Hillary Clinton and John Kerry have proposed that Election Day be a national holiday. If that national holiday is on a Friday or a Monday, you can rest assured that everyone will go away for the weekend. Election day used to be a holiday here in NY. I know because I worked for a bank. I liked November. Lots of bank holidays. Then it became a holiday only for presidential elections. Anyway, you can rest assured if election day becomes a national holiday that most of the blue collar workers will still have to work anyway. Wal-mart'll probably extend their hours.
I'm all for election reforms. Politicians with ties to voter technology should be either sent to jail or ordered to walk the plank in the middle of the ocean. Hillary and John's bill didn't include that. That was my idea.
Anyway, here are the rest of the reforms:
"In addition to creating a federal holiday for voting, the bill would:
--Require paper receipts for votes.
--Authorize $500 million to help states make the changes in voting systems and equipment.
--Allow ex-felons to vote. Currently an estimated 4.7 million Americans are barred from voting because of their criminal records.
--Require adoption of the changes in time for the 2006 election.
Boxer said the bill "is meant to ensure the election debacle of 2000, and the serious election irregularities of 2004, never ever happen again."
Both parties have called for changes to ensure a more accurate vote count. Republican efforts have centered on reducing voter fraud, while Democrats have called for making access to the ballot box easier and simpler."
The Seattle Times also added this part about the Republican version of the bill, for your enjoyment.
"A Republican bill, also introduced yesterday, would require voters to present a government-issued photo ID to cast a ballot and would establish a pilot program for use of indelible ink at polling places — an idea growing out of the ink-stained index fingers displayed by Iraqis in their election last month."
All my fingers except for my middle finger are allergic to ink stain. I hope that's ok.
I also have a disability in that my tongue sticks out when someone points a camera at me. I hope that's ok too.
I know that many people don't like to hear the expression "has got balls" in conjunction with women. Here in my neck of the woods, it's a common expression. (Y'all have expressions about animals, guns, bibles and shit. We have balls expressions. This is NY. So deal.) My mother even claimed to have balls. She said she worked her balls off. If we called her to task, she mentioned the balls of her feet. heh. Anyone can have balls in NY. If you've got brass ones, you probably traded in your Caddie for an SUV. Jewish women on Long Island are noted for their balls. So now that you know that having balls is not demeaning to women in the limited sense, but a compliment (and fuck you if you argue with me) in NY, I'd like to express that the only Democrats with balls are the females. The men are sniveling babies afraid of their own shadows.
Blogger has been acting screwy for the past few days. I apologize for the weird posting.