Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has proposed a bill she calls the “Count Every Vote Act of 2005.”
Before this proposal goes any further, I want to go on record as opposing this bill. If Sen. Clinton wants to, as she says, “ensure the integrity of our voting process,” it cannot be done through allowing unfettered, indiscriminate access to the election process by people who may or may not be citizens or who, for legal reasons, may be unqualified to vote.
As it stands now, the bill would essentially only require that an individual affirm that they are a citizen and eligible to vote. How does that add to the integrity of the voting process? This is an open invitation to “stuff the ballot box.”
What is wrong with people taking responsibility of citizenship seriously enough to register to vote? Why open the voting booth to non-citizens or illegal aliens and disenfranchise those who have worked so hard to become citizens through the proper legal processes? As recent elections have shown, results can turn on a few thousand or even a few hundred votes.
As a natural born citizen, I do not want to see the effect of my votes diluted or negated by votes of questionable veracity.
Do not let the clever title of “Count Every Vote Act” delude you into thinking this will ensure accuracy and accountability in the voting process. It will, in fact, make it more difficult and costly to verify elections.
If the bill goes through as it stands and future election results get challenged, the word “disenfranchised” will become further entrenched in the lexicon of American electoral politics.
Unfortunately, the ones who truly will be disenfranchised are those of us who take the responsibility of our citizenship seriously enough to register in the first place.
I am under no illusions that current election processes and procedures are fault free, but the “Count Every Vote Act of 2005” is a recipe for disaster that ultimately will serve only those with the money and power to affect elections at the ballot box through illegal voter recruitment. It “takes a village” idiot to think otherwise.
— Jim O’Brien, Simi Valley