Discussion in 'Congress' started by Modbert, Oct 19, 2008.
Voters say they were duped into registering as Republicans - Los Angeles Times
You'd be surprised how widespread this shit is. I've seen them doing this for several election cycles. In 2004, they duped a girlfriend of mine into signing some petition allegedly against child predators and they got her name on their voter registration card and changed her registration to republican without her knowledge.
They do it for several reasons, but one major one is the more people they can drop off the democratic rolls, that's just less people the Democratic campaigns have on their registration lists to call for get out the vote efforts or for donations. Also, sometimes they switch people to absentee voter without their knowledge and then when they go to the polls on election day they're totally fucked. They can't vote.
Its way more widespread than any shit ACORN has ever been demonstrated to do. And unlike ACORN workers making up some fake names to get paid more money, this is intentional voter suppression. Its intended to try to sway an election.
You know what I did when I found out what those dudes did to my girlfriend? I drove down to their registration table, made them give back my girlfriend's registration card, ripped it up in their face, and announced to everyone in front of the store what these hacks were doing. Then, I reported them to law enforcement. I never saw them in front of that store again.
What happened to your girlfriend happened here.
Another thing this trickery accomplishes is that in closed election states you are forced out of voting in the primaries. For instance, in Florida you may only vote in the primary of your party. Imagine showing up at the polls and not being allowed to vote.
This is true voter fraud but since it's done by Republicans there is no outcry among them.
Why do you have to register as anything? Can't you just rock up and vote whatever you like?
Only for the primaries, in the general election you do not have to declare a party.
Okay, so you have to register and vote for your preferred candidate if you are a registered Republican, Democrat etc. And so you get to tell the party who the rep is going to be without being a paid up member of the party? Is that it?
You get to vote for which party candidate you'd like to see nominated. It doesn't mean the others in the party will go along with you. It's the reason you hear so many complaints about 'crossovers' trying to influence the other party's selection.
I need to break out my USPOLSCI books from undergrad days.
I also need to slap myself.
No, please, don't offer, it's something I have to do myself
*yawn* The best defense is a good offense, eh?
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