Big Box Mart
They’ll be checking ID, and checking it twice, just to find out if you’re naughty or nice.
But we still can’t require ID for something we’re expected to do in early November.
Big Box Mart
They’ll be checking ID, and checking it twice, just to find out if you’re naughty or nice.
But we still can’t require ID for something we’re expected to do in early November.
CNN investigates why Romney got zero votes in some precincts in Philadelphia and Cleveland? Crickets.
There’s no foul play in either King County, Texas or those Philadelphia and Cleveland precincts. It’s impossible to engage in voter fraud to make someone get zero votes, because it’s not worth the time and effort for corrupt black poll workers to pry open the boxes and hunt for the scant few Romney votes like needles in a haystack and remove them. It’s a much more effective use of time and fraud to punch dozens of extra votes for Obama or give people two ballots.
Romney got zero votes in those precincts because no people who live there wanted to vote Romney. Zero votes for Romney in those precincts isn’t evidence of fraud, it’s evidence of ghetto.
Likewise, only five votes for Obama in King County, Texas isn’t evidence of anything other than it being a conservative almost all white Christian rural Southern county.
Let’s not overthink this, people.
You’ve seen one version or another of this meme going around ye olde internets since Wednesday:
“Obama won every state that doesn’t have voter photo ID laws, Romney won every state with those laws.”
First off, it’s not literally true. Missouri doesn’t have photo ID for voting. At least not yet, we got temptingly close in 2011 and 2012 to getting it. But, we don’t have it now, and didn’t have it on Tuesday, and Romney won anyway.
Second, and here’s the bigger problem: It confounds cause and effect.
Those spreading this meme want to leave you with the impression that Obama was able to steal the states with no photo ID requirement for voting, ergo they were colored blue on election night, and the photo ID laws in states that have them was the reason Obama was not able to steal those states, ergo they wound up colored red on NBC’s skating rink.
I think it’s the other way around: The reason photo ID states tended to vote Romney and non photo ID states tended to vote Obama is that states that are already red tend to enact photo ID laws, and states that are already blue tend to reject them.
This is the way the story appears on KMOX radio’s website. However, this paradigm has already drawn the ire of spokesmouths for St. Louis City Sheriff For Life Jim Murphy. Everyone’s worried about fraud and abuse.
Remember, most Democrats, of which Murphy is one, and the critics of this Virginia paradigm gravitate toward that party, want to make it even easier than this to register to vote and actually to vote. Hell, Eric Holder wants instant automatic registration on the voter rolls of otherwise eligible people not already registered to vote and of people about to turn 18. If we had that paradigm with CCW, everyone who is old enough and not disqualified for some reason would automatically be allowed to carry, i.e. constitutional carry, to which I’m opposed.
Voter ID laws could sway US elections
Millions of US voters could be turned away at the ballot box in this November’s presidential election as new rules impose tough requirements for identification that observers say could lead to minorities and young people – traditionally more likely to vote Democrat – being excluded.
Almost all the new rules have been enacted in states with Republican governors and GOP-led legislatures. From Wisconsin to Texas, they have passed strict legislation requiring voters to present certain forms of government-issued identification instead of the usual voter registration cards.
If voter ID could sway the outcomes of elections in favor of Republicans and to the detriment of “minorities” and “young people” that “vote Democrat,” this should tell you that elections that Democrats win on the backs of minorities and young people are actually stolen elections, with enough of their voters being fraudulent.
In fact, voter fraud is extremely rare, Ms Abudu said. In the Pennsylvania court challenge, the state legislature’s lawyers did not even make the argument that the rules were needed to prevent people misrepresenting themselves, saying that they were “not aware of any incidents of in-person voter fraud”.
Even in Florida, which became notorious for its “hanging chads” in 2000, only 178 cases of alleged voter fraud have since been referred to Florida’s department of law enforcement.
As Ion Sancho, who has supervised elections in Leon County for 24 years, put it: “You are more likely to walk out of your office and get hit by a bolt of lightning.”
We’ve been through this. Of course it’s rare, but that’s not the point. Politics are games of margins, and in a close election, “rare” voter fraud can make the difference.
As for that other contention….Five, Six, Seven, Eight….
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. In this case, I think absence of evidence is evidence of Official America being too chickenshit to confront and prosecute voter fraud because of the racial subtext behind it.
Strike One: NYU.
Strike Two: “Brennan.”
Strike Three: “Justice.”
Yeah, I doubt their methodology. But if they’re right, I have a different interpretation of their conclusion.
These half a million marginal vagabonds of society shouldn’t hold up the effort to ensure the integrity of elections. Instead, we should be investigating these people to find out what kind of “lifestyle” they’re leading such that they don’t have or want a photo ID. Most of them probably like to keep it real.
I’ve said that on more than one occasion here.
A Federal trial level judge based in Tallahassee has given the state of Florida the go-ahead to purge its voter rolls of illegal aliens. His reasoning is that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 doesn’t apply to people that aren’t eligible to vote.
The more worrisome ramification for Florida and every other state is this: How were illegal aliens able to register to vote? Better close that loophole ASAP.
Another issue relating to Florida in particular is convicted felons and voting. Florida is one of the few states that has a blanket prohibition on convicted felons voting. Most states, Missouri included, allows convicted felons to start voting again once they are out of prison and through with probation. The rub is that Bellcurvius has a hard time finishing their probation, so they don’t get off of it until very late in life. The Bellcurvius civil rights groups whine about the disparate impact on Florida-style blanket ban on felons voting, but the truth of the matter is that the system Missouri and most states use has an even bigger disparate impact on blacks, precisely because of the nature of allowing those who finish probation (black ex-cons have a harder time doing this than white ex-cons) to return to voting. On top of that, white ex-cons are probably less likely to vote Democrat than comparable whites of their socioeconomic class, because they were penned up with violent racist blacks for a number of years, and Patterson’s First Axiom kicked in.
This judge’s ruling does not address that aspect.
Zogby: Disillusioned young voters dropping out
“I truly am worried about today’s twenty-somethings,” he frets. “They are our global generation and I have seen them move from hope and grand expectations for themselves and their world to anxiety and disillusionment. We can’t afford to lose them,” he adds.
A fan of youth-friendly social media, Zogby suggests a game plan to target first-time voters. “They should receive a voter registration form with their high school diploma or GED certificate. You need to build up your Twitter and Facebook friendship list.”
You can lead a horse to water…
Just because someone is registered to vote doesn’t mean they’re actually going to vote. There was a slight increase in the number of under-30 voters in 2008 compared to 2004, and a slight increase in the % of the U-30 vote that went to Obama in 2008 compared to John Kerry is 2004, but young voters aren’t what carried Obama into the White House. Middle aged white working class voters in the rust belt did that.
Why stop at stapling a voter registration form to a high school diploma? (Where have we heard that before? Oh yeah, it’s this business about stapling a green card to diplomas, so that native born white Americans are totally locked out of CSIT-STEM professions.) Eric Holder wants to auto-register 18-year olds and others not already registered. Voter fraud’s wheel house.
Department of Justice Could Be Practicing ‘Guilt by Existence’ in Florida Voter Purge Case, Attorney Says
Mr. diGenova said that this has been the case in every one of the Justice Department’s voting enforcement cases, calling the government’s actions a “preemptive strike” against states.
“I’m not sure what this is aimed at, other than some imagined threat against the voting rights of minorities,” he said. “I’ve not seen a single piece of evidence, real evidence. This appears to be a preemptive strike to stop people from cleaning their [voter] rolls up, and it just doesn’t make any sense.”
I can tell you what it’s aimed at. They’re pre-creating the excuse of “voter disenfranchisement” to explain a Romney win in Florida.
Massachusetts has a strange system for choosing party nominees for elected offices. It involves state party conventions, and then a public vote if the convention doesn’t yield a certain result. In that, it’s similar to Utah.
Yeah, that. But I noticed the $100 charge per delegate (reduced to $75 for certain people).
We can’t expect people to pay $20 that Missouri wants for six years worth of photo identification to vote. Oh, no, that’s a poll tax. But you need that and also 75 or 100 clams to help pick Massachusetts’s Democrat nominees for public offices during one day.
BTW, the Dime Store Indian is now officially the Democrat nominee for Senate.
Hispanics, NPAs more likely to face noncitizen voter purge than whites, GOP
The state’s quest to get rid of noncitizens voters this election year has turned up 180,000 hits — but it incidentally targets minorities and Democrats while giving white Republicans a pass.
Hispanic, Democratic and independent-minded voters are the most likely to be targeted in a state hunt to remove thousands of noncitizens from Florida’s voting rolls, a Miami Herald computer analysis of elections records has found.
Whites and Republicans are disproportionately the least-likely to face the threat of removal, the analysis of a list of more than 2,600 potential noncitizens shows. The list was first compiled by the state and furnished to county election supervisors and then The Herald.
Haven’t you heard? The typical white Republican registered voter in Florida did sneak into the country from his or her native Luxembourg.
Even if I live to be Methuselah’s age and develop Alzheimer’s at about 800, I’ll never forget what Donna Brazile was quoted as saying in 2000. You recognize her as an ABC talking head now, but in 2000, she was Al Gore’s campaign manager.
She was quoted as saying, in light of the fact that for most of the fall when Bush was slightly ahead of Gore in the polls on a consistent basis, that all her horse needed to do was to be within the margin of error, and she “could get five points on the ground.” Which meant black voter fraud, ballot box stuffing, and the dimpled, pregnant and hanging chads in Florida.
Maybe there’s a reason why most jurisdictions want you to show your face in some building and fill out paperwork in order to register to vote. Maybe there’s something not quite so kosher (or should that be halal?) when there is a sudden surge of new voter registrations after an electronic system is adopted.
Question for the NYT: Would you support buying firearms or getting CCW permits online?
Let’s get the MUSICAL segue out of the way first:
Now to the meat of the matter.
Voter ID silencer
I once taught a student in a general education high school equivalency class who was from the Missouri Bootheel.
She was distraught because she didn’t know her name — or at least she didn’t know her birth name or date, because she was born at home and there was no written record.
I am concerned that she and many like her will suffer the loss of their public voice, and we will be the poorer from not hearing from them if we require identification for voting.
Prairie Village, [Kansas]
Sure. The Missouri body politic is so going to miss the participation of someone who doesn’t even know her own name or birthday. Then again, someone from Kansas would just love for that to be the image of the typical Missouri voter.
All snark aside, what I think she means is that birth certificates weren’t ubiquitous in rural Missouri until after WWII, so technically, her student doesn’t have the documentation to get a photo ID in order to vote. Though I can ill imagine she didn’t have one, though she has to be pretty up in age by now in order to be born before universal BCs.
Again, there are provisional ballots.
Who knew the bluest state in the country hates blacks?
Democrats see a feature.
Voter Rolls Are Rife With Inaccuracies, Report Finds
WASHINGTON — The nation’s voter registration rolls are in disarray, according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Center on the States. The problems have the potential to affect the outcomes of local, state and federal elections.
One in eight active registrations is invalid or inaccurate. At the same time, one in four people who are eligible to vote — at least 51 million potential voters — are not registered.
The report found that there are about 1.8 million dead people listed as active voters. Some 2.8 million people have active registrations in more than one state. And 12 million registrations have errors serious enough to make it unlikely that mailings based on them will reach voters.
The NYT sees the voter rolls in “disarray.” Really? Any time someone proposes doing something about it, NYT is first in line to whine about “racial profiling” or “voter suppression.” Why do you think there’s no real push to purge dead people from the polls? Answer: Because someone will make sure they vote Democrat. Getting as many unwilling people as possible to register to vote, and keeping them on the rolls even after they die, is the sine qua non of voter fraud. Eric Holder’s latest hobby horse is the auto-magic registration of people who turn 18 years old, even if they don’t want to register or vote. You get one guess why.
One man’s feature is another man’s bug. One man’s disarray is another man’s path to victory.
A 2007 study by Washington University found that among black, young and low-income residents, historically among the most loyal Democratic voters, only 80 percent of registered voters had access to a government-issued photo ID compared to some 90 percent of the white, middle-class and middle-age voters.
And why the 10% differential? Answer: The people in that differential don’t want photo IDs, because they want to be “off the grid” as much as possible (drug dealers, pimps, child support judgments in arrears, etc.)
If laws were to be enacted to require a photo ID, it could mean hours of waiting in line or dealing with bureaucracy to obtain new identification cards — and in the process asks those working multiple jobs while raising families to spend time they probably don’t have to spare.
Like everyone who has a driver’s license doesn’t work? Actually, there is a strong correlation between people having drivers licenses and people working for a living.
All of these proposed measures have been concocted in the name of preventing voter fraud and abuse. However, exhaustive research, conducted by diverse groups, from bipartisan think tanks to the Bush administration, determined that voter fraud is very rare. Recently, Adam Skaggs of the New York University Brennan Center for Justice testified before a Texas legislative hearing that “those who are screaming about fraud are crying wolf,” adding that the occurrence of death by lightning is more common than the number of possible occurrences of voter fraud.
Yes, actual voter fraud might be rare in the greater scheme of things, but that’s not the point. When it does happen, it happens in close elections to sway the outcome. If in this year’s Presidential election, the last state to declare will ultimately decide between Obama and Romney, there is fraud in that state which throws the election to Obama when Romney won its legal votes, then it can be said in this hypothetical case that voter fraud was “very rare” within the context of the November 6, 2012 election day, but it had the ultimate leverage over the ultimate outcome.
Once again, most states’ voter ID laws will give free photo ID to people that don’t have one, and there are still the yellow provisional ballots for those who still don’t have it. But that doesn’t matter to most Democrats, because voter fraud is the brass ring.
“My people” wants all citizens automatically registered to vote, based on trolling existing databases of people who are not yet voting age, people who are but have not registered to vote, and so on.
The more people that are registered to vote unbeknownst to them, the more opportunities there are for voter fraud. Simple as that.
If Holder wants to modernize voting and registration, then he should give my paradigm a spin — It should be a little difficult to register to vote, but easy actually to vote.
This paragraph hits home a little bit:
In a call to modernize voter registration, Holder noted that many elections officials still are manually processing new applications, many of them handwritten — a situation that produces errors and confusion at the polls, he said.
I can attest. I registered on the first day I could, the day I turned seventeen years six months old, even though I couldn’t vote until I was actually 18. There was an election in my jurisdiction a few days after I turned 18, but when I went to vote, I found out I wasn’t registered to vote in my own precinct. Come to find out, the BOEC mixed up my street address number and my street name — They had me registered at the right house number, but on the wrong street. A few more phone calls straightened that out. If that were the era of the yellow provisional ballots, (those were still several years away), I would have gotten a yellow ballot for voting, then my identity, age and residence would have been manually confirmed before counting my ballot.
State Auditor: 2,400 St. Louis voters double-registered
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – More than 2,000 St. Louis voters are double registered in other parts of the state, an oversight that helped earn the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners the second lowest performance rating possible from the state auditor.
On Wednesday, the auditor’s office issued a report detailing a number of improprieties by the board, including its failure to routinely update its database of registered voters. The auditor said this shortcoming is responsible for some 2,400 St. Louis voters also being registered in other parts of the state.
Not the BOEC’s fault. Delete any black voter from the voter rolls, even if they’re dead or moved away, and you’ll have the Federal civil rights dragons breathing down your neck.
And yes, voter fraud is the name of the game. Black callers bragged on WGNU that they were double-registered in the City and County, or in the City and the East Side, and voted in both places.
What to do about it? I would call my plan “comprehensive,” but the libtards ruined that word.
Meanwhile, here in the real world, you need photo ID to do just about anything useful, (including buying canned compressed air in Missouri), and convicted felons are legally denied many rights and privileges.
In reality, most states allow convicted felons to vote once they are out of prison and/or complete their probation. The rub is, certain people (ahem) have a problem not being able to finish their probation before they commit another crime.
The dead may not be able to talk, but they certainly have voted Democrat. That’s how we know Osama bin Laden is truly departed; he just recently registered to vote in Chicago.
If you’re a shark, you find nothing wrong with an ocean full of water. But if you’re a man without a boat, you’re SOL.
To Democrats and certain RINO Republicans, voter fraud isn’t a problem, it’s a solution.
Now, why didn’t you sound like this last year? You might have had a chance to become Governor. Not much of one, but you would have had a better one than you actually had.
Alabama Voices: Should have supported voter ID law
By Artur Davis
I’ve changed my mind on voter ID laws — I think Alabama did the right thing in passing one — and I wish I had gotten it right when I was in political office.
When I was a congressman, I took the path of least resistance on this subject for an African American politician. Without any evidence to back it up, I lapsed into the rhetoric of various partisans and activists who contend that requiring photo identification to vote is a suppression tactic aimed at thwarting black voter participation.
The truth is that the most aggressive contemporary voter suppression in the African American community, at least in Alabama, is the wholesale manufacture of ballots, at the polls and absentee, in parts of the Black Belt.
Voting the names of the dead, and the nonexistent, and the too-mentally-impaired to function, cancels out the votes of citizens who are exercising their rights — that’s suppression by any light. If you doubt it exists, I don’t; I’ve heard the peddlers of these ballots brag about it, I’ve been asked to provide the funds for it, and I am confident it has changed at least a few close local election results.
There is no question that a voter ID law, in order to pass legal muster and in order to be just, must have certain characteristics. It should contain exceptions for the elderly or disabled who may not drive, and as a consequence lack the most conventional ID, a driver’s license. There should also be a process for non-drivers to obtain a photo ID, and the process has to be cost-free, for the simple reason that even a nominal financial impediment to voting looks and feels too much like a poll tax.
It is my understanding that the Alabama statute contains each of these exceptions and a few others, including a provision for on-site polling officials to waive the requirement if they attest that they know the voter.
The fact that a law that is unlikely to impede a single good faith voter — and that only gives voting the same elements of security as writing a check at the store, or obtaining a library card — is controversial does say much about the raw feelings in our current politics. The ugliest, hardest forms of disfranchisement were practiced in our lifetimes, and its still conventional rhetoric in black political circles to say those times are on the way back. Witness a last-minute automated call to black voters in the 2010 general election by state Sen. Hank Sanders, an ingenious lawyer and a skillful legislator who knew better, but who also knew the attack would resonate.
It also does not help matters that Alabama has become a state where in a general election, race is a prohibitive indicator of how 2.5 million registered voters routinely behave. If in 2008 or 2010, you had observed a white Alabamian standing in line in any precinct in the state, and you had guessed he or she was voting Republican, you had an 80 percent chance of getting it right — there are few safer bets in politics, other than the near 100 percent certainty that an African American standing in the same line is about to vote Democratic.
Given those racial realities, any effort to regulate voting by a Republican-dominated Alabama Legislature will draw inevitable scrutiny. And Alabama hardly boosts its cause by passing an immigration law that ratifies every national jibe about us, and that has no real effect beyond putting a social fence around a certain class of Latinos. But demanding integrity in voting is neither racist, nor raw party politics.
It is interesting that with a few exceptions that reflect political pressures I understand pretty well, the new Alabama ID law still has not become that much of a political football. The same can’t be said in other states or at the national level. I was disappointed to see Bill Clinton, a very good president and an even greater ex-president, compare voter ID to Jim Crow, and it is chilling to see the intimidation tactics brought to bear on African American, Democratic legislators in Rhode Island who had the nerve to support a voter ID law in that very liberal state.
The case for voter ID, however, is a good one, and it ought to make politics a little cleaner and the process of conducting elections much fairer. I wish I’d gotten it right the first time.
Just to show you how fruit some of the bigmouths against photo ID for voting are, some of the same people have voted for legislation to require photo ID to buy cold pills, cans of compressed air duster and to sell scrap copper.
The St. Louis City Board of Aldermen has some ‘splanin’ to do.
This whole deal about scrap metal kinda bored me and went over my head until I read a story that was lingering in my stack for a few weeks.
Scrap metal dealers in St. Louis aren’t embracing plan to crack down theft
The city’s scrap yards are pushing back against legislation that would change the way they do business.
About 20 owners and workers from those yards were at City Hall on Thursday to meet with police and Alderman Donna Baringer, who introduced the bill this month calling for the changes.
While most of the hourlong discussion was cordial, scrap dealers protested parts of the proposal they said would pile on paperwork and hurt their legitimate sales.
The ordinance would force scrap yards to stop dealing in cash and to computerize records of what they buy and from whom. They could only accept air-conditioner coils from certified technicians and could lose their business license if they violate the ordinance.
Richard Becker of Becker Iron & Metal, on Prescott Avenue, said the bill, as it is written now, “is so suppressive to the industry it’s ridiculous.”
It is the first item — requiring scrap dealers to pay their customers by a mailed check — that is causing the most consternation. But that’s the one element police say is a must if the city wants to curb scrap metal thefts that are costing property owners thousands in repairs and driving rehabbers out of St. Louis.
The reason for this bill is that copper prices are so high that a dope addict can easily steal enough copper from old city buildings, A/C units, street lights and wiring in order to take it to a scrap metal dealer and get enough cash right then and there to get him or her self an immediate fix. As an aside, what is “driving rehabbers” out of St. Louis is the economy, declining real estate values, tighter mortgage credit markets, and the supply of yuppies has worn out.
Pay attention to these lines in particular: The ordinance would force scrap yards to stop dealing in cash and to computerize records of what they buy and from whom…requiring scrap dealers to pay their customers by a mailed check
Pray tell, how are the dealers supposed to verify “from whom” they’re buying and where they live in order to mail them the check? I’ll give you a hint — It’s something we can certainly require for hawking scrap metal, and everything else that a normal civilized teenager or adult is expected to do or have, but requiring it to vote is so wrong because the elderly and disabled supposedly don’t have them.
Photo ID presentation.
Remember, most of the City Aldermen who will vote for this bill will turn right around and oppose voter photo ID requirements. Start ‘splanin.’
However, it’s not all bad news: I find the part about “pay their customers by mailed check” to be interesting. The first version of this bill wanted a several day waiting period between the actual sale and when the seller could return to the dealer and pick up his or her paper check. Now, this bill wants the dealer to mail the seller a check — Obviously, it would be the functional equivalent of a waiting period, but there’s also another motivation. By “mail,” they mean mail with the U.S. Post Office. This means that if there’s any fraud or misrepresentation anywhere in the process, the Feds can whack you for mail fraud.
Nice Machiavellian thinking there, Board of Aldermen.
But not surprised.
Nixon vetoes voter photo ID. Supposedly because:
“This [photo ID] mandate would disproportionately impact senior citizens and persons with disabilities, among others, who are qualified to vote and have been lawfully voting since becoming eligible to do so, but are less likely to have a driver’s license or government-issued photo ID,” Nixon said in a letter explaining his veto. “Disenfranchising certain classes of persons is not acceptable.”
Except the bill doesn’t say that such people wouldn’t be allowed to vote. What it means is that those without a valid photo ID would be given one of those yellow provisional ballots, which would be counted if it were determined that the person casting it is eligible to vote.
You already know why Nixon vetoed, because you’ve been reading this medium for long enough.
Chances at a legislative override are very slim, mainly because it didn’t get close to two-thirds in the House. The very same St. Louis and Kansas City black reps that could be counted on in the redistricting override, because the map Nixon vetoed protects Clay and Cleaver, obviously wouldn’t be there on voter photo ID, because it would preclude most of the black voter fraud, which is actually most of the voter fraud in Missouri.
Decision Looms For Nixon on Photo ID
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - As a candidate, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon denounced a proposed photo identification requirement for voters as an “onerous requirement.”
Now that he is governor, Nixon will have to decide whether to follow through with his earlier convictions and veto legislation that would implement a photo identification requirement.
The catch is that the measure is paired with a provision allowing an early voting period before elections – a proposal that Nixon supports.
In the very same state, you have to be at least 18 years old and show valid photo ID to buy cans of compressed air duster to clean computer innards and electronics.
If Nixon vetoes, I’d love to hear him explain why the integrity of cans of air are more important than the integrity of elections.
She uses the occasion of her McPaper op-ed to read the Riot Act to Republicans.
First off, Rush is right on one thing — This is probably a clue that Obama’s on far more shaky ground than they’re letting on. Rush thinks, and I agree, that they’re already greasing the skids to use this as an excuse/bromide/crutch in order to explain Obama’s defeat, if indeed he is defeated.
In reality, I think Donna Brazile is projecting. She was Al Gore’s campaign manager in 2000, and was quoted as saying in late September or early October of that season that all Gore needed to do was to be within the margin of error, and she “could get five points on the ground.” What she meant by that was black voter fraud. That’s where all the dimpled and pregnant and hanging chads in Florida came from — Corrupt black poll workers shoving multiple cards into the vote-o-matics after hours, punching a bunch of cards for Gore. The top cards’ chads got punched all the way through, the middle cards’ chads were unperforated on one side, causing them to hang, and the bottom cards’ chads only had the stylus dimple in them. I also tend to think that by “five points on the ground,” Brazile also meant that “surprise” story about Bush getting a DUI when he was about 30 years old, that the media were holding back until about the Thursday or Friday before election day.
Do you realize that in Missouri, you have to be at least 18 years old and present photo ID to buy cans of compressed air duster?
Related: The Effectiveness of the Vote Act
A St. Louis man pleaded guilty to a federal voter fraud charge Friday and admitted voting twice in the November 2008 general election.
Tarrell Campbell, 34, voted early in Illinois – on Oct. 24, 2008. Campbell was a student at SIUE at the time, and registered in Illinois in 2007.
Campbell voted again in Missouri on Nov. 4, he admitted Friday.
Campbell, who told U.S. District Judge [*****] that he has three master’s degrees, faces up to six months behind bars under federal sentencing guidelines.
U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan told the local TV news media that it was very unusual for double dippers to cross state lines.
BTW, you’ll find the solution to this problem at that link, too.
King Samir Shabazz = Eric Holder = Barack Obama.
Rush Limbaugh played this audio in the first and third hours of his show today. When he did, that by itself flipped 10 House seats this fall.
A caller to Rush’s show asked him about the possibility of criminal charges against the NBPPers as individuals, instead of the now-rejected suit against them as an org. Problem is, there are only four jurisdictions that can bring criminal charges against said Colorly Archons of Tolerance: (1) The U.S. Justice Department in D.C. Obama/Holder run that, so nope. (2) The U.S. Attorney at Philadelphia. Obama/Holder appointed that individual, so nope. (3) The District Attorney for the county in which Philadelphia sits. I looked that up, and it’s R. Seth Williams, a black Democrat. So no dice there, either. (4) The Attorney General of Pennsylvania. That would be Tom Corbett, a Republican who is running for Governor, so he might be a little busy, and a little bit black pandering. Besides, the only thing he does is sue bloggers and people on Twitter over some bullshit.
UPDATE 6 PM: Going back to 2006, the media now admit that they coordinated with Rahm Emanuel and the Democrat House Campaign Committee to keep the Mark Foley non-story in hock and time its release to do the most damage, i.e. keep conservative Christian Republicans at home. Why can’t our side be that Machiavellian? I would have saved this story until, say, October 15.
Mighty aches from little ACORN’s fall
In all the foofaraw surrounding the ACORN scandals, there is a huge important consequence of them understood – but not spoken – by everyone who follows politics as a blood sport. This story describing conditions in Michigan and tallying up some recent ACORN convictions for electoral fraud is an indicator. And, on top of Obama’s plummet in the polls, the attention now being focused on ACORN has got to have any thinking Democratic strategist deeply worried about the 2010 midterms.
No, I’m not talking about the mere aura of scandal, the prospect that some of the smell coming off of ACORN might cling to the general run of Democratic politicians. That’s not going to happen, not while most of the mainstream media seems ever more intent on operating as an unpaid auxiliary for the Democratic National Committee. No stench will be allowed to adhere, not even if the stalwart partisans of the Fourth Estate have to lick it off with their own tongues. No, the real problem is this: ACORN was the linchpin of the Democratic electoral-fraud machine. Without it, the party’s position going into the next round of elections may be seriously weakened.
Three years ago I wrote a mini-essay on Game Theory and Vote Fraud, explaining the psephological logic behind the observed fact that vote fraud is in recent U.S. history primarily a crime associated with urban Democratic political machines; simple risk-benefit analysis explains why a national minority party operating in densely populated districts should be the most likely to systematize the practice. What I didn’t write at the time (but could have, as the fact was quite well known to anyone who pays attention to retail politics) is that ACORN has long been the Democrats’ single most important source for legions of deniable fraudsters.
“Primarily a crime associated with urban Democratic political machines.” I could have compressed all of this into a few words: Blacks and Hispanics cheat. At least three million illegal aliens voted in the November 2000 Presidential election. And black voter fraud, you already know about. New Hampshire’s lenient “same day voter registration” has already resulted in MassaKookians crossing over and affecting the outcome of a swing state.
The other problem is that the legal disruptions to the Democrats’ street-level network may not stop with ACORN. It is becoming clear that SEIU (the Service Employees International Union, closely tied to ACORN by interlocking directorates), is just as corrupt and even more prone to public thuggery (this was the organization responsible for the brutal beating of an elderly black protester at a town-hall meeting a few weeks back). If LEOs follow the money trails into and out of ACORN with any thoroughness, it is quite likely that SEIU’s brass will find itself under criminal investigation, with the Democrats obliged to cut ties with them as well. From there, who knows? Republican zealots think that ACORN is the street end of a criminal conspiracy subject to prosecution under the RICO statutes that extends all the way to DNC headquarters. They may not be wrong.
The problem with that is that you’re going to need a very hard right wing President with very hard right wing U.S. Attorneys to get them all up in the sling. The Democrats certainly won’t prosecute, and most Republicans would rather die a death by a million knives than face the accusations of racism that will surely come from prosecuting mostly minority groups like ACORN and SEIU. Do you see a very hard right wing politician anywhere at present with credible Presidential chops? Nope.