It's that time of every two years where we here in America try to get our opinions across to the politicians in Washington. This Mid-Term Election
for congressional canidates will be one for the ages. As seven o'clock a.m. draws closer here in the United States, people will be going out to vote
for the canidate that they see fit to be in office.
Even before it starts tomorrow morning, the 2006 election is already shaping up as one massive lab experiment in how we cast and count 80 million
votes or more. When you figure that most of us will have the chance to make anywhere from 20 to 25 choices at polling stations — on statewide races,
local elections, constitutional amendments, local options and your county library and community college board elections — we are talking about
tracking and tallying upwards of 2 billion different decisions. It's a wonder we can do it at all.
But it's not the sheer numbers that make 2006 unlike any election in the past. There are new legal and technical requirements this year, which could
stretch some parts of this count well into the week. Here are three:
New Voter ID Rules: About a dozen states have enacted stricter voter ID laws in the last few years, and these laws usually require voters to produce a
photo ID before obtaining a ballot. Since not every potential voter has a photo ID, many of these measures have been contested in state and federal
courts by plaintiffs charging the state's with voter suppression, and several have been modified even in the last week. Ohio, for example, was forced
by court ruling just last Wednesday to loosen its new ID requirements. A similar walk-back occurred in Georgia, where voters can now produce one of 17
different forms of ID or swear an affidavit of identity — far easier than producing a photo ID. Other states haven't backed down on their new
rules. Check your Secretary of State's website if you aren't sure what to bring. But be prepared for challenges.
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This Tuesday will determine what party will run Congress for the next two years. For the first time in twelve years, the GOP controlled House and the
Senate may fall the way of the Democrats. These elections may also turn the tides against the Bush Administration and the view of the War in Iraq.
This election falls on some of the biggest scandals in United States history.
With the scandals involving Foley from Florida and Delay from Texas and Abrhamoff, I feel that people have gotten tired of one of the most corrupt
Congress in United States history. With all that has gone on in Washington in the past few years, the reign of the GOP controlled Congress was about
to end. This could also mean that the policies that Bush tries to push, they will only be stopped in Congress.
Also, if something goes on today, as in voter fraud, more people will feel like their votes do not count.
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[edit on 8-11-2006 by UM_Gazz]