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  •  McKinley County, NM, where I'm from (1+ / 0-)
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    is a mostly Navajo, very poor, and Democratic area.

    According to Greg Palast:

    On Navajo lands, indecision struck on an epidemic scale. They walked in, they didn’t vote. In nine precincts in McKinley County, New Mexico, which is 74.7 percent Navajo, fewer than one in ten voters picked a president. Those who voted on paper ballots early or absentee knew who they wanted (Kerry, overwhelmingly), but the machine-counted vote said Indians simply couldn’t make up their minds or just plain didn’t care.

    On average, across the state, the machine printouts say that 7.3 percent — one in twelve voters — in majority Native precincts didn't vote for president. That's three times the percentage of white voters who appeared to abstain. In pueblo after pueblo, on reservation after reservation throughout the United States, the story was the same.

    Nationally, one out of every 12 ballots cast by Native Americans did not contain a vote for President. Indians by the thousands drove to the voting station, walked into the booth, said, "Who cares?" and walked out without voting for president.

    Now, maybe even considering that, Bush still won NM, but if I recall, he won it by an incredibly slim margin (hundreds of votes?). I just don't buy that there was no tinkering at all with the election; the evidence is overwhelming to me. And I'm a skeptic at heart, so it's annoying to me that people seem to consider this a conspiracy theory.

    We've watched this war with our hearts in our throats, knowing what there is to lose. -Barbara Kingsolver, "The Poisonwood Bible"

    by Rachel in Vista on Thu Jul 31, 2008 at 03:17:42 PM PDT

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    •  oh, my, it's a long story (1+ / 0-)
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      Rachel in Vista

      It sort of depends on what you mean by "this" in the last sentence. But I'm sure not asking you to believe that "there was no tinkering at all with the election."

      As I said, it's quite possible that Kerry should have won New Mexico. There were more than enough excess undervotes on the pushbutton DREs to account for the margin, although it isn't clear what proportion of them would have gone to Kerry. It also isn't clear whether the undervotes were due to deliberate tinkering, or innocent SNAFU.

      Every place has its own story. My own special beef is with the people that heard somewhere that the exit polls prove Kerry won and now are gonna trash anyone who doesn't go along with that, and with the people who never heard a fraud theory they didn't believe even if the theories tend to contradict each other. I've got no beef with you.

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