The trouble with trying to vote….

…..if you’re African American, that is, is detailed here. These are excerpts:
On October 29, 2002, George W. Bush signed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). Hidden behind its apple-pie-and-motherhood name lies a nasty civil rights time bomb….. [snip]
Florida’s racial profile mirrors the nation’s–both in the percentage of voters who are black and the racial profile of the voters whose ballots don’t count. “In 2000, a black voter in Florida was ten times as likely to have their vote spoiled–not counted–as a white voter,” explains political scientist Philip Klinkner, co-author of Edley’s Harvard report. “National figures indicate that Florida is, surprisingly, typical. Given the proportion of nonwhite to white voters in America, then, it appears that about half of all ballots spoiled in the USA, as many as 1 million votes, were cast by nonwhite voters.”
So there you have it. In the last presidential election, approximately 1 million black and other minorities voted, and their ballots were thrown away. And they will be tossed again in November 2004, efficiently, by computer–because HAVA and other bogus reform measures, stressing reform through complex computerization, do not address, and in fact worsen, the racial bias of the uncounted vote.
One million votes will disappear in a puff of very black smoke. And when the smoke clears, the Bush clan will be warming their political careers in the light of the ballot bonfire. HAVA nice day

On Sunday, when my women’s group gathered for brunch, we got into a loud discussion about my assertion that Bush’s America has managed a major escalation of the self-destruction of this planet’s human species. While the current lives of us seven women are not that bad (no thanks to Bush and great thanks to the feminist movement), we nevertheess feel powerless to have any effect on the supposed democracy in which we’re trying to at least to do a little better than merely survive. Even the major march of women in Washington — thought to be the largest rally ever held in the nation’s capital — is not making any difference. It barely got any media coverage, and you know that Bush and his cabal couldn’t care less anyway. Well, we still have our votes. Oh yeah. HAVA nice day.
I’ll meet you on the corner of Apocalypse and Armaggedon.

5 thoughts on “The trouble with trying to vote….

  1. Crusty crud on a cracker. Did I just wake up in the 60’s? Are we pre-civil rights again?
    Wotthehell, wotthehell.
    Well, this makes my decision easier: on the news Thursday night, the local Black Coalition said they had the biggest minority and the lowest registered voters — winning for both ends of the spectrum. They posit that if more blacks are registered and then go out and vote, they will single-handedly be able to swing the vote for this area.
    I’m thinking sun-screen, sun hat, clipboard, comfortable walking shoes and a really big smile; whatd’ya think?
    After all, there’s still a dance or two in this ol’ dame yet.

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