On machine politics

By the way: my father-in-law, as a young man in Chicago, went to his voting place. “Here,” said the helpful campaign volunteer. “We have these new voting booths now, let me show you how they work.”  The worker went into the booth with him, behind the curtain. “You see, the levers work like this. So, say, if you wanted to vote a straight Democratic ticket, you would just go like this–” and he proceeded to pull them for him!   I have not, so far, heard of anything like that happening here.  All the reports we’ve heard of the Brotherhood employing children to distribute leaflets, driving voters to the polls, directing them to polling places with maps printed on FJP stationery, etc. etc. pale in comparison.

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