Our President here in the USA will be determined within the next several days pending recounts, voter fraud claims, court rulings and of coarse, the outcome. The big thing that has been made into a national spectacle (especially here in Ohio) is this belief of “voter fraud” swaying the election. While voter fraud is real, does happen and is not just against the law, but very petty, it is rare. The obsessed Tea Party and their Watch Dog campaign to “protect the vote” have really become nothing more than a petty racially motivated movement. How many white voters do you think have been stopped or looked at differently? Yeah, probably none. We live in a country that is for the most part divided on a relatively even scale. We all have a political lean whether it be left or right, and our views are not generally singular. What I mean by this is you can be pro-women’s rights (right to choice) yet be fiscally conservative. You can be gay and a GOP supporter. That is the lovely thing about being American. We can have cake and eat it too… all while getting diabeetus (Brimley style).
What is lost in all of this is the simple fixes. What we tend to forget is that we believe these people that tell us there is voter fraud, with little evidence and an obvious political agenda. Who can we trust in this political turmoil that has nothing to really lose or gain? It’s not our politicians, the media, or even friends really. Ourselves, we should only trust ourselves. We know our vote and who we voted for, that’s why the easiest way to stop voter fraud (or the thought of it) is by being able to see what our vote was post election.
What I mean by this is a two part system:
- After you vote, you are asked if you would like a receipt with who and what you voted for.
- You can contact the Board of Elections and ask for them to tell you who you voted for or be able to check online.
First thing first, I know that people would be scared about people being able to find out votes and the such and how you would prove you are you. Well in today’s age nothing is scared so deal with it, but using your social security number would be the most full proof way to solve that. To me receiving a receipt is the best way to make people feel more confident in the system and to take away the power from those who own the voting machines and spend lots of money to persuade voters or steal elections (funny enough here in Ohio one of Mitt Romney’s sons owns voting machines that are being used in Hamilton county).
Nothing is full proof to work, but as a person who doesn’t trust the system and who knows that money runs this country, I feel a little better knowing that I can look at my piece of paper and see my vote. Here in Ohio it has been absolute hell. We see 333 Political ads a day on tv and hear just as many on radio stations and just like anyone else I am tired and worn out from it all. All I want is my vote (which is guaranteed) protected with as little outside influence involved as possible. Sadly, in this day and age money means more than morals and that couldn’t be more true here in Ohio.