Queer Town: Election Watchdog Group Says Prop. 8 Vote 'Probably Corrupted'

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Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 8:22 AM

A new study by the Election Defense Alliance, a national, non-profit election watchdog group, reports that the November, 2008, vote to take away the existing right of gays and lesbians to legally marry in California through Proposition 8 was "probably corrupted."

click to enlarge Proposition 8 protestors in West Hollywood in October, 2008. - PATRICK RANGE MCDONALD
  • Patrick Range McDonald
  • Proposition 8 protestors in West Hollywood in October, 2008.

EDA co-founders Sally Castleman and Jonathan Simon write that the watchdog group conducted exit polling at 19 precincts on Election Day, 2008, in Los Angeles County, the major swing county in California that supposedly voted in favor of the gay marriage ban.

EDA then found a huge disparity between the exit polling numbers and the official vote count, with more L.A. County residents actually voting against Proposition 8.

"It is beyond the scope of this study to know if any corruption was due to honest error or intentional fraud," Castleman and Simon write. "Further investigation is warranted."

EDA released its findings on its Web site.

"Deviations between exit polls and official results far outside margins of error cannot be explained away by demographics or polling factors," EDA writes. "The facts established in these reports cannot responsibly be dismissed or evaded."

Contact Patrick Range McDonald at pmcdonald@laweekly.com.

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