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Palast writes: "Buckle up, America. The voting demolition derby that was the New York primary on Tuesday was merely the crash test for the coming voting wreckage in November: a carefully planned pile up."

Polling station. (photo: Reuters)
Polling station. (photo: Reuters)

New York Voting Fiasco Just the Warm-Up for the November Game

By Greg Palast, Greg Palast's Website

21 April 16


uckle up, America. The voting demolition derby that was the New York primary on Tuesday was merely the crash test for the coming voting wreckage in November: a carefully planned pile up.

First, live from New York….

Francesca Rheannon, whom you may know as the host of Writers’ Voice radio, did the civic thing by volunteering to work the polls in a town east of New York City.

“I just got off my 17 hour shift as an election official. In my election district, out of 166 Democratic voters, 39 were forced to file affidavit ballots. The last [election] I worked in, exactly ONE voter needed an affidavit ballot.”

That’s nearly one of four voters. Why? Their names had gone missing from the voter rolls.

An affidavit ballot (called a “provisional” ballot in most other states) is a kind of placebo ballot. You get to pretend to vote – but the chance it will actually be counted is …well, good luck. If your name is wrongly removed, kiss your vote – affidavit or not—goodbye.

Rheannon’s experience was hardly unique. In Brooklyn alone, over 125,000 names were quietly scrubbed from the voter rolls in the five months leading up to the primary.

To put it in perspective, the number of voters purged equals about half of the number who got to vote. Scott Stringer, the New York City Comptroller will now audit the Elections Board--now that the election is over. Hey thanks, Scott.

Neal Rosenstein, the lead voting rights attorney for the New York Public Interest Research Group, which plans legal action, notes that part of the problem is that partisan hacks sit on the Elections board in New York—hacks from both parties.

Brooklyn is under the control of the Kings County Democratic Party, one of the last of the big city machines. Would they attack their opponents’ voter registrations? I don’t have to guess: in my wasted younger days, I was in the Brooklyn County elections office with the hacks where we were assigned by the Party to challenge voters’ signatures en masse. (I wouldn’t and nearly lost my state job.)

Am I saying the machine “fixed” the election for Hillary Clinton? Without further investigation, it would be irresponsible for me to pronounce judgment. Some of the purged may have moved, some have died. But those who waited in line only to fill out affidavit ballots are unlikely to be deceased.

If the Machine had been aware of the mass purge underway, would they have stopped it? As they say in Brooklyn, Fahgeddabouddit.

But whether party hacks shoplifted New York or not, that’s small potatoes. Scrubbing voter rolls is not a “New York value.” It’s a nationwide epidemic, a disease eating away at the heart of our democracy.

Voting officials learned a lesson from Katherine Harris the Florida Secretary of State who purged Black voters in 2000. They learned how to repeat the purge, expand it and carefully hide it.

I’ve been traveling the nation, from Ohio to Georgia to Arizona and back—and finding the voter-roll purging machinery running at full speed.

Nationwide, state voting chiefs are, from my long experience, the most violently partisan officials you’ll ever encounter.

From the data provided by the US Elections Assistance Commission, we can calculate that no less than 491,952 voters were wrongly removed from the rolls in 2008, the last reviewed Presidential election in addition 2,383,587 voters filled out registration forms that were simply never added to voter rolls – and 767,023 provisional and affidavit ballots were not counted.

And it’s not just anyone’s ballot. I’ll never forget that, at one of my recent talks on vote suppression, I asked how many in the audience had ever been shunted to a provisional ballot. There were only two Black people in the audience. They were the only two to raise their hand.

US Civil Rights Commission statistics tell the story. The chance of a ballot “spoiled” – not counted for one reason or another – is 900% higher if you’re Black than if you’re White.

As Rosenstein says for NYPIRG, “Instead of purging voters, we should be enfranchising them.” Yes. Though we thought that was settled by the Civil War.

OK, we didn’t know about the New York purge beforehand. But I’m telling you this now: My team is uncovering an unjustified ethnic cleansing of voter rolls from Ohio to Florida to Texas.

This year I was in Selma, Alabama, with Hank Sanders, an African-American who joined Martin Luther King on the march to Montgomery that won the Voting Rights Act. Today, he’s State Senator Hank Sanders, a title that is a tribute to America’s advance on voting rights. He’s also Hank Sanders, purged voter, forced to vote “provisionally” this year.

Why? I’m investigating. But the state officials (and let’s tell it like it is: it’s mostly GOP officials) have used so many spurious grounds to cancel registrations—“caging,” “cross-checking” and a host of other sick tricks, it’s not easy to pin-point which one is responsible for the “lynching by laptop.”

It’s worth noting that Brooklyn, like Alabama, was on the “pre-clearance” list in the Voting Rights Act. I can tell you right now, it’s unlikely that neither Hank Sanders nor the 125,000 Brooklynites would have been purged, had the Supreme Court not gutted the Act in 2013.

As I look upon the wreckage that was the New York primary, I see the prelude, the test run, for the catastrophic failure, the well-planned failure, of the voting system in November. The purges and votes “spoiled”--the votes not counted—not the voters, may well elect our President.

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-3 # dimenson 2016-04-21 11:31
Why anyone would vote in this subverted system is a mystery; it actually does harm, I believe, because participating (voting) legitimizes the process which is corrupt and validates the result.

One can smell the desperation of those in control though so, maybe it's good that the curtail is being pulled back finally as we're all being told: "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!"

RIP Prince!!
+25 # RobertMStahl 2016-04-21 14:35
The Supreme Court making New York 1st in line..., if it looks like a duck...
+57 # Jim Rocket 2016-04-21 14:45
Not voting without some kind of serious counter-balanci ng action is worse. It just makes it look like people can't be bothered and don't care if they have a democracy or not.
+4 # Douglas Jack 2016-04-21 18:40
Jim Rocket, RE: "serious counter-balanci ng action".

Political ('Workings-of-t he-many') action must be organized from both bottom & top. Depth of corruption in multiple levels of our election-proces s & government reflect a colonial 'top-down' passivity, borne of oligarch central-ownersh ip & imposed trickle-down hierarchy. Since invaders 1st killed on these American shores, we're a forced institutional 'exogenous' (Latin 'other-generate d') body of submissives.

1st Nations & humanity's 'indigenous' (Latin 'self-generatin g') ancestors worldwide (eg. Celts) were participatory owners & organized 'democracy' (L. 'power-of-the-p eople') 'fractally' ('part contains the whole') from the bottom up. "Counter-balanc ing action" requires 'economic-democ racy' from the bottom up through average 100 person (32 unit) multihome-dwell ing-complexes (Apartment, townhouse & village) where 70% of Americans & humanity presently live.

Many extended intergeneration al families live intentionally in intimate proximity for economy, health, mutual-aid care & social pleasure. Interdependent mutual-aid supports true democracy. Multihomes are corporations with earning & spending of 2 - 20 million $ / year.

'Do-we-know-who-we-are-?' is a neighbourhood web-software based in an online web-based Human Resource Catalogue HRC, resource mapping & accounting for interactions as a Community Investment & Exchange System CIES.
+5 # Douglas Jack 2016-04-21 20:49
Is it sacrilegious in 'political-race s' to mention what average people can do to "become the change we want to see in the world" & recapture political processes?

Mohandas Gandhi upon returning to India in 1919 was oriented by elders & activists about 'Swadeshi' (Hindi 'self-sufficien cy' aka 'indigenous') economic program.

India like ourselves knew they:
- were held by a violent well-infiltrate d controlling foreign centralized often hidden hand of British colonial power.
- could not fight successfully with weapons even though British governing ineptitude & violence needed to be stopped.
- had no option pleading in British courts, false-parliamen t etc.

Swadeshi like other 'indigenous' (Latin 'self-generatin g') strategies worldwide is based in local family & neighbourhood based economies for food, shelter, thread, cloth, clothing, warmth & health. By procott for each others business capacities to produce local goods & services appropriate livelihood was generated & satisfied essential services far better than British junk.

British, Canadian, US, Australian & New-Zealand exploiters had long supply chains with small margins of profit. Swadeshi procott enabled foreign boycott. At the height of Swadeshi only a small much less than 10% of Britain's market was touched, but this margin or leverage was enough to cause many foreign corporation bankruptcies. Without profit Britain withdrew.
+17 # Femihumanist 2016-04-21 19:42
Quoting Jim Rocket:
Not voting without some kind of serious counter-balancing action is worse. It just makes it look like people can't be bothered and don't care if they have a democracy or not.

You have to go to the polls, even if you write-in Mickey Mouse. As Jim says, not "voting" at all looks like you don't care. I always write-in someone who I hoped would run; in the past, Kucimich, Feingold, etc.
+81 # grandlakeguy 2016-04-21 13:25
Thanks Greg for your tireless work on this VERY IMPORTANT issue!
It is a tragedy that so many elected officials and others in charge of administering our elections have forgotten the principles of freedom and representative government upon which this nation was founded when the American Revolution fought against the British oppressors.

I firmly believe that anyone in a position of power that participates in these schemes to subvert the will of the electorate should face a minimum of ten years in prison (and not in a "country club" prison).
They are stealing the freedom of the American people!

This crime is nothing new and I have been ranting about this since the "Supreme Court" stole our right to elect a President on December 12, 2000. The marquee of my Oakland, Ca. theater (which has been shunned by Republicans ever since) has been a very vocal message board to arouse the public about this outrage. My first posting on this iconic sign which faces a major freeway read:

This is America
Every vote must be counted!

To see a collection of these "Political Haiku" visit:

Unfortunately not too many Americans got aroused at the realization that our elections have become charades.
Perhaps this time things will change because Bernie Sanders is giving us a glimmer of hope for REAL change.

We look forward to presenting Greg Palast's new movie on this subject this fall.
Please support him and see his film wherever it is shown.
+23 # Cassandra2012 2016-04-21 17:39
Hmmm ... remember election 2000? or rather Scalia *S-election* of dumbbell W ?
+78 # joejamchicago 2016-04-21 13:44
We have become a stupid people. Finally we have a candidate who is not controlled by big money. He should be receiving 90% of the vote. He should be receiving 99% of the Black and Latino vote. That the primaries have been close enough for theft, is such, as is likely has taken place, is the real problem. Does any one--any one person--actuall y believe Wall Street has invested millions in Hillary Clinton with no expectation of favors? Bernie blew it when asked to name one vote she had cast that favored Wall Street. He should have pointed out that Hillary Clinton has done her best to prevent the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act, which worked incredibly well for over six decades. Preventing its return has been Wall Street's highest priority.
+62 # CL38 2016-04-21 13:44
The George W Bush campaign and Jeb Bush put voter removal from voting lists on the map, en masse.

Now Democrats (devolved into neo-liberals) adopt gop cheating tactics as part of the 'Democratic' platform!

DEMOCRATS, TOO, HAVE BECOME CORRUPT and Hillary Clinton is the WORST possible Democratic candidate as she consistently demonstrates that she's a serial liar and cheat. Yes, she supports women's rights, but is NO GENUINE feminist on other important issues. She supports incessant war for profit, the 1%, voter suppression to 'win', every conceivable special interest possible--banks , wall street, oil and gas, the insurance health care industry, the drug industry, etc. Those are NOT the policies of a real feminist.

She won only 2 of last 10 primaries & caucuses (after winning the south) and BOTH are under investigation for major election irregularities.
+35 # Radscal 2016-04-21 17:43
Did y'all catch Rachel Maddow last night?

She noted an odd thing in Republican Primary in New York.

With 82% of precincts reporting, Ben Carson had 2,056 votes in one county.

But, when 100% reported, Ben Carson had only 162 votes.

Somehow, Carson lost 1,894 votes!

This was clearly a "Flip" of votes. This should have been THE story. Instead, Maddow laughed it off. Oh those silly Republicans.

As CL38 notes, Dems, and particularly HRC have adopted the Republican election theft methods. So we must ask, how many Democratic votes were "Flipped?"
-40 # Shades of gray matter 2016-04-21 13:53
Exposing corruption in voting is good.
Remembering to register is good also.
Recognizing, acknowledging, preparing to deal with Real Power helps more than whining.
Hurricane Sandy may have played a role in some foul-ups. Disrupted locations.

The errors were not limited to "POTENTIAL" Bernie voters. Absent errors, maybe Trump & HRC would have gotten even more votes. She did well in some areas where errors occurred. Remember the Battle Cry: ONE WOMAN, ONE VOTE! (NOT One silly Poll, One Victor).
+41 # Cassandra2012 2016-04-21 17:40
Being deliberately disenfrachised is not 'forgetting to register', dear.
+51 # jdd 2016-04-21 13:54
Of course it was the Hillary machine. We've heard this before. In Iowa where the Hillary supporting Des Moine Register called the caucus vote a "debacle," and called for an audit to the incredibly long lines in Arizona. The DNC rigged the debates to pave the way for her coronation, but got fouled up by the unexpected surge in the Sanders campaign. These shenanigans happened not just in Brooklyn, but throughout the entire state to ensure HRC got her much needed "double digit victory." Anything less would have been considered another win for Bernie.
-27 # ericlipps 2016-04-21 17:43
Everyone ranted about "the Clinton machine" back in 2008, and swore it would steal the nomination.

Guess what? It didn't--because that "machine" has always been vapor. It's just an excuse for whiners who can't understand why THEIR candidate isn't winning in a blowout.

Now I await the thumb-bombing. . .
+44 # Radscal 2016-04-21 17:49
Perhaps you didn't notice that, in 2008, Barack Obama received record amounts of cash from Wall Street.

Of course, HRC is now making a point of that by disingenuously claiming that all that money didn't affect his actions as President.

It had nothing to do with him filling his Administration with Wall Street alum. It had nothing to do with his "bailing out" Wall Street while millions of families had their homes foreclosed out from under them. It had nothing to do with ZERO bankster crooks being charged with their crimes (by either one of the Wall Street lawyers he appointed as Attorney General).

In other words, the "machine" got exactly what they wanted. And Sanders is clearly NOT what they want.
+35 # Jim Rocket 2016-04-21 17:50
Something stinks and it's hard to believe that a grown-up democracy would allow unverifiable voting machines. I like how the gun nuts are worried that "they" are coming for the guns because then there will be tyranny. When their votes are stolen it's crickets.
+14 # Radscal 2016-04-21 21:56
I agree with Ralph Nader that we "peons" should unite over the grievances we share. Rather than pick and choose which Constitutional Right is worthy of protection, and which supporters of said Right are the "nuts," let's just agree that all of our Rights are under attack and overcome it.

Once we've established a true Representative Democracy, then we can go back to bickering about "guns, gods and gays."

If we even still care once we've created a just and fair system.
+59 # sharag 2016-04-21 13:55
This is why the protests in Washington D.C.right now on the steps of the capital building are so important. Corruption needs to be addresses at every state capital in the country. Public protest seems the only avenue left to do so.
+52 # grandlakeguy 2016-04-21 14:40
The Main Stream Media have IGNORED these protests!
+65 # CL38 2016-04-21 13:59
We now have an election system from BOTH Democrats and Republicans that manipulates the vote with voter suppression tactics--long lines with many hours of waiting time, special voter ID's that are a challenge to obtain, fewer and fewer polls open for voting--scrubbi ng voter lists, reversing votes on voting machines, etc.

Perhaps it's time for Jimmy Carter to call in the U.N. to oversee the corrupt U.S. election 'process'.
+42 # grandlakeguy 2016-04-21 14:41
He has tried in the past only to be blocked by the established political parties!

For the same reason we no longer have real exit polling!
+51 # CL38 2016-04-21 14:07
I intended to vote for Hillary if Bernie lost. NO MORE. I will write in Bernie Sanders in the General election after the DNC, Hillary & the MSM have completed a party-wide collusion to steal as many primaries as possible.

They could care less if the public sees what they're doing.
+32 # Mainiac 2016-04-21 14:18
Please advocate for the NY delegates to be divided equally between Bernie and Hillary. Hillary should not be allowed to get an advantage because she participated in a fraudulent primary.

Bernie’s campaign office — 1-802-862-1505
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+39 # GyraSol 2016-04-21 14:32
Sanders won 50 out of 62 counties in NY State. The places that Hillary carried are the major population centers - The fact that Sanders won all the rural environs is significant.
-34 # ericlipps 2016-04-21 17:46
Quoting GyraSol:
Sanders won 50 out of 62 counties in NY State. The places that Hillary carried are the major population centers - The fact that Sanders won all the rural environs is significant.

It sure is. Sanders is emerging as the "white man's candidate"--ind eed, the white hick's candidate. Surely that's not a label with which he's comfortable, and to the extent that it continues to define his appeal, it will be a ball and chain around his ankle as he moves into primaries in large, delegate-rich, ethnically diverse and highly urban states.
+24 # CL38 2016-04-21 18:10
come off it. the clinton's did more to damage blacks than republicans. where do you get your information--fo x?? cnn??
+13 # Anarchist 23 2016-04-21 20:44
Last time I looked I wasn't a 'white man'
+7 # CL38 2016-04-21 23:18
me, either. good one.
+32 # bardphile 2016-04-21 15:02
Quoting Dimension: "Why anyone would vote in this subverted system is a mystery; it actually does harm, I believe, because participating (voting) legitimizes the process which is corrupt and validates the result..."

I see your point, but let's not hand the vote-suppressor s such an easy victory. The right to vote, exercised by the new majority that the Sanders revolution is in the process of creating, will give the US the progressive government we seek, if not this year, then in another cycle or two. Keep up the pressure. When the cheating becomes flagrant enough, even the MSM will have to cover it.
+19 # CL38 2016-04-21 18:12
I imagine you mean well, but.

The cheating IS flagrant. What do you want to wait for--notices from the DNC telling voters not to bother, they've got it all sown up?
+4 # GreenBee 2016-04-22 20:48
I wish I could believe that the MSM will change, but why should they? They are owned by the forces that want to control not inform.
Take a look at this critique that aired on Redacted Tonight about how the MSM responded after the first Dem debate in October where every poll taken immediately after showed that a significant majority of the viewers thought Sanders had won.
+38 # angelfish 2016-04-21 15:05
It's becoming more and MORE embarrassing to BE an American these days. So sad to think we were once looked up to and admired by others.
+31 # wantrealdemocracy 2016-04-21 16:38
They hate us all over the world today---with good reason. We don't fight terrorism---we practice it. We, the United States of America, is the worst terrorist nation on earth. It is our duty as citizens to change our rotten government. As you see from this article, we are not going to do that by voting. Time to get out on the streets and stop all business as usual. Don't play by the rules of the plutocracy, let's make new rules and create a democracy in our nation where the congress does the bidding of the many, not the few.
+40 # Terry Allen 2016-04-21 15:11
Now that Sanders is being marginalized by the corporate media, perceived as no longer an option by the voters, democracy is over and all hope for economic justice has ended. Just because we have a choice doesn't mean we have democracy.

Wow this political system sucks....I will NOT vote for Hillary or Trump because they are war mongers and love the 1%.......see why we need revolution..... .
+31 # lorenbliss 2016-04-21 15:12
Apropos the (obvious) purge of voter rolls in Brooklyn, the victims should be asked if they were polled re: Sanders vs. Hillary at any time since the Sanders campaign began.

If their answers are affirmative, that could indeed lead to the proverbial "smoking gun."

The other possibility -- that the Obama Regime is using the government's total surveillance capability to ensure a fascist victory (either Hillary or a Republican) -- is too 1984-ishly malevolent to comfortably contemplate.
-4 # ericlipps 2016-04-21 17:49
Quoting lorenbliss:
Apropos the (obvious) purge of voter rolls in Brooklyn, the victims should be asked if they were polled re: Sanders vs. Hillary at any time since the Sanders campaign began.

If their answers are affirmative, that could indeed lead to the proverbial "smoking gun."

Only if they turn out to have been disproportionat ely pro-Sanders. Without asking them how they answered the poll's questions, we can't say anything about whether it was an attempt to steal the primary for Clinton.
+6 # lorenbliss 2016-04-21 18:05
Absolutely. (Question-conte nt determination is assumed.)
+19 # Radscal 2016-04-21 18:05
Anyone with access to social media data can identify the political stands of the majority of voters without them knowing it.

We learned recently that Google worked directly with HRC's State Department to identify people who remained loyal to the Syrian government, so they could be targeted.

We know that Julian Assange states that Google is backing HRC (the director of Google Ideas was a HRC advisor).

We know that Google search results can be manipulated to sway public opinion.

"Don't Be Evil" Incorporated and the Surveillance State could easily have provided a "scrub list" to the Democratic Party leaders. Heck, they probably could have hacked in and done it themselves (as they apparently did in AZ).
-24 # Shades of gray matter 2016-04-21 16:48
Bernie won the NRA counties in outstate NY.
+17 # lfeuille 2016-04-21 17:58
To put this in perspective. The Nation is reporting today that New York had the second lowest voting rate in the nation. Only Louisiana was worse.
+15 # grandlakeguy 2016-04-21 18:18
The Nation refuses to look at the issue of computerized election theft!
I have to wonder, who owns the Nation?
+6 # Radscal 2016-04-22 13:11
Katrina Vanden Heuvel - a wealthy heir of her mother, Jean Stein - took over The Nation in 1995 and is a controlling owner.

Her father, William was a US Ambassador who was taught the dark arts of espionage and undermining governments by none other than "Wild Bill" Donovan, for whom William was Executive Assistant.

For those who don't know him, Wild Bill ran the Office of Strategic Services during [and after] WW II. OSS later evolved into CIA.
+25 # Salus Populi 2016-04-21 18:56
Three days before the election, a New York resident posted on Facebook that the state had abruptly shortened the voting period by knocking off the 6 a.m. to noon part, thus largely disenfranchisin g working people, who in many cases can only get to the polls on the way to work, not after they get off an hour or so before polls close. Along with the purge of the voter rolls and the "flipping" of votes, this might account for the inflation in Hillary's lead. It would seem that since 1988, when the national Dem machine used Wisconsin to sink Jesse Jackson, the methods have greatly increased in sophistication. IMO, there has not been a real, honest and fair election since 1998.
+9 # tigerlillie 2016-04-21 21:47
I have been appalled by the many voter theft stories I have read over the years, but have never experienced it. With roughly a 40 year voting history, it is only within the last few years that I have been asked to verify my identity with a photo I'D. Most of the time, I just signed in and voted, easy peasy. Why are there never any consequences when large scale voter theft occurs? I have often wondered who had what on Al Gore when he dismissively conceded the presidency.
+6 # tigerlillie 2016-04-21 21:49
Uh, autocorrect strikes again. That was intended to read when Al Gore SUBMISSIVELY conceded the election, not dismissively. Wish there was an edit function for comments.
+4 # Merlin 2016-04-22 03:37
tigerlillie 2016-04-21 21:49

There is!
-3 # BIg Lar 2016-04-21 23:55
I'm sure it's ALL Hillary's fault. "Thanks Obama".
+5 # RMDC 2016-04-22 05:14
I hope Palast sticks with this story as he did with the Florida rigged election of 2000. In that case, the actual vote count was very close and had Gore filed a better lawsuit, the results may have been reveresed. But in the NY case, i'm not sure that Sanders and make up the vote deficit. Here are the counts.

Clinton 1,054,053

Sanders 763,469

Even if 125,000 voters were purged in Brooklyn and they all would have voted for Sanders, it would not make up the difference. I am just surprised by two things -- 1. the very small total voter turnout and 2. the margin for Clinton.

Here are the numbers for NY registered voters.

Republicans 5,649,934
Democrats 2,826,913
TOTAL 11,477,613

These numbers don't include registrations for non-two-big parties. I don't know how many independents, Greens, Libertarians, etc. there are.

Only 1.8 million democrats voted and only 800 thousand republicans voted. Why such low turnout? That's about a 20% voter turnout. The turnout was especially low for republicans.
+10 # Radscal 2016-04-22 13:18
"Why such low turnout?"

Between the 125,000 Democratic voters scrubbed in Brooklyn alone, the moving and late opening of polling stations, over 1,000 people who reported that their party affiliation had been changed on them, etc. etc. etc. - I think it's fair to assess that massive voter suppression took place.
+3 # PaulK 2016-04-23 06:18
The New York primary is a preview for this coming Tuesday's primaries in nearby states. When you get to your polling place you will find that it has been moved. You'll find that 10,000 voters have been stuffed into one polling place that used to hold 1,000 voters. This information is readily available from your city's board of canvassers, unless they're mortally afraid to say anything.

If you're smart you will have affixed a large sign onto your back that gets the voters in this long, interminable line angry at the perpetrator, your local disenfranchisin g Democratic machine which is working with national. Maybe the voters behind you will switch their votes.

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