When I was a kid in communist Hungary, voting was a totally different experience. One election day my mother sealed up the house as if we were not home. Sometime in the middle of the day, there was a sharp knock on the door. Two uniformed cops demanded to know why my mother had not voted. She offered a lame excuse about her or the kids being sick, not having anyone to watch the kids while she’s gone, etc. The cops would have none of it. They hauled her, kids in tow, to the polling place. She was handed a folded ballot. As she opened it, she was told rudely to keep it closed until she is in the booth. I watched her disappear behind a shabby curtain that was hung high so you could see people’s hands as they were standing in the booth. When she came out, someone rather brusquely snatched the ballot from her hand, opened and examined it, then folded it and slipped it into a box. I was mystified by the comic formality of the process. On the way home she explained that the ballot was, first of all full of names she has never heard of, and secondly and most importantly that the ballot was pre-marked. I asked her if she did or could have made changes to indicate her choices instead. No, she did not, because she had heard that people who tried that were hauled away to jail. Later the news on the radio reported that the people gave their enthusiastic 98% + approval of the communist party candidates. After a few of such election days, the announcer’s voice was dripping with sarcasm.
Can’t happen here? The better question is, just how close are we to it?
When I first voted, in California, I had to show a photo ID. Then by the mid nineties or so I embarrassed the poll workers by offering my photo ID and complaining loudly why they don’t want to check it.
Obama received more than 98 percent of the vote in 10 out of the 50 wards in the city of Chicago
There were more than 50 precincts in Cuyahoga County, Ohio where Mitt Romney received 2 votes or less. There were more than 100 precincts where Barack Obama received more than 99 times the votes that Mitt Romney did
Many Ohio voters that showed up at the polls on election day were surprised when they were informed that they had already voted.
in Wisconsin, … Obama voters were actually being bussed in from out of state
unions in Nevada have been registering illegal immigrants and pressuring them to vote (Oh, I know, they told them to split their vote evenly between Rep and Dem…)
No, it can’t happen here…