A Wrong That Must be Writed
Many of you have discovered, and alerted me to the fact, that the when they followed the links to the NCJ “best of Humboldt” ballot, (Urgent!!) they were told that they could not cast their ballot because they had already voted. Of course, I had already voted by the time I wrote the piece that included the links. After all, I had to know how the ballot worked before I could write about how to fill it out. However, everyone else who clicked the link was improperly denied their right to vote in the NCJ annual “Best of Humboldt” survey.
I cannot abide by this atrocity. Something must be done to stop the mass disenfranchisement of Like You’ve Got Something Better To Do readers. I mean, I don’t really believe in democracy myself, personally, but I’ll bet that most of you do. You were outraged at Florida’s new voter ID law aimed at stripping millions of Black and Hispanic voters of their right to cast a ballot, weren’t you? How do you like being victimized that way? I’ll bet you’re pissed! I’ll bet you’re ready picket the NCJ tomorrow.
Just hold your horses!! Before we disrupt their business with a loud and unruly crowd of angry blog readers, let’s give the NCJ a chance to explain themselves, and make amends. Below, is a letter I sent to the editor of the NCJ explaining this entire catastrophe. I encourage all of you to also express your outrage at this injustice, by sending an email to the NCJ. Below my Letter to the Editor, I have included text that you can copy-and -paste into the email to help make your point.
For God’s sake, cast your ballot for “Like You’ve Got Something Better to Do” in the NCJ readers poll. Find a recent copy of the NCJ and fill out the old fashioned paper ballot, or use your vast knowledge of computers to hack your way through that evil software. We still need to save NCJ readers from their yawning chasm of boredom. Despite this disaster, dammit, we still have a job to do.
OK, here’s my Letter to the Editor
Hey, no fair! After casting my ballot in the annual NCJ Best of Humboldt readers poll, I included a link to the survey ballot on my blog “Like You’ve Got Something Better To Do” (www.lygsbtd.wordpress.com), encouraging my readers to participate in the survey. The NCJ website denied everyone who clicked that link access to the ballot, telling them that they had already voted.
“Like you’ve got Something Better To Do” readers should be allowed to vote in this survey, and deserve to have their votes counted. By now, most regular www.lygsbtd.wordpress.com readers who felt inclined to respond to your survey have already had their votes unfairly, unceremoniously, and wrongly rejected. This constitutes a travesty of justice, an assault against “Like You’ve Got Something Better To Do” readers, and a corruption of the democratic process. As a result, your survey is tainted, distorted, and skewed, even.
My blog, “Like You’ve Got Something Better To Do” www.lygsbtd.wordpress.com has been unfairly victimized, disadvantaged, and injured by the NCJ’s flawed and intentionally discriminatory voter ID protocol. I am outraged that the NCJ would stoop to the kind electoral shenanigans that I expect from Florida republicans, just to keep their readers from discovering what many in Humboldt County already know, that “Like You’ve Got Something Better To Do” is the funniest blog in Humboldt County.
I know that’s not really saying a lot, but still, you don’t reject votes for Stars Hamburgers, or the North Coast Co-Op, even though you leave stacks of paper ballots in those establishments, and you shouldn’t dis “Like You’ve Got Something Better To Do” readers because they found a link to the ballot at the blog.
Sincerely, John Hardin,
Now, here’s some text you can use in your own letter to the NCJ
I am outraged. I attempted to cast my ballot in the NCJ Best of Humboldt reader survey, and was told, quite incorrectly, that I had already voted. I was reminded to cast my ballot by my favorite blog “Like You’ve Got Something Better To Do”. I thought it was sweet that John Hardin encouraged so many people to participate in your silly survey. You should thank him for drawing so much attention to your stupid little contest. You should be ashamed of yourself for how you treated me and other “Like You’ve Got Something Better To Do” readers.
Sincerely, (insert your name here)
or try this one:
How dare you! How dare you tell me that I already voted in your survey! I did no such thing! I am outraged! I am angry! I am pissed! ….and I am waiting for further instructions.
Sincerely, (insert your name here)
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