We are in an election year and the forces of control are loud and clear.
The recent news of Davidson Co. ballot boxes defaulting to Republican candidates if not instructed otherwise in this year’s August Primary election is alarming, as is the Voter ID Law. Even our very own Advocate allowed a far right leaning two page questionnaire to be printed and supported just prior to that election….and it was because Jane Crisp did not participate in that questionnaire that I voted for her.
These ballots defaulting to Republican options during the Primary election have an unfair advantage for the Republican party, a party that only in recent years became a majority in this state. With these computer defaults our elections are in question. The current oppressive photo ID laws are aimed at young voters, students, citizens with disabilities, military veterans, the elderly, communities of color, and all people currently living on or below the poverty line. These are the groups that for just reasons usually vote Democrat….if they vote. As for the Advocate, hopefully our little local paper can do a better job representing the facts, so its readers are rightfully informed and not mislead.
We clearly need election reform and misleading lies should be outlawed. So be very careful when you go to vote and be careful what you believe, for there are forces involved that will mislead you for their own advantage. Be aware of errors at the polls via the Election Commission itself and by all means vote. It may be the only voice we have if we do not have millions of dollars to influence an elections outcome.
Ita Hardesty Mason