Saturday, October 18, 2008

Deregulating Voter Fraud

Dan Flynn reviews John Fund's "Stealing Elections."

Democrats claim Republicans stole the 2000 presidential election. Republicans, with much more evidence, are seeing voter fraud as a growing problem and a threat to today's and future elections.

Kind of like the Fannie and Freddie meltdowns it is being brought to you by Democrats and their "grass roots" associates who, with more lax voting regulations, are making vote buying, tampering and fraud easier and more widespread.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real widespread voter fraud is dropping people from the roles for minor misspellings of names or other minor clerical errors. John Fund conveniently ignores this and similar forms of voter suppression (usually targeted at minorities and the poor). Just recently in Philly, fliers were circulated that there would be police at the polls arresting people with outstanding traffic tickets. In Delco in 2007, an election judge "forgot" to sign the envelope containing provisional ballots and they were suppressed, despite being legitimate and no error by the voters themselves.

The "strict constructionist" Republicans treat voting like the days where only white male landowners could vote.

BTW, "Joe the Plumber" has some minor spelling problem on his voter records too.

October 18, 2008 at 12:17 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like the Republicans have their own Acorn: YPM
Gee, paid per registration sounds familiar.,0,1216330.story?track=ntothtml

It is a bait-and-switch scheme familiar to election experts. The firm hired by the California Republican Party -- a small company called Young Political Majors, or YPM, which operates in several states -- has been accused of using the tactic across the country.

Election officials and lawmakers have launched investigations into the activities of YPM workers in Florida and Massachusetts. In Arizona, the firm was recently a defendant in a civil rights lawsuit. Prosecutors in Los Angeles and Ventura counties say they are investigating complaints about the company.

The firm, which a Republican Party spokesman said is paid $7 to $12 for each registration it secures, has denied any wrongdoing and says it has never been charged with a crime.

The 70,000 voters YPM has registered for the Republican Party this year will help combat the public perception that it is struggling amid Democratic gains nationally, give a boost to fundraising efforts and bolster member support for party leaders, political strategists from both parties say.

Those who were formerly Democrats may stop receiving phone calls and literature from that party, perhaps affecting its get-out-the-vote efforts. They also will be given only a Republican ballot in the next primary election if they do not switch their registration back before then.

Some also report having their registration status changed to absentee without their permission; if they show up at the polls without a ballot they may be unable to vote.

The Times randomly interviewed 46 of the hundreds of voters whose election records show they were recently re-registered as Republicans by YPM, and 37 of them -- more than 80% -- said that they were misled into making the change or that it was done without their knowledge.

October 18, 2008 at 12:54 PM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

gee, who's this newfound "anonymous" poster on spencerblog? I'm confused...

October 19, 2008 at 10:58 AM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

Shhhh. He's still on double secret probation.

October 20, 2008 at 7:37 AM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

OK, but please don't refere to me as "Neidermeyer" anytime soon!

October 20, 2008 at 8:52 AM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

As long as you don't call me Dean Wormer.

October 20, 2008 at 9:22 AM 

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