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Secret Ballot at Risk
Campus Report ^ | January 16, 2009 | Heather Latham

Posted on 01/16/2009 12:21:10 PM PST by bs9021

Secret Ballot at Risk

by: Heather Latham, January 16, 2009

Ernest Istook is a former Congressman from Oklahoma, a Distinguished Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and the Chairman of the National Advisory Committee for Save Our Secret Ballot. On January 13, 2009, Istook spoke at the Conservative Bloggers Briefing about the mission of Save Our Secret Ballot.

Istook started, “Intimidation and attempts to intimidate people is very real, and certainly, one of the areas which has a sad history is when it comes to union organizing tactics.” He explained that Congress is preparing to vote on a bill entitled “The Employee Free Choice Act.” However, the name, as he argues, does not fit the material. The bill will remove the requirement that union elections be secret. Under this new bill, employees dealing with labor unions will not be able to hide their votes and will be exposed to intimidation from the unions. He argues, “The unions are seeking to bypass [secret ballots] as their payback for hundreds of billions of dollars they have invested in the elections. The so-called, misnamed “Employee Free Choice Act” was passed in the U.S. House in 2007 with 241 votes.” He argues that this same bill, regardless of whether or not it passes, will continue to come up in the U.S. Congress. Because of this, he turns to the states.

Istook states, “Save Our Secret Ballot exists to give the citizens in the various states the opportunity to create state-level protection for secret ballots—that would include union representation elections.” He continues, “This is a grassroots effort. This is going to involve circulation of petitions in different states…it’s going to involve getting state legislatures to help put it on the ballot....

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: 111thcongress; efca; secretballot; union

1 posted on 01/16/2009 12:21:11 PM PST by bs9021
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To: bs9021
The secret ballot has long been used by the Democrats to perpetuate vote fraud. After any election, there is no way to know for certain how many of the Democrat votes were from dead people, illegal aliens, multi-voters or Democrat computers. A solution to this would be to post everyone's vote (by precinct) on the web; discrepancies of any sort could be easily identified.

The secret ballot has been sold as a "security" measure to allow the timid to vote without fear of retribution. Like most such appeals to "security", it comes at a cost of freedom. Women did not get serious about being allowed to vote in the US until it had been demonstrated as safe for more than a century. The loss of the "secret ballot" security blanket might cause women and metrosexuals afraid of controversy to stop voting; perhaps we could roll back public schools, welfare and social security.

There is no doubt that unions would use intimidation in an "open" ballot. However, unions will use intimidation even with a secret ballot; they certainly use it against strikebreakers. The secret ballot is a minor encumbrance to unions: it might take them longer to find out who is opposed to unionization, but their immunity from legal restraints against violence means that they will succeed in any case. The real problem with unions is that they are allowed to exist at all (they represent a violation of the property rights of business owners).

The Democrats fear open political processes; that is why they are determined to shut down talk radio. The Democrats will benefit if states are stampeded into protecting the "secret ballot" upon which so much Democrat fraud depends.
2 posted on 01/24/2009 7:22:53 AM PST by Ragnar54
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To: Ragnar54
You've got to be kidding. Without the secret ballot, our elections could soon be like those in the Soviet Union or third world dictatorships. People would lose their jobs or be subject to retaliation if they voted the wrong way (like the gaystapo's harassment of people who supported Prop. 8 in California, on a much larger scale). Having one's political donations online for anyone to see is bad enough, but this would be much worse.

Whether the Republican Party will remain viable enough to put the brakes on the most dangerous proposals from the Democrats remains to be seen, but without the secret ballot the Democrats will definitely be able to create a one-party monopoly.

3 posted on 01/24/2009 7:35:37 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus
The security that you are counting on with the secret ballot depends on the vote counters. In most cases, the vote counters are now Democrats. If you are really worried about someone finding out how you voted, consider that this information is obtainable if the vote counters are willing to break the rules (i.e., if they are Democrats). Anyone who puts up a yard sign or makes a political donation is declaring how he votes; if you are afraid to do either, then don't vote!

In return for the false security of a "secret" ballot, you are helping the Democrats perpetuate fraud.
4 posted on 01/24/2009 8:13:44 AM PST by Ragnar54
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