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August 8, 2012

The Trib Is Really Pushing The Voter Fraud Fraud

First there's this, today:
Those who question the necessity of voter ID laws should consider the developing case of a Florida woman dubbed a “ballot broker” by The Miami Herald.

She’s Hialeah resident Daisy Cabrera, and she’s being investigated by Miami-Dade detectives and state prosecutors after she was found in possession of at least a dozen absentee ballots belonging to other voters.
You can read the story here.

Scaife's braintrust ends it's piece with this:
Whether it’s large-scale, ACORN-style, or small-scale, Cabrera-style, vote fraud is real — a real threat to the voting rights of all. And voter ID laws are necessary to counter that threat.
But take even a cursory look at the details coming out of Miami.  Cabrera is alleged to have, among other things, filled out and signed at least one absentee ballot for someone else.

The braintrust, you'll note, never explains how a showing a photo ID before voting would "counter the threat" to our democracy that Cabrera's 31 absentee ballots pose.

Oh, and again ACORN was playing with voter registrations.  Voter registration fraud is not the same as voter fraud.

No matter how many times you tell the lie, it's still a lie folks.

Then there's this, from a few days ago:
Without question, Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law undermines the Democrats’ long-standing strategy of using voter fraud to secure electoral victory.
Now I am sure that the author of that sentence, Kathleen Jones Goldman, chair of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Republican National Lawyers Association, is a fine attorney.

But even she has to recognize the dishonesty of that sentence.  Given this, from the New York Times:
Five years after the Bush administration began a crackdown on voter fraud, the Justice Department has turned up virtually no evidence of any organized effort to skew federal elections, according to court records and interviews.
Can she explain how this "long standing strategy" failed detection by the Bush administration DOJ?

Either the Bush DOJ was completely incompetent or the Voter fraud that Goldman sees just doesn't exist.

So which is it?


spork_incident said...

ACORN was playing with voter registrations

Are you saying that ACORN engaged in registration fraud?


EdHeath said...

Spork, Spork, Spork - I am sure what Dayvoe meant was that some temporary voter registration employees of ACORN felt an incentive to fill out some voter registration forms fraudulently because if they turned in a certain number of forms, they got a bonus. ACORN then caught the fraudulent forms when they tried to verify them, flagged them with big red sheets of paper and turned them in anyway, causing some of their temporary workers to be prosecuted for election crimes, and Congress to stop funding them.

And darn you for making me write all that.

The funny thing about the Florida Cabtera case is that the Governors office and the Secretary of State's office both downplayed it as a one off, an isolated issue. That's because while Democrats may have (in the past, in the worst machine run cities) had the dead vote in person, Republicans are all about the absentee ballot. It is funny the Trib mentioned it, they must not have gotten the memo.

Of course, probably the biggest threat is electronic voting machines, giving no receipt and controlled by Republican run county election boards (obviously not in Allegheny county, but in all the other counties in Western Pennsylvania).

Social Justice NPC Anti-Paladin™ said...

I was wondering when I could use this against Dayvoe parroting the Democrat's "There is no voter fraud" talking point.
There is no voter fraud, except when there is voter fraud
And so far, Fund and von Spakovsky report, 177 people have been convicted — not just accused, but convicted — of voting fraudulently in the Senate race. Another 66 are awaiting trial.
Yes the Bush DOJ was completely incompetent and as proven by the Ted Steven's trial misconduct.

Maria said...

What's really amusing is that absentee voters are the only one who don't have to show or have photo ID under the new law in PA.

EdHeath said...

Actually I was curious about that, Maria, so I researched it. In Pennsylvania there are absentee ballots and alternative ballots. To get an absentee ballot, you need to send in an ID number (either a Pennsylvania driver's license or non-DL ID number, or a social security number) and you need either to have a compelling reason for not being in town or a medical reason for not being mobile enough to vote (you have to give your doctor's name and phone number). So actually it would be difficult to near impossible for a group to fraudulently apply for enough absentee ballots to swing an election, although a COunty board of elections might be able to pull that off (or just change votes on the electronic voting machines).

EdHeath said...

Oh, for the alternative ballot, you can use those if you are 65 years or disabled and your polling place is not handicapped accessible. The thing is, a huge fraction of polling places do not comply with the ADA. Also you need no documents to apply for an alternative ballot. So that is more vulnerable to fraudulent use.

Anonymous said...

Define voter fraud in PA

Illegally cast ballots 0

Legal voters prevented from voting 700,000+