Election Officials Present to Congress: No Presidential Election in 2016
In A Series of Fortunate Misfortunes, The U.S. Moves To Cancel the 2016 Election.
It’s a moment of international embarrassment, but greatness can return to the United States, it’s just unlikely that that greatness can be found in this Presidential Election’s candidates, according to Election officials nationwide.
The decision came on June 3rd, 2016 when a union of County Election officials voted 3–5 that the 2016 Presidential Election will not be one that will provide outcome in candidates that will be fit to lead the free world and a country currently riddled with social and economy imbalance. “We’re almost there, but just not quite.” said Frank Dilliard, who lead a group of divergent Election Officials, claiming that they’ve seen more than 20,000 potential super delegates avoiding the polls during this season’s primaries due to a lack luster roster of candidates who may not adequately portray the best interest of America’s common good. “With the candidates we’re seeing and their impact on the American public, we decided to avoid a complete disaster in November.”
With the candidates we’re seeing and their impact on the American public, we decided to avoid a complete disaster in November.
The decision, presented before Congress on June 3rd begs the ultimate question about Democracy in the U.S. What happens to the Presidency and the country should the People determine that no one person is fit to be elected?
According to Dennis Thompson, Professor at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, the demonstration is the most American gesture the people have done since the United States’ independence from Britain.
“Here you have a true example of Americans acting in a manner reflected in a line by line basis from the Declaration of Independence,” Thompson said on June 4th. “To find presidential candidates so unfit to lead the country, that the entire electoral process is interrupted, reflects that America is looking for a different future — one they cannot seem to find in the current running candidates.”
So, in essence, Americans have given up on the running candidates. With the GOP and Republicans walking the path of an inevitable split, and the Democratic party still out of balance on a definite win between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, it appears the pressures of choosing lessers of evils has overshadowed issues that are important to Americans.
“Race relations are a major, if not the biggest determining factor that is unsettling,” stated Julie Sze of UC Davis’ Cultural Science Program. Sze leads the departments research and studies in Race and Science and Environmental Justice efforts. “Race, Gender relations, a fear of foreign terrorism, and who has the best interests for marginalized populations in our country have been offset by a focus moreso on who are the villains of the election.”
Sze’s concern with the way candidates are seen focuses on the moral decision Americans have been forced to make regarding which candidates are looked at positively and which ones are looked at as having bad character. Yet Donald Trump, attacked over and over for his radical views on race relations — specifically between Americans, Arab communities, and the Latino community — is seen as “having the answers” to America’s economic problems. Additionally he fuels his defense of his character with stark bigotry and racism, rather than presenting solutions to the economy, foreign policy, and healthcare.
But with his overwhelming support, how have Americans been able to come together to agree that there will be no voting in 2016?
“It wasn’t easy,” Moe Gracie of the Hillsborough County Office of Elections said with a sigh of fatigue. “The problem is that for years, Americans have felt like they’ve been cheated out their votes and they’ve felt like there has been a lot of injustice in the election system.” His reference was direct: gerrymandering, redistricting, the resurfacing of election malpractice, which includes an American being asked to pay a poll tax.
“They were afraid that we were asking them not to vote, but going into nicer neighborhoods — the suburbs, Town ‘N Country, West Chase — and allowing those folks to vote. But we assured them of the consistent poll closing throughout our county.”
Hillsborough County was just one of many counties working towards shut down since the year’s first Super Tuesday.
“We weren’t seeing the true numbers coming out and we knew something was wrong.” Gracie said.
The communication more than the widespread consensus seemed to surprise Sze. “To have Americans trust in their local and municipal election leaders tells a lot about how culture and politics is shifting in America.”
While it had been thought that supporters of Bernie Sanders just weren’t going out, the truth was that voter outcomes, while significantly high, quickly began to decline.
The verdict according to Dennis Thompson is that Americans know that things can get better, but with the wrong person in office, things can get worse.
“I think that it’s interesting to see now, in June, what our options will be before Novemeber. What’s going to be more interesting is how American’s views on Congress will change now that they are potentially the operating body that can move the country forward.”
As of June 4th, no members of Congress were available to comment.
“The best thing Americans can do now, if this is the path we’re going, is to look at their elected Representatives and Senators. They’re now in a position to be scrutinized and relied on more than ever,” Thompson said.
The above article, while utilizing the names of true Harvard and UC Davis faculty/staff, is completely fictitious and is a body of creative writing which I hope to use to inspire Americans in 2016 to revisit the privilege of democratic voting and what it means to our country, more than ourselves.