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(My San Antonio)   In Texas, you can now mail the absentee ballots of others. Claims that the practice "encouraged vote fraud" didn't wash with courts   ( divider line
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2006-11-03 10:21:30 AM  
You gotta love overly simplistic headlines. Oops, I meant overly simplistic submitters.
2006-11-03 10:24:20 AM  
This is far worse than any Diebold fears. This makes buying votes the easiest thing ever. I dont like this expanded trend of allowing mail in/absentee voting without a very good reason (true absentee voting).

When my dad was in high school in the late 40s/early 50s he made extra money on election day driving a truck around his small town. They would pick up the drunks, give them a pint of moonshine and a filled out ballot that someone snuck out first thing in the morning. The drunk would go in, get his ballot, cast the filled out one, and bring the blank one out. I guess we are returning to that system.
2006-11-03 10:24:22 AM  
Wow, there's a great idea that no one will try to manipulate...

Wonder how many multiple submissions they will get this election?
2006-11-03 10:27:13 AM  

I understand the reasoning behind the law, but the selective way it was enforced is worse than no law at all.
2006-11-03 10:31:25 AM  
Why is that the leader of the free world can't hold fair and equal elections that aren't marred by voter fraud accusations. Were using machines that can easily have their votes changed, not requiring ID at polling places, and now you can fill out someone elses absentee ballots.
2006-11-03 10:37:43 AM  

Seems to me the solution is to require absentee ballots be filled out in the presence of a court. For regular absentees, you go to your courthouse in advance. For other situations, you vote in a room with a judge who puts a signed seal on the envelope before it is mailed. That would work for military members on duty too. If you are bed ridden/hospitalized, someone comes to you for the verification of vote. Pain in the ass? Yes, but absentee voting should be a pain.
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