Friday, September 01, 2006


All the following is from a New York Times editorial:

"If there was ever a sign of a ruling party in trouble, it is a game plan that calls for trying to win by discouraging voting.

"The latest sign that Republicans have an election-year strategy to shut down voter registration drives comes from Ohio. As the state gears up for a very competitive election season this fall, its secretary of state, J. Kenneth Blackwell, has put in place "emergency" regulations that could hit voter registration workers with criminal penalties for perfectly legitimate registration practices. The rules are so draconian they could shut down registration drives in Ohio.

"Mr. Blackwell, who also happens to be the Republican candidate for governor this year, has a history of this sort of behavior. In 2004, he instructed county boards of elections to reject any registrations on paper of less than 80-pound stock — about the thickness of a postcard. His order was almost certainly illegal, and he retracted it after he came under intense criticism. It was, however, in place long enough to get some registrations tossed out. . . .

"Mr. Blackwell's rules are interpretations of a law the Republican-controlled Ohio Legislature passed recently. . . ."


David said...

I just discovered the brights (reading Dennett's new book - Breaking the Spell), I fit the description and like the idea. Looks like you have some good stuff here; I'll be perusing and checking back periodically.

Geo said...

Yes, the Brights. I'm one but I must admit, I don't always read their monthly email to me. Here I am, retired, but I don't act like it. Still, three years later, feeling that I'm supposed to be somewhere doing something to earn a living.