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left on green only Donating Member (270 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-27-11 09:36 PM
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21. If you think that is bad......
then you might also be interested to read that one time when I was voting during the 70's, the method being used was the manual punching of ballot cards done by the voter inside a private voting booth. When a person was finished voting, they took their punched ballot card and were then obliged to hand it over to a Registrar of Voters "volunteer", who was then supposed to drop the punched ballot card into the slot in the top of a big white box.

At that time I was living in a right wing neo-fascist community, and all of the "volunteers" at my poling place looked to me to be right wing nazis to the core. When I gave my punched ballot card to the volunteer standing in front of the big white box, he looked to see what I had punched out in a specific area of the card, and then he placed my ballot in a special stack that was lying along side of the box. When I protested, I was told to "move along". Later, after I arrived home, I called the office of the Registrar of Voters and reported what had happened. I was told that my eyes must have deceived me, because such a thing was not possible. I was told that the "volunteer" could not possibly have known what I had voted for by looking at the position of the punched holes on my ballot. Although at the time I was not naive enough to believe that, I was still very young and somewhat unfamiliar with the way things worked in the "adult" world.

I would assert that right wing voter fraud is not anything new. It has been going on for years. Needless to say, all of my voting choices on that day were for liberal candidates, as well as liberal positions on all of the ballot measures. While that form of fraud specifically has never happened to me again, what I have experienced on more than one occasion since, is having the "volunteer" hold the completed ballots in their hand until a number of them have accumulated, before then depositing them into the slot, en mass. On those occasions, I now stand at the table and wait until I see the "volunteer" drop my ballot into the box. Unfortunately, I am still voting in right wing neighborhoods with volunteers who largely appear before my eyes as being from the fascist right.

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