Author’s note: This post originally appeared at http://redcounty.com/content/oregon-most-corrupt-state-union-pt-2 on Oct 29, 2010. Pertinent archives are being migrated to this new blog.
Ok, so I’ve laid out just a little bit of background information.
Now to the big news of Election Season, 2010. It appears that the national, coordinated efforts to steal this election have not skipped Oregon:
Clerk warns against private ballot deliveryA group calling itself the Yamhill County Voters Association is going door to door collecting general election ballots for delivery to the Yamhill County Clerk’s Office.
County Clerk Becky Stern-Doll said neither the group nor the activity has been authorized by her office, which supervises local elections. She said members of her staff wear badges and only pick up ballots that have been deposited in one of the county’s 12 locked drop boxes.
Here’s what’s amazing – THIS ISN’T ILLEGAL IN OREGON.
It’s not hard to imagine a group who has a vested interest in the outcome of the election preying on the elderly, the infirm, the uneducated. “Oh, Mrs. Johnson, don’t worry, let me drive this ballot over to the county elections office. I’ll take good care of it.”
Do you think there might be some campaigns, unexpectedly closer in the polls to their challenger, who might be tempted to act in desperation? Is there anything stopping career politicians from pulling out all the stops to save their status, their salary, their influence?
There are even anecdotal reports of “ballot scalping”. The rumor is that some college students who have no opinion about the elections will have the opportunity to sell their ballot.
One question: Would ANY of these shenanigans be possible if there weren’t an exclusive vote by mail system?