Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.

- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Just another reason to vote absentee

Well this is interesting.

I was just reading through election coverage in the HT, and I couldn't help but notice that political analysts list three counties with over one quarter of the absentee ballots cast -- which coincidently also happen to be three of the top four 'voter purge' counties on Bev Harris' list -- as likely to be won by Obama:

More than one-quarter of the 32,215 absentee ballots received Friday through Sunday were cast in three counties — Marion, Monroe and Lake — where political analysts expect Obama to win.

Lake County, which neighbors Obama’s hometown of Chicago, and Marion County have the state’s largest concentrations of blacks, who have voted overwhelmingly for Obama in other states. Obama also has typically won big among college-aged voters and Monroe County is the home of Indiana University’s 39,000-student main campus in Bloomington.

Here is that interesting voter purge chart again:

Lake 137,164 48% (Gary) ----- results still not in
Porter 124,958 115% (Valparaiso)
Marion 68,120 10% (Indianapolis)
Monroe 66,009 85% (Bloomington) ----- results still not in
Tippecanoe 53,456 58% ----- results still not in
Madison 42,952 47% (Anderson)
Hamilton 42,325 26%

No wonder so many people voted in advance, and by absentee ballot. I'm guessing it would be difficult for the state to make the case that a voter isn't registered..if the state has already mailed them a ballot.

By the way, they're still counting those absentee ballots, which is why the Indiana race is dragging on into the night. And if Obama is heavily favored among these absentee voters, this race is still a toss.


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