Daily Archives: October 23rd, 2008

Voting in America… or not

I teach a bit about the issue of suffrage, and the efforts that people in the past have gone to in order obtain said the right to vote. It’s a right that’s listed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Today, I read this article about the hi-jinks and general skulduggery of stopping people from voting in that supposed bastion of democracy.

Perhaps some aspects are exaggerated, perhaps some of the people ought to have been purged… BUT:
a) wouldn’t you have thought people should be told before they turn up to vote, that they’ve been purged? Maybe give them a chance to object?
b) those numbers are pretty huge… and the proportions of African-Americans and Hispanics affected seems disproportionate, to say the least.

My shreds of hope and optimism are being worn away.