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    A good, responsible, reliable friend of mine just called with a

    horror story about voting this morning here in Austin, TX.


    He voted at Fiesta Mart on 38th and IH-35.


    He voted a straight Democratic ticket.


    When he was reading the 'voted for' listing at the end of his

    ballot, all of those listed were Democratic candidates EXCEPT FOR

    PRESIDENT. The list showed that he had voted for John McCain!!!


    And he voted the straight Democratic ticket.


    He reported it to the election official and that person was as

    shocked by it as my friend. They corrected the vote BEFORE he hit

    the CAST BALLOT button.


    My friend said the experience made him sick to his stomach. He said

    he was the youngest person in the voting area and all he could

    think is that the older people around him may not proofread their

    ballot before pressing the CAST VOTE button. They may believe that

    they voted for Obama but the voting machine may have registered a

    vote for McCain.


    He called the Travis County voting office and they said they would

    look into this. When he called me I gave him the telephone number

    for the Democratic Party and he then called them to report what had

    happened and they said they would look into it, also.


    I am shocked and disgusted by what he experienced this morning and

    I am telling you because of it.


    Please PROOFREAD your ballot choices BEFORE hitting the CAST BALLOT

    button. This is vitally important. (For EVERYONE who votes,

    whichever way you vote.)







    So I went down to the Democratic headquarters this afternoon and they

    confirmed what Veryan's e-mail said, that even though a voter had chosen the

    Democratic ticket, the presidential candidate on his pre-casted ballot was

    listed as John McCain rather than Barack Obama.


    The person I talked with concurred that it is more likely to happen where

    poor or elderly vote and that it has happened at more than one location.


    Here's a suggestion to all of you who are thinking of early voting: Consider

    voting in an area that has more elderly or a disproportionate number of poor

    people.  See if your ballot is in error before you cast it.  If it does,

    raise heck before you cast it--get the number on the side of the

    machine--and then make sure to let the Democratic headquarters know.  Send a

    letter to the American Statesman.



    lists places to vote.


    Also, when you are driving around town, if you notice that a polling place

    or an area does not have many signs that support the Democratic ticket, let

    me know.  The headquarters is looking for people to do the activity called

    'visibility,' which includes letting them know if there is a need for more

    signs because the area is under represented or signs have been stolen.


    And yes, they can use people who want to get involved and here are some of

    the activities:  drive others for early voting, phone calling, block walking

    leafleting, visibility, help at polls, and vote by mail canvassing.


    You can show up at the headquarters (I-H-35 and 12th Street, east side of

    highway) and get more information.








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