Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2000 -- New York (AmpolNS) -- Your vote doesn't count.
Your vote doesn't count when one man decisively wins the popular vote
-- and therefore
the mandate to lead -- and another man wins the electoral vote.
Your vote doesn't count when our nation is saddled with a system for
selecting a president
that made sense in the late 18th century for a geographically massive nation in which news
would take weeks to travel -- but makes no sense in the age of instantaneous communication.
Your vote doesn't count when there is no consistent national standard for ballots and voter registration.
Your vote doesn't count when backroom scheming and machinations in one
contested state can throw the election one way or the other, against or (to be fair) for the
will of the majority in that state and in the nation.
Your vote doesn't count when antiquated voting equipment with a record
and failing to record votes even when used according to instructions are still in use --
especially in less affluent areas.
Your vote doesn't count when the counting equipment is also notoriously
the counts, the recounts, and the re-recounts that you hear some politicos adopting as
their mantra are simply not accurate.
Your vote doesn't count when state laws and timetables are used to quash
totals and disenfranchise thousands of voters.
Your vote doesn't count when politicians active in federal election
themselves after the election has taken place (as Jeb Bush did) -- or refuse to recuse
themselves at all and act to legitimize a questionable outcome (as was the case for the
arrogant and venal Katherine Harris, future Ambassador to Chad).
Your vote doesn't count when ultra-right-wing operatives, some aligned
hatemongering web sites, are allowed to tamper with absentee ballot applications.
Your vote doesn't count when hard-right politicians scheme to give some
kind of "special"
status to overseas military voters even when those voters fail to honor the rule of law -- or
break it by submitting fraudulent applications or ballots. As Orwell wrote in Animal Farm,
"All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others."
Your vote doesn't count when absentee voters get away with voting twice in different states or counties.
Your vote doesn't count when you are intimidated or even chased away
from your voting place by
police roadblocks and religious or party activists engaged in threatening electioneering.
Your vote doesn't count when the ballot is confusing and difficult to use -- even if you hold a Ph.D.
Your vote doesn't count when election officials snap at you to "hurry
up" because there's a
"time limit" in the booth.
Your vote doesn't count when a politically motivated judge stops an accurate hand count.
Your vote doesn't count when the highest court in the land runs out
the clock -- and perverts
the meaning of "equal protection" to deprive voters of just that constitutional guarantee.
Your vote doesn't count when two members of that court have a conflict
of interest in that
immediate family members are working for plaintiff.
Is that grounds for impeachment, one has to ask? But I digress...
At the end of the twentieth century, in the most contested and interesting
election in modern history,
the only outcome that mattered is that America learned the hard, ugly truth about the so-called "right to vote."
You're no better off than a peasant in a banana republic -- your vote does not count.
But look at the bright side.
Since your vote doesn't count, how legitimate will Little George's presence
Pennsylvania Avenue really be?
If your vote doesn't count, then he isn't your president.
Some politicians are saying that it's "time to heal." The Doc hears it as "time to heel" -- like a dog.
Forget about that -- your vote doesn't count, but your voice still does.
Maybe it's time you let your legislators at the federal and state level know how you feel.