Sunday, October 24, 2004

All Voters Welcome, If You Vote for Our Candidate

As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it?
Boss Tweed (1823 - 1878), U.S. politician; or Jeb Bush, Florida, Governor

The Bush Administration is trying to spread democracy around the world just as missionaries worked to spread the teachings of Christianity. But, a closer look reveals that the Republicans follow the old cliché ‘do as I say, not as I do.’ While the Republicans happily point to the numbers of people who voted in the elections in Afghanistan and who will hopefully vote in the upcoming elections in Iraq, they don't want you to vote in the U.S. unless you are voting for them. The Republicans plan to give new Democratic voters a difficult time in the United States, if this is their first time.

According the Oct. 23, New York Times, Republican Party officials in Ohio took formal steps yesterday to place thousands of recruits inside polling places on Election Day to challenge the qualifications of voters they suspect are not eligible to cast ballots.

Party officials say their effort is necessary to guard against fraud arising from aggressive moves by the Democrats to register tens of thousands of new voters in Ohio, seen as one of the most pivotal battlegrounds in the Nov. 2 elections.

Election officials in other swing states, from Arizona to Wisconsin and Florida, say they are bracing for similar efforts by Republicans to challenge new voters at polling places, reflecting months of disputes over voting procedures and the anticipation of an election as close as the one in 2000.

If republicans can’t win honestly, they will find another way.

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