Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Purple haze

Republican secretary of state nominee Beth Chapman didn't just offer $10,000 to anyone who proves voter fraud during next month's primaries. As today's (Mobile) Press-Register reveals, she also unveiled the plan "in a made-for-TV news conference, complete with Chapman and a group of Hale County voters raising purple index fingers, a la Iraq, in support of honest elections."

Of course, Hale County wasn't ruled by a dictator for decades, and it doesn't have foreign armies on its soil, and it isn't beset by daily insurgent attacks, and it isn't in danger of slipping into civil war or theocracy, and the purple fingers were symbols not of clean elections but of democracy coming to people who had little to no experience with making their own governmental decisions thanks to a lifetime of autocratic rule.

But yeah, the Iraq thing probably still makes sense.


Blogger Don said...

Beth Chapman seems to be doing what our Secretary of State and/or attorney general should have already done.

Those with the purple fingers, I believe, are members of the Democracy Defense League.

Without honest elections we can’t expect honest government. I urge everyone concerned about that to visit the website of the Democracy Defense League that Chapman is working with @ and join them in their effort to stop voter fraud. The DDL is a multi-ethnic and non-partisan grassroots group with over 1,500 members in over 40 counties (because voter fraud takes place throughout Alabama) and would like to continue growing and have members in every county.

9:46 AM  
Blogger King Cockfight said...

No theocracy in Hale County? Obviously you haven't been to Moundville.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Voter fraud is a major problem in many parts of the state, and we need aggressive efforts to stamp it out. To that extent, I can support the DDL's goal fully. I wouldn't want to say before further review that the group's full list of proposals is the best way to pursue that goal, though the suggested ban on candidates' close relatives serving as poll workers seems quite commonsensical.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Don said...

Alabamian, and everyone else, if you have ideas or suggestions regarding ways to fight voter fraud I feel sure the leaders of the DDL would appreciate hearing them from you, and surely would appreciate people joining with them in their efforts from all over the state.

5:54 AM  

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