Skip to comments.Strange door-to-door election request - anyone else heard of this? (vanity)
Posted on 10/13/2012 6:15:17 PM PDT by AUJenn
This morning, we had a nice gentleman from the Florida GOP come by our home to greet us and ask if we had any questions about voting (we have a Romney sign in our yard and are registered Republicans). He was visiting all GOPers in the neighborhood and making sure everyone was familiar with voting precincts and offering absentee ballots. I was very impressed with his well-dressed appearance and kind manners. We saw nothing like this in 2008 and were very happy to see it.
Later this afternoon...a young man, probably around 20, came to the door and said he was working for an 'election study.' He asked if he could take our photograph next to our Romney yard sign to be 'published in a book.' My husband thought it was a strange request and said no thanks and closed the door. We thought this was very bizarre. Has anyone else encountered someone asking to do this?
Shoot them! Shoot them now!
They were just getting the GPS coordinates of your house so the black helicopters to find you more easily.
the first guy was lying, I’d be he had nothing to do with the GOP
Here’s my election fraud file:
Do you know if he had actual absentee ballots with him? I’m asking, because I thought you had to request those from your county clerk’s office, at least that’s the way it is here.
You are right to suspect something. This smells to me. The lesson is to ask anyone knocking on your door to show ID. Write their name & license number down and tell them you are doing this for your protection since you’ve had some strange people asking uncomfortable political questions.
You must be on the lookout for zombies.
Why not call the FL GOP headquarters and ask about it?
No, he didn’t have anything with him except a clip board. He seemed very legit to me, just going to people’s homes with Romney signs making sure they were going to vote. I am glad they were doing that. We had no outreach whatsoever in 2008 with McCain.
The guy asking to take our picture was just weird. Who would agree to that?
Or just do as the Spirit moves you.
Left index finger punching into a chest, with right hand hidden behind the back is VERY uncomfortable for some folks. They think you are hiding a firearm.
I fully believe the first man was from the state GOP.
The young guy asking to take our picture was just odd. It’s Game Day here in Tallahassee with FSU. Normally we would not even be home, but our kids have been sick so we weren’t going to the game. He came around 4:00 and the game was at 5:00, so a lot of folks are at the game. He parked his car in front of our house. The whole thing was just strange.
You did the right thing. No way, no how a stranger is going to take a picture of me in my yard next to a political sign. Too many crazies out there.
2nd guy was casing your house to break in.
You are right to be suspicious. Call your local GOP headquarters and tell them what happened and ask if this is something they are sponsoring. If not, just make a report to the police. They won’t do anything, but at least you will have it on record. And who knows if others have had similar experiences that might be on record. Do it while you remember the descriptions of the men who visited you.
You’d be shocked at what people can get away with, provided they “look” legitimate, uniform, and yes, a clipboard.
One classic example was some fellows who pulled up to a 7-11 in a van and some kind of uniforms and said “We’re here to pick up the ATM”. No problem, the clerk even helped them load it up. Just sayin’.
Yeah, the whole thing sounds hinky. Don’t talk to pollsters on the telephone, either imo., ever. Think about this for a minute, how people are genuinely flattered when complete strangers ask intimate personal questions, and then sell this data, etc.
Nutty as hell.
Never forget rule #2.
The house next to us is vacant, neighbor died over three years ago and heirs paid the mortgage until recently. Now trying to decide whether to sell or let it go back to the bank. A couple of weeks ago right at dusk two hispanic guys drive up and one jumps the padlocked gate. One neighbor called the Sheriffs Dept and hubby went down to check them out. Their story was they were from the bank, there to take pictures.
About that time the Sheriffs Dept showed up, talked to them for awhile and then waited until they left before leaving. We never did find out what they found out or why they let them leave/insisted that they leave. Anyway, neighbors believe it’s a scam that most people would believe.
No, not from the bank by the way. Mortgage is current right now, no foreclosure as yet.
I’ve knocked on thousands of doors for GOP candidates over the years and I’ve NEVER heard anything remotely like that. Sounds like they may have tried to target you for something unsavory.
“We all bundle! Puppy?”
Could be as simple as strangers casing your house for burglary later. Or even an armed home invasion robbery. What better excuse for robbers to check if anyone is home and how old they are. They already know if you are a repub, you may have some valuables in house.
I spent 6 hours today working for R and R in Ft Lauderdale FL. Your first visit sounds like what we were doing. Your second visit is from creepy town and id nothing that was sanctioned by the campaign.
That is exactly what I told my husband. Hmm... take our picture, in front of our house...no thanks. Total stranger, no ID, no real information about what he was doing. That is why my husband quickly said ‘no thanks’ and shut the door. But we saw him ‘taking a picture’ of an older lady down the street next to her Obama sign. Weird.
SWATing on November 6th.
I feel confident the first man was legit. He was professional, polite, didn’t ask any odd questions. Just said he was from the GOP and wanted to count on our vote and make sure we were going to be able to vote. We have a lot of older folks in the neighborhood who are perhaps unable to get to polling places, so maybe that’s what they were targeting. We are in our 30s with young kids so I am sure he was not expecting that.
The second young guy was just very strange.
What is ODD....is that someone comes to the door of someone WITH A ROMNEY sign IN THEIR YARD...and asks THEM if THEY are going to vote....That, to me, is weird. People with signs in their yards are the most motivated.
Hello! I live near a Mormon Temple. The first guy fits their bill 100%, the second guy, not so much.
In the states where most people now vote early/absentee, both parties are now canvassing all their registered voters to try to get them to vote early. Both parties spent the summer canvassing the Independents to try to determine if they lean R or D.
The Dems have early voting down to a science and it has made the difference for them in many elections.
They were probably going to check to see if there was any copper tubing that they could rip off, or find anything else they could cart away. I’m surprised the sheriff let them go. Hopefully he made them show ID and made note of their names for future reference, plus also checked to see if there were any outstanding warrants on them. They were there to commit a crime, nothing more.
I would not trust someone offering absentee ballots door to door. More likely trying to disenfranchise you by having you fill out the ballot and then dump it, not mail it in, preventing a vote against Obama.
The door to door election study is likely a scam. I’ve received phone surveys several times for my view on the election. I’ve been in focus groups by colleges for political opinions. In all cases, such as stopped in the mall, started with “I’m XYZ, with such and such university, and we are doing a political survey of likely voters, would you like to participate.” No one has come to my door, and it certainly wouldn’t be an “election study” without a clear and up front statement of the credentials. I deliberately join these surveys to ensure that Republicans are represented and even took follow up surveys specifically for Republicans. All surveys started with the person’s name, here’s my supervising professor, I go to this school.
I think you’re getting targeted because of the Romney sign.
I did door-to-door today, too. I already had the names and addresses of registered voters. People were very willing to tell me who they planned to vote for, which surprised me.
However, I don’t think I would be willing to tell anyone who I voted for if they already had my name and address. Who knows what the leftists will do with this info if Obama is “reelected”?
I had a young woman come to my door regarding absentee ballots. I told her I didn’t like them & thought people should go to the polls to vote. She left.
To use the photo with minimal legal liability, he should have had people signing permission forms before taking the photos.
That’s what we believe. Our Sheriff’s Dept is not into any extra work unless absolutely necessary.
Hopefully, they won’t try this block again. Hubby met them with a riot shotgun.
I wouldn’t open the door to strangers — you never know whether it’s real, voter fraud, or a robbery attempt using election as an excuse to get into your house.
I would make sure to vote, but wouldn’t even open the door to talk to anyone.
“......making sure everyone was familiar with voting precincts and offering absentee ballots......”
Nothing wrong with this if he was offering APPLICATIONS for absentee ballots for you to send to your local board of elections. If he was offering actual absentee ballots, it was some sort of scam or attempt to make you think you had already voted and trick you into not going to the polls on election day.
I suspect you meant he was offering to give you the APPLICATION forms. If so, he was legit.
“Do you know if he had actual absentee ballots with him?”
I certainly wouldn’t hand some stranger my filled out absentee ballot — you don’t know whether they will throw it away, or vote for Obama using your ballot.
I meant I wouldn’t hand them my signed request for absentee ballot.
Josh Thompson said it best:
“Our houses are protected by the good Lord and a gun And you might meet ‘em both if you show up here not welcome son”
Just because there is an upcoming election, that doesn’t mean strangers are now allowed to trespass on private property. If they want to make appointments for their visits, fine, but do not show up unannounced.
“We alllll bunnn-dle.” chorus Obama’s minions.
“right hand hidden behind the back is VERY uncomfortable for some folks. They think you are hiding a firearm.”
Oh, and I won’t be poking them in the chest.
if anyone like this comes to your house ask for THEIR photo and ID before even talking to them
if anyone like this comes to your house ask for THEIR photo and ID before even talking to them
I have been going door to door in Virginia for the GOP. (Obama Must Be Defeated!)
They send me out with a clipboard, with a list of specific addresses to knock on - mostly solid republicans, and several already have signs out.
They give me registration forms and forms to request absentee ballots. I ask if the folks need or want these.
So the first guy seems perfectly legit.
The second one was an off the wall request that I’ve never heard of. Report for a school project? Collecting images for use in ads? Whatever, it creeps me out too.
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