ACTUAL VOTER FRAUD! Who Committed It? Um, Don’t Ask…

A lot of Republican right-wing nutjobs have complained for ages that states need Voter ID laws to prevent deliberate voter fraud by Democrats. Examples were hard to find; indeed, they were nearly nonexistent.

So we have a case! Actual voter fraud, procuring ballots under false names, a variant of the old vote-the-graveyard trick… committed last night in New Hampshire! There’s just one tiny problem…

The ballots were falsely procured by affiliates of radical conservative activist James O’Keefe, apparently under his coordination. One of the affiliates was caught in the act by a poll-watcher who knew the dead man the affiliate was impersonating, though the scoundrel absquatulated before the police arrived. Yes, criminal charges of the affiliates (no word on O’Keefe himself) are quite possible. Stay tuned.

This is the guy who set up ACORN, which went to ground despite the allegations never being proved. If O’Keefe does anything even remotely shady, I urge the courts to throw the book at him. Would 10 years on ice settle him down? Nah… make it 25 years. Bastard!

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  • Caliope  On Wednesday January 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I do so hope they get a nice long “vacation” in a Federal Pen. This is DoJ territory is it not?

    James O’Keefe is great at proving that he is an absolute loser.

  • Caliope  On Wednesday January 11, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    *loser. I forgot I wasn’t on tumblr and I can talk like a normal person. xD

    Fixed in your behalf. We all commit typo’s. – SB

    • Steve  On Wednesday January 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      Caliope, the most exasperating thing is that voter fraud is a crime with no adequate motive. If someone is hungry and robs a convenience store, or greedy and robs a bank, it is not hard for us to see what the payoff is. With voter fraud, there’s really no money to be made, a very high probability of being caught, and no substantial effect on the election result… so why would anyone do it? Answer: they wouldn’t, and they don’t. Voter fraud is made from whole cloth by GOPers who want to reduce the number of people who vote Democratic. Those who cry voter fraud use means that are mostly illegal, and commit an act that is not only anti-Democratic but also antidemocratic. A reprehensible bunch, if you ask me.

      • Caliope  On Thursday January 12, 2012 at 6:45 am

        Exactly, but republicans don’t want a democracy (it makes it harder for them to won). The reality is that if one wanted to swing the election they would need to rig the machines; which is also a high risk crime. The only people I can imagine who would be willing to touch that one are corps and government.

        But still, the problem with this is that we have people who have conspired and attempted voter fraud and the tape is out there. All, at this point, that is going to do is encourage people to go out and do this; especially if they manage to get away with no charges being filed. It seems to me that they have volunteered to be made an example of.

        The law on this is pretty black and white; it is not limited to the act of voting, but covers the procurement of a ballot under a false name.

        The fun thing here is that this is a felony. If they are found guilty they not only get a nice vacation; they get to give up their voting rights for good.

        • Steve  On Thursday January 12, 2012 at 9:38 am

          Of course leading Republicans don’t want a democracy, and ironically, these days, neither do Democrats in powerful positions. On another recent comment, L’Enfant de la Haute Mer linked to an article by Noam Chomsky, titled The Decline of America, that bears in part on the question of democracy vs. plutocracy… and plutocracy is certainly winning.

          I agree that it is important that the two “affiliates” of O’Keefe don’t get away with it, but I still doubt voter fraud will become commonplace even if they do skate free, because there are easier and cheaper ways to steal an election than by bribing a lot of individuals to commit fraud. Ask a highly placed Republican for details.

          I also agree e-voting systems are another likely avenue for cheating; indeed, I believe it has been done already on several occasions. Search the web; the reports are out there. Every time I press the big red button on one of our eSlate machines in Houston, TX, I heave a sigh, and wonder if I should have even bothered.

          An aside in response to your last sentence: many states (Texas, for example) allow felons who have served their time (including probation) to apply to restore their voting rights. How often that happens I do not know.

  • L'Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Wednesday January 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Mitt Romney, A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing:

    • Steve  On Wednesday January 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Actually, Enfant, I tend to think of Romney more as a pig. When he goes to an airport and boards his private jet, it’s an example of when he will know anything constructive about American foreign policy: “when pigs fly!”

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