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Sunday, October 24, 2004

Keep That Turnout Down

posted by Jazz at 10/24/2004 10:24:00 AM

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In a column that defies explanation, George Will today comes out in favor of holding down voter turnout. He cites incidents such as St. Louis in 2000 where the polls were kept open for several hours past the scheduled closing time because of problems that voters encountered. A rational person might view this and immediately think that democracy was being served by giving people who are eager to vote the opportunity to do so. Somehow Will turns this into a negative.

Voter fraud is obviously a concern - I don't think anyone would deny that. How opening more opportunities for legitimate registered voters to cast their ballots can be construed as fraud is simply beyond belief. The columnist talks in sinister terms about Kerry's "10,000 lawyers" who are ready to start court challenges in any closely contested states. At the same time, he makes no reference to the GOP's similar legal preparations, nor to their thousands of "observers" who are prepared to hold up the voting process across Ohio. There is also no mention of the incidents, already underway, of early ballots being picked up in Florida by unknown persons who then simply threw them away.

Concern over voter fraud is certainly valid. Turning a blind eye to some of the most serious potential cases of it and siding with efforts to restrict voter access to the polls on election day for plainly partisan reasons is disingenuous and does nothing to help the democratic process.

Betsy Newmark seems to agree with George Will. Read the column and judge for yourself.