This may be the most important election in the history of the United States Senate. With Scott's vote, the Republicans will be able to effectively oppose radical legislation, which the majority of Americans, and Massachusetts residents oppose. It was just reported that the Dem. House of Reps election committee donated $$ to Coakley possibly against the election laws. Will Democrats engage in election fraud? Certainly so. Republicans have cast one or two fraudulent ballots since 1779, I'm afraid. But studies show that dead Democrats are 4 times more likely to vote than dead Republicans. So, what can we do to deter EVERYBODY (us included) from fraud?
There are several means by which fraud on the retail level is practiced. Fraudsters go to nursing homes to "help" patients vote. Or to fill out a ballot based on how he or she would have voted, but can't say because of a comatose state. College students are notorious for registering at home and at school. Claiming to be somebody who is dead is the most common. This is why Republicans want voters to produce photo ID and Dems don't.
Wholesale fraud is harder to fight. Spoiling ballots, destroying ballots, counting the "right" ones twice, etc. are harder to fight. But the citizen, alone or in small groups, can fight these, too. If anyone is interested in joining me, I'll explain a number of the most common tricks and how to fight them.
The first anti-fraud move is the easiest for every voter to employ. Never leave a blank choice on a ballot. Congressman Delahunt's first primary victory resulted from a judge's decision that the vast majority of the blanks were votes for him. During the Bush/Gore election mess in FL, the MA Sec. of State told the Gore camp that "butterfly ballots" weren't going to change the total, but the could win if they could get the blanks in play. If you can't vote for any candidate, vote Mickey Mouse as a write-in.
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