Grocery Shoppers Outraged Their Mexican Election Voting Bribes Were So Puny
In that last blog entry, I wondered how vote buying works. I am embarrassed to reveal that I sometimes look in on the Wonkette's blog, a link to which is above. I have no idea if one single thing published in that blog is true. In this case, however, that blog suggests how vote buying could work.
You hire a bright kid to go into the voting booth with the voter after the promise has been made to the voter. The election officials assume it is a child or grandchild or whatever. The kid watches the voter mark the ballot. Then the kid verifies to the guy outside that the voter marked the ballot correctly. The guy outside then gives the voter his or her Soriana grocery store gift card.
Later, the voter is pissed off later when he finds that the gift card is only worth 100 pesos instead of 500 pesos.
I love the simplicity of that. It is beautiful in its simplicity.