As time wears on, we are seeing more and more of the Democrat/”progressive” voter fraud machine exposed. We’re seeing hypocrisy, electioneering, the “Secretary of State Project,” fake registrations, and now, claims of intimidation. So let’s take a look at all the factors, in context, and see where it all leads us.
For starters, the Other McCain has an excellent analysis.
It is one of pet conceits of liberal Democrats that the long-established practice of having poll-watchers — party volunteers who are assigned to polling places to ensure that no vote fraud occurs — amounts to “voter intimidation” intended to “suppress” minority voting.
Vote fraud is a crime that Democrats practice habitually, routinely, as a matter of historic tradition, and which is made possible by the overwhelming dominance of the Democratic Party in urban districts. It is in such precincts that the electoral franchise is customarily extended to tombstones and vacant lots.
That about nails it, but, there is always more to the machinations of our left, especially when it comes to elections. When an entire group is so devoted to socialism, and particularly adherents of Saul Alinsky, you must assume that the ends will justify the means, and those means will be blatant, and often extreme. So, let’s line it all up and see where the dominoes fall…
Fake Voter Registrations:
God only knows how long the Democrats have been doing this, but it has either accelerated, or we have gotten better at detecting it. At any rate, we now know that fake voter registrations have been turned in by the tens of thousands in just the last several months. We also know that the organizations formerly known as ACORN were very efficient at this, and part of their downfall was in their workers getting caught, tried, and convicted of it. We also know that ACORN has split up into its regional affiliates, and have simply changed their names. It is unknown as to whether or not these “organizations formerly known as ACORN” have continued this practice.
For more on this, here are some quotes from John Fund via the Politico…
Perhaps the clearest look at how fraudulent registrations can be converted into votes comes from Wisconsin. Earlier this year, the Milwaukee Police Department’s Special Investigation Unit released a stunning 67-page report detailing an “illegal organized attempt to influence the outcome” of the 2004 presidential election.
The Milwaukee police report explained just how easy it is to cast an illegal vote without ever being detected., “Michael A. Smith can become Mike Smith, M.A. Smith, or Mickey Smith, depending on the person reviewing the Same Day registration card, and unless a specific allegation is made against one of those name variants, the new name would just be added to the overall database. Even if the new system were capable of discerning the differences in recorded names, the finding would not be discovered until after any multiple ballots had been cast and recorded.” Indeed, the task force found that 1,100 registration cards filled in by voters were declared invalid or untraceable by election officials.
Another way that fraudulent registrations can be converted into illegal votes is when groups like ACORN either purposely or recklessly sign up visitors from out-of-state or felons who are ineligible to vote. The New York Daily News reported in August, 2004 on how some 46,000 New Yorkers are registered to vote in both the city and Florida, what it called a “shocking finding” because it “found that between 400 and 1,000 registered voters have voted twice in at least one election, a federal offense punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine,” and noted that “efforts to prevent people from registering in more than one state rely mostly on the honor system.”
Last month, the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reported that some 5,000 felons who do not have the right to vote have apparently voted in recent elections in Florida. Their illegal registrations turned into actual votes. The Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post had similar findings in May 2001 on the presidential election held the year previously. Reporters have found that that the number of illegal felon registrations that were cast that year was greater than the number of valid voters dropped from the voter rolls and thus blocked from voting. The Florida presidential vote — and the presidency — was decided in 2000 by only 537 votes.
So, it is VERY possible that people will vote based on these false registrations. Secondly, it HAS happened before.
Refusing to Enforce Motor Voter:
As I discussed in my original post on voter fraud last month, AG Holder has made it known that his office will NOT be enforcing all of Motor Voter. In particular, the DOJ is refusing to enforce the provisions that require states to purge dead, or otherwise unqualified voters from the rolls. So, not only are tens of thousands of illegal registrations coming in, other invalid registrations do no have to be removed. And, if someone happens to vote “on behalf” of the dead, or felons and illegals cast ballots, how will we know?
The answer is simple…. we’re not supposed to!
Claiming Intimidation When Exposure is Imminent:
Let’s pretend that you’re going to send a bunch of people out to vote for your candidate. These folks have been registered illegally. Maybe they are here illegally. Maybe they are felons. Maybe they like to vote-A LOT. At any rate, you don’t want the outside world to know that you aim to rig an election. But you have a problem. There are folks watching the polls, and they might catch you.
Solution? Accuse them of a crime before they catch you!
If they say “hi” to someone? Intimidation!
If they ask a question? Intimidation!
If they catch a candidate electioneering? Intimidation!
If they merely exist? Intimidation!
This is already happening. In Harris County TX, True the Vote has been accused of just that, and the problem was investigated and resolved before the lefty bloggers could push it. Speaking of which, here is coverage from TPMuckraker.
Earlier this week, the Harris County (Texas) Democratic Party forwarded 14 complaints about poll watchers during early voting in the county, including allegations of voter intimidation, to the Harris County Clerk. But the County Clerk’s office, run by a Republican, says they looked into the allegations and found nothing wrong.
“We investigated it, we talked to everybody there at the different locations, and they basically said it didn’t happen,” said Hector DeLeon, a spokesman for the County Clerk.
He said the office takes each allegation seriously. But their investigations consisted solely of calling up the polling locations where the incidents allegedly occurred to ask poll workers if there was anything wrong.
“A call is placed to the location, and we talked to folks who were working at the location, and in Texas, the presiding judge actually represents one party and the alternate judge represents the other party, so both of those folks — both sides in general — were spoken to, and what they reported is that what was being alleged did not occur,” DeLeon told TPMMuckraker. (emphasis mine)
Note that even the Democratic judge agreed that nothing happened. However, that won’t stop the left form lying about it. You can safely bet that these claims will be made at every possible occasion, and will be loud as well as persistent. They’ll try to get ahead of any actual evidence of fraud. Doing so smears the other side, and also attempts to taint any evidence that is eventually found.
Remember kids; any attempt to prevent voter fraud is raaaaactist!
The Secretary of State Project:
As we’ve covered in the past, George Soros has helped to fund a campaign to have as many “progressive” secretaries of state as possible. Their function is to certify elections at the state level. So, if there is evidence of fraud, the “progressive” Secretary of State can quickly certify the election, and no matter what is eventually found, it’s over.
That is what is said to have happened during the 2008 election in Minnesota, which gave Al Franken a seat in the US Senate. Here is another excerpt from John Fund.
Ever since Mr. Franken was declared the victor, the conservative watchdog group Minnesota Majority has combed through records comparing lists of those who voted with criminal rap sheets. It found that at least 341 convicted felons voted in Minneapolis’s Hennepin County, the state’s largest, and another 52 voted illegally in St. Paul’s Ramsey County, the state’s second largest. Dan McGrath, head of Minnesota Majority, says that only conclusive matches were included in the group’s totals. The number of felons voting in those two counties alone exceeds Mr. Franken’s victory margin.
“We aren’t trying to change the result of the last election. That legally can’t be done,” Mr. McGrath told Fox News. “We are just trying to make sure the integrity of the next election isn’t compromised.”
Minnesota Majority says it has been “stonewalled” by Hennepin County officials to whom it presented its findings. But in neighboring Ramsey County, Phil Carruthers of the local District Attorney’s office says he takes the charges “very seriously” and found that Minnesota Majority “had done a good job in their review.” His office has asked for 15 investigators to be hired to pursue the information. “So far we have charged 28 people with felonies, have 17 more under review and have 182 cases still open,” he said. “And there is a good chance we may match or even exceed [Minnesota Majority’s] numbers.”
Minnesota Majority’s Mr. McGrath says Minnesota Secretary of State Dan Ritchie, a Democrat elected in 2006 with the support of the discredited voter registration group ACORN, has been derelict in his duties. “It is the job of the secretary of state to flag felons on the voter rolls so local election workers can challenge them. In 90% of the cases, the felon records were not flagged.” (emphasis added)
So, it would appear that Mr. Ritchie performed as intended.
Let’s wrap this up. “Progressive” organizations overwhelm the system with thousands of fake registrations, and as evidence has shown, some of these do eventually vote. Also, there is no longer any legal pressure from Washington to purge rolls of any ineligible voters. Then, any attempt to expose or stop these practices are attacked as “voter intimidation, suppression,” and, of course raaaaacism! At the finish, there can be a “progressive” Sec. of State to certify the election no matter what is exposed.
I’ve been preaching lately that in any close race, the Republicans will lose due to fraud. What I documented in this post is why I say that. As of this moment, I fear for Pat Toomey, Sharon Angle, and Meg Whitman. They are in close races, and if it comes within a few thousand, or few hundred votes, the Democrats will win. Of course, that’s why we have to vote, and help out if necessary. In all honesty, I hope I’m wrong.
So, while all is conjecture on my part (as well as on the part of others), there is documented evidence that each and every one of these items have occurred at some level. As such, we have a much better idea of how the “progressive” fraud machine works, and by all accounts, there are going to be MANY more people watching the polls this time. That is what is going to make this election all the more explosive and challenging. While the Alinsky Method’s playbook is powerful, it is also thin and predictable. So, as recent events have shown us, when the Alinskyite is pressed, they seem to crank up the intensity, and become more shrill, irrational, as well as potentially violent. In other words, Alinsky has a powerful punch, but a glass jaw. If Conservatives, Libertarians, and other concerned citizens expose them, they will fall apart, just as ACORN did-under their weight of their own deceit.