Friday, June 22, 2007

Merritt's Investigation

Republican state auditor Les Merritt and the loyal Bushies in the Justice Department tried this week to scuttle plans to make it easier to vote in North Carolina. Merritt claimed to have uncovered "sensitive information" that legislators would need before approving a bill to allow same-day registration and voting, a measure the GOP fears might favor Democrats in the next election. It turns out that Merritt's "information" was just a bunch of math errors -- hardly a reassuring performance by the state's top bookkeeper.

Ronald Reagan once said the 9 scariest words in the English language were, "I'm from the government and I'm here to help." These days the 10 scariest words are, "I'm a Republican and I'm here to fix your government." (Just ask the victims of Katrina, or the people of Iraq, or our veterans...) Kudos to state elections director Gary Bartlett and the General Assembly for keeping them from fixing our elections process too.

Will we find what really went on here? It definitely "merits" investigation.

http://www.newsobserver.com/print/wednesday/city_state/story/610214.html

5 comments:

Drama Queen said...

Check out his new website:

http://www.lesmerritt.com/

Drama Queen said...

Great commentary on this over at
BlueNC

Jerimee said...

To top it off, on the say day that Les Merritt failed to justify even the smallest of his supposed concerns, he also incorrectly filed his intent to run for reelection with the Board of Elections. Gary Bartlett's office had to contact him to ask him if he needed help filling out a one page form.

You can view the form here:
http://www.sboe.state.nc.us/cf_pdf/2007/20070619_54561.pdf

You can read more here:
http://ncdp.org/Les_Merritt_Incompetence

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