Wednesday, July 11, 2012
County election board: Husted all alone
In this instance, the two Democratic board members want to provide more space at the empty hhGregg building near Chapel Hill Mall to serve a projected 25,000 early walk-in voters for the presidential election. Arshinkoff and his compatriot Ray Weber propose the vacant second floor at the Beacon Journal, with less available parking. Make me laugh. Voters would have to pass the BJ's security guard at the entrance to the building and sign something. (The procedure hasn't been worked out, I'm told.) Those who aren't able to walk up two floors would have to wait for the elevator from another era.
Convenient, huh? But convenience is not what the GOP locals have in mind. Voter suppression is a better way of explaniing it.
The Republican duo refers to the higher cost of the Democrats' proposal, but that's clearly a ruse. Across the Land of Freedom and Opportunity, the GOP has devised various plots to restrict voting by you-know-who's with Voter ID Laws, shifting precincts and other nefarious means short of house arrests. It's intended to, um, wipe out massive fraud that doesn't exist. It's no different in Democrat-rich Summit County, where a Democrat denied is a Republican plus. This theory began long ago when it was not uncommon to hear Arshinkoff et al literally pray for bad weather on Election Day to discourage blacks and seniors. It's still in play.
(When reading this Post, it would be more appropriate to turn off the sound of Sousa's Stars & Stripes Forever. We're not there yet, folks. )