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If states can’t rig the vote by 1) intimidation; 2) monkeying with the voter rolls or 3) using electronic machines without a paper trail, what else can you try? How about making sure there are no machines to vote on at all. That’s what happened in New Orleans, where gay marriage was on the ballot.

Many New Orleans voters were unable to cast ballots Saturday on a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage because voting machines had not been delivered to polling places, a state official said.

At least 35 precincts did not have voting machines because drivers hired to deliver the machines had apparently not shown up for work, said Scott Madere, a spokesman for Secretary of State Fox McKeithen.

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Pam Spaulding

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