Smurf Village and the election day blues?

July 1, 2009

Blog Guy, are you able to answer questions about the election process in emerging democracies in other parts of the world?

Sure. My resources are endless.

Whenever there is an election these days, I see news photos of voters holding up ink-stained  fingers, I guess to keep them from casting more than one ballot.

Yes. Photographers now have a quota of ink-stained finger shots on voting day. As iconic photos go, this one has replaced the victory sign and the thumbs-up.

Looks like it makes the photographer’s job pretty easy.

Not really. You do have to make sure they’re not holding up the wrong finger in an obscene gesture. But didn’t you have a serious question?

Right. If blue ink is the way they keep elections honest, I’m worried about how the Smurfs will vote, since they’re blue to begin with.

They can’t vote. But Papa Smurf runs Smurf Village with an iron grip, and they are decades away from an election process.

But couldn’t Inventor Smurf come up with a different color ink that would…

Just let it go.

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Above: Presidental candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi holds his inked stained finger and identity card after casting his vote during the Iranian presidential election, June 12, 2009. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi

Left: Assorted ink-stained voters, and Papa Smurf

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Is that a clue? Oh, I think I see a pawprint! Let’s see if we can figure who Blue thinks should be president!

Posted by Bandage | Report as abusive

Are you effing serious?

This is what Reuters pays you for?

Posted by M Schroeder | Report as abusive

@ Schroeder

Why ya gotta be hatin’ on a sweet gig, yo?

Posted by Bandage | Report as abusive

lol :)))))) thanks for makin me smile :))))))

Posted by Caglar | Report as abusive

Papa Smurf is a dictator? That explains why there’s only one girl in the Smurf village…

Posted by Girl On Heat | Report as abusive

Speaking of Smurfs…
They make movies with REAL people about the strangest old shows these days. I wonder how long it will be before someone comes up with the idea to make a Smurf movie…

Posted by Tony | Report as abusive

Sad that “Iranian election” has come to represent an oxymoron. Ooh, unintended double entendre. Sweet!

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

I undstand about the voters’ ink but should I even ask what Parish Hilton has on her finger? No?

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Papa Smurf was unconfortably insistent on getting a second, third, etc. opinion concerning his prostate health.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

It seems you just did, Tony! Welcome to Hollywood.

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