Great article as usual, JB. However, I think you can argue that since the NPV proposal doesn't require a constitutional amendment, and the proponents are more than halfway to getting the 270 electoral college votes needed to make the NPV compact effective, it maybe isn't as "unlikely" as you think that in our lifetimes we will have a system guaranteeing that the winner of the national popular vote gets inaugurated.
Sounds like a sad situation all around.
Interesting analysis. It is probably appropriate to decline comment on matters relating to the investigation itself. He could comment on city government procedure questions--e.g., what happened back in 2010, who in city government knew what about the allegations and when, the rationale for taking the swift action that was taken, etc. But questions going to the evidence re: Lipscomb himself are best handled with minimalism.
My favorite holiday. Thanks for showing a sense of humor, Jackson
Characteristically sensible and well-written points from JB. I think Gordon had a tough road this time out, but the larger, more general point about unapologetic Democrats rings true.
First the irrefutable facts re past history. The initial election result of the tax referendum in Millington was overturned. The secretary of states report said SCEC had problems with accurate results. A republican County Commissioner brought a no confidence resolution against the Administrator, which passed with bipartisan support. Many voters in 2010 were erroneously turned away on Election Day. Many more were given the wrong ballots in 2012.
Now the current PVL controversy. The directory info about people from the PVL is public record information. It doesn't say how people voted, just who voted. Since the SCEC will give it up on request it can't be sensitive information. Making people jump through more hoops to get the info won't really help much with online privacy but it will make oversight of election administration more difficult
Finally, I have had amateurs criticize my professional work an awful lot over the years. The trick is not to be defensive. Resisting impulses toward reflexive self righteousness also helps.
Jackson Baker is right on this one. There's no dispute that the PVL used to be routinely made available, it's now harder to get, and that this information was used on multiple occasions by election commission watchdogs Ross and Weinberg to uncover actual, material problems in election administration. There's also no dispute that some of the election problems uncovered in recent years have led to elections being overturned, and the GOP-controlled Secretary of State's office official finding that the SCEC has problems in reliably reporting accurate election returns. In light of these facts, the concern re: the change in PVL availability is a valid one. It's certainly newsworthy enough for Jackson Baker to neutrally report both the complaint and the official response, which is all he did.
The righteously indignant reaction of one Republican SCEC official (one who has to my knowledge never publicly acknowledged any significant problem with the SCEC, or favored any election reform proposal of any kind, in the last 15 years) just shows the defensive bunker mentality present among some in the SCEC. I wager that more reasonable SCEC folks like Robert Meyers (and, of course, the Democratic SCEC Commissioners) do not share the commenter's outraged reaction.
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