This is slightly tardy but still relevant given the election isn’t over.
When I went to vote – for the Orange Man, because he isn’t merely the lesser of two evils, he is the only bulwark against an evil almost beyond articulation – I experienced a curious thing.
No one confirmed who I was.
I walked into the polling place at Check Elementary in my county of Floyd, Virginia and was not asked to show any ID. Instead, the Faceless Woman asked me to recite my name and address, something anyone could have done.
I asked her whether she wanted to see my ID. Nope. Not even the holding of it at a distance – Because Corona. The only thing she wanted to see was a paper voter card, something anyone could have printed.
And which she didn’t even examine. I held it out, she glanced at it – and that was all it took.
The thing looks exactly like my first driver’s license, which was issued back in the ’80s, before they slicked up the process and made it difficult for a teenage kid – or someone more professional – to alter them. It was a paper card, easily modified or duplicated.
We did so – to get beer.
Almost 40 years later, it’s the same thing – only now, the hard-to-fake driver’s license isn’t required to establish your identity for voting purposes. Meanwhile, it is required to buy cough syrup. One gets put more through The Drill to board an airplane than to cast a vote – and that smells bad to me.
The smell waxed when I was handed a piece of paper with boxes to check that in no way could be correlated with the person who checked the boxes, in the event of a questionable tally at the end of the day. This piece of anonymous paper was fed into a scanner of some kind that supposedly registered the boxes I checked. But was there anything to prevent other anonymous pieces of paper from being fed into the box? With different boxes checked? Perhaps to counter the boxes I checked?
How could that be checked in the event something smelled about the tally?
The answer, of course, is that it can’t be. And that really smells.
Some while say that voting must be anonymous and perhaps they’d have a case if we could buy cough syrup or board an airplane anonymously. It is ridiculous to assert that the integrity of the vote be subject to less – or even no – scrutiny.
Actually, it is something else.
Because to make that assertion implies an interest in obfuscating the tally in the event it doesn’t go one way – or the other.
And why would anyone who is interested in free and fair elections want that?
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