Wednesday, February 14, 2007
On what will be remembered as a black day for the Potato Diaries, William Hardwick (57) has been exposed as a multiple voter in the Potato Poll. During his lunch break today, Hardwick was exposed as having voted for Dean 64 times. When questioned over the issue, Hardwick, a full time teacher laughed and said "I had nothing else to do so I just played some Sudoku and kept on voting". Multiple voting has been suspected in the past and it has even been suggested that Hardwick is responsible for a large number of Dean's 37 votes placed over the past few weeks. Hardwick has seemed listless and has spent increasing amounts of time on the internet. "He seems lost and I think he thought that a victory for Dean would fill that empty space in his life" an unnamed colleague told the Potato Diaries.
It was another colleague, Amanda Smith who blew the whistle on Hardwick and, although she begged to remain anonymous it was felt to be in the public interest that her identity be known.
Due to Hardwick's action, Dean has leaped to 47% of the vote, a full 40 votes ahead of Nina, darling of the Setsuko brigade. Daisy now trails behind on 16%. The election committee are considering removing Dean from the poll. The chairman spoke to us this evening. "I can't believe a family man of his age and in his position would risk everything in this way". Dean was unavailable for comment but sources say he has been seen with Hardwick on numerous occasions recently. Commentators believe that whatever the decision of the election authorities, this will utterly destroy any chance he may have had of taking this election.
Hardwick is in custody and was unavailable for further comment.