National Affairs: Politricks

Now is the season when precinct workers are trained to become watchers at the polls. In Manhattan, last week, an oldtime ballot-fixer explained some of his oldtime tricks, including the following: Taking the election inspectors on a party the night before, and keeping them there.

Sending someone to vote in the name of a person known to be out of town. Folding the ballots so that, after they have been cast, they can be read at one peep and quickly "corrected." Concealing pencil-lead under one's finger nails to void ballots by extra marks....

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