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Subject:  Re: Question for TMFPMarti Date:  7/16/2013  4:14 PM
Author:  Radish Number:  689101 of 740954

lowstudent,

OK, I will not pursue except to say, that the only difference I see is the few who would not show up to vote.

People not showing up to vote isn't a problem, because typically when people buy non-absentee votes they don't pay until they get the little slip you get at the polling place when you vote. First they put out the word that if you vote for x, you'll get paid $y. Then they come back on election day to collect the slips and pay the $y's. Of course they have no idea whether the people vote for x or not.

Going to 100,000 homes and collecting ballots seems like a bit of a nightmare so again, I see it as equal.

You wouldn't go to homes, you'd go to homeless shelters, assisted living centers, sporting events, churches, schools, bars, and so forth. Anywhere there's a group of people who don't really care whether they vote or not. Again, you'd have to go a few times. First to tell people to register and get the absentee ballot and you'll pay them $y each for the signed ballot. Then later to collect the ballots and pay out the money. Another advantage of buying votes through absentee ballots, besides being sure the votes go like you want, is not having to reveal who you want the votes to go to.

Phil
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