Monday, February 11, 2013

Thursday Aug 16 Primo talks to people who disagree with him

When I got home from work, Primo was out doing doors. I called him.

Primo: This neighborhood is hard! The houses are far apart and there are no sidewalks.

Me: That's a lot of walking.

Primo: And the people I just spoke to are conspiracy theorists about election fraud.

Me: Why were you even talking to them?

Primo: Because on my voter list, it didn't show their affiliation. So I had to knock on their door. And then they wanted to argue.

Me: Don't argue with them! They will never vote for you. You're just wasting your time.

Primo: I can't believe they believe this stuff. They said there were vanfuls of people being brought in to vote at the last election. What a bunch of crap. There is no voter fraud!

Me: Well, how would you know?

Primo: How would I know what?

Me: How would you know if someone committed election fraud? If they're voting under someone else's name - they don't have to show ID - then even if the real voter came later and discovered someone had voted in his name, how would you know who to look for? You don't have a name! And if the real voter never shows up, you don't know.

Primo: If there's a problem, then people should call the police.

Me: But how do you know when to call them? Nobody has to show ID! What are the police supposed to do? Take fingerprints from the pen every voter has used to sign the book?


  1. You have to sign a book after you vote? Wow. We don't have to sign anything, don't have to show ID, but then voting is compulsory here. Makes a difference I'm sure.

    1. Then how do they know you voted?

    2. You tell your name and address to the volunteers at the polling place, who each have a paper copy of the electoral roll, and they rule a line through your name and give you the ballot papers. Later they must go through these books to find out who didn't vote - because a fine comes in the mail if you didn't. This merging must be excruciating, because at each polling place there are three or four sets of books, and each electorate has multiple polling places. This process would also throw up anyone who had voted twice I guess, but that doesn't seem to happen.

  2. I'm in France. We need to show ID and we also need to sign a book.

    (on that note - hello! I'm reading through your archives and working my way up to present time.)