What Libraries Can Teach Governors About How To Purge Ineligible Voters

As a former local Police Chief allow me to let everybody in on a secret.  The governor of Florida or any other state where ineligibles litter the voting rolls can purge most of them a couple of weeks before the next election with a press release and there's nothing Eric Holder, Barack Obama or the entire Federal judiciary can do to stop him or her.  All they have to do is understand how local libraries used to (and may still) manage the return of sometime thousands of long overdue books. 

The library would go to the local Police Chief, describe the problem and the Chief would call the local papers and radio station and announce that arrests were pending for the worst offenders.  It’s a good story and invariably got a lot of noise.  That night and for a week or two following there’d be more books stacked up on the library’s front steps then they ever thought to get back.  Did the Police Chief lie?  Yes he lied to the book thieves.  Not to the press because any reporter who had been around for a while knew and was in on the joke.

I believe the Waldorf Astoria did something similar a decade or so ago by announcing that they knew who the people were who stole silver from the hotel in the past and were going to have them prosecuted.  Sets of silver knives, forks and spoons even such things as silver Champaign buckets on silver stands began arriving at the hotel from as far away as California.

Similarly all the governor of a state has to do is go on a tear.  Announce that thousands of arrests are pending for ineligibles if they dare to vote again.  “We know who you are.” Issue press releases with pictures of big frowning police officers standing in front of polling places.  My preference would be for a video showing a file of chained prisoners being taken into court and a grave voice urging ineligible voters not to let this happen to them.  You’ll be surprised at what happens.

And you haven’t spent a dime in legal fees.

...And stuck a fork in Eric Holder’s eye.

As a former local Police Chief allow me to let everybody in on a secret.  The governor of Florida or any other state where ineligibles litter the voting rolls can purge most of them a couple of weeks before the next election with a press release and there's nothing Eric Holder, Barack Obama or the entire Federal judiciary can do to stop him or her.  All they have to do is understand how local libraries used to (and may still) manage the return of sometime thousands of long overdue books. 

The library would go to the local Police Chief, describe the problem and the Chief would call the local papers and radio station and announce that arrests were pending for the worst offenders.  It’s a good story and invariably got a lot of noise.  That night and for a week or two following there’d be more books stacked up on the library’s front steps then they ever thought to get back.  Did the Police Chief lie?  Yes he lied to the book thieves.  Not to the press because any reporter who had been around for a while knew and was in on the joke.

I believe the Waldorf Astoria did something similar a decade or so ago by announcing that they knew who the people were who stole silver from the hotel in the past and were going to have them prosecuted.  Sets of silver knives, forks and spoons even such things as silver Champaign buckets on silver stands began arriving at the hotel from as far away as California.

Similarly all the governor of a state has to do is go on a tear.  Announce that thousands of arrests are pending for ineligibles if they dare to vote again.  “We know who you are.” Issue press releases with pictures of big frowning police officers standing in front of polling places.  My preference would be for a video showing a file of chained prisoners being taken into court and a grave voice urging ineligible voters not to let this happen to them.  You’ll be surprised at what happens.

And you haven’t spent a dime in legal fees.

...And stuck a fork in Eric Holder’s eye.

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