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Your Intentions Don't Matter!

Catching up on an old story, Cleveland's local newspaper complained on Sunday March 9th that alot of Republicans crossed over to vote in the Democrat primary election. - 16,000 in the local county. And they were wondering why none of these Republicans were challenged at the polls.

I speak from my experience as a local polling location coordinator at the primary. If these Republicans are suppose to be challenged at the polls like The Plain Dealer and Democrats say, then we have two conflicting commands.

I like to remind Democrats that they are usually the first ones to cry about voter disenfranchisement. According to the newspaper article and the Democrats, poll workers can challenge the voter's intention when they switch parties during an election.

However, one of our duties is to make sure that every person that shows up at the polls votes. All the sudden, we're suppose to challenge their "intentions".

Do any of you realize what I just said? We are suppose to challenge the voter's intention at the polls? Do you know how dangerous that can be for democracy?

Each voter who swaps parties, to whatever party they switch to, has to sign a form and basically pledge their allegiance to that political party. (I don't think many switch voters realize all the junk mail and solicitations they be getting now that they switched.)

We're suppose to challenge their intentions? What next? Test their gene pool and bring back the poll tax?

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Speaking about voting, Cleveland had a special election today for a city council seat. Three of six candidates had criminal convictions, one was even convicted of murder.

And people wonder why Cleveland cannot climb out of the basement.

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felinoid
Mar. 19th, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
Gender restrictions, Color of skin qualification, Oh yeah and you can't vote if you use the wrong operating system, drive the wrong car or use the wrong type of calculator.

Those TI-83 Plus users are terrorists.
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