Voting Disinfo

As soon as I informed several Dem campaigns that I’m voting Republican this time, I started getting messages from an organization called “Voto Latino” with false information about the voting process. They went as far as texting me a photo of the address where they claim I’m supposed to vote. And it’s miles from my actual voting place.

I’m not saying there’s a connection but it’s interesting that all of a sudden I’m at the receiving end of such blatant misdirection. Somebody less anal and obsessive as myself could easily be taken in by this and schlep over to the wrong place to vote.

Also, I never claimed to be a latina and never had any dealings with Voto Latino. I’m a registered Democrat, and I only ever get contacted by Dem campaigns.

15 thoughts on “Voting Disinfo

    1. There are probably already people gearing up to send lawyers in to watch the vote counts– if the address you were given is a legit polling location, it might give somebody a heads-up for places-that-need-to-be-watched. If it’s not an actual polling location that definitely needs to be investigated.

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  1. If only there was a method where people could send their vote via some carrier system so this wouldn’t really matter.
    But the technology isn’t there yet, unfortunately 😉

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      1. Ballot harvesting seems like such a small issue, it doesn’t even begin to outweigh the benefits of mail voting:
        https://www.reuters.com/article/ballot-harvesting-midterms/fact-check-no-evidence-of-widespread-ballot-harvesting-ahead-of-the-u-s-midterm-election-idUSL1N31L1W1

        I mean, really, how hard is it to mail a ballot? And those that would have difficulty mailing a ballot have to be extremely small number. Same as the people dumb enough to give their ballot to a total stranger for mailing.

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        1. I’m sorry, but Reuters? The pro-Russia shills Reuters? I wouldn’t trust them to say what day of the week it is today.

          As for dumb people, they are always in abundance.

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            1. Yes, but we’re not talking about people who would even vote ordinarily. We’re talking about buying the ballots of people who would not otherwise be voting at all, because they can’t be arsed to.

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        2. “how hard is it to mail a ballot? ”

          How does one obtain a ballot? How do the counters know the ballot was filled out by someone with the right to vote?

          Show your face and picture ID in person and if that’s too difficult a feat to accomplish once every couple of years then losing your vote is probably not a catastrophe.

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          1. “How does one obtain a ballot? How do the counters know the ballot was filled out by someone with the right to vote?”

            In my state, you explicitly request one. When you fill it out you sign it and the signature gets checked against what is on record.

            Could someone knock you out, forge your signature, and vote on your behalf? Sure, that is a risk. But you really start getting into crazy outliers at this point.

            “Show your face and picture ID in person and if that’s too difficult a feat to accomplish once every couple of years then losing your vote is probably not a catastrophe.”

            And I say the same, it’s just as easy to drop a ballot at the post office.

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        3. In the same vein, though, how hard is it to actually get to a polling station? Every precinct I’ve ever voted in had a polling station I could walk to.

          If we’re truly concerned about access… for the disabled, say, then those ballots need to be collected by someone on the public payroll who must verify identity just like at the polls, not by partisan organizations with questionable motivations.

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          1. I can do both. Having both options is nice.

            Being able to do research on the candidates and ballot proposals while you sip a cup of coffee at home makes the voting process much more comfortable and leads to smarter decisions.

            And if you’re so concerned about some boogeyman harvesting your ballot, you can literally walk into your town’s election office and drop the ballot there.

            I’m not concerned about some morons giving their ballot to strangers to vote; that is a minuscule occurrence.

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            1. Um, I just researched everything on my ballot. This was super easy because… my county sent me a SAMPLE ballot so I’d know what all was on it, and I could think about it in advance. This isn’t complicated.

              This feels like a problem is being invented.

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            2. “do research on the candidates and ballot proposals while you sip a cup of coffee at home makes the voting process much more comfortable and leads to smarter decisions”

              Here’s my problem with that. Elections in the US are traditional collective rituals. You’re treating it as an individualized exercise in consumerism – a glorified (or vulgarized?) Amazon order.

              I don’t think a successful society is possible without collective rituals… individual consumers living more or less in the same place is a recipe for alienation and mass dysfunction.

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    1. “Well you could always vote by mail” isn’t actually a solution to this kind of deception and I’m confused that you think it is.

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