Fixing an election through voter suppression
That is exactly what Lone Star College System did back in May. It would appear that someone there analyzed the vote totals for/against from the 2006 election and then intentionally chose polling places with an eye towards suppressing voter turnout in those areas that were heavily anti-bond in the last election. In Montgomery County, all of the polling places were co-located with local school bond polling locations, in Harris County they were generally not, forcing voters seek out a second polling location in order to vote a second time. Further, in Harris County, in those areas with a strong pro-bond turnout history, the polling places chosen were the same as before, with no more than two precincts combined per polling location, making it easy for those who wished to vote to do so. For those areas that were heavily anti-bond, just the opposite was true, four and five precincts were combined, and the polling locations were invariably far from the normal polling locations, on average about 4 miles away from the historic polling locations. State election code calls for the placement of signage at old polling locations "if possible" to direct voters to the new polling location. I find it hard to believe that it was "not possible" to place signs at those other polling locations. I also find it hard to believe that it would have been cost prohibitive to put polling locations co-located with the Klein ISD bond election. The result? the turnout in Harris County was far below the turnout in Montgomery County, and turnout in historically conservative anti-bond areas was far below the turnout in pro-bond areas. In fact the entire Harris county turnout, roughly equaled the turnout at each of several Montgomery county polling locations. Therefore, it pays to design your own election, you can manipulate the vote without having to resort to stuffing the ballot box that way.