You've got to hand it to the Americans... they're not slow when it comes to new ideas to help their candidates on the campaign trail.
My story of the week comes from Virginia, where a "phony flier" has been circulated, on official-looking-but-fake Commonwealth of Virginia stationery.
The flier informs voters that because of the high turnout expected in this year's US elections, Republicans and Democrats are being asked to vote on different days! ;-)
Due to the larger than expected voter turnout in this years [sic] electorial [sic] process, An [sic] emergency session of the General Assembly has adopted the following emergency regulations to ease the load on local electorial [sic] precincts and ensure a fair electorial [sic] process.Democratic Party critics are up in arms about the "stunt", and the matter is now under investigation by the Virginia State Police.
All Republican party supporters and independent voters supporting Republican candidates shall vote on November 4th as prescribed by law.
All Democratic party supporters and independent voters supporting Democratic candidates shall vote on November 5th as adopted by emergency regulation of the Virginia General Assembly.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but felt this was the only way to ensure fairness to the complete electorial [sic] process.
It got me wondering whether a similar campaign would work here? I reckon voters gullible enough to consider voting for the Green Party could be persuaded that the day of Sunday 9th November has been specifically set aside to take their votes this election...? ;-)
Posted at 7:27 pm