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I don't know whether this is for real or not, since it's only posted on LiveJournal. But if it is, this puts the "butterfly ballot" to shame.

The Sam ([info]emperorsargosa) wrote in [info]2004_elections,
@ 2004-10-01 11:37:00

Alright, time for some awesome election year bullshit.

Behind the cut is Michigan's absentee ballot (scanned by a friend of mine). Pay close attention to the Presidential section and the arrows...

update: moved big image below the cut

See the original post on LiveJournal for the full-size image of the ballot.

UPDATE: This has been diaried already. For anyone who's having palpitations, the ballot was only for one county and replacements have apparently been printed.

Originally posted to neil on Mon Oct 04, 2004 at 08:49 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  It was a printing error (none)
    It's been corrected.

    Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

    by Maryscott OConnor on Mon Oct 04, 2004 at 08:55:57 PM PDT

  •  Diaried (none)
    This has been diaried in the past few days. If you search, you should get some useful information.
  •  please no. (none)
    I hope this is a joke, this is worse than the butterfly ballot. Who could be stupid or malicious enough to send out ballots like this?
  •  Burning Democratic Absentee Ballots Is Next (none)
    Could be a hoax. Check the fonts.
    It seems that would be too obvious an attempt to f with the vote. I do worry that what happened in Duvall county (which got less press attention) might happen again. Voters were instructed to vote on every page. The Presidential ballot ran on for many pages. Duvall (a democratic county) had a much higher rate of votes nullified for overvoting than all other counties. I guess checking ballot design in democratic districts is on the to do list this year.  
  •  no way (none)
    I can't believe that's real. I have used optical can ballots for years and have never seen anything like that. The battlots are printed in one color, so there is no possibility that the arrows somehow slipped out of position during printing. Even Bush-Cheney supporters would be mad about this since there is no arrow for them to fill in (I don't think many of them would complete the arrow next to Kerry/Edwards and assume it would register as a vote for Bush/Cheney).

    If it is real, the Secretary of State should be impeached.

    •  The Bush voters will figure out the misalignment (none)
      ... and the Kerry voters will just fill in the arrow pointing to their candidate. Same as the butterfly ballot.
    •  it's possible (none)
      People are dumb and somebody could have misaligned something in Quark or whatever is used to lay the ballots out.  But, what has just occurred to me, is that this is actually not something that would have helped Bush at all.  A scanner doesn't know which arrow is the "top," just which one is complete.  I know we love to get riled up around here (myself included), but I think we were probably wrong on this one.
      •  exactly (none)
        the scanner would record the vote in whatever way it was programmed to. The programmer, if he didn't know about the misalignment, would assume that an arrow at that position on the ballot was a vote for Kerry, and program the scanner accordingly.

        At least there is a paper trail!

  •  aoeu (none)
    The democratic primary gave republican secretaries of state a nice list of people to fuck with when they request absentee ballots.

    I'm just saying...

    I'm doing "early voting" instead of absentee voting for just this reason.

    My turtles laughter
    was loud when the Yankees lost
    22 to zilch

    by TealVeal on Mon Oct 04, 2004 at 09:13:15 PM PDT

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