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ONE MAN, ONE VOTE

26 March 2021

In Australia it is illegal not to vote.  Since 1911, the rule is that every Australian citizen over the age of 18 must vote.  It is compulsory that they either go to a voting place or vote by mail.  If they do NOT vote and do not provide a valid and sufficient reason why, they will be fined.  The penalty for first time offenders is $20 and if you have previously paid a penalty, the fine is $50.

When I was growing up, I learned that the United States was special because we are a democracy and that means one man, one vote.  The fifteenth amendment to the Constitution, says that the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

However, it seems that in parts of this country, it's not "one man, one vote," but "one WHITE man, one vote."  Georgia governor Brian Kemp today signed a nearly 100-page omnibus bill that will make sweeping changes to election law, impacting voters, local election administrators and the board overseeing elections.

The bill only requires voting be offered Monday through Friday the week before the election -- a much shorter mandate that includes no weekend days.  It closes the poling places at 5, when most people don't get off work until 5.  Here is what the bill requires:

  • Tightens voter ID requirements for absentee ballots

  • Cuts time to request an absentee ballot

  • Limits drop boxes

  • Makes it a crime to give food and water to voters waiting in line

  • Shortens early voting period for run-off elections

  • Pulls authority from secretary of state and gives over to legislature

Asked about this bill, President Biden said, "What I'm worried about is how un-American this whole initiative is. "It's sick. It's sick. This makes Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle. I mean, this is gigantic, what they're trying to do. And it cannot be sustained."  He called the bill "sick" and "unAmerican."

Biden singled out some of the most draconian of the more than 253 bills introduced in 43 states that would restrict access to voting. The tally is according to the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice, which is tracking the legislation.

"Deciding in some states that you cannot bring water to people standing in line waiting to vote?" Biden said. "Deciding that you're going to end voting at 5 o'clock when working people are just getting off work? Deciding that there will be no absentee ballots under the most rigid circumstances? It's all by design."

Republicans who have been interviewed about this bill over the months have admitted that it's necessity is because if they don't limit voters, Republicans will never will an election again.

Democracy?

It was so nice to listen to Biden's first press conference.  It was a presidential press conference where he didn't insult anyone or didn't call anybody names, didn't tell anybody they were members of the fake press and was fully knowledgeable on all subjects.  He explained things calmly and confidently.  When was the last time we saw that in a presidential press conference (for that matter, when was the last time we saw a presidential press conference?)

The craziest part of the conference was the reporter who insisted that Biden answer whether or not he planned to run for reelection in 2024 (he hasn't even been in office four months yet).  He tried to dodge the question saying he hadn't decided yet, but she kept pressing him until he finally said he probably would (this is what is making the headlines).  Then she asked if he would continue to have Harris as his VP and finally whether he thought he would be running against Trump.

His answer to that was great  --  he wasn't even sure there would be a Republican party in 2024.

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