On voting mischief

(Hey: wait. Isn’t this supposed to be a gardening blog?)

Spoilers. Michigan has a tradition of voting spoilers in presidential primaries. It’s a bit of mischief wrought for the good of one’s party: you cross the lines and vote for someone on the other ticket. Michigan’s tradition usually involves Republicans crossing over to vote for Democratic candidates, but that didn’t happen this year. There were no viable Democratic candidates except for Hillary. The estimates yesterday were that one in six Democratic voters voted Republican this year, and that two of six voted Uncommitted.

The only downside of spoiling, as I see it, is we will soon get a lot of Republican mailings in our postbox. The parties, you see, get the addresses of those who requested their ballots. (That my ballot didn’t erupt into flames in my hands is frankly surprising.) That’s okay, though: let them waste their money sending me their information. The worms need more bedding!

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7 responses to “On voting mischief

  1. LOL!! That’s great!! 🙂 My husband’s family are staunch republicans. We’ve been inundated for months with all sorts of…..intersting and colorful republican propaganda left on our answering machine.

  2. I had no idea there was such a great benefit for being a Democrat. lol

    Liked your post. 🙂

  3. As much as I like screwing with their elections, I don’t like it when they mess with mine. *sigh*

    I asked the poll workers who I should complain to about the state of this election, and the kind old ladies who run our polling place spit tacks and nearly spilled blood…

  4. No, El. Mitt won because he’s a native son! You are not tainted.
    (Yes you are, tee hee.)

  5. Ha! The threat of mailing lists would scare me away, I think, though it sounds like you have a good plan for handling that. Except–can the worms compost it if it’s already crap?

  6. Angie: You know, we didn’t get nearly the number of calls I had expected: only 8 or so at my count. AND (sadly) no signs showed up on our corner!

    Sheree: It helps to be sneaky! But then again I am the daughter of south-side Chicagoans who think vote rigging is not such a bad thing.

    Emily: Hah! I think your poll workers were my poll workers. Mild-mannered blue hairs with loads of opinions, thankyouverymuch.

    CC: Our objective was therefore achieved. Not that I would vote for that robot!

    Meg: I guess we’ll have to see what the worms think! But we live in such a Republican area, it’s just assumed we are of the cloth. So we’ve gotten a ton of literature in the past, most of it terribly unintentionally amusing.

  7. I love the idea of turning Republican propoganda into something that’s actually useful, like compost or worm bedding!

    Katie at GardenPunks

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