Category Archives: Voting

Gerrymandering is the real election fraud

Today I needed to remember where congressional district 7 is. Over there to the east of West Chester, right? Right. I looked it up. But it’s also south, west and north of West Chester. On this map of the local … Continue reading

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Groucho Marx and the primary season of our discontent

Here are some thoughts for the season, as we all try to make sense of the American way of choosing finalists in our quadrennial elections sweepstakes. And of course, 50 states and 8 territories have their own rules. 1) The … Continue reading

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How the system works: who gets on the ballot?

In honor of primary election day (today), I am reposting this, first posted in the Times of Chester County. People go in to vote every May and November (at least, that’s what both major parties hope they do). But voters … Continue reading

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Two thoughts from Sinclair and Hightower

Upton Sinclair said in 1935: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!” Do we need to know more to see why, in the age of Citizens United, the … Continue reading

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Promises, promises

Here’s my current favorite campaign promise, from at least two West Chester Borough Council candidates’ mailers: Balanced budgets without raising taxes (their emphasis). Well, great. Who could oppose that? If anyone knew that secret, think how much better things would … Continue reading

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Happy National Voter Registration Day

Today, September 25, is National Voter Registration Day. See more here. There is a voter registration drive all day today, 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Sykes Union, West Chester University, and others around the county and state. We all … Continue reading

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Keep the media out of polling places

Today’s (Aug. 28) print Daily Local has a 5-line blerb “Advocates support newspaper lawsuit,” which, for those who know how, can be expanded by smart-phone technology into the AP article “Right-to-know group opposes Pa. poll-access limits,” which even those of … Continue reading

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