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Friday, December 10, 2004

How is voting like pitching a baseball?

The premise underlying every Democratic attempt to undermine the election results in recent years has been that every vote cast is a vote, whether the vote violates an election rule or not. The rules don't matter, what matters is counting every vote. But is an illegally cast vote a vote? We get many of our notions of fair play in competition from sports. Baseball is America so let's look at baseball for guidance.

Voting is like pitching a baseball. A pitch only counts if it is thrown legally. A pitcher who balks but still throws the ball over the plate hasn't thrown a legal pitch. The pitch is not called a strike and the count remains the same. The pitcher doesn't get a "do-over" either. Instead, the runners advance one base on a balk so when the pitcher throws his next pitch the count is the same but the game situation is different. Worse in fact. The umpires make the judgment call on whether a balk occurred. The pitcher's manager can argue with the umpire to get the call reversed on the ground that no balk occurred but he can't argue with the umpire to reverse the call because it's unfair not to count every pitch.

Voting is the same. The voter casts a vote and if it was done legally it gets counted; if it wasn't, it doesn't. Just as it's unfair to argue a balked pitch should count as a valid pitch it's unfair to argue an illegally cast vote should count as a legal vote.

-tdr

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