Vote Whores and Pimps
What does it say about an election system when the selling and buying
of votes has engendered the term "vote whores?"--see first entry. The following
quotations who how votes are sold. Like prostitution, they are not bought
and sold for a productive reason. The reason for vote whores and pimps is
to grease pork.
A 'Modern' Democracy That Can't Count Votes
"Vote whores": $20 a vote
They are paid to go out and solicit people for their mail-in ballots. [Sometimes]
they actually pay people for these ballots. . . . The political prostitute
comes to me and says, 'I will pay you $3, $5. You put your signature, I vote
it the way I want. Here's your money.'
Dead Men Voting
In St. Louis, an investigation found that nearly all 3,000 registrations
dropped off by a single individual in one batch just before close of business
on Feb. 7 (the deadline for registering for the mayoral race) were fraudulent.
The details for the Democratic lawsuit are really something to behold. The
lead plaintiff, named Robert D. Odom, claimed he had been denied the
right to vote. But then it was learned that Mr. Odom had died in 1999.
Whereupon the Democrats said the real plaintiff was Robert M. Odum, who happened
to be a top aid to Democratic Rep. Lacy Clay. But after it turned out that
the living Mr. Odum had actually voted early that day, Democratic lawyer
Douglas Dowd didn't modify the lawsuit or inform the judge.
New York Times
Ghost of Vote Fraud Seen in St. Louis
The hours were extended, then it was discovered that the chief plaintiff
in the lawsuit had been dead the better part of a year.
A grand jury is investigating a report by election officials that hundreds
of fraudulent names and nonexistent addresses were found on about 3,800 voter
registration cards turned in last month just hours before the deadline for
signing up for Tuesday's election.
"It's just incredible what we've uncovered," Kevin Coan, an election official,
said. "Would you believe the names of three dead aldermen? Of course you
would. This is St. Louis."