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January 13, 2011


Suttle supporters bus homeless people to vote

by Deena Winter

Omaha is abuzz over Mayor Jim Suttle’s supporters’ paying to send three busloads of homeless people from a shelter to an election office to vote on Wednesday — and giving some of them $5 for their trouble.
And in this YouTube age, of course somebody shot a video of people from the shelter getting off the bus and going in to vote — and one of them appearing to yell, “Where’s our money at?”

Foward Omaha (the group trying to keep Suttle from being recalled later this month) says they were paid $5 for completing training on how to go door-to-door to get out the vote. (Really? They’re going to pay homeless people to go door-to-door getting out the vote for Suttle?) The group says they were offered $10 an hour to work on Election Day.
It’s against the law to pay someone to vote, and Forward Omaha says they made it clear they weren’t paying the people to vote.
Makes Lincoln politics look boring by comparison.

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  1. Dave Fall
    Jan 13 2011

    Why? It’s a bit weird. Having managed a number of campaigns I understand stress but this is just odd.


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