The long term voter fraud issues that the GOP likes to bring up have been called by some (namely me) by rather disparaging terms. Namely, “a load of shit”, “outright lies”, “voter suppression” and “typical rightwing cheating tactics.” Also some other things that I can’t print here. Other people also get steamed about it.
The typical rightwing voter suppression talking point implies that millions of fraudulent votes are cast, some by dead people, others by illegal immigrants and maybe (if you ask Ron Paul supporters) some by actual aliens. As in ET’s. I know, I try not to speak to Ron Paul supporters either. But sometimes they seek you out. Especial at election time.
The irony is that years of investigation by the Bush White House (who should know something about election fraud) was unable to turn up any evidence that it happens. At all. Similarly, recent state level investigations of voter fraud are posted as headlines in rightwing blogs, but they are less likely to trumpet the final results. For example more than 900 dead people voted in South Carolina (insert bold typeface, underlines, and !!!!1!!!one!!eleventyone! here) say the blog articles. How many of them mention that the State Attorney general has provided no information since this claim except to release 6 names? I bet the number is lower than the 6 good cases the right could drum up.
…about those 6 good cases.
The State Election Commission looked those over and found all 6 were basically simple issues. One man cast an absentee ballot but passed away before the election day. One man was marked as “jr” rather than “III” in a clerical error. Two were bad scans from stray marks on the ballot. You get the idea.
“But wait!” comes the cry of the assembled masses of wingnuttia! Surely there are other ways to commit fraud, are there not?
I am glad you asked.
Yesterday a jury found Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White (R) guilty on six felony counts of voter fraud, theft and perjury.
Huh, how about that. Turns out there are cases of voter fraud. I apologize most sincerely.
The conviction cost White his job, though he plans to ask the judge to reduce the charges to misdemeanors and hopes to regain his position.
Important note, if you “might” be a part of voter fraud that no one has ever been able to find or prove, the GOP thinks you should have to get a special ID to be able to vote. Even if that encourages actual voters to stay home. In far larger numbers than the fraudulent votes. As the AARP pointed out recently, 18 percent of voters 65 and older don’t have photo ID’s, and many of them may simply choose not to vote.
But if you actually have committed fraud, assuming it can be reduced to misdemeanor, you should totally be allowed to keep your job. The job of Secretary of State. Got that?
Ironically, White’s now removed 2010 campaign website listed election integrity as among his top concerns
That isn’t ironic. That is among his top concerns. He wants to destroy it. He is very concerned with election integrity. Election integrity favors the other party. Hell you might say it isn’t a “concern” but an “obsession.”
An obsession the GOP has had for years. An obsession they trot out for a lap round the track every few years. Like ’94 in California and Maryland, Georgia in ’98, New Hampshire in ’04…
Can we be concerned about the actual voter fraud being done by actual republicans rather than make believe fraud for creating Voter ID laws? Or is that too sensible?
Then, White accused Gov. Mitch Daniels of similar crimes, claiming his fellow Indiana Republican voted incorrectly in “the last ten straight elections.” Both White and Daniels have made fighting the nearly nonexistent problem of voter fraud a key part of their political agendas
You may all act shocked…