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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Election Day Absurdity: Conspiracy? Carelessness? Coincidence?

I wrote a bit ago about the bizarre, Election Day foul-up my friend Karen experienced (no Green ballots in English available at her polling place – she had to use a ballot in Spanish to vote). Now it’s time to follow-up a bit:

Our local Green Party representative told Karen that 26 other Greens in our county experienced problems voting – they too arrived at their polling places to discover a lack of Green ballots in English. One Green voter was stuck using a ballot in Chinese.

I have questions:

26 Green voters experienced problems out of how many Greens that showed up at the polls?

How many voters from each party experienced difficulties? (Did more Greens experience troubles than members of other political parties? Let's compare how many party members from each party had difficulty voting.)

Were the problems for the Greens concentrated in specific precincts? Spread out? More problems in one precinct than another?

Did Greens across the state experience similar problems? What about at the national level?

Has this happened before? To what extent? What was done about it?

Is the Green party tracking the problems?

Should I start wearing tinfoil on my head?


Blogger K9 said...

/bark bark bark

boyed, thanks for the screech out (peep out? sing out? chirp out...who knows what terns say.....) on fathers day.
im not a dad. i am however a likely cautionary tale for the nephews and nieces and so a useful instrument of instruction all the same. thanks bird.

as kermit said it isnt easy being green. i already told you my green story. but, whenever conservative leaning creatures such as moi range outta our yards to vote 3rd party anything, thats when the dems get in. i see more conservatives trying to make the libertarian thing fly and being frustrated than i see democrats straying away. i dont know.

i see you and helly are on the mend. makes me wag.
how nice to not have to word verify! thank you!


June 21, 2006 12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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June 21, 2006 5:44 PM  
Blogger CROAK said...

Who do you write to about this?
I'd put a party hat on if I were you, Bird. Tin foil on a little birds head whilst flying around could be a bit dangerous.

June 21, 2006 6:25 PM  
Blogger Bird said...

i want to reassure my readers - i am not deleting comments which express an opinion contrary to mine - the deleted comment by anonymous was spam.

wouldn't you know it - as soon as K9 expressed delight over the lack of word verification - i get a damn spammer.

they are truly the scourge of the Internet and blogoland.

June 21, 2006 6:40 PM  
Blogger Jack K. said...

Perhaps the spammers also have a hand in screwing with the Green ballots.

Just a thought.

June 22, 2006 9:55 AM  
Blogger The Flabbergasted Heathen said...

Thankfully, all of our ballots are bilingual.

June 23, 2006 11:08 AM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Bird'Sweet, a different green--mah rosemary is lush...mint too..read yore recipies and yum!

June 23, 2006 6:06 PM  
Blogger lettuce said...

You're not paranoid. They really are out to get you!

Yes, probably best go with the tinfoil. Or with this maybe?

June 24, 2006 9:47 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

hmmmmmmmm, jack might have something there; what other 'xplanation could there be!?! {grin}

June 24, 2006 12:37 PM  
Blogger Pete Bogs said...

I imagine Aunt B is good at cooking up some greens - maybe she can cook you up some Green ballots?

June 25, 2006 2:03 PM  

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