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    Default Voting in the primaries

    I have just been to vote for the first time as a Dominican. No one offered to buy my cedula and the voting station was policed and with more electoral personnel than voters. A very simple system, using a touch screen computer, and at the end a ticket is printed out which you fold in four (I was told) and put in a cardboard box. For those who do not know what is happening today:

    1. Today people vote for who will be the presidential candidate for the ruling PLD party, in which there are two front runners, Gonzalo Castillo (the choice of current president, Danilo Medina, and former president Leonel Fernandez. In addition you vote for your PLD candidate for the local positions of senator, deputies, mayor and councillors. Everyone on the electoral roll has the right to vote.

    2. Also voting for the PRM candidates - front runners for presidential candidate being Hippolito Mejia and Luis Abinader. You can only vote if you are a member of the PRM party and listed on their voting register.

    3. Reports around the country of a few shootings, lots of cases of cedula purchasing and members of the PRM are cross as some could not vote for their presidential candidate as they were not on the PRM voting register.

    4. The mother of Gonzalo Castillo pressed the button on the computer to say she did not want to vote - by mistake!

    5. The results should be quick as it is all electronic, but given lack of luz or internet at some places, and the insistence by Leonel Fernandez that 20% of the votes should be manually counted (wonder how he knows that the electronic system can be manipulated) it may take a while.

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    May the least corrupt person win

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matilda View Post
    I have just been to vote for the first time as a Dominican. No one offered to buy my cedula and the voting station was policed and with more electoral personnel than voters
    In front of Janets (Cab) at the school "word on the street" this morning at 730am was they were buying cedulas at 1000 pesos.

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    slight mayhem in Cabrera at the voting stations (schools)....

    Activity ( perhaps violence) expected after the count

    I have been cautioned to stay off the streets..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Rey de Mangu View Post
    In front of Janets (Cab) at the school "word on the street" this morning at 730am was they were buying cedulas at 1000 pesos.
    … mi girl fren ….got $200 pesos and a chicken for her vote...alas it was in the campo......

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    It’s improving. It used to be a Induveca salami in La Vega in the ninetees..

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    Any results yet

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    What percentage of ex-pats vote in the DR elections? What percentage of ex-pats vote in their former country? How many of the active participants in the US Political forum vote or are proactive in US politics?

    Just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johne View Post
    What percentage of ex-pats vote in the DR elections? What percentage of ex-pats vote in their former country? How many of the active participants in the US Political forum vote or are proactive in US politics?

    Just curious.
    Please keep all responses to Dominican politics only, gracias.

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    It is nearly over - until the screams of fraud start. Luis Abinader runaway winner for the PRM. The Gonzalo Castillo/Leonel Fernandez battle was neck and neck with Fernandez in the lead always, until up to around 88% of the votes counted. Now we are at 98% of votes counted, Leonel has 849,320 for 47.59% and Gonzalo has 863,387 for 48.38% of votes. Looks pretty certain Gonzalo had it, but odd he only overtook Leonel over the last hour or so. Methinks there will be tears.

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