Tuesday, October 19

Sign a Petition, find yourself registered as a Republican

Caught this over at Susans spot, the Suburban Guerrilla, which will allow me to float an idea that has occasionally banged around the inside of me skull. But before we go there let's take a look at yet another stupid Republican dirty trick.
Students, who last month signed a petition that was being circulated on the Blue Bell campus to legalize marijuana for primarily medicinal purposes, now are finding out that they are registered Republicans.
"This is just very disheartening," said Plymouth resident Jennifer Fugo, a 24-year-old continuing education student who describes herself as a "victim of voter registration manipulation."
"Everyone is encouraging young people to register and vote and then they experience something like this," Fugo said Monday. "This is just outrageous."
Fugo, who had been living in New York, this summer returned to the area and, in August, had her voter registration transferred to Plymouth. Her new registration card at that time correctly listed her party affiliation as a Democrat.

Imagine her surprise last week, said Fugo, when she received a new registration card from the county that listed her as a registered Republican.
"It is disgraceful and detestable, not to mention illegal, to alter anyone's voter registration without that person's consent," Fugo said. "The thought that there is a special interest group in my area that is knowingly defrauding citizens voting records is outrageous, no matter what party or interest group is perpetrating this act."

When she contacted the county's voter registration office, she was advised that she was not the only MCCC student who was a victim of registration fraud.
Pretty cheap and sleazy, eh. Leave no Dirty Trick Behind should be the motto for the Republican party. Sign a petition, a petition carefully chosen to lull the victims, and end up with inflated registration numbers, sheer genius.

Allrighty then. The Idea I mentioned earlier popped into my head way back in the end of July when I posted about special republican absentee ballots. It occured to me that if I was a floridian, I would think seriously about registering as a republican. Why? Because it would increase the liklihood of my vote being counted. They would hook me up with one of them fancy absentee ballots that clearly marks my party registration and it would end up in the good to go pile instead of the dustbin.

Sure they would try to hit me up for money and volunteer activities, but those requests would be easy to rebuff or ignore. And of course when it is all said and done, it would be a simple matter to change your registration the next time the primary season comes up. I am sure that there is a gotcha flaw in this plan, but it might be something to consider next time around.