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Editorial Cartoon: Nov. 9, 2018
The election is finally over. The Democrats have won the House of Representatives. Yay! The Republicans have retained the Senate. Yay! But are we really sure about that? The U.S. system of voting is about as trustworthy as a teenager with a bottle of Jack Daniels and the keys to the family Ferrari on a Saturday night. NOT. Start with gerrymandering the states' districts. Add new laws to suppress voting. Purge hundreds of thousands of voters. North Dakota changed their voter laws to require having a physical address on the ID, knowing that thousands of Native Americans living on reservations have never had an assigned physical address. Dodge City, Kansas moved their single voting location physically out of town, a mile from the nearest bus stop, hoping 12,000 voters wouldn't make the difficult trip to vote. Georgia purged over 350,000 voters and put 13,000 voter registration applications in a bottom drawer to be ignored. On election day, several districts were missing voting machines, or had machines in place without power cords, or not enough ballots available, or had machines that switched the voters' choices. How can we have any trust that the 'final vote' is accurate, either way?