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Absentee voting upsets the Mackinac Center's Jack Spencer

by: Eric B.

Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 10:46:02 AM EST


So, here in Michigan we run our elections through our local clerks. This isn't news to anyone reading this blog, because you all know it. The clerks run the elections, and are responsible for voting initiatives. Most of us are familiar with some of the things Camille Sabaugh has done in Macomb County to encourage greater voting, and we all know that a bunch of local clerks revolted against Ruth Johnson's redundant voter application citizenship question. In fact, this was one of the reasons why we streamlined the number of days on which we can hold elections, and why earlier this year a couple folks suggested it was time to amend the U.S. Constitution so that municipalities in Thad McCotter's district didn't have to shell out money for a special election to replace him.

Rumpled newspaperman Jack Spencer learned that Lansing's city clerk was running an election, and suspected sinister deeds afoot.

Some voters in Lansing got an early opportunity to vote that others in the state didn't have, and some Republicans say that bonus day for absentee voting looked suspiciously like a maneuver to boost turnout for Democrats.

The "conspiracy" involves Lansing's city clerk handing out absentee ballots to people, and allowing those people to fill them out and turn them in, in one convenient location. The clerk informs rumpled newspaperman Jack Spencer that the event was open to anyone, to which a Republican strategist said that it wasn't. Meanwhile, the Secretary of State's office said nothing illegal happened as long as the people voting qualified for absentee ballots. Probably if any conservatives showed up, they'd have been whisked away to FEMA camps for re-education.

How many people were able to exercise their franchise that day? A couple of hundred ... the exact margin by which Obama won Michigan and Proposal 2 passed. Dastards!

The real issue here, and by real issue I mean what this tells us as opposed to the conspiratorial fantasies of rumpled newspaperman Jack Spencer, is why we aren't doing more of this.

Eric B. :: Absentee voting upsets the Mackinac Center's Jack Spencer
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If you are going to opine about something, don't be ignorant of it... (4.00 / 1)
I liked this line:
Many local communities across the state, including Lansing, allowed absentee voting on Nov. 3.

I can assure Mr. Spencer that ALL communities had AV voting on November 3rd---clerks are required by state law to be open on the Saturday before the election.  

I guess Mr. Spencer needs to brush up on the law concerning AV voting before he starts spouting off about it.  


Too funny (0.00 / 0)
He's angry because they un-suppressed the vote.  

Communications Guru The Conservative Media http://liberalmedianot.blogspot.com

Republicans view allowing voters (0.00 / 0)
to vote as a conspiracy... how is it that the "liberal" media is not all over this?  


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