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What If We Held an Election and Nobody Came?

September 8, 2006

First a couple of disclosures.
1) I stole the headline. I know of at least one previous usage by Phil Keisling in the Washington Monthly in March1996. I suspect there are more.
2) I am fresh off a campaign where we lost. That makes me suspect for “sour grapes”, but I will make every effort to avoid that in discussing this issue. If you feel I’m not succeeding in this, complain and I will respond to your complaint by trying harder. This issue is too important to be lost in squabbling about side issues.
3) I supported the official I’m about to blame and unfortunately, given the same options, would probably support him again. It would be so nice to be presented with a good choice instead of having to settle for the lesser of two evils.
The point of the next several posts on this matter is that precious few Chadvillians showed up at the polls. For Palm Beach County, for Florida, and for the U S of A to escape the horrible governmental mess we’re in now will be IMPOSSIBLE unless more people show up to vote. There cannot be any more excuses for non-participation. Failure to participate FULLY will result in more of the same and I don’t believe anyone of any reasonable political persuasion or even anyone who truly wants to live in the America we all grew up in wants that.
I will point the finger of blame at several institutions. Today lets begin with the folks who brought you the largely unattended party called election day,the office of the Supervisor of Elections, Arthur W. Anderson, PH.D. He is an educator that didn’t.
As recently as July 6 Anderson declared

“Palm Beach County is doing all we can to improve our election process, as well as the number of our citizens who participate,” said PBC Supervisor of Elections, Dr. Arthur Anderson. “We are providing voter education in our county to increase public awareness of the right to vote and encouraging voter registration as well as participation in the election process. Making registering and voting as convenient as possible is what the GOTV program and our other community outreach efforts throughout the county are all about.”

 

The fact is, Dr. Anderson, you failed at that project.
Outside of my political activist friends I have yet to run into one resident who was fully aware of when, where and how to use EARLY VOTING.
Almost as many people I spoke with didn’t know who was running for what office and whether the Primary Election (whenever it was) was the final election or the candidates had to run again in some other election in “the Fall.”
The new voter cards you sent out (yes, the very same ones the poll workers at my early election site said I didn’t need) and the multi-page, multi-lingual brochure you sent with it arrived in my mailbox when early voting was HALFWAY OVER. This mailing provoked almost universal dissatisfaction that it was also written in Spanish. In fact I think that is OK, but realistically it took all attention away from the real issue of getting people out to vote.
Absentee ballots and their advocates who push them as a way to get around the paper trailess voting machines met with more controversy, but as far as I could see didn’t attract many voters. Isn’t their purpose to make it possible for MORE PEOPLE TO VOTE?

In fact the candidate advocated and funded by Democratic Congressman Robert Wexler in an all out frenzy to oust Theresa LePore didn’t live up to his primary campaign promises of a paper trail “Anderson’s campaign was driven by money, endorsements and residual anger stimulated by U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Delray Beach, whose own crusade for a paper ballot trail put him at legal and political odds with LePore long before the supervisor’s race began.
Wexler sued LePore and Secretary of State Glenda Hood, claiming paperless touch-screen voting machines violate state law. The claim was rejected by state circuit and appellate courts and by a district federal judge, but is still before a federal appeals court.
Wexler, his aides and others hovered around a laptop computer watching the vote get closer and closer until 11:47 p.m., when huge applause broke out, with supporters screaming, “You’re winning!”
“Wow! Wow! Wow!” Wexler exclaimed. “I’m starting to have fun.”

and much greater voter participation. Nor did the Anderson pledge to further educate voters turn out to be effective. There’s no need to dwell on the actual election day mechanics of our Supervisor of Elections — others did. See here and here.

Future posts will point fingers in more directions. Stay tuned.

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Lauderdale Swiftboaters HQ Found

August 27, 2006

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This is the HQ of Florida Residents for Responsible and Responsive Government, Inc., the character assassin outfit that has been attacking Irv Slosberg. Its a mail drop in Ft. Lauderdale.  Suite #1077 is Box #1077.

Now the question is WHO are these folks? Are they paid for by Ted Deutch’s Republican lawfirm or are they associates found by Ted’s new TV commercial buddy Congressman Robert Wexler while wandering through the halls of Congress where money and secrets change hands every day?  Or are they just a bunch of caring citizens residing in Florida State Senate District 25, Florida House District 91, neither of which has anything to do with Irv Slosberg — currently serving in FL House District 90 and running for FL Senate District 30?

 

Early Voting – One More Week

August 27, 2006

Arthur Anderson has distributed yet another mailbox filler, like the others, a little light on info and a lot late on delivery.
Dr. Anderson, the product of an earlier Wexler/Aaronson meddling in government shaping, has sent out a 16 page document entitled “One Voice Becomes Many” – whatever that result of public relations barnstorming means.
It gives you the basics of voting mechanics in Palm Beach County, and in the small print even mentions that we have here EARLY VOTING. Read more carefully and see that by the time you get this pile of paper, you have missed half of the early voting period.
Then there are 8 pages of sample ballots — none covering the area in which I vote — causing me to think, “Why not just one page with a real SAMPLE BALLOT with make believe names and a little more instruction if needed?” Oh yes, if you are not sufficiently ill informed in English, it’s there in Spanish also.
IS THIS THE “PAPER TRAIL” PROMISED BY DR. ANDERSON IN HIS ELECTORAL CAMPAIGN?

New Contributor — Voice of Truth

August 17, 2006

Voice of Truth-August 17, 2006

State Senate District 30 will have on the ballot State Representative Irv Slosberg who has 6 years of proven service to his constituency. His opponent, Ted Deutch is an attorney with no legislative experience. In fact the race has 2 other people who are operating in the shadows.

They are Congressman Robert Wexler and Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson. Their job is to use all their influence to beat Irv Slosberg. Why?? The reason is obvious.

They are the power brokers and Irv Slosberg will not play ball with them. Representative Slosberg wants to put all his energy into actually serving his constituency. He does it to a fault and that is why Congressman Wexler and Commissioner Aaronson are seeking to unseat him.

They are working with the premise that Yes! — You can fool all of the people some of the time, and if you lie big enough and often enough you can win elections.

Translated, “Screw the People”, and they are good at it. Ted Deutch is the pawn who’s job is to be their lackey — and he will do a good job of that.

You may not like what you read here, but it’s the truth — Voice of Truth

Dr. Who? Dr. Why? Dr. How?

August 16, 2006

Arthur W. Anderson, Ph.D. is the Supervisor of Elections for Palm Beach County, FL. I think it fair to describe him as an unremarkable person who is likable and competent in his job. So why devote an entire post to him? I will first off state that there is absolutely no suggestion on my part that Dr. Anderson is involved in any political shenanigans. About the worst thing you can say about his performance is that he is yet to deliver the paper trail he promised in the campaign, but he hasn’t yet finished “studying the options”. How quickly they learn.

The same cannot be said for his predecessor’s reign.

Cruella De Vil or Madame Butterfly to some, Theresa LePore achieved national prominence for her stewardship of running the Supervisor’s Office pre-Anderson, and the percieved need to replace her resulted in Dr. Anderson’s election. Ms. Lepore’s story of switching political parties when convenient and abandoning them all when necessary is scarily similar to the current saga up the coast in CT.

“Why” Arthur Anderson rather than Sam Citizen is vague and probably not of prime importance.

“How” provides the basis for understanding politics in The Land of the Hanging Chad.

Robert Wexler, current U.S. Representative for District 19 in South Florida took up the Democratic banner and in essence got LePore out — hence Anderson in. Naturally Congressman Wexler (who casts his Congressional votes the way I wish him to about 98% of the time) had some considerable help in this effort from other political power figures including but not limited to County Commissioner Burt Aaronson, and even several appearances in support of the “out with LePore” cause by, you guessed it, “Our Joey”, the former Vice Presidential Nominee and current Senator from CT, now involved in switching some party affiliations himself . . . And so the beat goes on.

Currently the Wexler/Aaronson team is together again and waging war with my guy, State Representative Irving Slosberg who is term limited out of his Florida House seat and is running for State Senate in District 30 which includes his old congressional district and expands his constituency.

Irv is running on his record. The Wexler/Aaronson guy, a first time political candidate is running “against Irv”.

It’s sort of the same team with an unremarkable, likable — we have no idea if he would be a competent legislator — fellow by the name of Ted Deutch taking over the Arthur Anderson role. And the beat goes on . . . and on . . .