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WillYourVoteBCounted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-18-10 04:03 PM
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6. low turnout a really bad idea. Consider Bell, California
the turnout was microscopic, which allowed super crooked people to commit major
absentee ballot fraud. It is easier to rig elections that have really low turnout.

Calif. probe spotlights absentee ballot abuse
From's Tom Curry
Do absentee ballots increase the potential for vote fraud and corruption?
A case that might help shed light on that question is now unfolding in Californias Bell city, a low-income Latino municipality of 37,000 where fewer than 400 people voted in a 2005 election that opened the way for city officials to arrange huge increases in their own compensation.
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California's Scandal-Plagued City of Bell May Repay $22 Million in Bonds
By Christopher Palmeri - Nov 11, 2010 12:01 AM ET
Bells former city manager, Robert Rizzo, and two other officials resigned July 22, a week after the Los Angeles Times reported that they were paid a combined $1.6 million annually. One-in-four Bell residents lives below the poverty line, according the website The citys annual report listed per-capita income at $24,800 in 2008. Statewide, the figure was almost $42,700 that year, Bloomberg data show.

Rizzo, Mayor Oscar Hernandez and six other current and former city officials were arrested Sept. 21 on charges they misappropriated $5.5 million of city money, paying themselves through phantom committee meetings and illegal personal loans, according to a press release from Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley.
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