- - Sunday, October 30, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Just as we’re having all this back-and-forth about whether the elections are rigged, a friend of mine remarked to me that she hasn’t decided whether to vote in Washington or Maryland. How in the world can that even be a question? Could she possibly be registered in both places? And I have to wonder, if she can just decide which way to walk over the line to vote, could she possibly vote in both?

We’re told it would be very difficult to hack the election process to affect the outcome. That’s a neat statement deflecting the point. In the last election, I read of impromptu polling stations set up at (always Democratic) campaign events. (I wonder how many of the people who voted there voted again on election day.) I read of a precinct official who herself voted on behalf of several people — and was sure she didn’t do anything wrong. We’re still told that simply asking a voter to prove he is who he is racist. Now I’m reading of voter rolls with astonishing numbers of people over 110 years old.

And we’re still told there’s “no evidence” of voter fraud. No, there won’t be if you don’t look for it. And we’ll never see the evidence if we make sure that, through this “Vote early and vote often” kick, coupled with the ‘You don’t even have to identify yourself’ mantra, we reduce the “process” to a state of chaos.

STEPHEN KOSCIESZA

Silver Spring

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