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One more improbable but true story on fixed ballots July 3, 2008

Posted by dorigo in humor, news, politics.
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Josif Stalin used to say “It is not who votes that counts, but who counts the votes“. How very true. No technology advancements, increase in civility of our societies, tighter controls can prevent electoral results from getting fixed. The matter was already briefly discussed here in a thread just a few days ago, yet today I cannot resist reporting a story which is highly improbable but most certainly true.

rossello ballotDuring last June 17th elections in Messina the new administration of the city and of the province were to be chosen. Mariano Rossello, a retired teacher who had candidated himself as a counselor for Antonio di Pietro’s movement “Italia dei Valori“, had voted for himself along with his wife and his daughter (right, a ticket distributed by the candidate to advertise his election, with a mock-up of the sign to mark). When the results of the ballot were finally disclosed, however -after a long and unexplicable delay- he found himself credited with exactly zero votes.

I find the matter hilarious. The ballots where the family marked Rossello’s name can hardly have been recycled. I think what most probably happened was that they simply got discarded; in fact, other irregularities have been signalled for the city of Messina I fail to understand how that may have helped any other candidate, though.

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