By: Diane Benjamin
Same day voter registration was a stupid law and, contrary to what Democrats think, it’s not government’s job to make it work without any attempt to DUMP it. Stupid laws with unintended consequences can’t be fixed. It was never about increasing voting, it’s about getting uniformed to the polls. Think ISU.
So the kids had to wait in long lines to vote last March. Did they arrive when the polls opened at 7:00 am? I bet the line was short then! Was the County Clerk supposed to have 100 poll workers there just in case a lot of kids showed up? Was Kathy Michael supposed to hire a fortune-teller to find out if they were all going to arrive at 5:00 pm? 6:30?
In November, if Kathy does have 100 poll workers and no kids show up, will the Dems on the County Board complain about wasting money?
Being a citizen comes with responsibility. The kids thought they were “entitled” to fast service. Voting isn’t ordering a hamburger at McDonalds. They blamed government instead of themselves. ISU was a no-win setup from the start. It was impossible to predict the turnout and even more impossible to predict what time the kids might show up. Since the vote went heavy for Bernie, it’s not surprising the kids thought they had “rights” not in the Constitution. Also not surprising it happened on a college campus (another whole story).
The Pantagraph did their usual attack on Kathy. Blame her, not the system.
Not surprising for the paper that praised Bloomington for raising Liquor License fees just because they could. They forgot that roughly $700,000 the City is getting in gaming revenue for doing nothing. I believe that’s way more the cost of police overtime Pantagraph.
Not surprising for the paper that also praised Bloomington’s Administrative Court where citizens are guilty before a trial. If they pay the fine they don’t have to appear. The rag also forgot that “buy local” crap – evidently Bloomington has no lawyers capable of running it. More money needlessly sent to Springfield.
Maybe Bloomington should merge with Springfield instead of Normal! They already get a lot of money from taxpayers. Of course, last I heard ALL their City property tax goes to pensions, so maybe not.
You are welcome Kathy.