The real winner of the Polish elections: No One of the I Don’t Care party.
Recent presidential elections in Poland concluded in a surprise win of the Law and Justice party young candidate, Andrzej Duda, who narrowly defeated the incumbent president Bronisław Komorowski of the ruling Civic Platform.
However, the real winner of this election is… No One, as the plurality of voters (44%) decided to stay at home or cast an invalid vote. This election was anyway special, as usually in Poland the majority of voters do not care to vote.
What’s interesting on this map is that, as usual when it comes to the maps of Poland, former borders are highly visible. Almost always it’s the 1914 borders but this time it’s 1939 borders. Areas that were Polish before the war presented better voter turnout, while those that were German back then, are apparently inhabited by people who don’t care.
Today, June 4, marks the anniversary of
Congress passing the 19th amendment, which guarantees American women the right
Seen here is a 1944 Roosevelt campaign
poster encouraging women to register to vote. At the time, with so many men in
the armed services and unable to vote, women made up 65% of the voters in the
Those who are screaming about fraud are crying wolf. This is true of the most frequently reported forms of putative voter fraud—including double voting, voting in the name of dead people, and—most importantly for the purposes of this hearing—individuals impersonating registered voters at the polls. The Brennan Center’s exhaustive research revealed that there is little to no reliable evidence of in-person impersonation fraud, in Texas, or elsewhere in the country. And, of course, this form of fraud is the only misconduct that a voter identification requirement will address.
This is worth repeating: the only problem that a voter ID requirement could possibly fix usually doesn’t exist. Texans are struck and killed by lightning more often. And there are far, far more reports of UFOs every year than instances of impersonation at the polls.
Attorney Adam Skaggs, senior counsel for New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice, during testimony on the merits of proposed voter ID Laws. Skaggs’ comments were made before the Texas Senate, during hearing that took place in 2009.