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Poll Worker Says 'Tight Pants' Contributed to Gaffe
Scripps Howard News Service ^ | 5/19/2008 | THOMAS B. LANGHORNE

Posted on 05/20/2008 10:02:38 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- The poll worker who called a polling place "Obama's house" in front of a television news crew apologized -- then accused the local TV station of altering its footage to incriminate her.

Kim Minor also told the Vanderburgh County Election Board that her "tight pants" were partly to blame for the remarks broadcast by WTVW-FOX7 and posted on YouTube.

Afterward, Election Board members Tom Massey, David Shaw and County Clerk Susan Kirk voted 3-0 to turn over WTVW-FOX7's unedited tape of the incident to the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office for investigation.

Bob Walters, news director of WTVW-FOX7, called Minor's remarks "totally ridiculous" and her theory of videotape manipulation impossible for the local station.

Minor, a Democrat, and Republican poll worker Leon "Big Man" Collins, who called the polling place at Zion Missionary Baptist Church "McCain's house," told the Election Board that the incident on May 6 was not intentional.

"I cannot express the mistake that I made," Minor said. "... I've got no excuse for it, I'm not going to try to make an excuse for it. I made a mistake."

In WTVW-FOX7's broadcast, Minor is shown saying, "This is (Barack) Obama's house," chanting Obama's name and asking who in the polling place supports the Illinois Democrat. Collins says it is "(John) McCain's house."

When Minor asks who supports Obama, she looks over her right shoulder -- where the tape shows the voting machines were stationed -- and appears to be counting people.

"One, two, three, four, five," she says, pointing around the room.

But facing the Election Board on Friday, Minor accused WTVW-FOX7 of altering its tape of the incident to make it appear voters were present when they were not.

"I think Fox 7 cut out some of this here, and put this here, because when this was going on, it was nobody in there, it was just us workers, the watchers -- that's all that was in there," she said. "There wasn't no voters in there. When Fox 7 showed it, they showed voters back there at the polls. It was nobody in there."

After the meeting, Kirk said the point is moot because the presence or absence of voters has no bearing on illegal electioneering in polling places.

"The statute says there is no electioneering within 50 feet of the polling place, period," she said. "It does not say if there's no voters in there, if it's just poll workers, this and that."

Walters said Hollywood moviemakers may be able to insert people who weren't present into a scene, but "in the world of local TV, it doesn't exist."

"You can't add somebody into a shot," he said. "We'd have absolutely no reason to do that."

Minor also told the Election Board that her remarks in the polling place could be attributed to her ill temper on a bad day. She said she had been annoyed when a poll worker under Collins' charge left the church without authorization to get some food, when food was already available.

"My pants were too tight," she said. "I mean, you know, they were, like, cutting into my side. And I couldn't leave to go change my pants."

"... Maybe a little stuff had built up in me, and that's when I went too far."


TOPICS: Extended News
KEYWORDS: fauxtography; freepun; votefraud

1 posted on 05/20/2008 10:02:39 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Tight pants, loose shoes...


2 posted on 05/20/2008 10:05:28 AM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Shouldn’t pictures be posted to allow the rest of us to be able to properly evaluate the claims?


3 posted on 05/20/2008 10:05:59 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Huma for co-president!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"My pants were too tight," she said. "I mean, you know, they were, like, cutting into my side. And I couldn't leave to go change my pants."

Tight pants can't cut off the blood flow to your brain unless your head is already up your butt.

4 posted on 05/20/2008 10:07:43 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Pray for Rattendaemmerung: the final mutually destructive battle between Obama and Hillary in Denver)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So she’s confirming the location of her brain.


5 posted on 05/20/2008 10:07:50 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (Christos anesti!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Were her pants giving her a thrill up her leg, which made her think of Obama?


6 posted on 05/20/2008 10:09:42 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Rush on McCain: "We're so screwed.")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The video:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=5-H8cYy5yUs


7 posted on 05/20/2008 10:10:20 AM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Paladin2

Trust me, you don’t wanna see it.


8 posted on 05/20/2008 10:10:58 AM PDT by gridlock (RNC.com wants you to know... It's OK to vote against Barack Obama...)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

9 posted on 05/20/2008 10:11:41 AM PDT by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: Paladin2

Evaluate away...it’s not very pretty.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u22NK8S3t10&feature=related


10 posted on 05/20/2008 10:12:09 AM PDT by LimberJim
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Obama's House...There wasn't no voters in there...

I wonder why they didn't include this persons race in the report.

11 posted on 05/20/2008 10:12:35 AM PDT by BubbaBasher (No matter who wins, we lose.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“There wasn’t no voters in there... It was nobody in there.”

Nice. Her teacher must be proud.


12 posted on 05/20/2008 10:12:38 AM PDT by gate2wire
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To: Paladin2

pix of the perps

http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/may/17/prosecutors-office-getspoll-video/


13 posted on 05/20/2008 10:12:50 AM PDT by Peelod (I do renounce Hillary! and all her pomps and works.)
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To: Paladin2

Here’s a link to a video of the TV report: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u22NK8S3t10


14 posted on 05/20/2008 10:13:01 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY ((((Obama's issues would be better resolved in a psychotherapists office, than in the Oval Office))))
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To: Paladin2

I’ve seen the video ... and trust me when I say that the photos you ask for are NOT something any of us care to see.


15 posted on 05/20/2008 10:13:34 AM PDT by BlueNgold (... Feed the tree!)
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To: Always Right

If the pants don’t fit, you must acquit.


16 posted on 05/20/2008 10:16:10 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY ((((Obama's issues would be better resolved in a psychotherapists office, than in the Oval Office))))
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"I cannot express the mistake that I made,"

""I think Fox 7 cut out some of this here, and put this here,"

"it was nobody in there"

"There wasn't no voters in there."

"It was nobody in there.""

"It does not say if there's no voters in there, if it's just poll workers, this and that."

""... Maybe a little stuff had built up in me,"

Now hold on a second... I thought Hillary had already claimed all the illiterate and uneducated voters?

17 posted on 05/20/2008 10:17:22 AM PDT by FunkyZero
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I guess with her head up her arse they really cut off the air supply.
18 posted on 05/20/2008 10:17:47 AM PDT by ItsForTheChildren
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

Wilbur Mills...


19 posted on 05/20/2008 10:18:32 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please pray for Jim Robinson. You know that he'd do it for you....)
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To: Paladin2
Shouldn’t pictures be posted to allow the rest of us to be able to properly evaluate the claims?

I vote guilty!

(Picture was cut from a youtube video, probably the same one linked in post 7.)


20 posted on 05/20/2008 10:19:08 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (La Raza hates white folks. And John McCain loves La Raza!)
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To: Always Right

"damn this button...I have a 2:30 at Hot chick-a-latte"

21 posted on 05/20/2008 10:22:30 AM PDT by SGCOS (Life's a bitch, we don't need to elect one.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I went to vote one time and a poll worker had a sample ballot laid out with the incumbent U.S. Senator’s name circled.

When I asked why the Senator’s name was circled, the fool said, “So people will know how to vote.”

I called the Election Board and they basically said “So?”


22 posted on 05/20/2008 10:22:35 AM PDT by GourmetDan (Eccl 10:2 - The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"There wasn't no voters in there."

Where did she get her education?

I guess she represents the new standard for liberal journalists.

23 posted on 05/20/2008 10:27:53 AM PDT by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

“Wilbur Mills”
Bwaaa! I met his “girlfriend” Fanne on Poipu Beach about 10 days after the scandal broke. Wilbur was hidin’ her out on the island. She was,,,,an Argentine Firecracker for sure!


24 posted on 05/20/2008 10:35:38 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Tight Pants”

Squeezed the brain, did it?


25 posted on 05/20/2008 10:39:46 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: BlueNgold
I wuz making a silent guess that she is guilty as HEdouble hockeysticks.

(Go Wings!)

Thanks for the confirmation ;-)

26 posted on 05/20/2008 10:43:35 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Huma for co-president!)
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To: capt. norm

She takes English lessons from Obama’a wife.


27 posted on 05/20/2008 10:50:36 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY ((((Obama's issues would be better resolved in a psychotherapists office, than in the Oval Office))))
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"It wasn't nobody in there".....

Nice..... Being compelled to pass a basic 4th grade English Literacy test as a Poll Worker job requirement would have kept her out of there, and would have precluded this entire incident.
28 posted on 05/20/2008 10:52:01 AM PDT by conservativeharleyguy (Democrats: Over 60 Million Fooled Daily!)
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To: Wally_Kalbacken
"My pants were too tight,"

Hence cutting off oxygen to her brain...
29 posted on 05/20/2008 11:03:13 AM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: There is no god named Allah, and Muhammed is a false prophet)
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To: Paladin2

Guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty.


30 posted on 05/20/2008 11:07:25 AM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: There is no god named Allah, and Muhammed is a false prophet)
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To: conservativeharleyguy
Nice..... Being compelled to pass a basic 4th grade English Literacy test as a Poll Worker job requirement would have kept her out of there, and would have precluded this entire incident.

And would leave every Blue big city critically short of poll workers.....
31 posted on 05/20/2008 11:12:10 AM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: There is no god named Allah, and Muhammed is a false prophet)
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To: FunkyZero
"... Maybe a little stuff had built up in me,"

The BS excuse?

32 posted on 05/20/2008 11:24:26 AM PDT by apt4truth
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

why is it when I read this I started hearing James Brown singing “Hot Pants” in my head.


33 posted on 05/20/2008 11:26:12 AM PDT by mrmargaritaville
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So is that what she said? That’s all? “Obama’s house?”. Fired for that?
Madness.


34 posted on 05/20/2008 11:48:06 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (liberalism is a serious mental disturbance)
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To: gate2wire

Obviously this particular polling place must be Obama’s house if there weren’t any fat, white, tobacco chewing sheriffs with dogs and shotguns to keep the poor honest Democrats out.


35 posted on 05/20/2008 11:54:00 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: gate2wire

Obviously this particular polling place must be Obama’s house if there weren’t any fat, white, tobacco chewing sheriffs with dogs and shotguns to keep the poor honest Democrats out.


36 posted on 05/20/2008 11:54:09 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

To #35... Shoot, I dont remember the 60s, 70s 80s and some of the 90s. Now in my mid 50s Im starting to not remember last week.


37 posted on 05/20/2008 12:21:11 PM PDT by P8triot1 (Liberalism ALWAYS produces the exact opposite of its stated intent. Quinns 1st. law..)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

As a former poll worker, both who made those comments should atleast not be allowed to work again at the polls and at worst both be prosecuted for voter intimadation. No political speak is to be allowed inside of the polls, period. I get really upset when it is allowed to happen and next time it happens I am complaining!


38 posted on 05/20/2008 12:47:53 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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