I think having voter id laws are fine if they are not burdensome and fair to all. It’s never a bad idea to clean up corruption when it comes to
elections. However I don’t think the urgency is commensurate with the actual size of the problem when it comes to fraudulent voters. I believe
this is another distraction to get the general public to start bickering along political lines and draw attention away from a bigger problem.
In my opinion, the real problem with the integrity of our voting process, as in the following news example, is not enough oversight on the process
itself and the people in charge. All you hear right now is how the voters, not the process or officials, are to blame. Pass more laws on the VOTERS
instead of the process or the officials!
This story is a very recent example of what I am discussing. It happens to involve an election commissioner who is Republican. But this is not a
statement for or against either party. I vote for people not parties. There are plenty of examples out there involving Democrats too. It is just
the most recent example happening right now that I’ve seen. The main point I want to make is that the process and officials need more laws and
oversight than individual voters do.
I’m sure many of you could post more examples of election office “mishaps” that could affect hundreds or possibly thousands of votes. Keep your
eyes open in the weeks and months ahead!
Clearly upset with Governor Dave Heineman, Secretary of State John Gale and Election Commissioner Dave Phipps, Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) is
calling for a federal investigation into possible “voter suppression” involving those closed polling places in Douglas County.
In a letter (see below) to U.S. Attorney Eric Holder, Nelson today cited “a series of disturbing actions” which according to Nelson “adversely
affect those residents living in predominantly minority and low-income communities who wish to vote” in the May 15 Primary.
Dear Attorney General Holder:
Recently, a series of disturbing actions were taken by the Election Commissioner for Douglas County, Nebraska, compelling me to request an
investigation of that office for possible voter suppression and abridgement of residents registered to vote in the Omaha metropolitan area.
Through an article printed in the March 22, 2012, edition of the Omaha World-Herald newspaper, it was learned that the number of polling sites in
Omaha had been significantly decreased without any input from the community, allegedly as part of an effort to cut costs and reduce the budget of the
Election Commissioner’s office. According to reports, 166 of the 352 polling locations will be closed. Numerous requests from community leaders to
reconsider this decision were rejected. Additionally, concerns directed to both the Election Commissioner and Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman by
Secretary of State John Gale regarding voter confusion caused by these changes during a presidential election year were either ignored or rejected
Yet, just days later, the Election Commissioner mailed out more than 2,000 voter cards with incorrect polling site information, stating that he knew
the information was incorrect, but mailing the misinformation to registered voters anyway. Upon this data being made public, the Election Commissioner
stated that he would send additional notices containing correct polling sites, undoubtedly causing confusion for citizens receiving the mixed
correspondence just weeks before the primary election to be held on May 15. While some voters will receive the corrected mailing and act accordingly,
others may think it is a duplicate mailing and will, therefore, either not read it thoroughly or simply discard it, then go to the polling site on the
original, incorrect card, only to learn they are at the wrong site. And still many more may just stay home due to these confusing double mailings.
After considerable media attention and pressure from the public, the Election Commissioner has now stated that he intends to send early voting forms
to all registered voters in the county, at considerable expense. Some estimates of the cost to taxpayers to implement this plan exceed the costs saved
by closing nearly half of the polling locations. This raises doubts regarding his stated rationale for closing polling places in the first place –
an effort to save money.
The actions taken by the Douglas County Election Commissioner are of concern to me and my constituents because they are certain to adversely affect
those residents living in predominantly minority and low-income communities who wish to vote in the upcoming elections.
Despite the concerns raised by the Nebraska Secretary of State, his office has rejected requests from public officials and others to investigate these
actions. As a result, I am requesting a thorough investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice of the Douglas County Election Commissioner’s
Office in Nebraska on the grounds of possible efforts to suppress or deny citizens living in Omaha, Nebraska, their constitutional right to vote under
the protections of the Civil Rights Act of 1965.
Thank you for your consideration of this request. I look forward to your response.
Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska
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In recent history probably the most memorable ballot fiasco was during the Bush/Gore election in 2000. Voter fraud was not the reason the U.S.
Supreme Court had to intervene and decide the election. The problem, once again, involved the election offices, officials, and voting machine
problems. I am always looking for the distraction in politics. Democrat or Republican, they are all masters of the spin and turning the people
against one another, rather than becoming angry enough at the never ending corruption of the people running the show!
Progress can only happen on the really big issues of government fraud and manipulation when people wake up and focus their anger properly. If people
see corruption within their chosen party, they need to get angry and demand change instead of parroting the spin put on issues by the political
talking heads on television and radio. More people need to get their facts from a variety of sources rather than a favorite television or radio
Who cares if someone is Democrat or Republican, if they are not doing things right get them out! And if the law is allowing corruption to happen,
then demand more laws for the officials! Another big step to reform could begin if people would free themselves from their allegiance to a group and
stop voting strictly along party lines. In my opinion both parties have shown their deficiencies by refusing to work together for the people, and
both parties are stacked with self serving politicians who promise the people one thing to get in office, then it’s all about the party and
pleasing whatever big corporate interests are on their respective sides.