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 Post subject: Just Try Voting!
PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 5:56 am 
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Just Try Voting Here: 11 of America's Worst Places to Cast a Ballot

"We used to think the voting system was something like the traffic laws -- a set of rules clear to everyone, enforced everywhere, with penalties for transgressions; we used to think, in other words, that we had a national election system. How wrong a notion this was has become painfully apparent since 2000: As it turns out, except for a rudimentary federal framework (which determines the voting age, channels money to states and counties, and enforces protections for minorities and the disabled), U.S. elections are shaped by a dizzying mélange of inconsistently enforced laws, conflicting court rulings, local traditions, various technology choices, and partisan trickery. In some places voters still fill in paper ballots or pull the levers of vintage machines; elsewhere, they touch screens or tap keys, with or without paper trails. Some states encourage voter registration; others go out of their way to limit it. Some allow prisoners to vote; others permanently bar ex-felons, no matter how long they've stayed clean. Who can vote, where people cast ballots, and how and whether their votes are counted all depends, to a large extent, on policies set in place by secretaries of state and county elections supervisors -- officials who can be as partisan, as dubiously qualified, and as nakedly ambitious as people anywhere else in politics. Here is a list -- partial, but emblematic -- of American democracy's more glaring weak spots. ..."

#1 The New Poll Tax
Atlanta, Georgia ...

#2 Machine Meltdowns
Beaufort, North Carolina; Fort Worth, Texas; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (tie)

#3 Line Forms Here
Franklin County, Ohio

#4 Incompetence
Cuyahoga County, Ohio

#5 Foul Play
New Hampshire

#6 Gerrymandering
Travis County, Texas

#7 No Felons Allowed
Mississippi Delta

#8 Voting While Black
Charleston, South Carolina

#9 Suspect Students
Waller County, Texas

#10 Failing to Register
Florida

#11 Politicos in Charge
Ohio


http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature ... _here.html

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