More On Rigging the Election

  • Posted: April 23, 2014

rigged electionHere’s more on the landslide results from our 17th Annual Election: We just got a letter forwarded to us from a homeowner. It’s a candidate endorsement letter from our board president. Kosher? Well, maybe for the Supreme People’s Assembly, but in Illinois, nope.

Grist for the mill, there’s a great article in Harpers titled “How to Rig an Election.” A little grandiose in scope but the opening paragraph is right on the money: “It was the summer in 1932 when Louisiana senator Huey ‘Kingfish’ Long arranged to rig the vote on a number of amendments to his state’s constitution that would be advantageous to his financial interests. Long was no stranger to rigged votes. This time around, however, the fix delivered by his machine was blatant and sloppy: his favored amendments won unanimously in sixteen New Orleans precincts…”

Okay, what exactly is “electoral fraud”? It comes in many forms. Basically, Wikipedia has: “Electoral fraud or vote rigging is illegal interference with the process of an election. Acts of fraud affect vote counts to bring about an election result, whether by increasing the vote share of the favored candidate, depressing the vote share of the rival candidates, or both.

Actually, the Illinois Condominium Act prohibits election interference. Section 18 a. (17): “the board of managers may disseminate to unit owners biographical and background information about candidates for election to the board if (i) reasonable efforts to identify all candidates are made and all candidates are given an opportunity to include biographical and background information in the information to be disseminated; and (ii) the board does not express a preference in favor of any candidate.

Well, apparently our Board President did just that. The following is a letter that went out to targeted homeowner(s).

April 11th, 2014

Dear ____:

I hope all is well for you and your family. I know that quite a few negative (and entirely false) rumors have been flying around about the state of our condo association lately. I hope you’re ignoring all this unwarranted alarmist rhetoric. It’s based upon distortion and flawed logic, not facts.

The truth is that our building’s long-neglected infrastructure projects are steadily getting completed in an appropriate manner. Despite the frantic economic predictions from those who have been issuing these for many years, our Association’s financial status is very sound.

You are in a position to make a critical decision regarding our condo Association’s future. We need solid, sensible people on our Board right now to keep us heading in the right direction. Below are my recommendations for candidates who I believe can best accomplish this. I thank you for your consideration and support.

Sincerely,

Tony Milazzo

There’s a lesson here. Considering the huge and unprecedented discrepancy in vote totals between the endorsed candidates and other more qualified candidates, next time Milazzo should at the very least rig the election to be a little closer. As it is, it’s just plain insulting. Well, maybe not in North Korea.

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