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Absentee Ballots Go Absent

Reported by Eleanor - August 30, 2004 -

This is a new twist on the drive to vote by absentee ballot. Greg Palast, famous for exposing the voter irregularities in Florida, has an article about Theresa LePore, Supervisor of Elections in Palm Beach, Florida, who was responsible for the butterfly ballot fiasco during the 2000 election.

Palast notes in his article that "Madame Butterfly" still knows how to keep people from voting. She had PARTY AFFILIATION printed on the OUTSIDE of each return envelope for absentee ballots,"making it easier to figure how which ballot is valid." She began tallying absentee ballots on Friday in her own re-election race. She refused to certify a single poll-watcher from opponents' organizations despite the legal requirement she do so by last week. She'll count her own votes herself, thank you very much!

And so far, she's doing quite well. Although 37,000 citizens have requested absentee ballots, she says she'd only received 22,000 when she began the count.

Palast says, "Please take note of the implications of this story for the big vote in November. Millions have sought refuge in absentee ballots as a method to avoid the dangers of the digitizing of democracy. Florida and other states are reporting 400%-plus increases in absentee ballot requests due to fear of the new computer voting machinery. Some refuge. LePore is giving us an early taste of how the Bush Leaguers intend to care for your absentee ballot."

Read the Palast article at Absentee Ballots Go Absent