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  •  I was thinking that as well (21+ / 0-)

    (though not nearly in as picturesque a manner!)  When people, even if they are - gasp - black - in Illinois vote, we have to sign a sheet and be on the voter roll.  If we are not, we have to vote with a provisional ballot that gets checked against another list.

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    by KibbutzAmiad on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 05:36:30 AM PST

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    •  Provisional ballot? (6+ / 0-)

      Those get checked very closely. And if it's a tight finish, all ballots will be groomed with a fine tooth comb by half a dozen lawyers challenging the results. What a fool to have given the lawyers signed proof of your fraud.

      "Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates.” Simone Weil

      by chuco35 on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:33:55 AM PST

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    •  Yes, and that would be my vote fraud strategy (15+ / 0-)

      To steal the election in Maine I would bring a bus of African-Americans to a rural Maine polling station and provide them with names off the registration list. Who would suspect?

      And of course I'd have to substitute robots for the precinct captains since they no doubt are neighbors of some of the people with those names. Who would suspect?

      And then we'd have to systematically board up the windows and doors of said people so they don't try to vote, alerting everyone to the fraud. Who would suspect?

      That's the beauty of it. Robots, imprisonment, and fraud -- and no one will suspect a thing because the race issue will distract people from the true scope of the plan!

      "Stare at the monster: remark/ How difficult it is to define just what/ Amounts to monstrosity in that/ Very ordinary appearance." - Ted Hughes

      by MarkC on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:33:56 AM PST

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      •  Actually, this story has been repeated (14+ / 0-)

        many times in the past as justification for voter ID laws.

        The way the story usually goes is that many busloads of unregistered voters are brought to the polls, let off, and permitted to vote on the spot even though they are not registered. Or they are permitted to register on the spot and vote, even though they have no documents. Or perhaps that they do have documents, which have been forged by whoever sponsored the trip (ACORN, maybe). Or that they have documents that permit them to vote by impersonating dead people and those who have moved away, or even legal voters, etc. But of course not a single legal voter has ever come forward after someone else voted in their place in a scheme like this.

        I have heard this story told dozens of times over the past couple of years, and each telling situates it near the teller and claims that thousands of illegal votes were cast in that state or precinct alone.

        Of course, the illegal voters in the story are either inner city blacks getting paid for their votes or Mexicans bused directly from the border.

        This is just an instance of the GOP believing their own propaganda. He knows this is just a story and there is no evidence...yet. He is firmly convinced that if the investigation is thorough enough, they will uncover the smoking gun.

        •  Not in rural Maine towns (8+ / 0-)

          Everyone knows you, and there are no blacks who reside in them (for the most part).

          The entire debacle is so pathetically racist, it's beyond pathetic.

          Potential voter must show photo ID (ME driver's license, or a state ID), and proof of residency (i.e., something like a bill or rental receipt, with their physical residential address on it).

          You cannot simply show up sans either of the aforementioned, and vote via provisional ballot.

          The deputy clerk would never allow it (for good reasons).

          We're talkin' small rural Maine towns, here!

        •  That's always the complaint here in MN (1+ / 0-)
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          We have same day registration, and if you read the comments on election result stories from the local papers, it's all "VOTER FRAUD! BUSLOADS OF BLAH PEOPLE GOING FROM POLLING PLACE TO POLLING PLACE AND SAME-DAY REGISTERING STOLE THE ELECTION!"

          It's really incredible and not in a good way.

          I'd take a bullet for Neil Gaiman.

          by imonlylurking on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 10:47:04 AM PST

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      •  They would not be on a registration list. (3+ / 0-)
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        Not to defend this moron, but y'all have lost the plot.

        Maine has same day registration.That's the law in question here. GOP legislature got rid of it after 2010, and the voters put it back in a year ago. So, he's implying that people who didn't actually live there came in and registered and voted on election day, evading any way to check their residence or eligibility.

        Not bloody likely that this happened, but, in theory, it could happen.

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        by FischFry on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:23:31 AM PST

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        •  Was actually 2011, but yes, repealed same year n/t (2+ / 0-)
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          by Spud1 on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:48:37 AM PST

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          •  That's what I wrote (0+ / 0-)
            "GOP legislature got rid of it after 2010"
            After 2010 -- after the 2010 elections...when GOP legislature sat...which would be 2011. I thought that was clear.

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            by FischFry on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 08:59:42 AM PST

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            •  Y'all are missing the robot angle (2+ / 0-)
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              Which to me is the element of genius that the Republicans will never suspect...

              "Stare at the monster: remark/ How difficult it is to define just what/ Amounts to monstrosity in that/ Very ordinary appearance." - Ted Hughes

              by MarkC on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:10:10 AM PST

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