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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Vote III - Editorial, The Week in Review


Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
08.01.2020

Vote     III

The talk continues about how Donald Trump will refuse to concede the presidency when he loses the election on November 3rd. In the past week he became the first president ever to suggest that we delay the election.

He is spreading lies about the process of mail in voting, fear mongering and worse. His own attorney general echoed Donald Trump’s sentiments in his testimony before congress without offering any proof, or even the rudiments of an actual argument support by statistics of any kind.

Donald Trump and his minions are simply making assertions, counterfactual statements, lies to make their point.

Donald Trump cannot delay the election, do not follow the bright shiny object or be distracted by that prospect. Focus on what is really happening: voter disinformation, voter intimidation, voter suppression, and other malfeasance.

The most important thing we can do is vote, everyone must vote! 

Do not forget to vote. Do not forget to register. Do not forget to vote.

Double check your registration status and vote.

If you are voting by mail then get your ballot early, mail it back early or drop it off at a collection center in person.

Check and double check the date you write on your ballot, and your signature. If the Secretary of State in the state where you live sends you any correspondence, read it, follow up on it, and be on the look out for bogus mailings coming from supposed election officer who do not belong to a recognizable public office.

It had been discovered that Donald Trump and the Trump Administration are interfering with the United States Post Office, a newly appointed Post Master General, a trump supporter and campaign contributor just took office and has implemented measures to slow down the mail.

They do not want the Post Office to facilitate Trump’s electoral defeat.

This cannot stand. Postal employees should refuse to cooperate with these measures. Do your patriotic duty and process the mail.

Do more, prepare yourself with knowledge; we need a massive public education campaign, we need a crash course in civics. There is an electoral process that must play out, it is different from state to state, but every citizen should take the time to become familiar with the rules, the laws that govern your voting rights in each and every local.

Let’s not be confused, Donald Trump will lose the popular vote, and he will lose in the electoral college. Nevertheless, between now and then there will be a massive disinformation campaign trying to scare you into not voting, trying to convince you that your vote doesn’t matter, or that your vote is illegitimate. The orange tyrant and his republican cronies will attempt to invalidate your vote; we cannot let them

Wherever republicans have the authority they will purge voter roles, close polling stations, make it more difficult to vote; our duty is to be undeterred, to insist on our rights, to cast our votes, and to have our votes counted.

Familiarize yourself with the laws that govern voting where you cast your vote.

Over the last two week we discussed the voting rights act of 1965, which was designed to enforce the rights guaranteed in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, and the laws that govern elections at the federal level.

Last week we discussed the statutes that govern voting in my home state of Minnesota.

In the weeks leading up to the election we will look at the statutes that govern voting in key battleground States.

Knowledge is power, arm yourself with it.

Hold your government accountable!

1 comment:

  1. Very well spoken! It's not easy to figure out a new way to vote. I had to figure out how to vote as a U.S. citizen aboard, and things are always changing. But, it's worth it. Stay involved and informed! VOTE!

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