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October 09, 2012

Venezuela: Did sneaky ballot changes cost Capriles a home-state victory? Maybe.

A few days ago I wrote about last minute ballot changes that might hurt the chances of opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. (See the post below.)

In particular, a party called "Unidad Democratica" switched its vote to dark horse candidate Reina Sequera after the ballots were printed. As a result, anyone who punched the UD ticket was giving their vote to Sequera even though it had Capriles' mugshot on it.

For anyone not following the race, Hugo Chavez won with 55 percent of the vote and a margin of more than 1.5 million votes, so this all pointless speculation.

But those ballot changes might have just cost Capriles victory in his home state of Miranda, where he is governor.

According to the National Election Council, Chavez won Miranda with 766,473 votes versus Capriles' 761,119. The Unidad Democratica ticket (with Capriles' mug on it) won 4,995 votes. Add those up and Capriles is just 359 votes shy of a tie.

But there were three other parties that also pulled their support from Capriles at the last minute. Anyone who marked his mug in one of those slots cast a null vote. The CNE doesn't provide a breakdown of null votes, but there were 28,770 of them in Miranda. Even if just a fraction were due to the unsuspecting trying to vote for Capriles through those three parties then he might have clenched it.

Of course, this is all irrelevant. Capriles isn't contesting the vote and is already looking toward the regional races in December. 


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scott huminski

Final brief filed in arpaio corruption case in 9th circuit,,,


Here it is, AZ law enforcement engaging in felony obstruction of justice to protect a close friend and adviser of sheriff arpaio.

Time for state and federal law enforcement to put on their blindfolds in furtherance of the justice is blind motto -- or is it law enforcement is blind when law enforcement are the criminals.


Someday, my brothers in Venezuela, find true freedom.


Simple Chavez got 56 per cent of the votes single handed.

Capriles Radonski (as they call him in Spain), does not represent anyone, his "party" is just a bag full of fighting cats, they will kill each other as soon as they can and it is disintegrating as the Latin American media reports...

Capriles Radonsky represents to the people an "advenedizo" with no roots in the country and with his interests overseas, he is hated.

Perhaps the opposition would have fared better with a candidate from a long standing traditional Spanish family.

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