Brian T. Lynch, MSW
Data Driven Viewpoint: What's on my summer reading list? The United States has 54 separate elections for President every four years. There are 54 separate state and territory constitutions that each grant citizens very different sets of voting rights. Voting administration is handled very differently from state to state, county to county, etc. There is more of a national consensus on how voting be conducted in America than there is consistency in how voting actually takes place. Our collective inattention to this, the single most critical function in a democracy, has allowed powerful interests to take control of the voting processes, privatize vote collection and counting to unaccountable private companies and alter the rules to give the wealthy minority a larger voice in government.
Note: Below is a "blogliography" of posts on voting issues. If you are on Twitter or Facebook or other social media, please consider what you can do to help get this information more widely circulated. Thank you.
Who's Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk[Paperback]John Fund (Author), Hans von Spakovsky (Author)
Publication Date: August 14, 2012
The 2012 election will be one of the hardest-fought in U.S. history. It is also likely to be one of the closest, a fact that brings concerns about voter fraud and bureaucratic incompetence in the conduct of elections front and center. If we don't take notice, we could see another debacle like the Bush-Gore Florida recount of 2000 in which courts and lawyers intervened in what should have involved only voters.
Who's Counting? will focus attention on many problems of our election system, ranging from voter fraud to a slipshod system of vote counting that noted political scientist Walter Dean Burnham calls “the most careless of the developed world.” In an effort to clean up our election laws, reduce fraud and increase public confidence in the integrity of the voting system, many states ranging from Georgia to Wisconsin have passed laws requiring a photo ID be shown at the polls and curbing the rampant use of absentee ballots, a tool of choice by fraudsters. The response from Obama allies has been to belittle the need for such laws and attack them as akin to the second coming of a racist tide in American life. In the summer of 2011, both Bill Clinton and DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz preposterously claimed that such laws suppressed minority voters and represented a return to the era of Jim Crow.
Here are some recent links from this blog on voting issues:
BLOGLIOGROPHY ON VOTING ISSUES
The sorry state of voting rights in
, a 50 state comparison America
How voter ID laws might block you from voting
Republicans have a 5% election fraud handicap built into the voting system
Many state are unprepared for a fair and free election
Outsourcing or privatized voting process overseas
Voting rights denied to a record number of “felons”
Secret flawed voting software discovered and exposed
Does voter suppression have a new target in
To know your Voting Rights you must know your state constitution
Can a convicted, or formerly convicted felon vote? Lots of confusion
A private company has the first peek at election results
Voter suppression in
to get a hearing at the United Nations America
Caucus voting flubs highlight election system flaws
A voters “Bill of Rights”