Archive for October 13th, 2010
Are the Dems throwing in the towel in the South Dakota congressional race? It appears that way.
According to the Rapid City Journal the DNCC has announced that they are cutting funding by $150,000 to the democratic incumbent.
$150,000 is a considerable amount that could buy a lot of TV spots, pay for campaign staff, or just get her around the state. And when her opponent, republican challenger Kristi Noem, out-raised her 2 to 1 in the third quarter, this could give a huge advantage to Noem. The $1.1 million Noem raised was the most by any challenger for a congressional seat and it is being noticed across the country.
We are less than three weeks away from the election, expect to see these two out trying to earn your vote.
State Sen. Jason Gant was in Aberdeen Tuesday to speak to supporters in at the Ward Hotel. He talked about the importance of open government and election laws. He states that he is opposed to same day voter registration, opposed to making have a valid ID not required when you vote, and the ability to making corporate tax filings electronic.
His opponent, Sen Ben Nesselhuff has accepted a donation from a the Secretary of State project. To get that endorsement he must believe in the following(pay close attention to numbers 3, 5, and 6):
1) No election official should play a partisan role in an election he or she will play a role in administering. All election officials must conduct their responsibilities openly and objectively to restore public confidence.
2) Our elections must be verifiable and secure. Every vote cast must be counted by a system that is auditable with a verifiable paper trail and all voting materials, including ballots and voting machines must be secured at all times.
3) Universal, automatic, and portable voter registration should be the goal of every state. Our election officials should endorse state and federal legislation legislation in support of this ultimate goal.
4) Election officials should not place onerous requirements on or attempt to intimidate non-partisan voter registration groups.
5) Voter suppression and election fraud defined as the intent to cast a ballot illegally will not be tolerated. Efforts to suppress the vote through onerous requirements, such as unconstitutional photo ID laws, must be opposed.
6) There should be equal access to the ballot box for all citizens. Every citizen must have equal access to locations, adequate machines and well-trained election judges. Efforts to raise voter participation of citizens who often face special barriers, such as students, military personnel, low-income people and minorities — including Election Day Registration — should be endorsed and actively supported.
Having the federal government in charge of elections is bogus. Everything the fed touches becomes more complicated and more expensive to do.
No photo ID’s at the polls. Really? Unconstitutional? Garbage. You can figure out what kind of problems this would cause.
Same day voter registration. Cannot happen. Doesn’t allow the county auditors to check the validity of the registration. Whether they are registered somewhere else, convicted felon, or even worse, dead.
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