Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Dear Editor

Lot's of bloggers around the state are commenting on this article in which Birmingham's chief elections officer calls for either banning write-in voting or making those who are write-in candidates pay extra to have their votes counted. Here are the links to a few blogs around the state. If I missed your blog and you would like a link here please email me.

Politics in Alabama

Between the Links

Birmingham Blues

Alabama Moderate

Montgomery Advertiser Editorial

LTE in BHAM News (scroll down)



The following is my letter to the editor of various newspapers in Alabama. Please consider writing one as well.

Dear Editor,

In light of the recent surge Alabama saw in write-in votes cast in the general election and the ensuing outcry from poll workers to ban the practice, I'd like to offer the following perspective and possible solution.

The ballot access laws are the real problem, a problem created solely by the government.

As a third party or independent candidate for statewide office one must collect around 41,300 registered voter signatures in order to have their name placed on the ballot with the two major parties. This number changes every election cycle based on the number of people who voted in the last election. Neither of the two major parties has to meet this requirement. They get to make the rules and then claim an exemption they are not really entitled to.

And what is the first solution we see put forth to fix it? Do you think they are saying "Hey...let's fix the ballot access laws to make them more equitable for everyone and give more choices to the people?"

Of course not! The first words out of their mouths are "Let's BAN it!" They would actually seek to further restrict the citizen’s right to vote and make it so that citizen’s vote’s count only if they cast their vote for the state sanctioned candidates, in other words for them. That’s like saying you can have any flavor ice cream you want as long as it’s vanilla.

As a voter and former write-in candidate for Governor I find that mentality very frightening and most offensive. It serves as a pure example of how the political process no longer belongs to the people but has instead been hi-jacked by those in office.

The fact that so many citizens cast write-in votes, whether they were for me, Roy Moore, Charles Barkley or someone else should serve as a clear warning that citizens are tired of this two-party system, which, in Alabama is more of a one party system, and want more choices on the ballot NOT LESS. We should demand that our elections process at least be as fair and equitable as the one in Iraq where there were 75 political parties and 111 candidates on the ballot in the last election.

Is that too much to ask?

Respectfully Submitted,
Loretta Nall

6 comments:

Roberto C. Alvarez-Galloso,CPUR said...

Dear Loretta:

I had the honor of reading your open letter and I am in agreement with you.

I think this election just simply changed between Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

There has to be an opening so that all political parties be allowed to compete.

I am also willing to do my part as a citizen of the USA. If you have a banner in your website, I could at least try to give publicity to any future campaign by you by adding it to my website.

Without much, Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in Liberty

Roberto C. Alvarez-Galloso,CPUR
alvarezgalloso.blogster.com

Roberto C. Alvarez-Galloso,CPUR said...

Loretta:

This is my PS: I remembered the word [link]. If you have anything in your campaign website that could be used to link with my website. I already have a Green Party Banner as a link and I hope to have a Libertarian Banner or a Loretta Nall Banner. Thank You

In Liberty.

Roberto C. Alvarez-Galloso,CPUR
alvarezgalloso.blogster.com

mellowgirl said...

Our government is so messed up. I'm glad YOU'RE on our side, even though it appears no one else is.

Roberto C. Alvarez-Galloso,CPUR said...

Loretta:

I have just added your webpage as link with my blog: "Roberto's World" so that the message of liberty can be spread.

In Liberty

Roberto C. Alvarez-Galloso,CPUR
"Roberto's World"
alvarezgalloso.blogster.com

Roberto C. Alvarez-Galloso,CPUR said...

http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/nottinghamshire/6172392.stm?dynamic_vote=ON#vote_6172392

The Deputy Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire in England recommended [in a speech before the Association of Chief Police Officers] prescribing Heroin to addicts in order to reduce the crime rate.

I invite people to enter into a discussion about this idea.

Roberto C. Alvarez-Galloso,CPUR
alvarezgalloso.blogster.com
Author: CUTTING HEALTH CARE: THE PROS AND CONS
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PS: I included my books because since I write at times on Health Issues, it would be better or the public to know that it was someone who works in the Health Care Field is able to share these articles with Loretta Nall and Family [including the readers].

Darryl W. Perry said...

I created a T-shirt that is now for sale on CafePress showing how Tim Baer “counts votes”.
Here’s the URL for the Tim Baer T-shirt
http://www.cafepress.com/dwperry.88825465