Friday, September 21, 2018

THE MOUSE

     I wrote my last post because I had just heard an explanation about something I'd been curious about for many years. As I said before, I had listened to a radio interview of Carolyn Anderson , head of African American studies at Emory . She gave information as to how the African American vote has been suppressed.

    Now I hope I didn't come across as a smart ass on the last post. The "mouse" Canada has a few tricks if it's own when it comes to voter suppression. The most common operation is gerrymandering. Our constituency boundaries have to be adjusted governed by terms of the elections act.  That's when the fun begins. Parties know the exact location of where their votes come from. So why not get the new constituency boundary to corral in these votes into one constituency.  The parties have in put into the redrawing of boundaries.

     People can be easily discouraged from voting. All of their reasons are wrong. Some people are convinced that their vote won't count. Well, having worked in elections I know that all votes are counted. People think their vote only counts if the party wins. It doesn't work that way. 2017 was the first time my candidate and party of choice won. I still feel that all my other votes mattered.

    In our last election many people were told to go to the wrong poll. Several of our politicians have done some jail time over this trick when they were caught.

    So the mouse is not innocent of dirty tricks. We just have to keep participating and make sure that elections are fair and just. With the electronic age it's become easier than every for outsiders to influence an election. I think we'll find that many elections have been tampered with by the Russians.

    So let's keep our noses in current affairs and remain well informed so that government will work like it's supposed to work.

    

27 comments:

  1. Right, Red. It all kind of reminds me of playground games, where the kid who has the ball makes up the rules to suit him. As nations we really do have ways to prevent these machinations, but we have to use our collective voices to make it happen.

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    1. Some of the political antics seem very juvenile . Somehow we need changes so that the public has more control.

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  2. Hear, hear! I totally agree, Red.

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  3. During the 1800s in the UK only landowners were allowed to vote. In some constituencies there were very few landowners and thus few voters. In Huntingdonshire a man called George Game therefore bought up a farm, divided it into 32 lots and sold them for a nominal fee to people who he knew to be sympathetic to his cause - enough in those days to swing the vote. The case went to court and he was proven guilty of trying to rig an election. Oddly enough this didn't affect his career in the long term and he went on to become an influential man in local politics.

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    1. Some things never change as the same thing is going on today.We vote for idiots.

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  4. It's ironic that some votes and voter groups are somewhat suppressed or outright suppressed. Then there are those that have the privilege and don't exercise it.

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    1. The ones who don't vote get me furious.

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  5. In America I am aware that thousands of black and Latino voters have in effect been disenfranchised. What's democratic about that?

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    1. Did somebody once say democracy is tainted?

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  6. Our electronic elections were a disaster and last time we voted it was big paperworks again. We are a small country but with many political parties, so we have big sheets with many names to choose one....

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    1. I had never thought about a long ballot when there are so many candidates.

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  7. Hello, I think voting should be open for everyone at age 18 and just automatically enrolled to vote. The gerrymandering is a way for some to cheat the system and it should be stopped. Our ancestors fought hard for our rights and it seems lately they want to take them away. We have to fight. On the brighter side, I Wish you a happy day and weekend.

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    1. We are not doing a good job of maintaining the system and holding the politicians to account.

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  8. Gerrymandering in Canada ended with the Elections Act. This is a US issue, with politicians farting around with boundaries, depending upon whose party is in power. Elections Canada is an independent agency.

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    1. Elections Canada is supposed to do things but there are hearings after constituency changes and then the horse trading takes place. How many people are in jail now for sending voters to the wrong pole?

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  9. I agree, Red. And you didn't sound like smart ass at all, just telling it like it is. I didn't realize that Canada gerrymandered as well. Sorry to hear that. :-(

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    1. It's a different kind of gerrymandering but it changes constituency boundaries just the same.

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  10. Oh, yes! Keep informed and get out and vote!

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  11. I appreciated your last post very much, and this one as well. We all have to participate and vote and hope that all our votes get counted.

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    1. Votes do get counted. I've done counting.

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  12. Well, we have a provincial premier now who thought nothing of interfering in a city election in just such a way that it'll outnumber the people he dislikes, and to settle scores with Toronto.

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    1. There's got to be something completely wrong with that guy when he wants to change the number of councilors in the middle of an election.

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    2. He hates the way he and his brother were treated- never mind the fact that they more than deserved it- by council, and he resents losing the mayoral election, so it's all revenge. Plus he's a complete idiot, which makes it worse.

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  13. I agree too. I guess Canada is no different in trying to surpress voters.

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    1. We have a few politicians in jail because they told voters to go to a wrong pole.

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  14. Gerrymandering is a big problem in the U.S. as well. I'm still thinking we need to get rid of the Electoral College.

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