Re: election: I wonder.....

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Fri Nov 10 2000 - 11:25:11 MST

Spike Jones wrote:
> Damien Broderick wrote:
> > BTW, reverting to the original suggestion, is it *legal* to blatantly sell
> > your unmarked ballot in the States?
> No, and this is one election where those kinda tricks are not
> advisable. They are gonna be watching everything under a
> microscope.
> The ironies involved here run deep. With such a slim margin, a few
> hundred votes, there is *no question* that should Shrub win, that
> Nadir is responsible. So the far left has submarined the left. Should
> Gore be declared the winner, then Buchanan is to blame, and the
> far right has slain the right.

Yes, but only if none of the other recounts (the GOP is pushing Iowa, Wisconsin,
and a few other close states to recount as well) flip as well. For example, if
Iowa flipped to the GOP, Bore wouldn't have enough electoral votes even if he
won Florida, while Oregon and New Mexico, as of yesterday, still had not

> This experience has also placed a spotlight on the traditional dirty
> tricks that surround every election, the only difference being this
> one time, it really really matters. Examples being: calls to known
> Democrats claiming to be the NAACP, endorsing Bush. Another
> would be the gag email saying "Democrats vote Tuesday,
> Republicans vote Wednesday," or one of the very old standbys,
> used traditionally in the south, is to have a police car park near
> the polling place with the flashing lights going, which tends to
> cause a disproportionate number of Democrats to flee in terror.
> Old tricks that never mean anything, until now.

Technically, those avoiding polling places due to police presence are felon
fugitives, who shouldn't be voting anyways. Now what would be offensive is to
post some drug K-9 units at the doors, nailing anyone who smelled like drugs to
the dogs.

> I find it astounding that the future of the country is now in the
> hands of a few hundred Floridians living abroad. spike

Assuming they are still alive.

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