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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Suzanne takes you down

It's hard to like the people who run political campaigns. Now they're sending around snitch sheets to tell you which of your neighbors vote, and which ones don't. Yeah, that's technically a public record, but is it really necessary to blab it all over, creating tension among neighbors where none is needed?

And for what? To get Suzanne Bonamici into Congress? Already she's got a strike against her in our book. Her campaign has taken the low road, as has her opponent's.

Oh, wait, don't tell me -- she has no control over that mailing. Uh huh.

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In a past life I used the vote history available publically to help school districts with their levies. We sent targeted mailings to people that voted in the past, and different mailings to people that normally didn't vote. Then once the votes started coming in we would get updated files to build the call lists, the goal being that they never had to waste time calling people that had already voted, they could concentrate on encouraging the people who had yet to vote to get their ballot in. Yes, we heard from people that didn't like that we had access to that information, especially when they said they had sent the ballot in, to try to get the person off the phone, but the county said they hadn't received it.

Talk about a move that could seriously backfire in your face as a candidate by offending people with your grotesque nosiness. It takes a special kind of moron to come up with an idea like that one. Seriouslly...you're going to walk up to your neighbor and shame them into voting or whatever? It has a real totalitarian flare to it that almost sickens me. One of the hallmarks of any democratic society is a secret ballot, and a person in a free society has a right to not vote and that choice should remain as much of a secret as who you voted for if you did vote.

Bonamici has a serious get-out-the-vote effort going on. I've had three door-to-door canvassers in the last week reminding us to vote and of course to vote for her. This must be part of that effort. Maybe her internal polling shows it so close that she needs every vote she can get.

I can see how some people might be offended by this.

Maybe before they confront anyone about their PUBLIC voting records, they might want to cross reference the PUBLIC records on concealed carry permits.

As big elections near, the endless phone canvassers (exempt from do not call lists) finally get my best response, "I cannot vote. I was convicted of felony assault on a phone solicitor".

Most voter fraud involves abuse of absentee ballot. Oregon has an absentee election.

Bonamici is just another tool of the Public Employee Unions. I know because both my parents retired on PERS.

Compared to the Rs, the National Ds have all the strategic sense of a box of rubber balls.

Next up for Suze: card-check.

That race has been one of the ugliest I can remember in this state. My parents live in Hillsboro, and the calls/canvassers/ads on both sides have just been ripping the other to shreds.

As big elections near, the endless phone canvassers (exempt from do not call lists) finally get my best response, "I cannot vote. I was convicted of felony assault on a phone solicitor".

There's an easy way to not get these calls: vote as soon as you get your ballot. The campaigns get updated lists from the county elections bureau, and they only call people who haven't voted. If you vote early, you'll notice that you don't get those calls.

And now you know.....

Ya...I know that Dave J.

But some of us are none to crazy about having our envelopes opened early enough to be kicking around the elections office long enough to be "lost" as seems to happen frequently lately. Ruth Bendl has written and testified extensively on the fraud potential of early mail in voting and counting. And don't get me started on "provisional ballots" or "motor voter registration".

The entire process is riddled with fraud potential and lack of accountability. Oregon's vote by mail could teach Chicago something about voter fraud...without leaving any tracks.

We are supposed to have an election DAY...Not an election MONTH.

"OH...LOOK. Here's another tray of previously uncounted ballots we overlooked on the last two recounts."

Extreme gorilla marketing tactics. Wow.

The primary reason I don't fill out and turn in my ballot as soon as it arrives is I worry some last minute bit of info that might change that vote.
Say something like the candidate's entire staff quit the Friday before the election.
Opps, the candidates party helped keep that hidden...

I would bet good money Daphna Stadig is a Cornilles supporter who is looking for any reason to plant a troll story in the media in order to get Lars Larson and all the Repubs in a tizzy to distract from the obvious fact Cornilles lost and lost hard. Instead of blaming Rob Cornilles for running a craptastic campaign, they will just sit in a circle and moan about a mailer.

If Suzanne Bonamici was doing this, then why is KATU the only one reporting it?

Hell, why was it reported just yesterday?

If this kind of behavior was "disturbing" citizens such as Daphna Stadig, then wouldn't this story have broken a week or few back instead of breaking the day before the election?

All I see is basically a push article trying to influence an election just like a push poll. Looks like it did not turn out too well.

a nice lady stopped by yesterday asking me if I voted. I told her that I mailed it in on Friday. She asked me if I voted for bonamici, so I said, "no, I voted for the other guy" :)

the only solicitors more annoying are the census morons.

And I see the Republican shills have brought out their "massive voter fraud" lies to infest this thread. Can't stand it when your "lessers" decide to vote, eh?

Voter fraud's been going on since the dawn of time. It always requires some degree of "insider" power. It's kind of foolish to think it won't happen today.

Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

So the disgraced/do-nothing Member of Congress is replaced by his cover-up attorney's wife.

The Democratic Machine wins again, Oregon. How's that working out for you so far?

Agreed, the mailer was not the smartest thing to do for the campaign.

But I'll defend the notion that voter registration and participation should be a public record, as it does help control fraud.

Whether you extend that notion to cover age and party affiliation (both are also a public record but weren't part of the mailer, although one might presume that the mailer only included D's and I's, not R's.) is, I think, a subject for healthy discussion.


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