Letters — From A Deprived Voter

Aloha Tiffany,

Glad to see you made the run-off.

I intended to vote for you, but was blocked by the County Clerk’s Office.

The Notice of Voter Registration and Address Confirmation Card arrived stating “Your Polling Place Is: Permanent Absentee Mail Voter, A Ballot Will Be Mailed.” None came!

After speaking with less than 20 people, five of us had not received our ballots. One is a mistake. Two a coincidence. Three raises questions.  Five is intentional!!

Upon speaking of this matter with a state senator, the reply was “at least you can vote in the General Election.”

My reply was “there are people I wished to vote for in the (Primary) Election.”  At this point, I don’t have any hope of being allowed to vote.

Can you do more than a state senator in addressing this voter tampering issue?


Don P. Clay

1 reply
  1. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    Some ideas on
    Voting is the ultimate symbol of ‘democracy’, but is not the same as democracy.
    In Puna, clearly some people were blocked from voting, due to a hurricane and bureaucrats. We were told the unvotes would have no outcome on the results, mathematically.
    The ACLU asserted in their lawsuit that it was ‘the voting’ that mattered, and not the effect on outcomes that the voting might have had.
    So, if your vote has no effect on outcome, then voting has been reduced to fetish; a practice that gives emotional meaning perhaps, but no real agency to the voter.
    Also, in a more real democracy the following might exist:
    *High voter turnout. It’s the rigged system in part that keeps people away. “Why bother?”
    *Choices beyond the corporate controlled two/one party system. False oppositional politics discourages voters.
    *Campaigning on real issues, beyond sign waving name-recognition politics.
    To these ends, IMO, we should discuss and consider the following:
    *Compulsory voting, like in Australia, with few waivers, and always with the choice of ‘NON OF THE ABOVE’.
    *’Instant runoff’, sometimes called ‘ranked choice’, voting would save millions of dollars and impart a larger sense of voter input.
    * And of course, publicly funded elections.
    Just look at the big $ chem/pharm/biocorp dishonest ads being employed on Maui.
    It works for the powerful to have fewer voters, fewer to have to seduce with big money ads.
    While the Puna voters who got blocked have every right to their vote, it is when everyone’s voice counts more, that democracy comes more into view.
    “Voting does not a democracy make”.
    Just a few voting thoughts.

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