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O'Hara Factor
Friday, July 28, 2006

Polling places sway votes both ways

My polling place sticks water tanks in the desert for illegal aliens.
picture from Humane Borders website

According to a Daily Star article written by former Wildcat editor Daniel Scarpinato, the polling place in which people vote may sway votes one way or the other, that according to a Stanford University study.

Current reaction indicates that people think Scarpinato is part of some liberal conspiracy. From my recollection, Scarpinato's op-ed writings were very liberal indeed. That doesn't mean he can't be a fair journalist, though.

In fact, I've thought about this multiple times. For the time I've been registered in Pima County, my assigned polling place has always been First Christian Church, which regularly supports 'peace' marches and houses Humane Borders, an organization that sticks water tanks out in the middle of the desert for illegal immigrants.

So imagine walking into a polling place where there's a water tank for illegal immigrants outside. Bias, perhaps?

Students wait in line to vote inside ASUA's office spaces
Matt Robles / Arizona Daily Wildcat

The same principle ought to apply to ASUA as well. When ASUA put up its own early voting site, students voted just near an office responsible for lobbying the state legislature for increased education funding, feminist advocacy, and homosexual advocacy.

Does this condemn the elections process to become a home based process either via the Internet or mail? In a certain way I hope it does.

Clarification: First Christian Church is the polling place for all students living on the UA campus. While I spent my second and third years of school living off-campus, my polling place has remained the same.


While people are free to assign whatever labels they want to Dan, I don't think liberal is quite accurate. In his time at the Wildcat, his editorial board lobbied for the largest tuition increase in history (doesn't sound like a traditional college liberal action to me) and evoked an editorial voice that was some parts liberatarian and others objectivist.
People can read into what they want, but the story is definitely interesting and one that gets people talking. If that's not journalism then I don't know what it is.
Anonymous Aaron Mackey, at 11:52 AM, July 28, 2006 

Good point there, Aaron. I remember him being a social liberal (which fits your description) but not necessarily an economic one. I was still in high school while he was editor, so I can't really gauge much from memory other than his columns from Fall 2003 - Spring 2004.

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