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General News and Politics
By Jim Barber, Camp Verde, Arizona
Current news and political discussion
Sunday, March 10, 2013

KEEP SPECIAL INTEREST'S HANDS OFF THE BALLOTS

 The Barbershop

I'm sorry if I'm a little cynical when a special interest or political party finds "voter suppression" behind every effort to ensure that ballots are legal and un-tampered with. Every citizen meeting the lawful requirements has a right to cast a ballot. But with that right comes responsibility. Early balloting is a convenience open to abuse if persons or organizations with political agendas are allowed to collect and distribute the ballots. Even if the ballots they deliver aren't tampered with, other ballots, suspected of being opposition, can be conveniently "lost." The U.S postal system is handy, anonymous, difficult to corrupt. If a voter prefers hand delivery they can give written permission that can be validated. Keep dirty hands off my ballot.


Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013
Article comment by: Red Jac

Dear Jim:
By putting up and changing again and again the rules to qualify for a ballot and/or the times the polls or early registration is open, Republican state legislatures in Ohio, Florida and Virginia (to name a few) have created voter lines of 6 to 8 hours waiting to vote and/or created impossible rules that disenfranchise certain voter blocks. But yet you are not concerned about this sort of suppression.

You are concerned about "tampering" yet even the Republican Pennsylvania Attorney General when pressed by the Federal Court to provide examples of such "tampering" conceded that he had no evidence of such.

So I ask you Jim, where is the "tampering?" I can easily show you the voter suppression the Republicans have brought into various states.


Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Article comment by: If irony was a buffet... .

Mr. Barbers post could feed a nation... the very party he supports has done everything it can to impede those who it deems unworthy to vote.

Any guesses how the Barber feels about the voting rights act of 1965?

It seems that in Mr. Barbers world the citizens and post office are the special interests while the big money politicians and lobbyists are what?


Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Article comment by: Seems Fishy

If you can't win the elections fairly cheat, lie, suppress and put up as many barriers as possible, eh Jim?



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