Thursday, February 07, 2008

Invisible Ink -- For an Invisible Vote

Chicago gets itself into the funny papers over invisible ink in, drumroll, the 49th Ward. Oh Joy.

I have seen writeups indicating the voter was at fault. Baloney. Frankly, most folks will accept what people in authority have to say (social conditioning at work), especially given the changing technology dynamic associated with voting. Bashing the voter dodges the real issue: the Board of Elections failed to properly vet and train their judges, at least in that precinct. She did what she needed to do to get her vote counted. She should not have had to work so hard to do that, and the Board deserves whatever bad publicity it gets for a systemic failure on their part.

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