Saturday, May 15, 2010

One Precinct Over the Line

I believe it was either Mark Ritchie or Josef Stalin who said: those who cast the votes decide nothing, those who count the votes decide nothing, those who create extra precincts decide everything.

Coincidentally or not, I noticed this curiosity from the post yesterday on the 2008 Minnesota Legacy Amendment, in the official results at the MN Secretary of State website:

Precincts Reporting: 100.02% (4131 of 4130)

Well isn't that convenient? In an election with the fate of over $6 billion in tax increases on the line, the government just happens to find one more precinct than actually exists to count, and the measure passes.

Yes, the measure passed by nearly 500,000 votes. But who's to say this phantom precinct isn't the size of greater Tucson? Especially if they were counting illegal immigrants!?

The more layers of this we peel, the more it stinks.