Thinking Outside the (Ballot) Box
Saint Petersburg, Fla.
While I agree with Jesse Jackson Jr. on all he wrote in the article “For a Voting Rights Amendment,” I must say that he’s still thinking inside the box on many aspects of voting rights.
What of Instant Run-off Voting, Proportional Representation and methods of allowing every American voter to cast a vote that reflects their true choice, rather than the least worst of the two front-runners? That would be true voting reform, designed not only to address the problems faced by the Democratic Party in the last election but those of the voters who wish to see greater options, as do those in other Western democracies. This would help all voters, whether black, white, purple or Green!
Virginia Beach, Va.
I find it insulting that Jesse Jackson Jr. continues to present the following lies:
1. Old equipment was used at “minority” polls. Not true, and Jackson knows it. The equipment at the polling stations in “minority” areas was, on the whole, much more modern than that used at “majority” polling stations.
2. The statement that “In Florida precincts that were at least four-fifths African-American there were more than three times as many rejected votes (ballots) as in predominantly white precincts, even after accounting for differences in income, education and voting technology” This statement may lead the uneducated to believe that there is a conspriracy afoot to preclude the vote of “minorities” in America. Having dropped that bombshell, Jackson uses the favorite tactic of the left: He neglects to provide any facts to back up the statement and “just moves on,” leaving the reader to wonder just what he does mean. As for the rejected ballots, Jackson should be aware that some people simply cannot follow simple directions and require assistance.
I could go on. Jackson seems to feel that only another amendment can solve the problem of so-called voting irregularities. I disagree. Each state in our union is soverign unto itself. In other words, the state legislatures are responsible for their state first and the United States second. This is a fact that many legislators, Jackson included, seems to overlook. Each state is responsible for its own voting rules and regulations and should be left to conduct this business without federal interference. If Jackson has any provable facts that would stand up in a court, he should present them. Let’s have some state or federal indictments for voting fraud. Let him chair a committee that can show where and how these crimes were committed. Lets hold the evidence up to the light of day and see if it stands up.
If not, shut up. If you aren’t part of the solution, you’re the problem.