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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 08:26 am

The New York Sun’s Alicia Colon observes assumed voting:

A funny thing happened when I went to vote in the primary election. I signed in at my district’s desk and a poll worker printed my information on a green card. She gave the card to another worker, who adjusted some mechanism on the side of the voting booth. I entered the booth and soon discovered I could not push down the lever for my candidate. When I asked for assistance, the poll worker checked the lever and said with a shocked tone: “You’re a Republican?”

The shock spread to all the women at the table, who apologized profusely for their supposition. Unfortunately, they said, I would have to fill out a paper ballot or wait for a Democrat to come in and use the booth, as it was already primed for Democrat voters. I wasn’t in a rush and so elected to wait, but voting was very, very light. Eventually, a black woman in a wheelchair entered the area and the poll workers breathed a sigh of relief. The woman signed her name, the poll worker filled out a green card, and — oh, no. The woman was a Republican, too.

Via NY State Assembly candidate Yvette Velázquez Bennett, who notes that Colon is “echoing something I’ve learned about in my district. I am finding more and more conservative minded minority Democrats.” In other US election developments, Texan gubernatorial musician Kinky Friedman rejects racism claims:

Gary L. Bledsoe, president of the Texas State Conference of NAACP Branches, asked Friedman to apologize in a Friday letter. Friedman said he would “absolutely never” apologize.

“The NAACP, I don’t even want to talk about them. They’re offended about just about everything,” Friedman said.

I’ve met Kinky a couple of times. He isn’t racist at all. Certainly not anywhere near as racist as New York City poll workers who assume all black women vote Democrat.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/24/2006 at 10:45 AM
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