Remedial Practical Civics 100, Lesson 5: “Voting for Dummies Democrats”

Lesson 1: Sausage-making

Lesson 2: Constitutionality

Lesson 3: Let’s party

Lesson 4: A hunting we will go!”


OK, class; listen up, and I will explain how Democrats can win elections without suddenly finding new ballots, losing old ballots, disappearing votes by not meeting deadlines, jamming paper clips into ballot scanners, or raising the dead. I’ll be using Georgia as my example, but most of this would apply in every state.

In the 2018 mid-term elections in Georgia, there were many claims of voter suppression by Democrats, most notably gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. Abrams asserted that her voters were “suppressed” by them not registering, voting in the wrong location, not knowing the birthdate of the person they were voting as, not wanting to waiting in line to vote, or not bothering to “cure” their provisional or absentee ballots even when the court extended the deadline for them. There were other factors as well, but for the most part, Democrats failed to take over the state because they did not how.

There are generally two years between national elections, so from one to the next, Democrats have that much time to do these things.

First, prospective voters have to register. That’s pretty easy. In fact, when you get a driver license, or state ID, you have to take steps not to be registered automatically. Mostly; there are exceptions and I’ll cover that.

If you didn’t “motor voter” register, you have almost two years — 23 months — to register in time for the next election.

  • You can stroll down to the county court house and fill out a form. You’ll need to show current ID showing where you live. Note: You have to register in the county in which you live. ID can be in several forms, including utility bills. Look up the list of acceptable ID on the state website, and bring them.
  • If you still don’t have ID, and think you can’t afford one, the state will issue a free one just for voting. So that’s no excuse.
  • You can mail in the form, too. SO you don’t need time off work to register. But when you finally vote, you’ll need ID with a signature that matches your registration.
  • If you can’t afford a postage stamp, pull out your iPhone and got to the voter registration website and register there.

There are a few limitations on registering to vote. If you aren’t at least 18 years of age, you can’t vote, but you can register 6 months before an election if you’ll be 18 by Election Day. You have to be a US citizen (not just a resident, legal or illegal). You have to reside in the state (and in the county and precinct where you plan to register and vote). If you’ve been convicted of a felony — that means a crime, one with a potential sentence of more than a year, even if the judge sentenced you to less time — you can’t vote until your sentence is completed; that includes parole/probation time outside of prison. And unless you are a Cook County, IL Democrat, you have to be alive.

If you were registered to vote, and then got convicted of a felony, your voter registration will be cancelled. When your sentence — including probation/parole — is completed, you have to register again. Remember that. It isn’t “voter suppression” to not let current felons vote, or require you to register again.

When you receive your voter registration card, look at it. Make sure all the information is correct. If you can’t read it, find a literate friend to do it. Since the cutoff for registration is 30 days before the election, even the most unpopular Democrat has time to find a friend to read it for them.

On that card, you — or your friend — should see something called “POLLING PLACE.” That’s where you’ll actually vote. It matters. Remember it. If you aren’t sure where it is, check Google Maps.

If you move after you registered, you have to update your registration. This makes sure you get to vote where you now live, and get a new card that shows you where to vote. You, or your friend, should make sure the new card is correct.

It’s a good idea to confirm your voter registration shortly before you vote. In Georgia, you can go to the voter registration website, type in your name, county, and date of birth. It will tell you whether or not you are registered, and where. To comply with federal election laws, states sometimes have to unregister — remove from voter rolls — people whose information is wrong, haven’t voted in a long time, been convicted of a felony, moved, and other reasons. You might have been removed since you registered; if you are still eligible to vote, you can re-register now.

Georgia makes it really easy for people to register, update their registration, or re-register. It isn’t “voter suppression” if you didn’t do your part.

Voting is remarkably simple. Sometimes on Election Day, lines can be really long at the “POLLING PLACE.” But that shouldn’t stop you. There are different times and ways to vote.

  • If you don’t want to go in and vote at all, you can cast an absentee vote by mail. You can request an absentee ballot a whole six months before the election (before you even know who is running for office), and a ballot will be sent to you when it’s ready, automatically. But you have to remember to request it. It isn’t “voter suppression” if you forget.
  • Your absentee ballot essentially has 2 parts. One part is where you tell them who your are so they can make sure no one else uses your name to vote. You’ll have to know certain things like how your name is spelled, when and where you were born, and where you live. If you don’t know those things now — and you had to know them when you registered — then it isn’t “voter suppression” if they don’t let you vote using someone else’s ballot.
  • Election officials can only count votes they receive. If they aren’t there, they can’t be counted. You have to mail in your ballot early enough that it will make it through the postal system and be delivered by Election Day. Since this goes through the post office, when has been losing or delaying mail since its creation, you should allow plenty of time. It isn’t “voter suppression” if you didn’t mail your ballot on time.
  • If you forgot to do an absentee ballot, you still don’t have to worry about long lines on Election Day, or just getting time off work to vote that day, or being locked up in prison that day. (And if you are locked up, but not yet convicted or under other sentence you could still do an absentee ballot. It isn’t “voter suppression” if you just didn’t bother.)
  • Georgia does something called “early voting,” so you can schedule a good time to come vote and avoid lines. You get a whole 3 weeks before Election Day when you can vote in person anyway. Remember to bring the right ID. Remember to go to your “POLLING PLACE” (but double-check that, because the “early voting” location may be different than the Election Day location. It isn’t “voter” suppression” if you go to the wrong place.
  • If you still haven’t voted, after a month of other voting options, you have a whole 12 hours to vote on Election Day. Go to the right place; if you went to a county where you don’t live, you are in the wrong place. If you ran late, and got into line before the 12 hours are over, you still get to vote. It isn’t “voter suppression” if you went to the wrong place, or missed a freaking month of voting opportunities.

If, with 2 years to get things right, you still weren’t properly registered, don’t know when you were born, went to the wrong voting location — even in the wrong county! –or otherwise have registration problems, Georgia will still let you cast a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are not handed out automatically; after all, when you discover you drove to the wrong county, you might drive back to the right place and vote.

You have to ask for a provisional ballot. It isn’t “voter suppression” if you don’t ask.

Provisional ballots are special, for special people. It lets you participate in the voting process on Election Day, but doesn’t necessarily count. The election officials will set it aside, and wait for you to come back with the right ID to “cure” your ballot, by showing that you do live in this county now and forgot to update your registration, or to show that your signature really is yours, or whatever the issue was that caused you to need a provisional ballot.

You have 3 whole business days after Election Day to “cure” your ballot. If you don’t, the election officials won’t count it. It isn’t “voter suppression” if you didn’t care enough to fix your own ballot. Georgia does a lot to help special people vote, but you have to do your part.

When you arrive at your “POLLING PLACE,” you’ll have to fill out a form. It isn’t “voter suppression” meant to make voting too complicated for you; it’s updating the records so someone else doesn’t try to vote in your name. Same for the next step where they compare signatures; they want to be sure it’s you, not someone committing real voter fraud by stealing your vote from you.

Checking your ID or signature isn’t “voter suppression” or “racist.” It’s to prevent fraud. And the election workers may be on high alert because one gubernatorial candidate is on record stating that her voters will be documented and undocumented noncitizens casting illegal ballots.

Casting the actual vote is very important. In most races, such as for governor, you can only vote for 1 candidate; not 2.

If you are using a paper ballot, it’s possible to mark 2 candidates in the same race. If you do this accidentally, and cannot erase the mistake, ask election workers for help, They’ll fix it, or get you a fresh ballot. If you screw up that one, too, they will recognize you as special and give you special attention.

If you mark 2 candidates in the same race, and turn in that ballot, your vote will not be counted because you didn’t tell them which one you meant. It isn’t “voter suppression” if you fill out the ballot wrong. That’s called “over-voting,” by the way.

If you are using a touch screen voting machine, remember that the screen is touch sensitive. If you mark your preferred candidate, and then accidentally touch the screen again, it may change your vote. So it’s very important to be careful when touching the screen. Before you press the button to cast your vote, look and make sure it’s showing the right votes. The machine doesn’t know what you meant to do, only what you did do. It isn’t “voter suppression” if you voted for the wrong person.

Remember to vote in all races on your ballot. If you leave one blank, for instance you forgot to vote for any candidate for governor, your vote won’t be counted because you didn’t vote. That’s called “under-voting,” and it’s the voter’s fault, not the election workers’. It’s isn’t “voter suppression” if you forgot to vote in each race.

Since Georgia has many special people, our touch screen voting machines will remind you if you missed marking a race, and will highlight any such so you can fix it before pressing the “cast vote” button. When a race appears in a funny color on the final review screen with no candidate marked, and the machine says you missed something, it means you missed something. It isn’t “voter suppression” if you ignore the machine’s help and don’t vote in everything.

Finally, if you did wait until Election Day and got stuck in a long line, it isn’t “voter suppression” if you got tired of waiting and left. You decided voting wasn’t important enough for your vote to count.

Voting is very easy. Much of the preparation (registering to vote) is automatic. The system for making sure it’s right is simple, with many options, with nearly 2 years to get it done. With that out of the way, there’s really no excuse for not voting, what with weeks to do so from home, or at multiple locations.

If any step in the process seems hard to understand, you have almost 2 years to study and practice.

Considering all that, if you still can’t figure out how to vote, then you should not be voting. And you’re probably a Democrat.

Actual voter suppression exists. Like when a — -cough- broward — election official “loses” 2,040 ballots, or “finds” more that push her party ahead. Deliberately blowing deadlines so a recount that showed the opposition gaining is disqualified is voter suppression.

Gerrymandering is a form of voter suppression by making sure the opposition won’t have enough voters to overcome the entrenched party.

But you cannot gerrymander state-wide races like US Senate or Governor, because it doesn’t matter what district you’re in; you still get to vote.

If you’re smart enough to follow simple directions.

And when all is said and done… You may have done everything correctly. All your fellow party members may have done it correctly. All your lawful votes counted. And you still might lose. That isn’t “voter suppression” either. It’s just that more people disagreed with your judgement. A majority may have noticed that your candidate thinks radar detectors are banned, wants to steal private property, wants to disenfranchise her own voters by replacing them with illegal noncitizens, and promised you rainbows and unicorns.

Losing isn’t “voter suppression.”

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Stop Pelosi? What difference does it make?

I received an email from Gunowners of America.

If Nancy Pelosi wins the midterm elections, the rabid anti-gunner mob you’ve seen marching on TV will seize control of the people’s House.

Pelosi’s home state of California has already called for a tax on gun ownership (at a time when Democrats have demanded tax hikes). A former Supreme Court Justice has even called for a repeal of the Second Amendment.

Here’s the worst part: Anti-gun Democrats have a SIX-point lead on the generic ballot. It’s time to rally the patriots of the Silent Majority.

Will you pledge to keep the House of Representatives out of the hands of Nancy Pelosi?

As opposed to anti-gun Republicans? Here’s the real problem. Democrats are anti-RKBA for obvious reasons. But so are the Republicans.

For the Republicans, the excuse is always “law and order,” and public safety. Officer safety. Looking like they “care.”

Like it or not, the NRA is the “face” of gun owners. And the NRA makes big money from pretending to be pro-RKBA to raise money to “fight for your rights.” That means they need gun control to maintain the cash flow.

And Republicans need the NRA to tell them this or that bill is fine, or that one should be killed. To put the “gun owner” imprimatur on their own victim disarmament schemes. Thus, we have the NRA writing city level “assault weapon” bans that then pass (D: ‘Assault weapons are terrible!’ R: ‘Lawn order! Police safety! No one hunts with those.’), and the NRA sends out fundraising flyers to “fight” that ban. After state level activist finally get a constitutional carry bill ready to pass and be signed, the NRA send in a rep for the first time in a decade to tell reluctantly supporting Republicans that it should pass; assured of “gun owner” support from the NRA face, they kill it. Then there’s Fix NICS, ERPOs, bump-fire, more “assault weapon” bans… What does it tell you when Republicans call for bans, duplicating Democrat efforts?

And what have those great Republicans done with national reciprocal carry again?

-crickets-

Politically aware gun owners are tired of voting Republican only to get the “compromise”-lubricated shaft. Yet-a-fricking-gain. “Compromise” that never seems to give us anything but a promise to not take everything yet. “Bend over and we’ll compromise on just two inches. For now.”

Now add in Obamacare never going away despite R control of the House, Senate, and the White House. Wait… and FOSTA-SESTA attacks on free speech.

We no longer see the point of bothering to vote for backstabbing Republicans. We can’t tell them from the Democrats without a letter after their name.

I can vote for a “pro-gun” Republican, then spend all my time watching for him to stab me in the back over RKBA issues, and constantly call and write letters in an attempt — increasingly futile — to stop him.

Or I can vote for a Democrat who will screw me, too. At least I won’t have to waste time watching my backside for Republicans who want to hold me down for the Democrats.

Yes, the Republicans may lose the House to the Democrats. Anti-human/civil rights Pelosi might even become Speaker again (though that’s looking less likely lately).

But as far as I can tell — based on the alternating offensive actions and submissive inaction of the Republicans — it won’t make a difference to my rights, that both wings of the Boot On Your Neck Party want to sacrifice on the altar of power.

You want me to vote for a pro-RKBA Republican? Ain’t gonna happen. If you know of one running, tell him to drop the R, and run as an independent. If he’s acceptable on other issues, I’ll vote for him even if I have to write him in.

It’s too late for the GOP. Republican affiliation is a warning that he is just as dangerous as any rabid Democrat.

I wonder which gov database they got that from

Readers may recall that the state took away my middle name earlier this year. I went to get a new driver license; sadly, this state is REAL ID compliant. The clerk told me I couldn’t have a middle name because it isn’t on my birth certificate. So she only entered first and last. C’est la guerre.

Of course, she also asked (as required by the Motor Voter law) if I wanted to register to vote. To avoid any more discussion I simply said, “Sure.” It isn’t as if I have to use it. So the same driver license data got forwarded to that. I promptly forgot about it.

Until today. My voter registration card showed up in the mail. It has my middle initial. You know, the one the DDS never entered into the system because my name is unapproved.

Clearly, the state cross-references against some other database. I wonder which one(s). And where else the new info goes.

Many Bloodsuckers*

Midterm elections are mostly over (aside from the recounts, challenges, slow counts, etc.), and the people have spoken. They asked for more of the same, and that’s what they got.

Oh, sure. Voters thought they were demanding a change from the Dem control, but they voted for a heck of a lot of Republicans. In case you failed to notice over the past several decades, the Republicans and Democrats are just two branches of the One Big Party. They both want to control your life; they only disagree on which aspects to stomp first.

Sure enough, some of the first words out of those R-team politicians’ moving lips were assertions to the point that they now have a mandate…

…to work together with the Dems on “bipartisan solutions,” to work with Barrycade Ebola.

True, some have said they’ll repeal Obamacare. But it’s safe for them to say that. Look at the numbers. Obama certainly isn’t going to sign a bill repealing his little excursion into greater socialism, so the Republicans would have to override his veto. That requires a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate. The Repugnants don’t have a veto-proof two-thirds majority in either house. (Assuming that all the Rs would even vote for a repeal: New Hampshire’s own police state cheerleader Kelly Ayotte, [R-McConnell’s ass] has been riding her own pet hobby horsee of adding coverage to Obamacare, under the guise of “helping” veterans. As a veteran, I can attest she’s done jackshit for me.)

Oh, and Boehner has been suggesting that he’ll finally locate his balls (possibly he had the National Reconnaissance Office do a satellite scan for them while snooping on everything else) and go after AG Holder for concealing his role in the ATF’s Gunwalker/Fast & Furious . Bull. He has had years, and the most he pushed for was a contempt of Congress charge against Holder (it relied on Holder assigning one of his own department lawyers to prosecute him). It wasn’t even Boehner who forced the DOJ data dump (Vaugh List and documents). Judicial Watch sued for the release.

So… Yeah. More of the same.

 


* “Poly Ticks”. Yeah, I know. Sorry.

Apparently I did make my mark on the Internet.

I don’t usually expect to run across my twelve year old stuff on someone else’s web site, but it happened.

I did that as part of a Simon Jester starter kit all the way back in 2002. (Sadly, that site hasn’t been updated since I turned it over due to a lack of funds. The links to stuff appear to be 404ed.)

Your vote [doesn’t] count

And people are worried about phishing and Nigerian scammers.

In Allenstown, generous vote leads to even higher taxes
Town Administrator Shaun Mulholland said he thinks energized voters accidentally denied the proposed budget without realizing it had been worked down to be smaller than the default budget. The result is a significant spike in the town’s tax rate, which is already one of the highest in the state.

I’d change that headline form “generous” to “duped.”

You see: this is why your vote counts. You can vote to approve the budget, even if you think there’s unnecessary stuff in it. Or, if you disapprove of the unnecessary stuff in the budget and vote it down…

You get hit with a “default” budget you don’t get to vote on at all, that’s even higher.

Either way, you lose, and the overpaid “civil servants” of a town with one of the highest tax rates in the state win. (Naturally, those “servants” are not required to live in town and pay those taxes.)

Hmm. So they got slammed with a “default” 9.3 percent increase…

…when the feds claim that the inflation was only 1.7%.

Sometimes I almost wish I were a conscienceless sociopath, with no moral compass or ability to do basic math or evaluate economic consequences, so I could make a comfy living like that.

I like how town admin Mulholland justifies rationalizes the town’s confiscatory taxes by whining that they’re, “in a unique position because Bear Brook State Park takes up most of its land – and produces no business or property taxes;” conveniently failing to mention that the town also doesn’t have any expenses from that park. Hey, Shaun; my town doesn’t produce any taxes for your town either. Better raise your rates again.

And save more money by not holding town meetings anymore, since they don’t matter anyway.