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RINGLEADER
10-21-2004, 04:07 PM
I was starting to deduce that the Dem plan on election day/night/subsequent weeks would be two-fold: stuff the ballots with enough provisional ballots in the wrong precincts to attempt to say with a straight face that the numbers being counted on election night might no represent the final tallies and then argue via the PR campaign that was reported last week that Bush/GOP aren't counting every vote or are disenfranchising voters.

Never mind that most of the states have had established laws governing how provisional ballots are cast/counted. The Dems went judge-shopping, found favorable Clinton appointees on the federal bench (who really had no reason to hear the cases to begin with) to throw out the existing laws, in furtherence of what I think is pretty clearly a plan to muck up the public's confidence in the election returns should Bush prevail.

Fortunately, another federal judge has ruled that this scheme is not going to fly. From the AP:

In a defeat for Democrats, a federal judge in Florida says thousands of "provisional ballots" won't be counted if voters cast them in the wrong precinct.

The Florida Democratic Party had sued state elections officials, arguing that a new federal law required that wrong-precinct votes be counted. State officials disagreed, saying that Florida law makes it clear that only votes cast in the correct precinct can count.

Judge Robert Hinkle's ruling is at odds with similar cases in Ohio and Michigan. There, judges ruled that provisional ballots at the wrong precinct must be counted.

Chief Henry
10-21-2004, 04:10 PM
Thank God. No what about that fiasco in OHIO
where people can vote in any precinct that they want to in certain counties...i beleave.

nychief
10-21-2004, 04:25 PM
I was starting to deduce that the Dem plan on election day/night/subsequent weeks would be two-fold: stuff the ballots with enough provisional ballots in the wrong precincts to attempt to say with a straight face that the numbers being counted on election night might no represent the final tallies and then argue via the PR campaign that was reported last week that Bush/GOP aren't counting every vote or are disenfranchising voters.

Never mind that most of the states have had established laws governing how provisional ballots are cast/counted. The Dems went judge-shopping, found favorable Clinton appointees on the federal bench (who really had no reason to hear the cases to begin with) to throw out the existing laws, in furtherence of what I think is pretty clearly a plan to muck up the public's confidence in the election returns should Bush prevail.

Fortunately, another federal judge has ruled that this scheme is not going to fly. From the AP:

In a defeat for Democrats, a federal judge in Florida says thousands of "provisional ballots" won't be counted if voters cast them in the wrong precinct.

The Florida Democratic Party had sued state elections officials, arguing that a new federal law required that wrong-precinct votes be counted. State officials disagreed, saying that Florida law makes it clear that only votes cast in the correct precinct can count.

Judge Robert Hinkle's ruling is at odds with similar cases in Ohio and Michigan. There, judges ruled that provisional ballots at the wrong precinct must be counted.


Yes, the democratic party is trying to "steal" the election. BUT, the forces of good have prevailed in the good state of Florida. Alas, our plan of taking the white house and installing a socialist government have been foiled. But think about what might have been.... Finally we could have outlawed all firearms, and we would have had the United Nations control every aspect of the american way of life. We would have changed the national language to spanish, and burned all the churches.... damn you Florida!!!!!