With foreboding of a procedural mess of a national election, something in yesterday’s Stephen Alves story indicates a perverse incentive (emphasis added):
The change in the number of Republicans does not change Alves’ argument, Taveras said last night. In addition to the 15 questionable ballots cited by the Town Clerk, he says three ballots were cast that had no signed ballot application. By his count, the number of questionable ballots is still 18.
“This is no different,” Taveras said. “They should have all been provisional and not been counted pursuant to existing law.”
The Town Clerk has released the names of the 10 voters who are registered Republicans, according to the canvassers’ records.
In addition to King, Susan L. Harris, Angela Gonsalves, and Anne Helmstetter all said last night that they had disaffiliated after voting in Republican primaries two years ago. Of those who disclosed their votes, three said they voted for Alves.
So, it would seem that encouraging voters of questionable stripe to vote is a win-win calculation for a candidate. If the vote stands, he or she gets the tally mark; if it does not stand, he or she gets an excuse to request a revote (or some other action originating with the judiciary).