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But Those Are Our People

I’ve been having some fun with the continued hand-wringing from local Republicans about Tucson’s plans to make our elections a nearly entirely vote by mail affair (given how many of us already vote by mail, it won’t be a change for most Tucson voters). Local Republican pooh-bah Brian Miller tried to connect this with voter fraud in a message to Republican activists on the eve of the council vote on the matter, and Ted Vogt (whose brother is a council candidate) amended a bill last week at the legislature seemingly in an attempt to ban Tucson from going to vote by mail.

Here’s the funny part: Oro Valley and Sahuarita already do entirely vote by mail elections. Oro Valley has been doing it for quite some time. If he’s seen evidence of a wave of voter intimidation and fraud in these elections, Miller should let us know about it.

Or is a vote by mail program, which might increase turnout, only a good thing in wealthier, mostly white, Republican enclaves? Not that class, race or partisanship has anything to do with anything.

7 Comments

  1. Walt Stephenson wrote:

    Have you read 1331? If you had you would have realized your assesment was incorrect.

    Friday, April 22, 2011 at 10:55 am | Permalink
  2. Tedski wrote:

    Yes, Walt, I did. His amendment seems a clumsy attempt to limit what elections can use vote by mail.

    http://www.azleg.gov//FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/50leg/1r/adopted/h.1331flrtv.doc.htm&Session_ID=102

    Friday, April 22, 2011 at 11:00 am | Permalink
  3. mercedes wrote:

    no one should ever ask Tedski if he’s read about whatever he’s blogging about.
    The answer is always yes!

    Friday, April 22, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Permalink
  4. Walt Stephenson wrote:

    Tedski,
    You’ve read the section….city, town or school districts MAY conduct a mail ballot election for non partison elections held by city, town or school district.

    It is your opinion this “strike over” is part of a vast conspiracy?

    Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 9:38 am | Permalink
  5. Tedski wrote:

    I don’t think it’s a vast conspiracy so much as a clumsy way to say that the legislature doesn’t authorize mail-in balloting in partisan council races.

    What other purpose does the language serve? Jurisdictions “may” already (and already do) have mail-in balloting.

    But hey, what would ever give me the idea that the legislature wants to tell Tucson how to run its elections?

    Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 10:16 am | Permalink
  6. Republitard wrote:

    Tucson’s Chicago-style election system is the crisis of our age, and I hope that Tom Horn investigates it thouroughly and shuts it down. What we need is a Michigan-style law that will allow the state to come in and take over. We need right-thinking conservatives to take this city back from the labor unions and south-siders which have been allowed to run things into the ground! Thank g-d for Frank Antenori! I say we appoint Josh Brodeski and Rob O’Dell as special administrators! They will clean things up!

    Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Permalink
  7. Walt Stephenson wrote:

    The reason Ted,is you are paranoid. I’ve heard it said it is okay to be paranoid if they are really out to get you.

    Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Permalink