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Every homily you’ve read about the importance of voting is true. It IS your civic duty as a citizen of a democracy. But lofty principles often fall flat as motivators, as witnessed by our generally lousy turnout rates. Sometimes a number is better at driving home the point. So consider this one: 4. That’s the number of votes by which challenger Michael A. Loguercio Jr. led incumbent Connie Kepert...Read more »
You all win. I’m worn out. I love the electoral process and everything that goes with, but I’m happy you’re about to go away. I live in West Babylon and over the last month my house has been bombarded by all manner of mailings, robocalls and personal visits, all in regard to the battle between Democrat Tom Dolan and Republican Kevin McCaffrey for the 14th District seat in the Suffolk County Legislature....Read more »
Turnout in today's election is expected to be dismal, which is too often the case in New York and the nation. The world’s greatest democracy should have the world’s highest voter turnout. Sadly, it doesn't. Not even close. Coming in at 138 out of 172 industrialized nations, the United States falls embarrassingly near the bottom. Only 57.5 percent of those eligible actually voted in the 2012 elections....Read more »
Political processes usually lag far behind technological advancement. The lever machines New Yorkers will use to vote in this year’s elections, for example, were a hot new invention in the 1890s. But the old-school contraptions were deemed necessary in 2013 because election officials couldn’t count votes fast enough using electronic scanners. Despite such slow evolution of the mechanisms of political...Read more »
Last month Albany rushed in with some CPR for New York City’s wheezing elections bureaucracy. The state passed a measure allowing the city Board of Elections to revert to the old lever-pull voting machines in the Sept. 10 citywide primary election and runoff if necessary. But now gothamgazette.com is saying the board could face a lawsuit because the old machines—inaugurated nationally around the...Read more »
Chalk up a nice win and a bizarre moment for civil rights on Capitol Hill yesterday. Supporters unveiled a life-size statue of Rosa Parks in the U.S. Capitol, providing a reason for all Americans to cheer. The ceremony shows that Congress -- while stupefied by its own challenges -- at least is willing to honor someone who stepped up and took on the challenges of her time. Parks, of course, was...Read more »