Skip to comments.REMNANT OF 1984 ELECTION SURFACES Found: Mysterious ballot box from '84
Posted on 12/07/2006 3:20:44 PM PST by PghBaldy
GASTONIA - Would Ronald Reagan's re-election have been even more of a runaway, or would Walter Mondale have claimed another precinct?
That's one question after a bizarre discovery Wednesday in Gastonia: a locked metal box full of ballots from the 1984 election.
The box was sitting behind a house off West Mauney Avenue when Jim Rudisill found it.
Rudisill is having the former mill house rehabilitated and said people occasionally break into it at night to sleep there. They sometimes take things from the house, he said, but they rarely leave anything.
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Just another day in NC politics.
Kalee rolls eyes and shakes head
What's remarkable is that the box contains 1,6878,121 ballots marked for Mondale, 1 more than the difference separating Mondale and Reagan. Howard Dean is crying fraud and calling for a re-vote.
Sorry, that's 16,878,121 ballots.
No doubt Conyers would be calling for Reagan's posthumous impeachment.
Makes you wonder how reliable our election process is.
How much error is there during a typical election? 5%, 10%?
Many races these days are within a couple of percent.
Then again, how many times did the biased election judges recount the ballots in Florida in 2000? Each time they found in favor of Bush.
Nothing to add, except to say I miss Reagan.
A whole lot.
In a re-vote between a dead Reagan and a very-much-alive Fritz Mondale, who do you think would win? I think Reagan would probably still win in a landslide.
How does a box of ballots just "disappear" anyway?
What I wouldn't do for another man like Reagan to be President.
They must have already been counted, because otherwise somebody would notice in that election that nobody voted in a precinct.
My Dad was an election judge some time back.
He told me of a story where a truck delivering ballots took a corner too sharp and dumped a bunch of ballot boxes all over the street. The ballots spilled out all over the street and many were lost. Nothing was mentioned to the public about the incident.
Also, he told me that he learned that they don't count the absentee ballots unless an election is close. Don't know how true this is.
Too bad there isn't more accountability. People assume that the election process is fair. It may be totally screwed up.
If he is alive he can give thanks to his diet of Tana leaves.
Jimmy Hoffa is in there!
Who cares about a NC district... The great Reagan could have challenged Minnesota and achieved a near sweep of the country (forget ever getting near a majority in DC) but he decided it wasn't worthwhile challenging the Gopher State.
You mean a guy who would grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants? Or who would sit idle while the deficit ballooned?
If so, you already have your man.
BTW--try remembering Reagan's 11th Commandment.
"Rove, you magnificent..."
"Ahhh, shut up!"
And they complain about touch screens...
OMGGG so Ronnie would have punk Walter Mondale MOREEE
Stop confusing people with facts.
NO honey this way before Karl Rove times more like OH GOD maybe Sinatra little Mafia friends LOL!
HEY Frankie thanks to mafia help JFK so I think ole Frankie would gladly help one of his old Hollywood friend to presidency LOL!
Reagan made one big mistake. Amnesty. Nobody is without fault.
But it's been a long day and I don't feel like arguing right now.
A dead Reagan would certainly still have my vote against a still brain dead Mondale
I think Reagan was the greatest president of the 20th century and one of our greatest presidents ever.
Reagan, however, also:
1) Allowed Congress to spend like drunken sailors.
2) Granted blanket amnesty to three million illegal immigrants
3) Turned timid (actually, turned tail) when confronted by islamic fascists.
Yet Reagan is a hero here, while it seems most Freepers think Bush 43 is a bum.
Something is really wrong with this picture.
Probably true. Every state does it slightly differently. Ours counts the absentee ballots that can be processed automatically (optical readers), but isn't very diligent about counting the ones that need hand processing unless the vote is close. It's expensive to process those, and if it won't make a difference, there's no reason to bother.
Quick! Send in the lawyers! I demand a recount!!! :^D
Walter Mondale. That loser's performance was even worse than his former boss, Jimmy "Landslide" Carter.
People in general weren't aware of the true greatness of President Reagan during his tenure. Some were, but the media pretty much behaved just about the same way toward him as they have been doing to President Bush during his term in office - undercutting him, ridiculing him constantly, trying to destroy him. Frankly, the talking heads and the DU types constantly ridiculed Reagan for being old, for allegedly going to sleep in Cabinet meetings. All the while Reagan just smiled indulgently, said "there they go again", did his thing half asleep and one hand tied behind his back so much better than Bubba Clinton and came out on top of the Presidential greatness heap in the end. I think he would like President Bush and admire him; glad he didn't have to know a whole lot about Clinton for very long; so depressing.
I know, I know, I should probably be ashamed but Gastonny pride is sort of weird. We tend to be more proud of things we shouldn't be and not as for things we should be. It's when the redneck comes out in us ;)
LG, I was thinking about the races myself. According to the article the closest race was 1,400 votes. IIRC, that was the year of Helms/Hunt but it wasn't close. We didn't have much intrigue back in the 80s there. Pretty much you knew who was going to win months before the election.
This whole absentee business is such that I'd like to see a federal law that says you spend 10 years in prison if you or country-appointed member refuses to count a single absentee vote.