posted on Nov, 6 2005 @ 09:46 PM
There were a lot of irregularities with the 2000 election as well. Votes were magically found in toolboxes; voting machines with votes still in them
were found in warehouses, etc. etc. Gore won by an incredibly small number of votes in 2000.
I heard about some of the problems described in the story last year but didn't realize it had ended up as a lawsuit; I'm not sure where the
Hispanic issue plays into it. How does a machine tell the race of the voter? Another ongoing fraud in NM elections is related to the registration
process. Hundreds upon hundreds of forged registrations have been filed with the state elections officials. Because New Mexico has no requirement
for identification at the polls, I think the state actually encourages fraud.
A lot of problems that the story described are easily avoided by taking advantage of the early voting stations. Why wait for election day and risk
the problems when you can go in 2 or 3 weeks early, and get a receipt showing how you voted? For example, my boss at the time of the 2004 elections
was a Kerry fan. To prove my point about the crappy laws related to identification, I threatened to go to his district on election day and claim to
be him and vote for Bush. We both voted early so that no one could disenfranchise us.
As far as Heather Wilson vs. Romero, the Dems have targeted that seat for the last 4 elections, if not more. They spend an enormous amount of
money, but as far as I have been able to tell, have put up the weakest candidates I have ever seen. Wilson has never carried the seat by more than a
few % points.
While the electoral politics have been amusing for the last 8 years, I'm really glad I'm getting out of this ridiculous state.