22 C
Byron Shire
March 7, 2021

Election Day in America

Latest News

Police exchange gun fire at Dunoon – man arrested

At a media conference outside the Lismore police station this morning, Acting Superintendent Susan Johnston, Commander, Richmond Police Area Command, said that a man has been charged over an incident at Dunoon last night.

Other News

Parking permits

Liz Levy, Suffolk Park Why has Byron Shire Council decided to impose a layer of digital tyranny for residents wishing to...

Croquet club gets new turf as it prepares to host NSW championship

The Byron Bay Croquet Club is ready for another big year that includes new turf, hosting a state championship and building on last year’s membership growth.

Magic mushrooms

David Gilet, Byron Bay As noted in David Heilpern’s article (24 February), with drugs, whether medicinal or recreational, dosage is a...

Brunswick Heads marina berths to increase

Questions remain unanswered around a press release from Nationals MLC Ben Franklin’s office regarding a $2.8 million upgrade to...

M1 closed both directions at Yelgun

Traffic is currently at a standstill between Ocean Shores and Crabbes Creek on the M1 Pacific Highway following a truck crash at around 7am this morning.

Man arrested after shots fired in Dunoon

A police report says a 63-year-old man man has been arrested following multiple public place shots fired overnight.

A member of the neo-fascist group, the Proud Boys wears military gear in Delta Park in Portland. Photo John Lamparski in Mother Jones

Phillip Frazer

Americans like to know who the new president is on Election Day. This year, it might be not so fast, because COVID-19 means many millions of ballots are in the mail, and because Trump & Co are trashing the postal system, and because they’ve eliminated more than 1,000 polling stations in poor neighbourhoods to discourage voting, and because other weird and possibly terrible things might happen… or might already have happened.

Here are some things that could delay a result into next year, or provide an excuse for the Republican Supreme Court justices to decide who becomes President, like they did in 2000:

How votes are counted, or not

Voting is managed by the 50 states, not by a federal authority. Rules differ – for example, about when postal votes are counted, when they’re too late to count, and about who gets ‘cleansed’ off the rolls from the last election to this one. Hundreds of thousands of mostly poor and/or black voters will be told they don’t exist. These matters are decided by local party bosses; vast sums of money are involved.

Which states matter

A group of 538 people called ‘the electoral college’ actually decides the presidential election. Each state has as many voters in the college as they have members in the two houses of Congress, so the same bias toward small-population states that plagues the Senate also skews the college. This system was originally designed to bribe slave-owning states into joining the union. Today it means a few toss-up states – such as Florida, Ohio, or Pennsylvania – will decide who wins. The 50 states combined have 539 votes, so whoever gets 270 or more wins. Democrats Gore and Clinton won the most votes in 2000 and 2016 but were screwed by the skewed college thing, which could happen this time too.

What else could go wrong

Electoral college voters don’t have to vote for the candidate their citizens preferred – a state government could flip all their college votes to Trump even if Biden won that state by a landslide. They don’t need an excuse, but they might create one.

Trump’s mate, Roger Stone, organised a riot that helped sabotage vote counting in 2000.

Vote suppression expert Greg Palast asks: ‘What happens if Stone tweets, “There are 10,000 fraudulent ballots from Venezuela in the Jacksonville Post Office”’ – how long before that PO is in flames?’.

Proud Boys as weapons

There are hundreds more nightmare scenarios and every one has a dozen possible lawsuits. If only one suit by Trump or another Republican mogul makes it up to the Supreme Court, Trump’s six justices of the nine could endorse another four years of neo-fascism.

That ‘riot’ 20 years ago was staged by a few hired frat boys. Today there are thousands of angry ‘proud boys’ in SUVs and pickup trucks with automatic weapons up their wazoos, just itching to open fire on the mile-long lines of regular Americans trying to vote in Democratic neighbourhoods.

There will be blood; how much and when it goes viral could determine the future of us all. If the people’s wishes are trashed again, America’s brewing Second Civil War will rage more viral than all its viruses, and wilder than all its wildfires.

♦ Phillip Frazer will update on the United Fuck-Ups of America at coorabellridge.com.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Regular Americans trying to vote ?
    Are they the same democrat Americans
    In democrat states who 4 the past 5 months
    Have held peaceful protests Mr Frazer ?
    Including the NY Mayor and Governor
    Who signed executive orders to send the elderly
    To nursing homes during the peak of the
    Pandemic , the same buffoons who declined
    Trumps offer for a Ship for isolation , medical
    Etc . And how did that workout for the Buffoons
    Mr Frazer ? Well i will tell you the worst death
    Rate in any America state . Not to mention the
    Riots, the lawlessness in NY right now under
    The Buffoons watch ! Make that all Democrat
    States !! Give us a break Mr Frazer !!!

    • Never liked Cuomo, but what would you have liked him to do Barrow?

      And Rochelle, in 40 years living in America I never mainstreamed anything, rarely watched TV, and as for getting ‘educted’ you’re right: never was shot out of a stovepipe.

      • Well Phillip not make this about trump
        Both the Governor and Mayor both refused
        Trumps help at the expense of the American people ! Why because if it had turned out to save
        Lives , it would have made Trump look good ..
        The thought of this merely was to much for
        Those two Socialist’s .. both should be charged !!
        The Riots , looting , and lawlessness Phillip
        In NY bought me almost to tears !! Was in NY
        12 months back was so safe for my family !!
        Now its a basket case thanks to those two ..
        Lets just see what Biden brings to the table
        For all Americans or should i say Harris 3%
        Approval ratings. heres hopping America!!

  2. You do not see what’s in front of you, Barrow… nor do you understand the strange
    voting system that’s nix like what we have here. Hold your horses a mite longer &
    if you are honest with yourself you will start to understand that practically all US
    elections have been tampered with. Frazer is not misinforming you. The game-play
    is nasty & unlawful. What’s allowed in the US is ‘not allowed here’. Oldies in a boat!
    Now go & try to tell me that that was the best answer to keep them alive. Fat chance.
    Trump finds the aged ‘a nuisance’. People are dropping dead by the thousands &
    their Leader continues to tell them he’s fought the plague & lived because it’s just
    ‘not there in the USA.’ The big man has whipped that world problem. Call a shrink
    who understands delusions.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Byron carjacker and stolen vehicle still not found

Police say that a man carjacked a 17-year-old in Byron Bay just before midnight on Friday.

Man arrested after shots fired in Dunoon

A police report says a 63-year-old man man has been arrested following multiple public place shots fired overnight.

Police operation Billinudgel Nature Reserve

Gary Opit, Brunswick Heads On 22 February residents on Jones Road noticed a major police operation with officers from eight police cars and associated dogs entering...

Thanks David Gile – but on Musk

Robin Harrison, Binna Burra I want to thank David Gilet for his appreciation of the thoughts I’ve shared here. It’s very welcome as I’ve been equally...