A dog has been taken off voter rolls after receiving absentee ballots for three elections, said officials in King County, Washington, USA.
Elections Director Sherril Huff said she has cancelled voter registration for Duncan M. McDonald, the Australian shepherd-terrier mix owned by Jane K. Balogh.
Balogh, 66, registered her pet to protest a change in the law that she said made it too easy for noncitizens to cast ballots.
Balogh put her telephone in the dog's name, then used that as identification when she mailed in the registration form in April 2006. In November she wrote "VOID'' across Duncan's ballot and returned it with an image of a paw print on the signature line.
An election official called and she admitted what she had done, but the dog still was sent absentee ballots for school bond elections in February and May.
"Quite frankly, the process did take too long, and it should have been addressed after the November election,'' said Bobbie Egan, an elections office spokeswoman.
County election procedures are being reviewed to provide speedier action "whenever fraudulent activity is apparent,'' Egan said.
The removal came three weeks after Balogh was charged in King County Superior Court with making a false or misleading statement to a public servant, a misdemeanor.
A sheriff's investigator wrote that she admitted registering the dog under false pretenses "to make a point that anyone could vote, even an animal.''
A preliminary court hearing was pending.
1. absentee ballot n. phr.
郵寄選票 (you2 ji4 xuan3 piao4)，缺席選票 (que1 xi2 xuan3 piao4)
例: When I was abroad, I was sent an absentee ballot.
2. void adj.
無效的 (wu2 xiao4 de5)
例: This voucher has expired. It's void now.
3. fraudulent adj.
欺騙的 (qi1 pian4 de5)
例: The con man used fradulent means to trick the granny into letting him into her flat.
4. misleading adj.
誤導的 (wu4 dao3 de5)
例: To say that distilled water is spring water is misleading.
make a point 說明
If someone is trying to make a point then they are trying to demonstrate something that they feel is important. Often this entails doing something exaggerated or slightly ridiculous, just like the woman in the article.
A similar phrase is prove the point. For example: "I don't actually dislike Jolin. I was just trying to prove the point that people's musical tastes can vary."
「make a point」即為試著去證明自己認為重要的事，通常會行事誇張或稍嫌可笑，如同本文中的女子。
「prove the point」也是類似說法，例如︰「我不是真的討厭Jolin。我只想說明大眾的音樂品味不盡相同」。
Ben: Did you hear about that dog that was sent three ballot papers in the US?
Graham: It's loopy, isn't it?
Ben: Too right.
Graham: I mean, the first ballot was obviously a good demonstration of why the system needs to be re-examined. But the other two ...
Ben: I know. It's totally outrageous that they could continue to issue ballots when they knew he was a dog!
You can say that something is loopy if you think that it is crazy or mixed up.
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