Posts Tagged ‘voter fraud’

One thing we’ve learned in the past several cycles is that Democrats truly believe they can only lose elections when they are stolen from them.  Democrats should rightly win all elections.  Republicans only win when secret money is deployed from overseas, dimwitted citizens are scared out of their minds, and nefarious special interests get stealth candidates to attack real public servants.

Of course, with evil forces such as these on the march,what right-thinking liberals shouldn’t use any means necessary to defeat them?  Today’s sampling of such means includes:

Of course, such efforts don’t always turn out as intended.  A group called the Illinois Democratic Coordinated Campaign sought to solicit hundreds of thousands of Democrats to use Chicago’s new “vote by mail” system, but glitches with the paperwork appear to have thrown a hitch into the scheme.  Unless voting officials can sort it all out in a week, the affected voters could either lose their opportunity vote or at least be so confused by it all that they don’t bother.  Call it a little karma coming back around Alexi Giannoulias’ way — his bank failed its customers, and now his turnout machine is failing him.

Now every election year, there are new reports of voter fraud and manipulation that crop up in the hothouse atmosphere that is a political campaign.  Most turn out to be false, or at least unproven.  Others turn out to be very true, but go unpunished.  And still others are told as wistful memories by union officials:

So don’t believe everything you hear.  But don’t tell me it doesn’t happen.  I’ve watched union thugs take down signs five times in two hours on a road outside a precinct.  I’ve responded to a complaint by a voter who said she could only be given Democrat ballots in her union hall precinct (and this was the 2004 general election), only to be told with a smirk that the voter (a 48-year old doctor) must have misunderstood.  Be vigilant out there, folks.  We’re too close to allow shenanigans to get in the way.

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Today’s Supreme Court decision overruling the Sixth Circuit and obliterating any chance of correcting the 200,000 potentially-faulty new voters in Ohio is a clear signal to the Republicans — we’re staying out.

You may have heard of this lawsuit, where the Ohio Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner, admitted that upwards of 200,000 newly-registered voters had information in their registrations that did not match other state records.  Keep in mind that this is the same state where a Cleveland resident has acknowledged that he registered to vote 72 times, at ACORN’s behest.

The Ohio GOP filed suit, noting that the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requires the state to have a process by which such records can be checked and, as appropriate, get the registration confirmed or rejected.  Keep in mind that HAVA passed the House by a 357-48 vote and in the Senate by a vote of 92-2.  Sorry, my liberal friends, but this is not an evil scheme of the (*^@%!  Bush Administration.   Nevertheless, Secretary Brunner has alleged, of course, that this is all a massive attempt by Republicans to disenfranchise Ohio voters.

The invocation of the arcane rules of standing (which govern who has the right to bring a particular lawsuit) is a favorite refuge of the Court when they don’t want to get involved.  Today, the Supremes tell us that they neither know nor care whether the Secretary of State and the State of Ohio is violating the Help America Vote Act.  They are bothered, however, that the Ohio GOP filed the lawsuit enforcing HAVA, because they don’t think the law can be enforced by a private party.

That’s right.  The Supreme Court thinks Massachusetts has standing to sue the EPA to force them to regulate carbon emissions, because those emissions might cause global warming, which might lead to the melting of the icecaps, which might result in the loss of coastline for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the year 2125.  But when the state of Ohio violates existing federal law and allows 200,000 new (and possibly fraudulent) voters to elect our next president three weeks from now without simply checking their names against a couple of databases, the Supreme Court bars the courthouse door for the Republican Party.

And think of the terrible message that sends to political parties.  If only the government can enforce this federal law, then the party holding the White House can act with utter impunity to violate its provisions.  Only the Attorney General can sue you, and he just appeared at the governor’s fundraiser last month.  So the government sits on its hands while the states pack the voter rolls, and the party in power consolidates its hold on that state, and likely on the White House, using fake votes.  Rinse and repeat.

Thanks, Supreme Court.  You’ve invented a whole new tool for tyranny.

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