“If you think you’re too small to make a difference, then clearly you haven’t spent the night with a mosquito.” – African Proverb
(BALTIMORE – May 20, 2016) – We say that we are a free and open society. Further, we tout our brand of democracy around the world. Much has to do with the faith we put in the electoral process. We trust … that the process works. But, what if it doesn’t work?
As we have seen in the Baltimore Primary Election of 2016, there are possibly more errors that have not been found. It seems like every single day since de-certification, something new has arisen.
Question: Why, again, are we supposed to trust the results of Baltimore’s Primary when clearly, a heap of things went wrong?
Are we supposed to simply look forward and act like this political debacle and perversion of the sacred process did not happen?
Granted, sure we want a General Election that flows a heck of a lot smoother than the Primary. However, are we supposed to give the Baltimore City Board of Elections or the Maryland State Board of Elections a free pass on this bungled Primary? Are we to just accept this chicanery?
Or, like the Baltimore Ravens in one of those impossible scenarios, are we to find the heart to fight for what we know is right?
Baltimoreans are left with a political quagmire. Candidates in close races are left befuddled. And, if you pay close attention, there is no talk thus far about real penalties for what has been clearly the worst election in Baltimore history – at least in recent times. Nobody has ever seen anything like this before – at least, not to this level.
Ellen Sauebrey, who ran against Gov. Parris Glendening in 1994 and 1998, was the last time people were up in arms about a Maryland election. Even though she contested the ’94 race on charges of fraud, she was unsuccessful.
Long story short, because of the rarity of overturning elections in the US, the establishment Democrats – headed by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, have the upper hand at the present. Miller controls the Maryland State Board of Elections; hence, he has a huge say in the outcome, even though he is but one man.
The way it is looking, only the people are going to be able to push to get this thing right. Well, the people going to court – to be more specific – is what is most needed at present.
After all, Baltimoreans are the ones who have to live with these results.
Hence, if anyone feels as though their vote was not counted or feels like they were denied their right to vote, please contact Bmorenews.com at 443-858-2684.