Fairly Unbalanced

Tyrannies hold better elections than republics do – or so says Jimmy Carter. Don’t believe me? Carter claims one reason his Carter Center won’t monitor Florida elections is that there is no

Uniformity in voting procedures, so that all citizens, regardless of their social or financial status, have equal assurance that their votes are cast in the same way and will be tabulated with equal accuracy.

Then there’s Article Four, Section One of the US Constitution:

The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.

The Florida legislature – long controlled by Carter’s own party – decided eons ago to let the counties run elections, themselves. That’s simple federalism, devolved down to the local level.

Now, whether that’s wise or not isn’t for me to say – it’s for the people of Florida to say, through their elected (ahem) representatives.

What Carter demands – before he’ll deign to tell us if our elections measure up to, say, Venezuela’s – is that we all do things the one best way. Of course, once the one best way is decided, why bother with further elections? That’s simple tyranny, evolved up from the Carter Center.

Hugo Chavez learned his lesson. Why won’t we learn ours?