President Trump continues to rail against voting by mail but the NM GOP is putting a selective spin on the bashing to justify its own mailer to Bernalillo County voters that includes an absentee ballot application. The party quotes Trump as saying on July 30 that “I will be an absentee voter. We have a lot of absentee voters. It works. So we are in favor of absentee.”…
President Trump continues to draw false distinctions between mail-in and absentee ballots, claiming the former are rife with voter fraud while the latter — which he has used as president — require a voter to go through “a very strict process. The equivalent of going to a voting machine, or maybe even sometimes better.” Voting experts told us the verification process is the same for absentee and mail-in ballots, and many states consider them to be the same thing.
Conservatives are stuck with this self-image of being the only true hard-working Americans – therefore the only folks who deserve to vote. So, making it easier only applies to their votes.
The democracy and human rights arm of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has issued an assessment of election conditions in the run-up to presidential and congressional elections on 3 November…
A week-long needs assessment mission by the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) beginning on 29 May found there was widespread concern that “election officials will face serious challenges prior to and on election day, due to new measures in response to Covid-19 pandemic, and expressed concerns over their ability to overcome them.”…
Most of the officials and experts the mission talked to said they would welcome the presence of foreign election observers…
In many US states there is no guarantee that international observers will be allowed in polling stations.
The tone of the 2020 ODIHR report reflects far more alarm than in 2016, and notes that only some of its recommendations for improvements in the US electoral system have been acted on.
Americans love to believe “we’re #1” at anything we do. Please don’t forget that includes serious fraud, organized crime – including the flavor with names of political parties on the stationery.
People around the world are widely dissatisfied with democracy in their country and believe that elected officials don’t care what people like them think, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Global opinion is more divided on the question of whether the state is run for the benefit of all, while people generally agree that voting gives them a say about how the government runs things in their country.
Here’s a link to eight charts that show how people around the world see the state of democracy in their country, based on the new report…
Here’s one of them:
❝ Three Republicans aiming to prevent President Donald Trump’s second term in the White House wrote a scathing opinion column condemning their party for canceling its primaries and caucuses in four states…
Three Republicans aiming to prevent President Donald Trump’s second term in the White House wrote a scathing opinion column condemning their party for canceling its primaries and caucuses in four states.
❝ The authors took shot at the state GOP parties in South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona, and Kansas, all plan to cancel the 2020 election’s primaries and caucuses. The move would cement Trump’s nomination in the states and prevent any Republican from challenging him before the general election…
State Republicans officials have claimed that there are “no legitimate primary” challengers to Trump, and that taxpayers would be footing millions of dollars to pay for “an unnecessary primary.”
❝ But Sanford, Walsh, and Weld decried the move as un-American and the “latest disgrace, courtesy of Team Trump.”
The country club-clique inside the ruling party pretty much fear anything approaching democracy or dissent. Not the least when their Fearless Leader is a dumbass and a crook.
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❝ Once the longest-serving Navy SEAL on active duty, Adm. William McRaven played a key role in thousands of dangerous missions abroad, including commanding the one that cost Osama bin Laden his life.
McRaven, who is retired, warns that the greatest threat to American democracy he’s seen during his decades in national security comes not from a rogue regime or a terrorist group but from the caustic rhetoric of President Donald Trump.
❝ “An attack on the press or an attack on the Department of Justice, or to imply that there are dirty cops at the FBI or to ignore the intelligence community, I think, really undermines our institutions,”…”And that makes me fearful of the future direction of the nation.”
When someone from the stiffnecked tradition of the US military finally speaks out about the Fake President, I think we’re past time to forgive and forget, quit rolling out little prayers of hope. Throw the bum out of office – either through impeachment or the 2020 elections.
The former isn’t likely with Republican puppets in charge of the Senate. The alternative can solve that problem, as well. Throw Trump’s pimps and corporate whores out of office. Start over, again, with a clean slate.
Hillary declared loser with 3 million more votes than Trump — Andrew Harnik/AP
❝ Democrats in Colorado and New Mexico are pushing ahead with legislation to pledge their 14 collective electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote — no matter who wins each state.
The plan only goes into effect if the law passes in states representing an electoral majority. That threshold is 270 votes, which is the same number needed to win the presidency…
❝ So far, 11 states — including New York, California and New Jersey — have joined the effort along with the District of Columbia, putting the effort 98 votes short of its goal.
❝ Colorado state Sen. Mike Foote, who’s sponsoring legislation, insisted that it’s not a partisan response to Trump’s 2016 win. Rather, he said, it’s about upholding the democratic principle of one person, one vote.
“It’s about time that every vote in the country counts equally,” he said. “Right now, if you live in a state that is not a battleground state, then your vote doesn’t count nearly as much.”
I dedicated my life to aid in the cause for “One person, one vote” in the civil rights movement back in the 1950’s — marching forward to today. Ain’t any reason to stop, now!