It’ll All be Over Tuesday Night … Maybe

 

Early voting at Columbus Public Library

Early voting at Columbus Public Library

 Finally, it will all be over Tuesday night. We will have elected a new president. That could be wishful thinking. In fact, there is the unsettling chance that it is just that. The specter of the Florida debacle in 2000 remains vivid to a lot of us. 

  Because of a record of past discrimination against African American voters, Georgia elections are still under U.S. Justice Department jurisdiction. For that reason, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, a Republican, cited that fact when Democrats requested that voting be continued over the weekend.  She said she had no right to authorize that.

   The NAACP complained to her that not enough voting machines are being placed in African American precincts to accommodate the overwhelming turnout of black voters.  Handel said she doesn’t control that; counties decide where the machines will go. 

  Batteries of lawyers are going to be placed in the polling places Tuesday, some Republicans, some Democrats, and a group of lawyers not representing either party. In other words, everybody is gearing up for a lot of legal activity which is a clue that the election outcome may very well not be known by midnight Tuesday.

  Let’s hope this one is not in doubt. Americans need to be able to trust that our elections are legitimate. Over the years there have been plenty of examples of countries that have had elections that meant nothing. They were – some still are  – ruled by dictators and/or oligarchies.  Can that happen here?

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One Response to “It’ll All be Over Tuesday Night … Maybe”

  1. Redoubt Says:

    Speaking strictly for myself, I will be glad to see this election behind us. Even as much as politics have polarized us as a people over the last two or three decades, this one here in 2008 has been exceptionally brutal.

    We are, quite honestly, destroying our nation for the sake of our partisan leanings… and it is not worth it. In point of fact, it is those who seek to divide us that pose the greatest threat to our liberty and way of life.

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