08 July 2012

Follow-up: How It Could Work

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.


Candy Minx said...

Very funny. Although wouldn't everyone voting with a kid be a mark?

I love it though!

Stephen Brassawe said...

Actually, Candy, the more I read about this, the more I am convinced that the Wonkette does not know what she is talking about. I am not saying that this use of children has never been done. Apparently, however, nobody needs to check. A Mexican voter who is bought can be trusted to stay bought.

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