Make a strong stand for voting irregularities
Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 10, 2005 at 11:03 p.m.
On Thursday, because of the valor of Democratic leaders and, in particular, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, disturbing problems in our electoral system were disclosed.
Sen. Boxer objected to certifying the Ohio Electoral College vote at a joint session when Congress met to validate the 2004 election result.
Her objection is based on voting irregularities and disenfranchisement that took place in Ohio on election day, which denied citizens their right to vote and caused illegal actions by Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell.
Because of her challenge, a two-hour debate on elections took place. Voting problems that have been documented by evidence provided by computer scientists, statisticians, poll watchers, and more than 100,000 complaints by ordinary citizens were cited.
In spite of disrespectful ridicule and hostile accusations by Republicans in Congress, Sen. Boxer stood her ground and displayed true leadership. Because of her political courage, these voting irregularities will be investigated.
Those who have demanded this debate are not the enemies of democracy; those who refuse to discuss the problem are.
It is time to affirm our commitment to our democratic ideal by supporting an investigation. National election standards and accountability are imperative if we are to have confidence in our election process.
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