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Thursday, October 21, 2004

Bush Using New Tactic in Pa.

posted by Jazz at 10/21/2004 07:42:00 AM


If you can't beat 'em, don't let them vote. Or at least that would seem to be the theme of the Bush Cheney team in Pennsylvania. According to the Post Gazette, our old friends at Sproul & Associates (a conservative consulting firm hired by the Republican National Committee) have been up to their usual tricks in the Keystone State.

A number of workers hired for a "nonpartisan" voter registration drive in the western portion of the state were not paid for the time they worked and told to not register anyone who was pro-choice, a Democrat, or who indicated they might vote for John Kerry.

"We were told that if they wanted to register Democrat, there was no way we were to register them to vote," said Michele Tharp, of Meadville, who said she was sent out to canvass door-to-door and outside businesses in Meadville, Crawford County. "We were only to register Republicans."

"If they were a Kerry voter, we were just supposed to walk away," said Michael Twilla, of Meadville, who said he has been paid for only eight of 72 hours he worked.

Twilla provided the Post-Gazette with a copy of the script he said he had been given.

It instructs the canvassers to hand unregistered Bush supporters a clipboard with a registration form, and to advise them the canvassers will personally deliver the forms to the local courthouse.

A lower portion of the form also advises the canvassers to ask undecided voters two questions: "Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro life?" and "Are you worried about the Democrats raising taxes?" If voters say they are pro-life, the form says, "Ask if they are registered to vote. If they are pro-choice, say thank you and walk away."

A while ago, I'd have been outraged at this. Sadly, it now just seems like business as usual. It would be more shocking if they actually registered everyone they talked to without getting them to pass the Bush loyalty test first.

Joe Gandelman describes it in short terms. " M-i-s-r-e-p-r-e-s-e-n-t-a-t-i-o-n"

VodkaPundit doesn't comment on it, but the comments section of that post is intriguing. His readers, almost to the last person, ignore the part of the article where workers are told to lie about who is doing the registering who was employing them.