Voting…

I voted today (for John McCain!). It was my first time to vote in Pennsylvania, and the differences between the way California does things and the way Pennsylvania does things are vast. I was sad to not get an “I Voted” sticker, as I always loved those in California! But, I did get my free cup of coffee from Starbucks, so I guess that’s okay. 🙂

I have only lived in Pennsylvania for three months, and I have already learned so much about the culture and the underlying issues here (though I have plenty left to learn!)…and it is so hard for me to understand why some issues are left alone when there are clearly ethical violations being made. Maybe it’s just because I’m new here, and these things stand out to me…

For example, voter fraud/corruption. Apparently, this is a HUGE issue here in Pennsylvania! And not only concerning dead people voting, etc. A co-worker gave me an example today of the 1964 election…one of the districts here in Harrisburg, with 896 registered voters (all Democrats), had 906 votes for the Republican candidate. And no one said a word. Apparently, this is common throughout the state. And no one says a word. What the heck?! I’ve been informed that Pittsburgh and Philly always have some sort of corruption going on as far as voting is concerned. But, because the election officials are all apparently corrupt, we can’t approach them about fixing anything. And we never hear anything about this on the news.

This makes me question whether or not Pennsylvania is truly a mostly “blue state”…and, really, whether we can truly believe any of the election results from any state.

AND, I would think that the U.S. would be better about this than the countries around the world that we try to help by officiating their elections, countries who are known for blatant voter fraud…and it really bothers me that no one has tried to fix the problem yet. Maybe that’s why I’m here…but I have no idea where to even start.

More on this later, I’m sure…

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