We walked into our polling place and three elderly women addressed us in Spanish. We replied in English, causing the woman who we approached to frown. She carefully checked our voter card and DL and then our name (Horace Rumpole) against her list and handed us a Republican slip.
HR: Wrong slip. I'm a democract.
Poll: Worker: No eess blank on my page so I give you wah I wan.
HR: Look on my voter card. It says Democrat.
Poll: Worker: No says on my list so I can gev you.
HR: Get your supervisor.
Much discussion in Spanish ensues, of which I can follow most including the supervisor telling the woman words to the effect of "I told you not to do this."
Supervisor: I'm sorry. It was a mistake.
HR: Has she done this before?
HR: Then why did you just yell at her and tell her you told her not to do it again?
Supervisor: I didn't say that.
HR: Give me both your names so I can file a complaint.
More discussion in Spanish at which point I am given a form and told I have to fill it out there and return it to the Supervisor. I take the form, fold it and put it in my pocket.
Supervisor: You cannot do that.
HR: Call the police. In the meantime give me a democratic ballot before this gets worse for you.
I get the ballot, vote, and then to the mean stares of several elderly woman, scan my ballot and walk out.
Something occurred to us: Why are Republican Governors enacting "voter fraud" laws which will effectively disenfranchise tens if not over a hundred thousand eligible voters from voting (mostly minority voters with less access to IDs) when the demonstrable election fraud for the last decade amounts to less than three hundred votes? Why not enforce the laws on the books? And yet, the same party which wants to enact dozens of laws to deal with a minuscule problem that is almost theoretical (one poll impersonation for every 15 million votes as per this Washington Post article) , shouts the party line that the laws on the books should be enforced when it comes to handguns. Today 8 more children will be shot by handguns. How many elections will be changed by voter fraud? Just a thought.
In no particular order, we like Judge Wolfson, Judge Don Cohn, Kathy Fernandez-Rundle, Robert Copel, Alex Jimenz-Labora, Mauricio Padilla, Michelle Alvarez, Judge Teretha Lundy-Thomas. Best of luck to all.
Sex and the Single Girl: Helen Gurley Brown passed away yesterday. She certainly showed the world what Brown could do for you.
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