Widespread participation remains the most important characteristic for the government of a democratic republic. We measure participation by the proportion of the electorate that votes.

The world’s second largest democracy had nearly 160 million, two-thirds, of the eligible population show up to vote in 2020. This was the highest rate since records for eligible voters have been kept.

Similarly, the 62 percent of the voting age population that turned out was the highest since the Nixon-Kennedy election. Texas mirrored the country with three-fifths of eligible voters voting. This proves we should be proud of our governmental process.

The turnout came during the worst pandemic in a century with unemployment at nearly 15 percent nationally. For Texas the rate reached nearly 13 percent, with tens of thousands of early deaths.

The achievement of electoral participation occurred because of the widespread efforts of poll workers and party activists in both parties. This resulted in vigorous registration drives. Local officials, recognizing the fear of viral infection, encouraged both early voting and mail-in voting.

This was accompanied by extended voting hours and 24-hour voting. Poll workers risked personal danger from infection by keeping the polls open under difficult and sometime antagonistic conditions.

The response to voting difficulties meant Texas represented one of the most forward-thinking efforts in the nation. By comparison, New York makes registration a complex and sometimes byzantine process. Similarly, Delaware is notorious for complicating the vote-by-mail options.

Texas should rejoice in its achievement after years of low turnout.

Many politicians claimed that the high turnout was self-evident proof of a fraudulent election. Beginning at the top, former Attorney General William Barr, after carefully examining the claims of fraud, concluded the U.S. Justice Department uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 election.

The Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger declared after 250 investigations, he didn’t see anything that would change the state results.

In Texas, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick offered $1 million for reports of election fraud. Enough to encourage reports of fraud. Patrick didn’t have to pay.

The office of the Attorney General of Texas, led by the indicted Ken Paxton, expended at least 22,000 staff hours in search of fraud resulting in 16 prosecutions, mostly for minor infractions. This included jailing Hervis Rogers for voting while on probation after waiting more than six hours to vote.

Based on a large turnout and consistently no significant evidence of fraud, Gov. Greg Abbott has repeatedly called for modifying the election laws in Texas. Why pass new laws to undermine a successful election? He seems to be determined to change the successful election back into the old days of low turnouts.

Free elections require a high turnout. This has been a mantra of the League of Women Voters for years. It doesn’t matter which party wins; the critical point is participation. Since when is retaining power more important than assuring the continuance of a democratically elected republic?

Only demagogues and autocrats would disagree.

Dan Freeman lives in Galveston.

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Ed Buckner

Thanks, Dan Freeman--good points.

Donna Spencer

A high and legal voter turnout is not what the Republicans want.

Carlos Ponce

Republicans want a high LEGAL voter turnout. The Arizona audit showed massive problems and the Liberal media gaslighted their viewers and readers on that audit.

Ed Buckner

Some facts on the alleged audit in AZ are worth noting--though not, of course, to people who won't be interested in any facts or elections or audits that don't turn out the way they like. Imagine if the Dems acted this way about GOP victories. Anyway, let the fact-free carping begin--but first, read this: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/573888-five-takeaways-from-the-arizonas-audit-results

Carlos Ponce

[yawn][yawn][yawn][yawn]

What the audit revealed:

For more than 255,000 early ballots, the early voting returns file did not match the county final vote file.

Over 9,000 mail-in votes were received and counted, exceeding the county's official total.

A canvass revealed almost 3,400 more votes than reported.

On election day, there were 1,551 more votes cast than voters.

Despite relocating to Maricopa County after the October 5 deadline, over 23,000 voted via mail.

2,382 people voted in person in Maricopa County after moving away.

For moving out of state less than 29 days before the election, almost 2,000 voters were granted a complete ballot instead of a presidential-only ballot.

Almost 300 dead people reportedly have voted.

Nearly 2,500 votes were reported as uncast in the early voting results.

Ed Buckner

It's certainly no surprise to anyone familiar with Mr. Ponce's habits that he quite evidently did not read what the Hill Report said (it rebutted his claims effectively). But what else is new?

Carlos Ponce

It is certainly no surprise that your Hill report was nothing more than gaslighting. Did you read the FEDERALIST link? It refutes what you posted.

Ed Buckner

It certainly does not. If anyone other than Carlos Ponce is reading this, read the things posted, not the comments here.

Ed Buckner

Not for the first time, Carlos Ponce betrays his inability to read and comprehend. He cannot, of course, be expected to offer thoughtful discussion. Others: just read The Hill Report and the Federalist essay and use your brain.

Carlos Ponce

Poor Ed Buckner - claiming victory after he's been defeated .[beam]

Ed Buckner

Not for the first time, Carlos Ponce betrays his inability to read and comprehend. He cannot, of course, be expected to offer thoughtful discussion. Others: just read The Hill Report and the Federalist essay and use your brain.

Carlos Ponce

Ed's losing it.....

Ed Buckner

Se votó entre todas las personas inteligentes y razonables, en todo el mundo.El resultado fue unánime: es Carolos Ponce quien es el gilipollas.

Carlos Ponce

I don't know any Carolos. Friend of yours?

Ed Buckner

Det som noen synes ikke er klar over er at navn på ett språk, som Carlos, kan staves annerledes på andre språk, som Carolus.

Carlos Ponce

Tilsynelatende har Ed for mye tid på hendene. Men det sies at ledige hender er djevelens verktøy.

Ed Buckner

કાર્લોસ દેખીતી રીતે જૂની કહેવતથી અજાણ છે, "પોટ કેટલને કાળો કહે છે."

Carlos Ponce

કાર્લોસ જૂની કહેવતથી વાકેફ છે, "પોટ ઢોરને કાળો કહે છે."

Ed Buckner

Why, "Thank you," Carolus.

Ed Buckner

Not for the first time, Carlos Ponce betrays his inability to read and comprehend. He cannot, of course, be expected to offer thoughtful discussion. Others: just read The Hill Report and the Federalist essay and use your brain.

Carlos Ponce

Ed is writing to his imaginary friend again.

Ed Buckner

My profound apologies to all Daily News readers: I honestly thought that Carlos Ponce, while erratic and ill-informed, was at last real. I had no idea he was imaginary. Or my friend.

Carlos Ponce

I'm real, the names you post are not mine.

Carlos Ponce

"Arizona 2020 Vote Audit Finds Potentially Election-Shifting Numbers Of Illegal Ballots"

"These statutory provisions and procedures prove significant because the audit revealed that 15,035 mail-in votes in Maricopa County were from voters who had moved prior to the registration deadline, another 6,591 mail-in-votes came from voters who had moved out of Arizona prior to the registration deadline, and 1,718 mail-in votes came from voters who moved within Arizona but out of Maricopa prior to the registration deadline."

https://thefederalist.com/2021/09/27/arizona-2020-vote-audit-finds-potentially-election-shifting-numbers-of-illegal-ballots/#.YVHJh5Kbrl8.twitter

Ed Buckner

See above.

Carlos Ponce

I'll take that as Ed Buckner's concession post since the Hill article just attacks the messenger while the Federalist article presents information and conclusions from the actual audit.

Ed Bucker must like gaslighting.

Ed Buckner

કાર્લોસ દેખીતી રીતે જૂની કહેવતથી અજાણ છે, "પોટ કેટલને કાળો કહે છે."

Carlos Ponce

એડને જીવન મેળવવાની જરૂર છે.

David Hardee

Biden is dammit, president and all the claims of fraud, etc. and the banter between malcontents and the victorious is a venting of supercilious bluster.

To the article's author, the well establish pundit of Democratic Party hyperbole, and his recitation's context, which, usually, never finds acceptable any thing that is not in the progressive liberals agenda, to be possibly constructive - this article is very reasonable in the portrayal of facts and positions of the party's on Biden's election, and also correctly reports the activities now being taken to change the voting processes.

The article title and last sentence is a castigation on those that give the author the respect by reading his dissertation and having any issue with any of his conjectures. His aspersion on the indicted Paxton is an attempt to establish a perception. Well, sir, the Paxton indictment, which is far from unique, in the realm of politicians, be litigated to a conclusion before making a judgement. Consequently, the reference to Paxton is a cheap shot.

The voluminous turnout and the conditions that were influencing it are highly abnormal. The popularity of the candidates for president were also peculiar considering the incumbent's political based impeachment(s) verses the basement cloister Biden.

The author points to the ferocious voter stimulations by the parties as an influence, correctly. But assuredly that ferocity embellished voting by means that would be strictly considered beyond the acceptable forms of voter stimulation.

Considering all the peculiarities during the 2020 election it is not unreasonable that the voting process should be review and strengthened for security and to hopefully make the results less controversial.

To make a judgement that, a politician is, or a Party is, self serving is stating the obvious, and a waste of effort to call one kettle blacker than the other.

This article is so redundant its only salient feature is it irritated Buckner and Carlos into eloquent bantering.

So why this comment? I was misled by the titillating title which led to my waste of time and boredom.

David Hardee

See what you have done, Dan. Carlos and Buckner have become bewitched and talking in tongues. We need an exorcism. Call Richard prior and see if we can get Miss Rudolph to help them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHCUGNuiFRM

Ed Buckner

Tongues to the contrary notwithstanding, it's plainly rude and condescendingly anti-Hispanic to reduce Mr. Ponce to mere first-name status whilst calling the old Anglo by his (my) last name.

C'mon, David, smarten up. (If you need me to spell this out in Norwegian or something more dignified, no problem--just let me know.)

David Hardee

In Texas first name is sign of Christian respect. You Texas atheist transplants in Georgia need either respect the colloquial or be quiet. "Don't Tread on Texas."

Ed Buckner

In Georgia, we're smart enough to recognize an unserious comment when we see one. Come to think of it, all my many friends and kin in Texas are that smart, too.

David Hardee

Having a punctuation and snarky battle of quips is far less intellectual stressing and a bit fun. Keep it up and we can get Dan the "Most commented article award."

Ed Buckner

Doing my part, Dan Freeman. Doing my part.

Carlos Ponce

Speaking in tongues is a gift of the Holly Spirit. No bewitching involved.

Ed Buckner

Carlos Ponce is crystal clear on exactly how to spell anyone's name, yet he proves unable to spell correctly one important third of That Which he considers All Important. It's either typos all around or vitally insulting mistakes all around. Or perhaps just hypocrisy.

Carlos Ponce

No hypocrisy, just an old keyboard that gets stuck.

Ed Buckner

Wait, wait, wait? Carlos Ponce--THE Carlos Ponce--has an excuse for his on errors even when it involves The Trinity. But he allows no one else any grace? I think I'd rather discuss stuff with Carolus Pence. Things like what makes the best holiday decor. Don't wanna accidentally be decking the halls with boughs of holy or anything. Maybe Carolus Pence isn't one of those mindless hypocrites who ... well, who, you know... who piously bristles at simple honest (and obvious) mistakes but who won't own up to his own. Keyboards stick for lots of reasons, sometimes depending on what web-sites the owner is visiting.

Carlos Ponce

Ed Buckner, grow up!

Ed Buckner

OK, let's set aside, at least for the moment, the taunting jibes and silly Google-assisted non-English insults. A mature person freely admits that he makes errors, whether serious ones or mere typos. An immature hypocrite declares his own errors mere mechanical errors of no importance but insists that another's similar mistakes are insulting or at least worthy of ridicule. An immature person substitutes insults for argument and feels great pride as a result. Maturity is what one generally hopes for as the result of "growing up."

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