Today North Carolina voted on “Amendment One”. This is the constitutional amendment that would define marriage as the union between one man and one woman. It bans gay marriage. In fact, some feel that the amendment is written such that it bans civil unions between men and women as well. I’m not so sure about that, but it’s possible.
Anyway, an interesting con-flux occurred tonight.
It involves primary voting, age and fraud. All the best election night news.
During a general election year, a 17 year old is eligible to become registered prior to the statewide primary and may vote in the statewide primary, as long as he or she will be 18 on or before the day of the general election.
Soooo, a 17 year old kid can vote in a primary as long as she is 18 before the general election. Which means that these kids can vote in primary elections but not things like, say, constitutional amendment type elections. Which, of course, means that these kids must be given a different ballot.
And how do we know if an individual is 17 or 18 on primary election day?
Might we have to card them?
Oh my, I may have the vapors!
So, it turns out that during today’s election which included Amendment One, there may have been voter fraud:
All, we’re getting reports here in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Raleigh (which are base areas for us, e.g. anti-Amendment 1) of precincts handing out INCORRECT ballots. In North Carolina, 17-year-olds can vote in the statewide primary (e.g., for governor, etc.) if they turn 18 by November 6th. However, they CANNOT vote on Amendment 1 in this primary — they can only vote for candidates — therefore they are being handed ballots WITHOUT Amendment 1. That is proper election procedure.
The problem is, the reports we are getting are that people OVER 17 are also being handed these ballots WITHOUT Amendment 1 in what would normally be heavily anti-Amendment 1 precincts (Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Raleigh).
Huh! When proof of identity and age is required that would favor a favored liberal cause, all of a sudden we care about election fraud. Imagine how voter ID laws could solve this problem!
Oh, one more thing, if fraud is so prevalent in THIS case why wouldn’t it be in other cases that differ from this one by simply being a favored conservative cause?