October 29th, 2008


A question

If I don't close comments here, when I link to a photo post on TKP I get some comments.

If I do close comments here, I don't get any there.

So, I wonder, is there something which seems specifically unfriendly about commenting there? I'd like to have some sort of actual community there, so that people who want to talk photography can do so, and so that people who find that site (and not this one) have a sense of someplace welcoming to discussion.

Pixel Stained

About that voter suppression

A week ago I wrote a post about the Republican vote suppression efforts.

One of the things I mentioned was someone making a joke about telling people the parties vote on diffierent days, so those who are registered Democrats would stay home on election day.

Someone seems to have done it for real, Flier says Virginians vote on different days.

A phony State Board of Elections flier advising Republicans to vote on Nov. 4 and Democrats on Nov. 5 is being circulated in several Hampton Roads localities, according to state elections officials.

In fact, Election Day, for voters of all political stripes, remains Nov. 4.

The somewhat official-looking flier - it features the state board logo and the state seal - is dated Oct. 24 and indicates that "an emergency session of the General Assembly has adopted the follwing (sic) emergency regulations to ease the load on local electorial (sic) precincts and ensure a fair electorial process."

The four-paragraph flier concludes with: "We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but felt this was the only way to ensure fairness to the complete electorial process."

Assuming the local officials do their jobs, and that they manage to catch these bastards (because what they are doing is undermining the electoral process) they will find they picked the wrong state to pull that trick. Virginia is one of the few states in which that's a crime. It's only a misdemeanor, but we can hope each flier is a separate count.

Assuming the fliers fail, there seems to be worse going on in Florida:

Three Hialeah voters say they had an unusual visitor at their homes last week: a man who called himself Juan, offering to help them fill out their absentee ballots and deliver them to the elections office.

The voters, all supporters of Democratic congressional candidate Raul Martinez, said they gave their ballots to the man after he told them he worked for Martinez. But the Martinez campaign said he doesn't work for them.

Juan "told me not to worry, that they normally collected all the ballots and waited until they had a stack big enough to hand-deliver to the elections department," said voter Jesus Hernandez, 73. "He said, 'Don't worry. This is not going to pass through the mail to get lost.'"

I'm sure all of it is the work of a, "few bad apples." I also know that one bad apple can spoil the barrell.