The Gay Place meets Consciousness III Austin We’ve been sitting aroung the Observer office trying to decide whether we should have one of our old beer, bull, and ballad parties or whether we should make a push to get us some radical chic. The editor prefers Armadillo World Headquarters to the Dearly Beloved Beer Garden. The co-editor is big on beer and revolutionary ballads. And the publisher is into Jack Daniels and Beethoven. What the hell, we decided, why not do it all? So we’re having a radiclib happening. Movies and beer and dancing and blacklights and other neatsy keen and/or groovy stuff. Young freaks and scarred survivors of the first McCarthy battle all welcome. You can wear beads or white sox or even beads and white sox. The movies, will be as big a mix as the guests. So far we have rounded up Motion Picture Production’s “Pandora’s Easy-open, Flip-Top Box,” an award winning film on urban pillage; Jim Seymour and Associates’ movie on the Big Thicket, “The Vanishing Wilderness”; The Marx Brother’s “Monkey Business”; and there will be others, mostly by local film-makers. The rules: Saturday, Nov. 21, from 4 p.m. on, at Henry and Mary Holman’s, 201 West 33rd, Austin. Admission for present subscribers \(same for couples or friend, or pick a name from our list. That is, give a gift sub; renewals don’t count. The Holman’s live in a pleasant neighborhood to stroll to, but if you need a ride there will be a jitney leaving the Observer office, 504 West 24th, every hour from 4 to 10. We’ve also scheduled a party for Houston on Dec. 5. It will be at the offices of Pacifica Radio, 618 Prairie, time as yet unspecified. Houston-area subscribers will be receiving invitations to the Pacifica bash. We don’t yet know exactly what the game plan will be. One thing we can guarantee is that guests will be hearing the most expensive record player in the state. Since Pacifica was bombed off the air for the second time, its staff members have been reduced to using the station’s $100,000 worth of equipment as a luxurious-inter-office sound system. New Party write-ins hindered Houston The New Party came through the election with 872 votes that they know of, all in Harris County. They also came through with flying spirits and are now cheerfully engaged in a campaign to get the do-badders who, in an ingenious variety of ways, tried to prevent voters from writing in the name of Ben Russell, the New Party’s senate candidate. Dan Lourie, New Party chairman, said the party now has over 50 documented instances of voting irregularities in Harris County alone. The information has been turned over to George Pain, assistant U.S. Attorney, who has yet to do anything about it. Pain did send F.B.I. agents to investigate some of the incidents on election day. He has since told the New Party that he is interested in following up on them but, he says, such is the nature of bureaucracy that he can do nothing until he gets the complete report from the FBI. Some of the grosser incidents include: Precinct 242 in Pasadena where Dr. Dawn Sanders and Mrs. Albert Clerc both had trouble trying to vote for the New Party. When election judge Raleigh Sanders was questioned about the incidents later, he said, “This is protesters is all they are, and they don’t want to do anything but cause trouble.” Precinct 143 where election judge Larry E. Lindsay told one woman who asked how to write in a vote to go ahead and push the levers for the other races. When she had done so, he told her it was too late to write in. In other precincts, judges refused to give voters instructions on how to write in or gave incomplete or incorrect instructions. In other cases the metal doors over the write-in space jammed or there was no paper in the space or voters were simply told they could not write in names or that they could only write in in pencil or to write out the name on a separate card which would later be turned in. In more than a dozen precincts, election judges blatantly tried to dissuade voters from writing in by making remarks such as “The man you’re writing in doesn’t have a chance” or “You’re just wasting your vote” or “Why don’t you settle for the lesser of two evils.” In Precinct 247 the judge Abbie Evans was so adamant about not allowing write-ins votes that several voters were frightened out of voting at all. The judge in Precinct 278, however, was foiled by stouthearted Melvin Ingalls. Melvin was told that if he wrote in one vote he had to write them all. So he did. Lourie said the complaints were coming into New Party headquarters so fast on election day that the staff had time only to get about half of them down. New Party headquarters in Houston had asked those who voted for Russell to call and tell where they had voted so the staff could keep its own record. The party’s records show that 22 precincts in which their people had voted either failed to report New Party votes or reported fewer than were recorded at headquarters. Meanwhile, the secretary of state’s office in Austin recorded no votes for the New Party candidate from Austin, Ft. Worth, Dallas, Waco, Beaumont, or several other cities where at least an embryo New Party exists. Traditional sloth no doubt accounts for the failure of county clerks to report votes for a minor candidate to the secretary of state’s office, but the New Party plans to turn the situation to its own advantage. Ordinarily there are more votes cast in the senate race than in the governor’s race. This year, the situation was reversed, with several thousand more votes recorded in the governor’s race. Lourie has announced that he assumes that all those thousands of missing votes in the senate race were November 27, 1970 13
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