A Cranky Opinion for Cranky Opinion Friday
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with little expertise on the topic opined. Opposing opinions are wrong but welcome. As always, no name calling, and that means you, you big stupid-head!
Well, they passed a new voting law in Georgia. This has caused a shit-storm in the political world.
One side says it restricts voting availability for those that have difficulty getting to the poles. The intent of the law is clearly racist.
The other side says the law is to make voting easy while also making fraud more difficult.
I don’t know either way. There must be some truth to both sides.
I know I need an ID and proof of residence to take out a book from the library. Perhaps stealing a book is worse than stealing an election.
I do have one dog in this fight, and one observation/question.
My dog in the fight is there has been an outcry to boycott/move the Master’s Golf tournament unless the law is changed. When my favorite golf tournament is threatened is when I have had enough of the “Cancel Culture.”
My observation/ question is this:
Observation - Every year at election time the news shows long lines of people, mostly in inner cities, waiting to vote. They wait apparently sometimes for hours. People want easier election protocols as a means to make voting easier and to eliminate these long lines that discourage voting, especially in heavy Democratic neighborhoods.
In 50+ years, I have never had to wait more than 5 minutes to vote in any election. If I had to wait in line for hours to cast a vote that given the politics of my state would not even nudge the result needle an iota, I would not vote.
Long lines discourage voting.
Voting should be easy.
Question: Since these long voting lines seem to be in the same places every year, and those districts are mostly controlled by people who want easier voting, then why do they allow such long lines? Does it take a rocket scientist to determine that areas that historically have long lines need more places to vote?
Open up more schools, churches or arenas to handle voting and keep the lines reasonable. Have a voting place on every block. Hell, for one stinking day allow voting at the local McDonalds or the corner grocery store. I’m pretty sure smart people could figure it out.
Supply and demand. More places to vote, no lines!
Another way to fix this is to allow voting for several days/weeks. More voting could be by mail. Easier voting over many weeks-time and by mail in ballots would probably not significantly increase voter fraud, but it would certainly give credibility to any claims of voter cheating.
Credible claims of cheating is almost as damaging to the process as proven cheating.
Same day voting at established voting places with valid voter ID is the most conducive to voter legitimacy and the least conducive to claims of fraud. Same day in person voting should be the norm along with secure validated absentee ballots.
Getting valid voter ID should be easy. Long lines at the polls are unconscionable and should be easily resolved.
Do it! Everyone vote!
Both sides, fraud/suppression…Shut up!
And leave my golf tournament alone!
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man, and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.