October 19, 2008

50-50 Odds in Las Vegas

New Mexico, that is.

There's a reason why a whole lot of Democratic observers are only giving Obama a fifty percent chance of being named the next president, and it has less to do with this:

"When you got a Negra running for president, you need a first stringer. He’s definitely a second stringer."

and more to do with this:

"On February 5th, the day of the Super Tuesday caucus, a school-bus driver named Paul Maez arrived at his local polling station to cast his ballot. To his surprise, Maez found that his name had vanished from the list of registered voters, thanks to a statewide effort to deter fraudulent voting. For Maez, the shock was especially acute: He is the supervisor of elections in Las Vegas.

Maez was not alone in being denied his right to vote. On Super Tuesday, one in nine Democrats who tried to cast ballots in New Mexico found their names missing from the registration lists. The numbers were even higher in precincts like Las Vegas, where nearly 20 percent of the county's voters were absent from the rolls."

For those pissing and moaning about ACORN, which is an attempt by communities to register the poor and homeless to vote, try this on for size.

Which is worse: stopping people, specifically the poor, from voting; or an unemployed registrar going to a graveyard and writing names of dead people as voters? Here's a hint: in one case, dead and imaginary people are signed to the rolls who don't vote; in the other, living people who are on the rolls can't vote.

If you still can't tell, I can guess which party you belong to.


posted by Thursday at 11:26 pm


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