Thursday, October 01, 2020

A Proposal For Democratic Governors In States With Republican-Controlled Legislatures



My friend Jack Hannold came up with an interesting idea and he asked me to get it to swing state Governors Tom Wolf (D-PA), Gretchen Whitmer (MI), Tim Walz (D-MN), Steve Bullock (D-MT), Tony Evers (D-WI) and Roy Cooper (D-NC). Especially to Tom Wolf in Pennsylvania. After Trump's shout out to the violent, neo-fascist Proud Boys Tuesday night, it becomes even more salient. Even far right former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) recognized the disastrous tactical mistake Trump made. Trump never lies condemning his supporters, no matter how heinous. "For some reason," said Santorum of Trump's refusal to condemn the fascistic Proud Boys, "he didn’t and I think that was a huge gaffe. And it’s been typical of the president when he gets backed into a corner he doesn’t like to be forced to say something. He made a huge mistake."

Guest Post
-by Jack Hannold

Every Democratic governor in a state where the legislature is controlled by the GOP should quietly prepare to activate that state’s National Guard during the weekend before the November election.

In states with either “open carry” or “concealed carry” laws, such governors should issue emergency executive orders barring all persons, residents and visitors to the state alike, from carrying weapons on their persons during the week of the election-- and this order should clearly include all off-duty law enforcement personnel.

The National Guard should be used for two purposes during the first week of November. First, the Guard should protect polling places on Election Day, November 3, 2020, by (1) preventing armed persons from entering polling stations, (2) responding to complaints from citizens or election officials about dubious “poll watchers” intimidating voters and (3) enforcing any and all applicable laws against electioneering within, or illegally close to, a polling station.

Second, the Guard should be charged with ensuring the security both of voting machines and of all paper ballots (including absentee and provisional ballots) at least until the results of the presidential election, and possibly the results of all federal and state contests, are known. The Guard should also be used to protect officials counting the ballots from harassment techniques such as the infamous “Brooks Brothers Riot” that stopped the counting in Florida in 2000.

Democratic governors should also consider embargoing the public release of election results until a clear winner of the presidential race has been determined. As a practical matter, that means that the vote counters should keep an internal running tally of four categories of votes: (1 and 2) the raw number of votes for each of the two leading presidential candidates, (3) the aggregate number of votes for all third-party, independent and write-in presidential candidates and (4) the number of un- counted ballots. None of these figures should be released until the difference between the two top presidential candidates is greater than 50 percent of the number of uncounted votes.

That could make it impossible to release results on election night, or even by Friday, November 6, but it may well also make it impossible for Donald Trump to claim victory prematurely on the basis of the “red mirage” (i.e., the incomplete results from other states on the morning of November 4).

Republicans will certainly try to fight such actions. As a last resort, Democratic governors should consider a special, limited form of martial law which would not restrict any activities unrelated to the election, but which would allow the measures suggested above to be implemented.

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At 8:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

all good ideas. none shall be done.

democraps are pussies. democraps in precarious positions of power are even worse pussies. democraps that are within sight of their next re-election or of an election to higher offices that they have ambition for NEVER take any risks of annoying a single "moderate" Nazi voter (they never have to worry about the greenhouse -- they are always reliable no matter what they do and refuse to do.

democraps always worry more about their career than about doing the right thing.

party and career first. fuck the people. fuck the constitution. fuck the law.

they are as they are because the potted plants never make them better than that.

At 9:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Every Democratic governor in a state where the legislature is controlled by the GOP should quietly prepare to activate that state’s National Guard..."

I'm not sure that's even possible. It also might not even be legal.

But for the sake of discussion, and this was attempted, is it not likely that someone being called up wouldn't spill the castor beans before the ricin is ready?

At 4:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

best argument among many for all voting to be mail-in.

also one of a multitude of definitions of a shithole. having to brave a phalanx of armed anarchists to vote for a government.

At 6:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

having to brave that phalanx of armed anarchists to vote for a government... that will be total shit anyway.

At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm watching to see how governors handle imposing social distancing and other COVID-19 measures on the "poll watchers" that Trump wants.

I'm VERY sure that the "poll watchers" will also obey the rules to not allow firearms into polling places.

Make me think of the Old West where the bar was closed while the saloon was used as the polling place. I bet those rules weren't observed too closely either.


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