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  •  We can't do much about what Glenn Beck says ... (8+ / 0-)

    ... but we sure as hell can barrage the media, especially the mainstream media, with letters to the editors about how clueless some of the reporting was during the campaign and on election night.

    Long lines did make the news, I suspect because photos of those were readily available and the superficial facts about them - where and when - could be handled with no sophistication and brief air time and inches space.

    But the why of those long lines takes some added reportorial effort - indeed, maybe even a dollop of analysis based on what officials said - and, in some areas, some editorial pushing and shoving that papers and airtime producers seem less willing to do these days.

    And that's just RE the lines. How do you report on provisional ballot counting? Photos of haggard clerks, maybe, but then you do have to explain something. And I'll bet whatever coverage there is will be something like: "A [gazzillion] or more provisional ballots are left to be counted." With no explanation of why it was necessary or appropriate to use provisional ballots in the first place.

    Provisional ballots are anathema in every precinct I've ever worked as an election judge or served as a poll watcher, and that's a lot of precincts in three states! They are typically counted by hand, days or weeks after election night results have been announced and often not even covered because there's more exciting and current news.

    What we can do is shine light on archaic 19th century procedures for registration, voting and verification. And advocate strenuously to reform them!

    FORWARD to 2014: Win back the House. Build up the Senate.

    by TRPChicago on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 06:10:06 AM PST

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