Thursday, May 26, 2011


MESCALERO ELOQUENTLY DEFENDS DECISION TO NOT VOTE

"After decades of having a strong feeling of civic obligation to vote I no longer have confidence that my vote matters because the system is corrupt. If the last county judge election had not been challenged we might now have a county judge who did not win the election. How many times has this happened when the election was not challenged and the loser was allowed to take office? Maybe none but we will never know. How many times should my ballot be read by election judges before I become disillusioned? How often should I vote in elections that are decided by partisan courts and not the ballot count?

When the county gets an elections administrator that is able/willing to hold an honest election I will begin voting again. One of the very basic principles that we have as Americans is the right to pick our leaders through secret ballots. When the elections administrator is unable or unwilling to do so it strikes at one of the basic tenets we claim for the country. One mistake of the caliber made by Mr. Ortiz is one too many. How many mistakes are you willing to allow a cardiac surgeon who is operating on your heart? Mr. Ortiz was the surgeon who operated on the election and the election died on the table. That others were able to step in and revive the patient is not material. When I say my vote doesn't count it isn't because it is just one vote. It's because apparently it is literally not counted. It doesn't matter to me if it isn't counted because someone made a mistake caused by poor math skills or because someone was "helping" a candidate or because a judge had an agenda that didn't involve impartiality. It's all the same.

Mescalero"
I enjoyed this post because it goes to the heart of the problem.  If people do not feel confident in the system, why participate?  While I agree that Mayor Martinez's immediate priority should be hurricane preparedness and cleaning up the trash all over the city, this is an important issue which merits his attention in the coming months.  If those responsible for hiring and firing the elections administrator, Rodger Ortiz, are unwilling to act then a leadership act from Mayor Martinez would be to call them to accountabilty.  We have a fundamental right to know our vote counts and it is private.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why did Carlos Cascos drop the ball on the termination of Roger Ortiz?

BobbyWC said...

I think both sides rely on the incompetence.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

My understanding was the votes were not there to terminate him. He is not fired by commissioner's court but by the election commission and i understood that you need 4 out of the 5 votes to terminate. For some reason they make it nearly impossible to terminate an election administrator. So four out of five votes from Joe Rivera, Gilbert Hinojosa, Carlos Cascos, Frank Morris and Tony Yzaguirre. Then it would then have to go before commissioner's court for approval. I could be wrong, but thats what I understood happened.

BobbyWC said...

I suspect you are right - thanks for the education

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

My cynical mind led me to thinking that both sides had violations Ortiz was covering, thus neither party could push for termination.

Simply stated though, Ortiz does shitty work in the election dept.

Anonymous said...

Mr Bobby,

I remember waiting (and waiting and waiting and waiting) to see the election results and all of a sudden there was some sort of "computer problem".

I'm sorry & this is my opinion, but it's a dishonor to the very process in which this great country is known for (our democracy and our freedom to vote) to have someone who's apparently oblivious to that process.

Seriously, when other people from other countries WISH they could vote freely-and make sure their votes and voices are heard-it is a true shame indeed such mistakes have occurred.

Til next time...

Anonymous said...

If to terminate Roger we need to get rid of Joe, Gilbert, Tony, and Frank, THEN let's get on it and Terminate all of them and elect new people.