Rock the Vote
I received an email from a friend about calling the United States Justice Department about adding your name to a request for investigating any irregularities in the national vote.
Honestly, I doubt that there were any irregularities. Though there certainly were oddities -- and I don't mean like Donald Trump being elected President of the United States, or even just getting the Republican nomination, or simply deciding to run. But more like almost all the swing states going to Donald Trump, despite ALL the polls showing that Hillary Clinton was ahead in them and her winning the popular vote by almost 2 million.
Hey, besides that, Donald Trump insisted the voting was rigged, and he's the President-Elect so he should know, and he never lies he and his supporters adamantly told us.
Besides, the pattern during the whole election is that Trump was projecting -- we saw it time and time again, saying things about others that so regularly were really about himself. So, I'm all for following a pattern, no matter how highly unlikely in this case. It's just one more reason to listen to what Trump says.
Patterns and such things aside, we do know that it was only recently that the Voting Rights Act was gutted by the Supreme Court, something originally intended to protect against those historically discriminated against being disenfranchised The major of the court, against a strong dissent, said it didn't feel such racially biased protections were needed anymore in today's society. Seeing how viscerally and vehemently -- and openly racially -- divided the public was during this election, it seems that rather than such protection no longer need, they may well be more needed now than ever.
Mostly, given the importance of the results, it was worth following up on the email request and being so easy to do. And it beats just complaining to the wind.
The whole process to call took just about a minute. And only that long because when I called the number, I got a busy signal and had to call back. But I did so immediately, and got through.
The DOJ Public Comment Line is (202) 353-1555, and you're asking them to "audit the vote." A sample script was included. I edited it a bit to fit my own interests, and besides, I think such things hold more meaningful weight (not that this does...) when one isn't just repeating what others are saying. But if you want to because it's easier, that's fine -- or just use this below as a starting point:
“My name is ___, and I’m a registered voter. I’m urging you to support the call to audit the vote and to investigate voter suppression, and also even eliminate any concerns of further Russian tampering that we do know existed in the US election. The results are unprecedentedly similar in the swing states, most especially coming after the repeal of the Voting Rights Act that was supposed to protect against the suppression of the disenfranchised.”
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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