One of the favorite conservative faux-concerns this election has been voter fraud. This is nothing new; you’ll remember the ACORN crap from 2008. But this cycle the Republicans have gone after this with a vengeance, citing a huge epidemic of liberal-engineered voter fraud.
Now, as exposed by countless sources, these “concerns” are total bullshit of which the counter-measures are designed to prevent certain groups (read: minorities) from voting.
Election deception is too common a problem-I agree. On the “liberal” side, 4 years ago the Black Panthers tried to intimidate voters in Philadelphia (even though the Justice Dept dropped the case after no victims stepped forwards) and some were scared they would do it again this year (which they did not). James O’Keefe put two videos out that ostensibly show varying degrees of attempted Democratic voter fraud, but seeing as he lies, lies, lies to expose liberal voting fraud- and he’s shunned by even his own party- I’m a bit skeptical.
But the conservatives-their instances of shady election interference is a bit more clear cut.
Then, in a situation unfortunately common in some elections, the Repubs started calling Dems giving them false voting locations. I’ve heard of this happening similarly with people lying to voters about what a “Yes” or “No” vote means (if I remember right, there were cases of this in CA with Prop 8).
Then, it comes out that the Republicans are sending their poll watchers to predominately black precincts, as they tend to vote Democratic. These watchers, in this case Teabaggers on behalf on the Republicans, go to challenge voter eligibility and thus harass voters and slow down the whole process. The Dept of Justice was asked to investigate.
THEN, we find out that the Romney campaign has been training their poll watchers with false information that serves to stop certain people (read: suspected Democrats) from voting.
One blatant falsehood occurs on page 5 of the training packet, which informed poll watchers that any “person [who] has been convicted of treason, a felony, or bribery” isn’t eligible to vote. This is not true. Once a Wisconsin voter who has been convicted of a felony completes his or her sentence, that person is once again eligible to vote.
The training also encouraged volunteers to deceive election workers and the public about who they were associated with. On page 3 of the packet, Romney poll workers were instructed to hide their affiliation with the campaign and told to sign in at the polls as a “concerned citizen” instead. As Kristina Sesek, Romney’s legal counsel who just graduated from Marquette Law School last year, explained, “We’re going to have you sign in this election cycle as a ‘concerned citizen.’ We’re just trying to alleviate some of the animosity of being a Republican observer up front.”
CLAIM: Page 8 lists 10 items as “The ONLY Acceptable Forms of “Proof of Residency”.
FACT: The list used is incomplete. There are many other documents people can use to prove residency that are not included, such as letters from public schools, student loan papers, correspondence with a Native American tribe in Wisconsin, vehicle registration, and food stamp correspondances. In addition, the list fails to mention that homeless voters may use an affidavit from a public or private social service agency as proof of residency.
When I first head about this, I actually thought that it was too heinous to be true. But then Wisconsin officials contacted the Romney campaign to correct the information, calling it “incomplete and misleading” and pointing out the violation the watchers committed by not identifying themselves honestly.
So, pretty screwed up election on behalf of the “Moral Majority.” But hey- they got crushed and now the Republican Party is dazed, angry, and cracking. Maybe this will create a reasonable GOP that enables the liberals to actually, you know, have liberal candidates and fight for liberal policies and have reasonable compromises?
Just kidding. They’re just gonna get kookier and kookier, especially with their disoriented post-loss delusions. And now we can celebrate four more years of Marxist-marking, Socialist-slinging, heathen-harping Republican rhetoric!
UPDATE: Jon Husted, Ohio Sec of State, tried to order illegal instructions that limited provisional ballots. He’s being sued over it and he’s probably going to lose. It was a despicable thing to do right before the election, and he is rightly getting slammed in court over it. And one last thing; watch this video of a GOP poll watcher reporting on his findings at a Colorado voting location:
[Thanks to Ed Brayton for his careful cataloguing of Republican deception]