Dead Poll Workers in India

The other day I jokingly noted that watching the election in Utah, which went smoothly, was like watching paint dry. Unfortunately, certain localities in India recently encountered the other extreme. The Hindu Newspaper in India reported today that:

Violence, clashes between Congress and TDP workers, snatching of ballot boxes and other poll malpractices again marred the second phase of polling to the local bodies in 11 districts on Sunday. A Congress worker was stabbed to death in Guntur and in an election-related incident on Saturday night in Mahbubnagar district, another Congress worker was fatally attacked. The State Election Commission (SEC) ordered re-poll in 44 polling stations and was examining further requests from district Collectors by evening. Guntur alone accounted for 21.

For all of the problems in the United States with elections, we should be happy that the problems are not violent.