[Lee E-tin (李乙廷)], a former secretary-general of the Miaoli County Farmers’ Association, garnered 64,817 votes in the Jan. 12 election against 46,905 votes for two-term legislator Tu Wen-ching (杜文卿) of the Democratic Progressive Party.There's an interesting confluence of things here. I've blogged before on the role of farmers associations in local politics -- note that Lee is a former official of the County farmers association, an influential position indeed. Where does he go to buy votes? To the local temples, because the temple associations often play a key role in their local politics as well.
Tu filed a civil suit seeking the invalidation of Lee’s election.
The court verdict said Lee made 16 visits to temples in Yuanli and Jhunan — two of the eight townships in one of Miaoli County’s two electoral districts — between June and October last year.
During that time he made donations and solicited support via his campaign aides for his election bid. Because Lee had not been previously known to make donations to temples and had only done so during the election campaign, the court ruled they were designed to improperly influence voter behavior.
So...if giving money to local temples -- at least once removed from the voters -- is vote buying, what is the ruling party giving money directly to the voters in the form of vouchers?