ID unless they were going to cheat?” Why, indeed? Maybe because… They are an elderly … Continue reading

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No, you really can’t do that.

[I am not authorized to speak for my employer; everything in this post comes from personal experience. I am solely responsible for the content herein.] I’ve watched a lot of political coverage this year. A LOT. Lately, Donald Trump has … Continue reading

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On caucuses.

Last week, I saw an interview that Bernie Sanders gave Rachel Maddow. When the discussion turned to caucuses, Sanders defended them, saying that while he understood that some people might find it difficult to find the time, it was good … Continue reading

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Can’t we just stop this?

Dear Bernie supporters: I wish I could find the words to make you understand. Yes, I support Hillary Clinton because I think she is the best candidate to handle the job in the running right now. I know we disagree … Continue reading

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A rant. With footnotes.

I spent a lot of mental energy for a couple of days this week composing a rant. The rant isn’t aimed at many of my friends who support Bernie Sanders, but at quite a number of people I’ve had interactions … Continue reading

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Today in voting news….

Today the Supreme Court handed down their opinion in Evenwel v. Abbott, a voting case out of Texas, which, in addition to being important on the merits, provides a fascinating walk through Constitutional history.  Appellants had argued that Texas’ use … Continue reading

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To my foremothers

The right of the citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, adopted August … Continue reading

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A quick lesson on representative democracy.

San Jose, California, had a primary in a special election to fill an empty City Council seat. On a day-to-day basis, city councils have a greater impact on people than who is in the White House. City councils determine police and … Continue reading

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Just a thought….

I hope to do a full review of it in another post, but I do think that every person who is of voting age and who did not vote in either of the last two elections should be dragged to … Continue reading

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We won. Winning is good.

My latest campaign job is now over, having ended on July thirtieth.  It was a hard fought campaign, unpleasant at times (not on our side) but we prevailed. Cindy Chavez is now the Supervisor for the Second District of Santa … Continue reading

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Steve Landsburg is a menace to society, Part 1: Yes, voting matters.

Thanks to Scott Lemieux over at LGM, I have become aware of the work of University of Rochester Economics Professor Steve Landsburg.  The man is … reprehensible is the word that most quickly comes to mind.  I have found at … Continue reading

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Speaking of bumper stickers…

I have one for my van that I snagged on Saturday from the people at Headcount.org: “Earn your right to bitch:  VOTE” My only hesitation is I don’t want to corrupt the language of other people’s children.

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Pennsylvania’ Voter ID law was put on hold for this election.  As was Texas’s, Ohio’s and Wisconsin’s.  The Florida voter purge died.  Things are looking good for representational democracy. Now if we can just take care of that Republican registration … Continue reading

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Voter Rights

This comes very late, being only the day before the election, but I thought I’d pass it along. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund has a handy-dandy page with pdf’s of a “Voter Bill of Rights” for 45 states. They’ve developed … Continue reading

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The water and the stone.

Can we be like drops of water falling on the stone Splashing, breaking Disbursing in air Weaker than the stone by far but be aware that as time goes by the rock will wear away “The Rock Will Wear Away,” … Continue reading

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By this vote we honor…

Most states have instituted a “Vote in Honor of a Veteran” program. People decide to vote in memory and to honor the service of specific members of the armed forces who have served overseas. This is a great idea: men … Continue reading

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