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Polling places becoming a bit crowded



It used to be so much simpler. On election day, we would proudly go to our local polling place, step behind a curtain, and pull a lever to indicate our political preferences. Whether our candidate won or lost, we accepted the outcome and moved on. When there was a tie, the candidates drew straws. Oh, for the good old days. Today we have a former President who is still trying to claim the election was stolen, or that he should be somehow reinstated. He’s not alone. Too many political candidates have refused to assure voters that they will accept the outcome of the next election. And a new survey by Yahoo/YouGuv has alarmed one noted pollster when it found that 55% of Americans surveyed believe a losing candidate should not accept the outcomes of the election. It is critical to our democracy that we accept the results of our elections and that after there be a peaceful transfer of power. Instead, we continue to fight over how people can vote, forcing us to put our ballots in mailboxes but not drop boxes. They don’t even want people to be able to mail their spouse’s ballot when they mail their own. Our polling places now are overrun with poll observers watching the poll workers seeking to challenge their every decision. It is getting a little too crowded at the polls these days. No wonder so many people want to vote absentee.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Kent

    October 4, 2022 at 5:50 am

    Let’s see how November mid term elections go , Without all the FLY BY NIGHT DROP BOXES !!!!!!!!

  2. Lucenut

    October 5, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    TRUMP WON!!!


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