Or they can, but it won't matter. Arkansas lawmaker pleads guilty to election charge
A Democratic state legislator from east Arkansas, his father and two campaign workers pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit election fraud after federal prosecutors said they bribed absentee voters and destroyed ballots in a special election last year.Cheating in an Arkansas election? I'm shocked, shocked...
Prosecutors said Democratic Rep. Hudson Hallum of Marion, Kent Hallum, Phillip Wayne Carter and Sam Malone acknowledged that they participated in a conspiracy to bribe voters to influence absentee votes in the Arkansas District 54 primary, runoff and general elections in 2011. The three were released pending a sentencing hearing.
In related news, a liberal woman went public with the story that she destroyed her boyfriends absentee ballot, claiming it was the right thing to do.
As Isaac Pollak, an ardent Republican, kissed his wife goodbye before heading out on a business trip to Asia several years ago, he handed her his absentee ballot for the coming presidential election and asked her to mail it.She must be good in bed.
Bonnie Pollak, a Democrat, weighed her options. Should she be loyal to her spouse, respect his legal right and mail the ballot? Or remain faithful to her deeply held beliefs and suppress his vote?
"It was a real dilemma," says Ms. Pollak, 58 years old, a student in a doctoral program in social welfare who lives in Manhattan. "I decided to do the right thing."...
Ms. Pollak says she didn't tell her husband about the discarded ballot for years and doesn't remember how he found out. But when he eventually discovered her betrayal, he wasn't amused.
"I was speechless. I had never missed a vote," says Mr. Pollak, 61, who owns a marketing company in Manhattan.
He says it took him at least a year to stop being irritated, and to this day he doesn't trust his wife of 35 years with his correspondence. "Isn't it illegal to throw away mail?" he still asks her.