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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Simpsons Predict Voter Fraud in West Virginia

A true story, followed by a Simpsons' episode that accurately predicted the shenanigans.

From the Charleston Gazette via Indecision 2008:

Shelba Ketchum, a 69-year-old nurse retired from Thomas Memorial Hospital, described what happened Friday at the Putnam County Courthouse in Winfield.

"I pushed buttons and they all came up Republican," she said. "I hit Obama and it switched to McCain. I am really concerned about that. If McCain wins, there was something wrong with the machines.

"I asked them for a printout of my votes," Ketchum said. "But they said it was in the machine and I could not get it. I did not feel right when I left the courthouse. My son felt the same way.

"I heard from some other people; they also had trouble. But no one in there knew how to fix it," said Ketchum, who is not related to Menis Ketchum, a Democratic Supreme Court candidate.

Ketchum's son, Chris, said he had the same problem. And Bobbi Oates of Scott Depot said her vote for incumbent Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller was switched to GOP opponent Jay Wolfe.

And the relevant Simpson episode:

Looks like FOX cracked down on the video and no one can see it now.


November 2nd, two days before the election, the Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror episode airs. It is believed that this clip is contained in that show. Keep reading if you want to know what happens.

It is election day, and Homer has decided to go vote. On one side of the street are signs for Obama and on the other, McCain signs. Homer goes in to vote and can't fit into the booth. They put him in the extra large one. He goes in, and a touch screen appears in front of him. Obama's name is on one side, McCain's the other. Homer decides to vote for Obama and pushes the box next to his name. A red check mark pops up next to John McCain's name. The machine says, "One vote for John McCain." Homer says, "Doh!" and tries to vote for Obama, again touching the screen next to his name. Again, a check mark appears in McCain's box. The machine says, "Two votes for McCain." Homer of course tries again and again, each time increasing McCain's votes. Finally, Homer decides he better tell someone, and starts to leave the voting booth. That's when the machine eats him to keep him from telling anyone.

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