Using maracas, coca leaves and a hallucinogenic brew, shamans in Peru got down to business Monday using pre-Columbian traditional ceremonies to pick a winner in the US presidential race.
“The apus (gods of the hills in indigenous mythology) tell us (Barack) Obama will be reelected,” predicted Juan Osco, known as the Shaman of the Andes on San Cristobal hill overlooking Lima.
Members of the group placed flower petals on photos of the candidates that were also swept over with tobacco smoke. The shamans chewed coca leaves, a traditional ceremonial and medicinal plant since Inca times that helps fight altitude sickness.
And the crew took some swigs of ayahuasca, a psychoactive brew used widely among Amazon basin indigenous people. At least one thing was clear, they said: Obama should defeat Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday.
A clerk was discovered to have kindly filled out blank spaces on ballots her office received. She's yet another Republican who has committed election fraud. Jail time awaits.
Charlotte Lehan, chairwoman of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners released a series of questions she wants answered this morning at an emergency meeting on the ongoing state investigation into alleged ballot tampering by a county elections worker.
Lehan, a Democrat, is in a heated race to retain her seat against former Wilsonville Mayor John Ludlow, a Republican. She called on County Clerk Sherry Hall, County Administrator Steve Wheeler and County Counsel Stephen Madkour to answer the following questions. Hall declined to attend or to send a representative:
– Describe the alleged ballot tampering that was observed and reported to you.
– At what time did the alleged tampering occur and who observed it?
– Are there video tape records available? If so, please provide them as soon as possible to the Board of County Commissioners for review.
– If there are video tape records, have they been reviewed and has any review discovered any irregularities such as blind spots in the room or unexplained shut-offs or gaps?
– How many General Election ballots were handled by the employee alleged to have tampered with ballots?
– Have those ballots been separated or quarantined?
– If they have been separated, when and how will they be examined for evidence of tampering?
– If more ballots appear to have been tampered with, what will happen to them?
– How many election cycles has that employee worked?
– Was the employee a full-time county employee, temporary worker or volunteer?
– How many temporary workers and volunteers have been involved in the November 6, 2012 election?
– Please describe the screening process used to evaluate temporary workers and volunteers before they are hired.
– What assurances do we have that this incident is limited to only one worker?
– Please explain the security measures and safeguards that were in place to prevent ballot tampering prior to the current incident.
– Please explain any additional or different measures that are in place now.
– Who has access to the Elections Office 24/7?
– How and by whom is the Elections Office secured?
– Why did the Elections Office call the West Linn police to stop campaign volunteers from collecting ballots in West Linn on November 2, 2012?
– Who made that request and at the direction of whom did the Elections Office employee act?
The 538 Blog over at the NY Times is the best way to follow all the polls for the Presidential race. What I especially like is the map where you can put your cursor on a state and get the percentage chance of who will win the state.
Someone needs to explain to me why New Mexico, tucked in between Arizona and Texas, is so blue. I mean, politics-wise.