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Friday, November 24, 2006

Voting Irregularites

This article caught my eye because it mentioned Poinsett County, AR which borders Craighead County in the northeast corner of Arkansas where I lived for 8 years eons ago.

One of the 3 candidates for Mayor received no votes. None. Including the vote he cast for himself. His wife was a witness so he probably received at least two votes. She said she voted for him as well.

Waldenburg, AR is a small town although it may have grown a little since the 70's when I lived in Jonesboro. Why electronic machines?

That part of Arkansas had some interesting politics back then. Craighead County was "dry", Poinsett was "wet" with liquor stores and bars 3 feet over the county line. Amateur bootleggers in Craighead made their livings loading up with cases of beer in Poinsett and bringing them back for resale at twice the going price. (Do not ask me how I know all this). Year after year Craighead voted itself dry. I've always had a nagging suspicion that the owners of the liquor stores and bars lived in Craighead County and that some of the bootleggers were in church every Sunday.

Meantime people were wiping out on Hwy 63 racing to Trumann and back before the liquor stores closed. Great times.

Thanks to Echidne of the Snakes for the link.

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  • At Friday, November 24, 2006 5:41:00 PM , Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

    I've always had a nagging suspicion that the owners of the liquor stores and bars lived in Craighead County and that some of the bootleggers were in church every Sunday.
    LOL!! Now what would ever make you think that?:) We had a similar situation in Michigan, only it was city by city. That arrangement ceased, as one city would see 99% of their entire population in the next city.:) As you said, those were whacky times indeed!:)

     

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