Voter Fraud, a Correction

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.

Rampant fraud.

“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?

UPDATE:

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…

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on February 4, 2012 - 4:54 pm

    Brad Friedman was on this story at least a year ago as the MSM should have been, but they never touch a story about republicans until the guilty verdict comes down. It’s a different story with democrats, who are usually assumed to be guilty before the verdict, spurring a giddy frenzy of hearsay.

    Hell, ACORN was tried and convicted by congress in about a week on untrue allegations and the damned media greased the wheels.

    I like this opening paragraph in Brads new post:

    The chief election official in the very first state in the nation to implement polling place Photo ID restrictions — under the guise of preventing “voter fraud” — has been found guilty of three counts of felony voter fraud today.

    Shane remarks:

    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?

    Just amazing, isn’t it?

  2. #2 by Larry Bergan on February 4, 2012 - 5:07 pm

    Incidentally, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are suspected of felony voter fraud as well.

  3. #3 by Shane on February 4, 2012 - 5:54 pm

    Yes, and Newt is twice as guilty, because he may be the alien the Ron Paul supporters are talking about.

  4. #4 by Larry Bergan on February 4, 2012 - 7:10 pm

    Shane:

    I am not familiar with the Ron Paul alien story.

  5. #5 by Shane on February 4, 2012 - 7:26 pm

    Sorry Larry, I didn’t realize that link didn’t work. Mostly joking, I just ran across a link researching immegration stuff because of the “alien” word and had a good laugh. I will try and update that…

    http://www.alien-ufos.com/politics-current-events-serious-discussion/15515-ron-paul.html

  6. #6 by Larry Bergan on February 4, 2012 - 9:22 pm

    Still don’t get it Shane. Your last link was misdirected to me or trashy.

  7. #7 by Larry Bergan on February 4, 2012 - 9:51 pm

    I like my comment on BradBlog from a March 2007 post about phony “voter fraud:

    When will Americans figure out that these guys aren’t judiciously and methodically changing the laws through intelligent maneuvering, but are just a bunch of dumb, ruthless lawbreakers!

    I’m also proud to say that I was quoted in both of Utah’s major newspapers for opposing ELECTION FRAUD before Brad started his blog journalism on the subject. That was before Utah’s newspapers stopped reporting on the subject when it didn’t prop up Diebold/Premier Solutions/Dominion/Whatever it is now.

  8. #8 by Shane on February 5, 2012 - 3:24 pm

    Not missing anything, just a thread on a “the aliens abducted and probed me” discussion board about how great Ron Paul is and how he supports real science and freedom, unlike those crazy liberals.

  9. #9 by cav on February 5, 2012 - 3:29 pm

    SNAFU then. I can accept that.

    Alien probings are ‘to die for’, if you can just let yourself go. Think: Kolob.

  10. #10 by Larry Bergan on February 5, 2012 - 3:59 pm

    Paul says a lot of things that make sense.

    Screw that!

  11. #11 by Shane on February 6, 2012 - 11:09 am

    As noted update:

    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

  12. #12 by brewski on February 10, 2012 - 9:35 pm

    A bunch of racists at the Justice Department expect blacks, and everybody else, to show picture ID. Justice’s website repeatedly states: “Photo ID is required to clear security at all locations.” As Jeff Aronson observed in the New York Post: “Before a citizen can enter the US Department of Justice’s office to complain about the need to produce a photo ID before voting, that citizen will need to produce a photo ID to gain entry.”

    A bunch of racists decided that “Amtrak customers 18 years of age and older must produce valid photo identification when . . . onboard trains, in response to a request by an Amtrak employee,” and under other particular circumstances. Amtrak’s website lists this regulation, which is targeted at blacks, and everyone else.

    a bunch of racists in the Transportation Safety Administration demand that blacks, and everyone else, show photo ID before boarding passenger jets. The TSA could not care less about centuries of anti-black oppression. Instead, their agents just sit there, waiting for passengers to reveal their picture-ID cards.

    Delroy Murdock, a black man

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