Your Vote Doesn't Count

RECEIVED Tue., Sept. 21, 2010

Dear Editor,
    Can the “system” change? Don’t hold your breath. Your vote does not “count” in Travis County; no proof exists that your ballot was counted as you cast it. The Travis County clerk is hell-bent on using electronic voting boxes which cannot produce a recount and invisibly “casts” your vote; thousands can be “flipped.”
    Just trust us? See the 2000 and 2004 presidential election where Gore and Kerry got the majority vote, after finally being counted (thank you, Associated Press).
    Unless you are wealthy or otherwise connected, anything you work hard to protect by being civically active will receive a broad smile, ready handshake, and fall on deaf ears when it comes to your political representative. You have no standing – unless it is politically expedient to make a ruling in favor of “the people.” Exceptions exist; not all states-persons are bought and sold politicians, but to stay in power, “compromise” is the result and can come in the form of war(s), ecological destruction, poison/GMO food, and corporate-controlled elections. You did not vote for these – corporate government does.
    Money, the root of all evil, talks in this country. People walk.
    Armed insurgency is not an option; it only plays into the hands of the corporate-owned “terror” system. Nonviolent action triumphs, but that too has personal risks and is energy intensive. But when push comes to shove ….
    Presently, it is still quite powerful to simply go down to the Travis County Commissioners Court and state your case at citizens communication – no appointment necessary.
    This is an election year. You have choices: Edward Lindsay, candidate for comptroller of public accounts.
Bill Stout
Travis County Green Party
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