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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #6)

Fri Oct 23, 2015, 10:41 PM

7. Thank you, Judi.

And thanks for taking the time for find other good posts on this subject.

By way of an update I should mention that Macri's right-wing goons have already tacitly given up any hope of winning, and have now preemptively resorted to Plan B: allege fraud.

In Argentina, each party is responsible for stocking each precinct with their respective ballots (rather than having all candidates on one ballot - which is a little strange, I know). They are all given a federal earmark for this purpose.

Well, it turns out that Macri's people deliberately failed to mail ballots to several counties in Buenos Aires Province (where polls show they'd lose anyway). The Federal Electoral Commission gave them a deadline extension; but they not only failed to mail them out even then, they got busy spreading rumors through social media trolls (many of them illegally funded with city moneys) that ballots had been discarded by the Postal Service.

After hemming and hawing for a couple of days (more than enough time to let Clarín and its cable news outfit TN scream about "missing ballots!!!" to all and sundry), the chief legal counsel for Macri's "Let's Change" party admitted that they had in fact not mailed them out. "Problems with the printers," he claimed (https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=http://www.infonews.com/nota/258201/cambiemos-reconocio-que-no-envio-sus-boletas-a-la-provincia-de-buenos-aires&prev=search). You know the game: the lie goes on the front page; the retraction on page 33.

Any way, thanks again for sharing - and above all for caring, Judi. This weekend, let's also say a prayer for Mexico; may Patricia bring no harm on those good people.

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