But the true system of vote suppression is far more basic than that. Over the generations, the financial masters of our society have had their way in mongering new laws that make voting difficult for the wage-slave working class to participate.
Why, for instance, do we vote on Tuesday? Many advanced democracies vote over the weekend, usually allowing two days for the constituents to find their way to the polling places. By sticking to our meaningless Tuesday schedule we force the employed to either take the day off to stand in line for the often-limited number of machines. Bosses are not encouraged to give their staff the day off, although making a holiday might encourage politics as an avocation for the masses as originally intended.
Ballot access, the key to diversity in representative government, is limited to our two major parties, based on the unlimited cash the candidates raise to buy the media necessary to lie their way into office. Just a fortnight ago the French went to the voting booth to pick the top two contenders for the presidency, predictably a left laborite and his conservative opponent. The runoff will be a month after phase one, and by summer they will have a new regime in Paris. It ain’t perfect, but it produced political change for a low budget and without bullets.
And then there’s the machines! There are repeated problems, particularly in key precincts in high-density urban neighborhoods likely to swing left. Since every polling place has three paid election board members present for the entire electoral process, why not return to the time-tested hand count, double counted and verified, sealed in the ballot box and handed over to the sheriff? San Francisco recently found ballot boxes floating in the bay, but hand processing makes it almost impossible to cheat on the totals without detection.
These are but a few of our election problems, but what is important to note is that no politician of either party, or even the splinter groups, has even brought up election reform as a national priority. A conspiracy of silence only serves to continue a broken system whose results speak volumes for themselves.
“Death to the Fascist Insect that preys upon the people!”
“Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. “The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.