A volunteer worker in a local election found a box of ballots that hadn’t been counted. She took the box out to her car. (I heard the story a long time ago, so I don’t remember her reason for that.)
It was raining.
She thought about what to do 🤔and got an idea💡
She took the ballots back inside and put them in the microwave to dry them out.
You guessed it. When she finished trying to dry them out, they were ruined and unreadable.
The point (according to the teller of the story) is that people often have the idea that elections work like clocks: Perfectly.
One takeaway: Democracy (rule by the people) is messy and often disorganized.
As a volunteer lawyer, I’ve now helped monitor the voting and tabulation in 3 elections. . .
I can stand by this as a true statement: The way to win a national election is for people across the country to vote in large enough numbers to offset the inevitable mishaps, unintentional blips, and outright cheating.
Lest you think cheating is new, consider that what we now call cheating (keeping minorities from voting) wasn't illegal before Brown v. Board, the Civil Rights Act and the Voters Rights Act.
It didn't used to be called cheating. Because it was legal.
MY followers wouldn't put a box of ballots in the microwave. Maybe if a few more people had volunteered, someone present would have had a better idea.
People who want to suppress voting make it hard.
There was a time when you first had to take a test, and
blacks got harder tests.
That's why education and messaging is key.
Sidenote: I believe the phrase "vote early and vote often" is from Chicago under Richard Daley.
💠overestimate how easy it is to win an election by flipping votes, and
💠underestimate how easy it is to suppress voting by making not want to vote, or persuading them there's no point.
The first is quite difficult.
The second is easy and inexpensive.
Our elections are held and monitored locally. Each location does its own. Each state monitors its own.
In Putin's Russia, elections are tabulated centrally, so it's easy to manipulate the outcome.
After the voter votes, he or she gets a printout. The voter then checks the printout for accuracy, and inserts it into a secure box.
So if votes are being flipped, it's detectable.
Also . . .
The old machines left no paper trail, and could not be audited.
A worry is that people won't check their ballots. So Georgia needs to educate voters to do that.
I won't march through other states, just GA.
People should get involved in their local elections. Understand how they work. Educate voters about the pitfalls.
State and local officials make the decisions.
So run for local office.