Third Times the Charm

At Texas A&M, something is supposed to happen three times before it becomes a tradition. We also give our mascot a full military funeral, but that’s another story. Anyhow, this election season, it looks like the GOP plans to steal the election by purging voter rolls in swing states, thereby establishing a nice tradition (by A&M standards), seeing as 2004 and 2000 were stolen by computer fraud and the supreme court, respectively.

Tens of thousands of eligible voters in at least six swing states have been removed from the rolls or have been blocked from registering in ways that appear to violate federal law, according to a review of state records and Social Security data by The New York Times. (NYT)

The article goes on to claim that it’s nobody’s fault (cough-bullshit-cough-cough), not really one party or the other, but the fact remains that your vote may not count. The real point to take home is the flaws in the registration process – we can run a tax system (the IRS will find you if you live on the moon), a social security system and even a national census that dictates our congressional districts but somehow, we cant get our populace registered to vote.

The moral here is that your government would actually prefer you not vote, as it makes their jobs harder.