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College Features Trump Backer, But Not Democratic Party Speaker, at Mail-In Voting Forum

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In progressive South Florida, Broward College is hosting an online affair on the controversial issue of voting-by-mail. It is set for Wednesday night.

Two election chiefs and an early supporter of President Trump will appear. But people who attend won't be hearing from a representative of the Democratic Party, even though Broward County consists of an ocean of blue waves.

Ironically, though, the topic of mail-in voting is controversial because Trump has stomped across his Bully Pulpit to repeatedly denounce the practice. He lies, and offers no proof to back his charge that Democrats are rigging the election by flooding the system with possibly millions of fake ballots.

But his rants set the stage for him to ignore the will of the people if he goes down to defeat. Trump won't promise to abide the election results, and he warns of months, if not years, of legal and political chaos. Trump even told the Proud Boys, a violent group, to "stand by" if things go wrong.

For context, if not a teaspoon of reality, a federal court in Pennsylvania rejected a Trump lawsuit in an Oct. 10 ruling. A part of the 138-page decision said:

"The problem with this theory of harm is that it is speculative, and thus Plaintiffs' injury is not 'concrete' a critical element to have standing in federal court. While Plaintiffs may not need to prove actual voter fraud, they must at least prove that such fraud is "certainly impending." They haven't met that burden. At most, they have pieced together a sequence of uncertain assumptions: (1) they assume potential fraudsters may attempt to commit election fraud through the use of drop boxes or forged ballots, or due to a potential shortage of poll watchers; (2) they assume the numerous election-security measures used by county election officials may not work; and (3) they assume their own security measures may have prevented that fraud." [emphasis added]

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Immune from such judicial reasoning, Trump's attorney general, Bill Barr, moves his lips and pumps his body to scare people into thinking that foreign countries stand ready to dump phony ballots from sea to shining sea in America the beautiful.

This political strip tease is appropriate for the swamps of Florida, where seemingly anything goes in many aspects of life.

So it came as no surprise to learn about the missing panel member. A Broward College spokeswoman even tried but failed to give a good reason for the slight.

"Responding to questions via email, Jodi Brown, district director of public relations for Broward College, said the Village Square advisory board felt the panel would offer 'balanced representation to participants. Many factors go into deciding the panelists for each dinner, and the board is committed to finding the best speakers/panelists for each event,' journalist Anthony Man reported Saturday in the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

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Broward College is a public school. That means it gets funding from the state, which is run by Republicans, including a GOP governor who recently told bars and restaurants to resume business at full capacity.

Will President Trump hold a rally at one of the bars or restaurants in the Sunshine State? If so, will he refuse to wear a mask as he denounces mail-in voting in some parts of the country? even though he eventually revised his remarks to say Florida does vote-by-mail well.

And, after pressure from GOP pols, the president also sought to make a distinction between absentee ballots and universal mail-in voting ballots. Election leaders in states and experts insist the distinction is essentially meaningless as both work well and allow voters to vote at home with a mail-in ballot.

Finally, a hat tip to Professor Rick Hasen at the Election Law Blog for reporting the federal court ruling in Pennsylvania. Trump was confronted with reality in the ruling. An important portion of that ruling is quoted in the article, and a link to the entire decision is included.

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The Election Law Blog continues to provide information to help us deal with what I see as the antidemocratic actions of President Trump.

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Broward College changed its mind, according to a report in the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

A representative from the Florida Democratic Party will join the discussion on the vote-by-mail controversy stoked by President Trump.

Submitted on Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020 at 1:38:31 AM

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