I've been listening to NPR this week as former President Jimmy Carter has been overseeing Egypt's elections.
Wow. What a great guy. What great work.
I don't know of another president who, once out of office, did so much for so many with his time and energies.
This is the 90th election Mr. Carter and his Foundation has overseen.
Good for him.
And in the case of each of those elections and nations having them, good for them.
But you know what?
The time has come, it seems obvious, that Mr. Carter's efforts to see to it that elections are run fairly, honestly and justly comes all the way back home to his own nation, here, in the U.S. of A.
Ever since the election of 2000, at least, when that one for our nation leader--our president--was so obviously at least manipulated, if not out-and-out stolen, it's been clear that our elections need 3rd party, unbiased oversight.
We've already got Republicans writing and passing all kinds of legislation in several states, at least, disenfranchising their citizens and possible voters. It even happened here in Kansas and Missouri.
It's been documented how African-Americans, in particular, all across Florida, had their votes ignored or thrown away, in past elections.
And now it seems to be happening yet again in Florida:
Florida telling hundreds of eligible citizens that they are ineligible to vote
Here's just four brief, different examples from the article:
- 1638 people in Miami-Dade County were flagged by the state as “non-citizens” and sent letters informing them that they were ineligible to vote.
- Of that group, 359 people have subsquently provided the county with proof of citizenship.
- Another 26 people were identified as U.S. citizens directly by the county.
- The bulk of the remaining 1200 people have simply not responded yet to a letter sent to them by the Supervisor of Elections.
We need election oversight here in the United States.
Please, Mr. President, bring your people and efforts back home where we sadly, badly need them.
Links: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/jimmy-carter-says-despite-violations-in-egypts-presidential-election-vote-acceptable/2012/05/26/gJQAtkMZsU_story.html; http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/05/27/491012/exclusive-florida-ineligible-to-vote/?mobile=nc; http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/05/27/when-you-cant-win-cheat-election-fraud-from-coast-to-coast/; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bush_v._Gore;http://world.std.com/~cme/html/election2000.html; http://gadfly.igc.org/politics/dissent.htm;http://www.stripersonline.com/t/847402/what-if-obama-v-romney-is-bush-v-gore-close
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