Tuesday, July 16, 2013

We See How It's Going To Be

We had no illusions about the Republican take-over of the local Board of Elections: road-block after road-block to actually letting the people vote.

Today, Republican member Bill Aceto refused to second a motion to accept new voter registrations. That motion would normally be followed by staff review of those new voters, confirming their addresses and their eligibility to vote. This is the first time that anyone can remember that a Board of Elections has refused to accept new voters, which is generally a pro forma and non-controversial step.

With only two members of the BOE present, because Jim Hastings is refusing to accept his appointment by the governor's office for unexplained reasons, nothing could move forward.

Ah, yes, the guardians of our right to vote are on the job!

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