February 7, 2012
“Voter Fraud” — one of the GOP’s rallying cries for the past three years. We heard or read numerous reports from Republicans that voter fraud is rampant which has resulted in efforts by several Republican state governors to disenfranchise voters; who coincidentally just happened to be Democrats. Yet only a couple of legitimate incidents of voter fraud by Democrats have been documented. On the other hand, there are several documented cases of voter fraud by Republicans. And recently one Republican official was convicted of voter fraud.
Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White – Republican – was found guilty on six felony counts of voter fraud, theft, and perjury: “After about 12 hours of deliberation, a jury convicted White of three counts of voter fraud, two counts of perjury and one count of theft.” He was acquitted of his most serious charge, fraud on a financial institution.
Evidently White isn’t happy about going down alone. He has now accused his own state governor, Republican Mitch Daniels (you remember him from his SOTU rebuttal for the Republican Party this year), of similar crimes in a live interview on Fox News.
White’s case is only the tip of voter fraud and/or voting irregularities by Republicans.
- James O’Keefe could land allies in prison for voter fraud stunt: “James O’Keefe, conservative “film-maker,” has another hobby-horse: voter fraud. You never saw that one coming, right? Anyway, in an attempt to prove that voter fraud could exist, O’Keefe had some lackeys actually commit fraud, and face potential criminal charges. They got ballots under the names of dead people to try to prove voter ID laws were necessary.”
- Break-in, Tampering Reported At Rep. Tom Perriello’s Campaign Office: “Last night, someone broke into a campaign office of Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA) in Charlottesville, VA. According to a report the campaign filed with the Charlottesville police, someone entered the unoccupied office between 2 and 5:30 a.m. by busting in a window screen. The perpetrator then took information on polling place locations and deliberately distributed it in the wrong neighborhood.”
- Philadelphia ‘Freedom’: Voter Forced to Swear on Bible Before Casting Vote in Mid-Term Election: “did anyone else have to swear on a bible that their address was correct before they were able to vote? just wondering, because i did,” Philadelphia voter Lindsay Granger wrote on her blog after voting in last Tuesday’s mid-term election. “i had to lay my palm on the good book and state my name and address before i was allowed to sign my name in the voting log and enter the booth. they called it an affirmation. i call it creepy… and a little offensive…”
- Election-night robocall tied to employee of political operative working for Ehrlich: “An employee of a political operative who worked for former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.’s gubernatorial campaign is responsible for the election-night robocall in Maryland suggesting that Democratic voters “relax” and stay home.”
- Robo-Call Tells Kansas Voters That They Need Proof Of Home Ownership To Vote ‘On Wednesday’: “Over the weekend, Kansas voters received mysterious phone calls claiming to be informing them of the proper way to vote. The calls, which appear to be exclusive to voters within the state of Kansas, tell voters that they need to “bring their voter registration card and proof of home-ownership to the polls” when they open on Wednesday, November 3 — one day after the actual election.”
- Conservatives use Democratic phone bank for own purposes, raise privacy concerns: “Conservative pranksters are trying to use a Democratic group’s online phone-banking system for their own means, making mischief by calling the voters themselves and urging them to vote Republican.”
- Dirty voter suppression tricks in North Carolina: “With less than 24 hours until the close of polls tomorrow night, the North Carolina Democratic Party is getting reports of disgraceful repeated robo calls to unaffiliated and Democratic voters from conservative interest groups meant to anger voters and suppress turnout.”
- NC GOP congressional campaign accused of poll intimidation, illegal robocalls: “Poll workers associated with U.S. House District 13 candidate Bill Randall, a Republican businessman challenging incumbent Democrat Brad Miller, have taken actions at early voting sites that appear to cross the line from observing voters to intimidating them.”
And here’s some from 2010:
- In Minnesota, tea party related groups are expected to continue to wear buttons or stickers saying “Please ID me” (despite a judge’s ruling that they couldn’t). This is meant to cause confusion in pollworkers and voters who do not have to show ID in MN. There have also been reports in one precinct in MN of a disruptive poll watcher who was aggressively challenging people attempting to do same day registration.
- In Illinois in two predominately African American precincts, there are reports of every voter being challenged.
- In a Michigan precinct, a poll worker was making racist statements directed at African American and Latino voters.
- In Louisiana (particularly New Orleans), Maryland, New Hampshire and Maine, robocalls have told voters they can vote online or by telephone.
- In Kansas, voters report robocalls telling they have to have proof of home ownership in order to vote, and that they vote on Nov. 3.
- Teabaggers in South Carolina are intimidating black college students at Benedict College and North Hope Center precinct at Sumter.
And in 2004 there was strong evidence of vote hacking in Ohio by Republicans.
Republicans are picking at straws to claim voter fraud. For example, a total of 253,609,165 votes were cast in the 2004 and 2008 elections. Of that, the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) found a whopping grand total of ——— 311 cases of voter fraud. Granted 311 are too many, however that represents only 0.0001% of total votes. Did you get that? That’s one one-thousandths of ONE PERCENT.
And as far as that story last month from Fox Faux that more than 900 “dead voters” had voted in South Carolina’s Presidential Primary — well, that story has totally collapsed. State Attorney General Alan Wilson fed that fodder to Fox Faux, but when Wilson turned over the names to the Election Commission the list contained only — prepare yourself — 6 NAMES! So Wilson and Fox Faux exaggerated the numbers by a mere 99.4 percent. Anyone see a pattern here?!?!?
This issue of voter fraud is so typical of Republicans: Distract from their own crimes by building a strong campaign against Democrats accusing them of the crime. But — what the hell? There’s about 60-70 million voting-age Republicans who will believe them or don’t care that they are lying, and will continue to vote for them; at least long enough for the GOP to fix it so that they don’t need but a handful of those 60-70 million voters to remain in power.
Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs [with] facts.
Economist Henry Rosovsky