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Old Jun 4, 2014, 11:57 AM   #1
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Why did 200,000-plus Californians vote for Leland Yee?

http://blog.sfgate.com/nov05election...or-leland-yee/

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One of the odder stats of Election Night: As of 11:23 p.m., 236,614 Californians had cast ballots for indicted state Sen. Leland Yee for Secretary of State. And that was with less than half the precincts in.

That’s more votes than five other Secretary of State candidates who haven’t been indicted received.

Never mind for a second that the San Francisco Democrat has been indicted on multiple federal money laundering and weapons charges. Yee DROPPED OUT of the race in March. Folks were voting for an indicted man who didn’t even want their votes.

On a largely sleepy election night, the Twittersphere was full of tweets charting “Uncle Leland’s” “progress” throughout the evening:
amazing how uninformed people are.
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Old Jun 4, 2014, 12:30 PM   #2
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That is an easy one!
He was getting me good deals on black-market weapons.
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Old Jun 4, 2014, 01:12 PM   #3
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If he had dropped out of the race in March, why was he on the ballot? Did that many people write his name in?
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Old Jun 4, 2014, 01:18 PM   #4
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If he had dropped out of the race in March, why was he on the ballot? Did that many people write his name in?
Your name stays on the ballot even though you've dropped out. Yee declared himself a candidate for that position, which stays there even after the candidate drops out.

That's what an Open Primary system gets you.

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Old Jun 4, 2014, 01:56 PM   #5
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Low information voters, they're not just Republicans.
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Old Jun 4, 2014, 02:06 PM   #6
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Should just replace names with red or blue.
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Old Jun 4, 2014, 02:13 PM   #7
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Low information voter is the norm. Most voters aren't qualified to cross the street alone.
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Old Jun 4, 2014, 02:22 PM   #8
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He hasn't been in the news for several weeks, and people who didn't take much notice of the arrest report just recognized the name. Also, although most of his votes were from such low information voters there's also a sizable number who don't believe the charges and voted for him anyway. I know a couple of locals here who told me that.
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Old Jun 4, 2014, 03:15 PM   #9
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You got that right, buddy. We didn't recognized any other name on the ballot... SOOoOooo...
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Old Jun 4, 2014, 03:47 PM   #10
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The biggest threat there is to this country...
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Old Jun 4, 2014, 04:15 PM   #11
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Californians saw "Democrat" next to his name and voted for him. Sad. No wonder this state is in so much trouble.
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Old Jun 4, 2014, 05:02 PM   #12
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Californians saw "Democrat" next to his name and voted for him. Sad. No wonder this state is in so much trouble.
Yeah, don't you wish they blindly voted for the Tealiban instead? I'm sure if you reach far enough to the right you'll find some supporters of Open Carry Texas.
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Old Jun 4, 2014, 05:45 PM   #13
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Californians saw "Democrat" next to his name and voted for him. Sad. No wonder this state is in so much trouble.
Didn't they do the same for Schwarzennegger? Saw the name and big "Republican" by his name and voted that way?

Fine bit of debt he left this state in as well.

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Old Jun 4, 2014, 05:51 PM   #14
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Californians saw "Democrat" next to his name and voted for him. Sad. No wonder this state is in so much trouble.
I need to find a statistic on what percentage voted, but just for context, consider that this is 236,000 out of a state population of 38,000,000. I rounded down, but both figures are a bit higher.
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Didn't they do the same for Schwarzennegger? Saw the name and big "Republican" by his name and voted that way?

Fine bit of debt he left this state in as well.

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I like to think it's because he played Mr. Freeze in Batman and Robin. It would have been amusing if he turned some of his lines into campaign slogans. For example "Vote for me if you want to live" or "Get to the voting booth".

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If he's still on the ballot, then everyone who pulls the straight Democratic lever will pick him up, right?
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Old Jun 4, 2014, 06:51 PM   #17
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If he's still on the ballot, then everyone who pulls the straight Democratic lever will pick him up, right?
It was a primary election, so there were multiple Democrats.

Yee came in a distant third, with a Democrat taking the most votes (~30%), followed by a Republican (~20%) and then Yee with less than 10%.
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Oh, primary, right.

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It was a primary election, so there were multiple Democrats.

Yee came in a distant third, with a Democrat taking the most votes (~30%), followed by a Republican (~20%) and then Yee with less than 10%.
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Old Jun 4, 2014, 11:39 PM   #19
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I need to find a statistic on what percentage voted, but just for context, consider that this is 236,000 out of a state population of 38,000,000. I rounded down, but both figures are a bit higher.
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It was a primary election, so there were multiple Democrats.

Yee came in a distant third, with a Democrat taking the most votes (~30%), followed by a Republican (~20%) and then Yee with less than 10%.
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In a rather boring election, there was one eye-popping result: 287,590 Californians voted for suspended State Sen. Leland Yee as Secretary of State.

You know, the guy who was arrested March 26 on charges including conspiring to traffic firearms and participate in a murder-for-hire scheme and almost immediately withdrew from the that race? Yeah, that guy.

He withdrew too late for his name to be removed from the ballot, but still, it was shocking to see that more than a quarter of a million voters — 9.8 percent of those who voted — thought he would be an effective statewide leader. He even beat serious contenders Derek Cressman and Dan Schnur.

And even in his hometown of San Francisco, where news of his travails has been blasted for months, 10,494 voters chose Lee. That’s an even higher percentage than statewide at 12.4 percent. So we can’t take our usual tactic and just blame L.A.

We asked some political experts to explain this bizarre result. But even they’re perplexed.
http://blog.sfgate.com/cityinsider/2...-have-answers/
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Why did 90,000 California voters vote for birther Queen Orly Taitz?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/0...n_5444901.html
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Seems like the OLD political ploy of jumping to another primary to cause havoc and draw votes from a hated enemy.
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I like to think it's because he played Mr. Freeze in Batman and Robin. It would have been amusing if he turned some of his lines into campaign slogans. For example "Vote for me if you want to live" or "Get to the voting booth".

Edit: My jokes are terrible.
People watched that Batman movie? Wasn't that the worst one ever?
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Old Jun 5, 2014, 07:40 PM   #23
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Why did 90,000 California voters vote for birther Queen Orly Taitz?

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did she drop out? is she in jail?
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People watched that Batman movie? Wasn't that the worst one ever?
I watched it on a flight. It made me laugh, because he was California's governor at the time I watched it.
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How did governor moonbeam get re-elected after being kicked out of office for having such awful, out of this world ideas? That's just frickin bizarre. Just shows how wacky a lot of Californians are getting.
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