Let’s kick off our first election day skullduggery thread with a personal story. Last night Dr. Mrs. Dr. F., a Pennsylvania voter, was poking around Talbot’s and similar for some new pants and a popover ad announced in big all-caps letters that “to prevent long lines, Republicans vote on Tuesday and Democrats will vote on Wednesday”. In case anybody is confused, yes, we all vote today: women, Democrats and everyone else. This particular scam is older than radio, but if it nets a few chumps then a bad actor’s modest effort usually pays off. DMDF closed the ad and the window so that’s all that I have for now. Have any of you seen this? I would love if someone could help me learn who is pulling this shit.
In other news, keep an eye for those now-standard stories about miscalibrated touch-screen voting machines. People get understandably upset when their device registers a vote for the wrong guy, but it seems to happen pretty much at random and has affected both parties. Like voter impersonation fraud this method of vote stealing is too easily caught, carries a pretty stiff prison sentence and it happens intentionally a lot less than people think. But it does happen, so double check before confirming your vote and verify on the printout if your voting machine has one.
ETA: If your machines do not have a paper printout, please ask your local elections office to check their heads.