By now, anyone who followed the elections heard that there were statistically insignificant occurrences of voter fraud (in terms of those casting their vote) to the point that the justification for creating laws surrounding that issue is entirely baseless. It has been reported here and elsewhere that vote tampering by way of tests, ID checks, gerrymandering, and the like is not a new phenomenon. Despite how far back election rigging goes, it is a vast disappoint, then, to report that not only was it still attempted by both political parties — but the frequency has increased, and it’s worth mentioning that one political caucus over the other is more responsible.
A look at the past few elections shows Florida’s vote-tampering problem. Ohio, too, is notorious for insufficient polling practicum delaying the masses from expressing their right at the ballot box. Ohio had voting machine issues, wait time problems and even “experimental software patches” installed on voting machines, as ordered by their Secretary of State.
With incidents such as those noted, it should be of little surprise that though a select few swing states managed to make progress, we faced more issues as a nation this year than before. While some of the voter ID legislation passed in some states in time for this Election Day, some of those proposed pieces will take effect for the next election so the battle continues.
Other points of contention that will have an impact in future elections are states that reduced the number of early voting days in their effort to decrease “voter fraud”. Swing states have been historically predisposed to these sorts of rule breaking — particularly in the aforementioned states. Even when asked to reverse constraints on the voting process due to the undue burden caused by having to spend hours in line during early casting, we see evidence that either these issues are not important to elected officials or there is something far more insidious at play. Tampering — or call it what it is — rigging, has already been initiated through these means for the election the United States just had.
Let’s be clear: the stories show how the constituents of one party are more negatively affected. As this obscenity on the face of our democratic pursuit becomes more of a hot topic of conversation, garnering more and more attention to the aim of increasing awareness throughout the nation, we can rest a bit more assured that justice will be done. This evidence speaks to the possibility of the dying throes of the Republican party as we witness reptilian responses by way of vote tampering via the Electoral College in conjunction with other means employed to ensure victory. It is precisely that which has yet to be reported.
Victory. Not for this election, not for the next election or even all elections ever. At its essence, the Right is proving itself incapable of not cheating. The Right views itself as winners, and since no one can break through the shell of that protected ego, change of perspective is slim. What we now have is the creation of this altered universe of voting in which only their constituents hold office by eliminating means for any other than their own caucus to vote; the rest of us, if left to the Right’s devices, will have no reason or need to vote at all. Truthfully, it is apparent these efforts are focused on the goal of doing exactly that.