Re: Oregon Answer to the Vote by Mail question

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Tue May 23 2006 - 15:03:09 CDT

On May 23, 2006, at 2:17 PM, Ginny Ross wrote:

> It hasn't been a problem here. Offering something for a
> person's ballot is a felony I believe. ... . Not sure
> of the penalties here, but giving someone a scotch for
> their ballot would probably land you in the slammer.

Nobody ever suggested that it was legal. It's unfortunately
common. In several counties I've heard similar stories from,
the office for which votes were being bought was the county
sheriff. Get a corrupt sheriff in office, supported by the
local drug dealers or by payoffs for fixing traffic tickets
at the county speed trap, and it's not too great a risk to
accept a payoff for voting for the crook -- who's going to
arrest you? Surely not the sheriff!

Most local governments are, of course, on the up and up, but
you don't have to dig too far to find that some local
governments are corrupt.

                Doug Jones
                jones@cs.uiowa.edu

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