Example: [Collected via e-mail, October 2008]
New Election Day procedures
Historically, Election Day in the U.S. is always the first Tuesday,
Voting will take place over two days instead of just one. Everyone that appears at the polls Tuesday,
For some reason this procedural change has not been covered very well so far by the media. But I'm sure it will get more coverage as we get closer to Election Day(s). So that all of our votes can count, please pass this along to everyone that you think may want to vote for any Democratic Party candidates, including Barack Obama.
See you at the polls!
Origins: This item is another example of updated and recycled political humor, a newer version of a jape we last saw back in 2000:
Presidential Election Announcement
Due to an anticipated voter turnout much larger than originally expected, the polling facilities may not be able to handle the load all at once. Therefore,
Republicans and Independents are requested to vote on Tuesday,
The Democrats will vote on Wednesday,
Please pass this message along and help us to make sure that nobody gets left out and everything will run smoothly with this minor change.
Be sure to vote!!! Know where your voting place is near you!!
2000 Presidental Election Commission
Election Day is Tuesday, November 4, 2008, for everyone. If you haven't already taken advantage of some alternative form of casting your ballot (e.g., voting ahead of Election Day in a locale that allows for early voting, sending in an absentee ballot, voting by mail) and you plan to vote at a polling place, you need to turn out on Election Day — showing up on
This form of humor moved closer to the "dirty tricks" column than the "funny jokes" column in late
The old Chicago aphorism says to "vote early and vote often." The part about voting early, at least, is good advice: If you haven't already cast a ballot, make sure you show up at the polls on Tuesday,
Last updated: 28 October 2008
Walker, Julian. "Phony Flier Says Virginians Vote on Different Days." The Virginian-Pilot. 28 October 2008.