[Marxism] Socialists in Seattle: Anh Tran Transcript | Black Sheep: A Socialist Podcast

Joonas Laine jjonas at nic.fi
Mon Jan 6 08:07:33 MST 2014

On 01/06/2014 03:36 PM, Louis Proyect wrote:
> Just a few short weeks after Kshama Sawant emerged victorious running as
> a socialist for the Seattle City Council, we interviewed Anh Tran,
> Sawant’s assistant for the campaign. Tran also served as the volunteer
> full:
> http://blacksheeppodcast.org/2014/01/05/socialists-in-seattle-anh-tran-transcript/

The campaigners explain,

"When it looked like we could win but it was still a close call, we went
ballot hunting for all the disqualified ballots—ballots that weren’t
counted because they weren’t signed or used the wrong ink or something.
We got a list of those ballots from the city and tracked down the voters
and made sure that their ballots counted. Our opponent didn’t really do

It is surprising to me that it is possible to track down voters like
this. If (in Finland) I write "Donald Duck" on my ballot (instead of a
candidate's number) and put it in the box, the vote counters will have
no way of knowing I did it. They will know the location where the ballot
was put in the box, but that's it.

How is it possible to track down voters like that? Do you think it's a
good or a shitty system? Just curious.

jjonas @ nic.fi

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