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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

The "tool of choice"

This is from the Florida Department of of Law Enforcement Report on "Florida Voter Fraud Issues," January 5, 1998:
"The lack of "in-person, at-the-polls" accountability makes absentee ballots the "tool of choice" for those inclined to commit voter fraud. "
Paul Krugman in today's New York Times:
"Recently the Florida Republican Party sent out a brochure urging supporters to use absentee ballots."
Sometimes, 1 + 1 = 2.

Note: I've referenced that FDLE quote many times since November 2000, when I started following the story about Republican operatives "fixing" 5000 absentee ballot applications in Seminole County by adding voter ID numbers.

I used to send out numerous emails about the Florida debacle to a select group of friends and colleagues. For example, I told them about the email I exchanged with a Volusia County election official (concerning the "computer error" and 10,000 possible Gore votes), reporter Jake Tapper (who was covering the Florida story on-line for, Steve Griffin (a constitutional law scholar and friend who testified in Florida hearings about the possible Electoral College shenanigans), other lawyers who explained the "consent decree" relating to the late military ballots, etc.

That mailing list was a fairly direct precursor to this blog.

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