Some Votes Should Not Count

Here’s something professional politicos know well: the broader net a pollster casts, the better his poll results will be for the Left. “How out-of-touch is the Democratic Party?” Ask adults living in America and the poll comes in one way; ask only the American citizens registered to vote and it leans more towards the Right. Ask only those citizens registered to vote who are likely to vote and the poll leans rightward even more.

Democratic Party propagandists are therefore somewhat correct: so-called “voter suppression” usually benefits Republicans. When only the most committed vote, Republicans often win. 

The Democrats’ propaganda is in their ceaseless historical allusions to Jim Crow. The fight against voter suppression during Jim Crow—a fight of Republicans against Democrats—was about letting Americans vote when they wanted to vote. For Democrats, the fight against so-called voter suppression today is the inverse. It’s about getting Americans to vote when they don’t want to vote.

What is a vote anyway? People make innumerable selections daily: are they all votes? People give answers to pollsters constantly: are they all votes? Are “American Idol” votes really “votes?”

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? If a ballot falls into a ballot box but no voter is around to put it there, is it really a vote?

The quintessential tree fallen in the silent forest is the harvested ballot. In ballot harvesting, absentee ballots find their way into ballot boxes, but voters don’t put them there. A candidate does, through a surrogate, who gets paid per ballot. Laws limiting ballot harvesting are what Democrats in Congress seek to overturn. Such laws are what they call “voter suppression” in Georgia—but not in blue New York. 

New York also has laws limiting ballot harvesting through its restrictions on absentee voting, but Democrats don’t claim voter suppression there. Nor could they. Just last year, the state’s voters, overwhelmingly Democrats, rejected the Left’s insurrectionary push to allow all votes to be cast via absentee ballots. And, it’s a good thing they did. Unlimited harvesting of absentee ballots would have taken voting one step further from a solemn public duty and one step closer to an “American Idol” text-who-wins-style plebescite.

A vote is a solemn public duty of the American citizen to exercise his equal share of the one national sovereignty. National sovereignty was wrested from His Majesty King George III in 1776 by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, and now you have it. You’re supposed to use it better than King George did. You use it by voting. To vote properly, you must inform yourself well, reflect wisely, and vote with a single purpose: to further America’s welfare. A vote is not an opinion poll. With a poll, the goal is to get responses. With a vote, the goal is to choose wisely.

Democrats don’t want you to choose wisely. Democrats want you to choose Democrats. Democrats don’t want your solemn vote. Democrats want your ballot harvested. And, because Democrats can’t make unlimited ballot harvesting legal even in blue New York, to do so for the rest of the country, they attack democracy. They seek to abolish the Senate’s 215 year-old supermajority threshold, which they used just last Congress 327 times to their own advantage. They seek to abolish it now so that they can overturn state laws voters support with laws even Democratic Party voters oppose. But, the insurrection doesn’t stop with one law. Next, the Democrats seek to overthrow the independent Supreme Court so that their insurrectionary laws won’t get struck down. After that, they seek to enjoy forever election wins upon an everlasting bumper crop of harvested ballots.

Republicans should be frank about a few things most adults in America understand: some people choose to step up and some people don’t. Those who choose not to step up usually have good reasons for standing back. When the gang at the lawn party is trying to put up the volleyball net, those who don’t know how to do it hang back. Rightly so. So do those who don’t care about playing volleyball at all. Nobody gains if the ones who don’t know or don’t care take the lead. 

So it is with voting. If you don’t want to vote or you’re not sure whom to vote for, everybody is better off if you don’t vote at all. Everybody is worse off if, instead, you gin up an opinion when you don’t know what you’re doing and don’t care much about it anyway.

And so, a message to Democratic Party voters: when a Democratic Party ballot harvester knocks at your door, has you fill out a ballot, takes it from you, adds it to his mailman’s sack, and treks off to a drop box, do you really care what your vote is? If you would have opted to stay home watching “American Idol” reruns instead of going to a local polling place on election day, then the only vote of yours that should count is for your favorite soprano. If you want your vote to count for government, then go vote. In person.

No one is stopping you.

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About Sean Ross Callaghan

Sean Ross Callaghan is an attorney and a former law clerk for a U.S. District Court judge. He served in the Treasury Department, the Justice Department, and in the D.C. Attorney General’s office as an Assistant Attorney General. He is currently a tech entrepreneur. Follow him on Twitter @seanrcallaghan.

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