I need to stop reading the newspaper in the morning. It's an old habit, and one that I have come to enjoy, but as of late it's just not a good way to start the day. Summer is not a bad time to read the paper, there's not a lot of news, but with this being an election year, there's always something ridiculous to read in the morning paper. Summer is ending. This morning, there were a couple of paragraphs, off to the side of the page, with barely a headline that caught my attention:
TROUBLE ON NOV. 4: New voters, procedures may swamp polls
Faced with a surge in voter registrations leading up to Nov. 4, election officials across the nation are bracing for long lines, equipment failures and confusion about polling procedures that could cost thousands the chance to cast a ballot.
What???? With record numbers of registered Democrats this election year, it should come as no surprise that "significant problems in the basic functions of the American election administration system persist".
The inconspicuous article continues to report that:
The crush of voters will strain a system already in the midst of transformation...
Really. Does the election come as some surprise? The way the Olympics sneaks up on a city right before the Opening Ceremonies. Hey... does Vancouver, BC know they're hosting the Winter games in 2010?
Let's hope we don't go warring into another country to bring them freedom, and the right to vote. Let's clean our own house. Let's clean it good. Then let's all dip our fingers in some purple ink, and know it stands for the FACT that our vote has been counted.