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NO campaign thanks YES
campaign for abuse of Absentee Ballots, encourages re-vote by mail
(Jun 8, 2007)
thousand dollars says a re-vote by mail to all ELIGIBLE voters on the
Community College issue would produce an overwhelming defeat. Wanna bet?
Boise, ID – Adding
insult to injury, the YES campaign instigators who abused Idaho’s Absentee
Ballot system in the Community College election thumbed their noses at all
the eligible voters and lied in an Idaho Statesman Reader’s View on Friday,
June 08, 2007.
The YES campaign
said, “More than two-thirds of voters in Ada and Canyon counties said yes”
to the new Community College system. That’s not exactly true and the YES
campaign’s tricky word play constitutes an intentional lie. The YES
instigators should have clarified by saying, “two-thirds of the VOTERS WHO
VOTED,” but even that is not true since only 62% of the VOTERS WHO VOTED in
Canyon county voted yes, not 67%.
The truth is that
NEITHER two-thirds of the ELIGIBLE or REGISTERED VOTERS in Ada or Canyon
counties voted yes for the new Community College. Of the VOTERS WHO DID
VOTE, 62% of Canyon County voters voted yes, and 70% of Ada County voted
The total number of
eligible voters in Ada and Canyon counties is approximately 500,000.
246,700 are registered to vote. Of the 46,000 who voted, 31,500 voted yes,
14,500 voted no.
numbers: 6% of the ELIGIBLE VOTERS voted yes; 13% of the REGISTERED VOTERS
voted yes. Clearly the system is broken when a 6% minority of the voting
population can raise property taxes for the other 94%.
The YES campaigners
not only lied in their insulting article, they lied during the election by
gaming the rules. First, they called a “special election” which means the
Secretary of State does not have to send out voter information. That makes
it secret unless you read the Statesman Classifieds. Second, the YES group
mailed 13,500 unsolicited Absentee Ballot brochures to selected voters so
those voters could vote at home. Absentee Ballots are meant for voters who
will be absent on business, vacation, or fighting in Iraq, not sitting at
home. 85% of the Absentee Ballots voted yes, as predicted.
The YES campaigners
rebut by saying, “Hey, if the eligible voters fail to show up to vote, they
deserve to lose.” But remember, the use of Absentee Ballots refutes the YES
groups’ own defense since their own supporters did not show up to vote. The
yes voters were spoon fed their voter packets by mailing Absentee Ballots to
Maybe the voting
system isn’t broken. Maybe we should take a hint from the Pirates of the
YES Campaign and pass a law that requires Idaho to mail Absentee Ballots to
ALL ELIGIBLE VOTERS in every Idaho election so we can all vote at home by
mail. Since Idahoans can register at the polls, Absentee Ballots should be
sent to all eligible voters, not just registered voters.
In fact, I challenge
the YES campaigners to a re-vote: a thousand dollars says a re-vote by mail
to all ELIGIBLE voters in Ada and Canyon counties on the Community College
issue would produce an overwhelming defeat. Wanna bet? -- FM Duck
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