With the results in France showing that Hollande has achieved 28.4%; Sarkozy 25.5% and Le Pen 20%, rumours are surfacing that outside France and in 16 Departments within France ballot papers for Le Pen were ‘withheld’. Meanwhile, Durotrigan posts on what appears to be ‘block voting’ by France’s Muslim population in favour of Socialist candidates, noting that in 2007 Segolene Royal won 64% of the Muslim vote.
At least, it seems, in Communist Russia under Stalin voting papers were actually issued…………..*
* Stalin reportedly said: “It’s not the people who vote that count. It’s the people who count the votes.”, the validity of which is questionable. A historical source has been found for one variant of this quote. The source is Boris Bazhanov’s Memoirs of Stalin’s Former Secretary, published in 1992 and only available, so far as I know, in Russian. The pertinent passage, which appears near the end of chapter five, reads as follows (loosely translated):
“You know, comrades,” says Stalin, “that I think in regard to this: I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this — who will count the votes, and how.” Source