Fraudulent election results for "Jail 4 judges" proposition?
However, on election day, 11/07/06, Amendment E lost, which is a little surprising, but voters do sometimes change their minds. However, what was a big surprise was the margin of defeat -- 89 percent to 11 percent. No, those figures are not a mistake.
Does it seem probable that such an unbelievably large percentage of voters would change their minds in the few weeks before the election?
Some opponents of Amendment E have argued that the big discrepancy between the Zogby poll and the election results is due to a misleading question that Zogby asked. Here is the question that Zogby asked:
Amendment E called the Judicial Accountability Amendment will be on the ballot this November. The amendment would allow the creation of a citizen's oversight committee or special grand jury which would hear complaints of alleged judicial misconduct against judges. If a judge is found guilty three times of having engaged in judicial misconduct, he or she would be removed from office and could never serve in any judicial capacity in South Dakota again. Will you vote for Amendment E or will you vote against Amendment E?
What is misleading about that question? And how could any informed voter in South Dakota have been unfamiliar with Amendment E? Amendment E was national news (that is how I found out about it). Amendment E must have been a big issue in South Dakota for a long time, because it was way back in February that the state legislature took the very unusual step ( and IMO improper and arguably illegal step -- Amendment E was a "direct" proposition that was supposed to go directly on the ballot without going to the legislature first ) of passing a resolution opposing the proposition. The resolution passed both houses unanimously. which certainly must have caught people's attention. And what was there to talk about in South Dakota besides abortion and Amendment E?
I think it is time for a new poll with the following questions:
(1) How did you vote on Amendment E?
(2) Did you change your position on Amendment E before the election, and if so, when and why?
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