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While We Worry About Voting Funny Business, Pundits Think We’re Nuts

Yet again, we have regular folks pitted against the elite media. This time, the inbred elite media believe the folks are not just ignorant, but are also nuts for worrying about voting irregularities. However, as you’ll learn below, there’s a new, disturbing story of voter fraud activity that even the elite media cannot explain away (especially since it’s reported in the National Review).

First, we begin with the ever-earnest and mightily feisty Megyn Kelly reporting on accusations of fraud in Nevada because Fox News is one news service that does take voting fraud seriously:

But wait just a darn minute! Those claims of voting fraud are a rightwing myth. Yup. So sayeth the bright minds at the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Washington Post, and more.

Here’s a sampling from AJC columnist Jay Bookman’s Voter-fraud claims a case of mass, self-induced hysteria“:

The charge that liberal groups are trying to steal elections through massive voter fraud has become an integral part of the conservative belief system. I used to think it was just a claim they used in a cynical effort to gain political advantage, and maybe that’s all it was in the beginning. But at this point, the charge is fully and sincerely believed by millions, and they are acting on that sincere belief.

Yet, there is no factual evidence whatsoever to sustain that claim. For eight years, the Bush Department of Justice tried very, very hard to come up with evidence of such a conspiracy. They even pushed good, conservative, effective federal prosecutors out of their jobs because those prosecutors were allegedly lax in pursuing such cases. …

Adds the bloggers for the Washington Post’s Plum Line in The voter fraud racket is back!“:

With another Election Day approaching, conservatives are again trotting out conspiracy theories about elections stolen through voter fraud. The absence of any actual intimidated voters in the trumped-up New Black Panther voter intimidation case has been a fundraising boon for the Republican National Lawyers’ Association, which has spent all year trying to persuade anyone who will listen that there is an “epidemic” of voter fraud. As Suzy Khimm has reported for Mother Jones, conservative groups in Minnesota, Illinois, and Texas have all been gearing up for so called “anti-fraud” operations.

Voter fraud is a virtually nonexistent problem. Conservatives helped assemble the myth that now-defunct community organizing group ACORN “stole elections” by blurring the distinction between voter registration fraud — which is as easy as filling out a registration form incorrectly — and the actual act of casting a fraudulent ballot. Despite the fact that the Justice Department spent years in an effort to root out voter fraud that only produced a handful of prosecutions, none involving a large-scale conspiracy to steal an election, the belief that Democrats regularly steal elections through fraudulent votes is widespread. Nevertheless, this myth gets recycled every election year. Last year Wall Street Journal editorial columnist John Fund even stooped to recycling a anecdote about voter fraud in Philadelphia in 1993 — almost verbatim — to allege voter fraud in the New Jersey Governor’s race. As a 2007 Brennan Center report put it, the possibility that someone will impersonate another person at the polls is “more rare than death by lightning.” There’s a reason for that: As Chris Beam points out, even if you wanted to steal an election this way, it’s logistically unfeasible. Swaying the numbers in any significant way would require such a large number of well-trained co-conspirators that getting caught is a virtual certainty. 

So-called “voter integrity” efforts often have a more sinister motive — suppressing votes in Democratic leaning precincts, which often means areas where there are a lot of minority voters. …

AHA! So the anti-conspiracy theory writer has his OWN conspiracy theory about what’s behind the “myth” of voting irregularities. All of us “conservatives” who worry about voting problems are doing it to suppress votes “in Democratic leaning precincts.” And this theory is not only apparently true, it is also SINISTER. Woah.

The Washington Post/AJC/et al. liberal bloggers are telling us “nothing to see here, move along” while at the same time watching us VERY closely to make sure that we are not trying to suppress voting. Go figure.

Let’s return to what I believe is a bit more real. Bret Baier’s Special Report had an excellent segment on voting irregularities around the country, including Florida, but I can’t find that video. Here’s another report, from earlier in the day, on Fox News:

THEN there is this story, which came to my attention after I’d written all of the above, but which must be included because I would LOVE to see the elite media explain away this report. With a h/t to Pat Racimora for bringing this to my attention, here’s what the National Review reports in its story, Exclusive: Patrick Murphy’s Campaign Linked to Fictitious Voter Office Scandal“:

Last week, it came to light that voters in southeastern Pennsylvania’s 8th district were receiving notices warning that their right to vote could be in jeopardy if they did not return an absentee ballot to the “Pennsylvania Voter Assistance Office,” a fictitious agency headquartered at a post office box. The letters, shown below, were underwritten by the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee.

“By failing to return the enclosed [absentee ballot],” warned the notice, “you may be placing your ability to participate in this year’s general election at risk.” The mailer contained a postage-paid envelope instructing voters to return their ballots to a post office box controlled by the Democratic Party.

That post office box … was controlled at least in part by Tim Persico, the campaign manager for Rep. Patrick Murphy. Persico was apparently listed as one of two authorized to access the post office box. …

The Pennsylvania GOP has released a photograph of the access list bearing Persico’s name, available here. …

At issue is whether Rep. Patrick Murphy was directly involved with the absentee ballot scheme, which is being investigated by the local district attorney’s office and has so far resulted in the rejection of at least 600 absentee ballots for “defects.”

The number of reject ballots, which is “significantly higher” than in previous years, has been reportedly fueled by errors including mismatching signatures and incorrect birth dates, indicators of potential fraud.

This comes on the heels of the county Board of Elections recording a unusual spike in Democratic absentee ballot application last week. … [F]rom Oct. 14 to 19, Democrat absentee ballot applications to the county increased by 67 percent as compared to Republican applications, a spike that occurred nowhere else in the state. …

Read all of “Exclusive: Patrick Murphy’s Campaign Linked to Fictitious Voter Office Scandal.”

Do any of you want to bet that this story will not be discussed by Andrew Sullivan, Greg Sargent, and the rest of the elite media bloggers? Of course not. Never will they stray from their precious theory that the little people’s complaints about voter fraud are just silly.

So much for the Fourth Estate being a responsible element of this nation’s democracy and fulfilling its commitment to educate and enlighten the populace.

  • M. Simon

    Machines can’t be trusted.

    http://cm.bell-labs.com/who/ken/trust.html

  • Talk2ThePaw

    AA, I fear that even those instances where something is wrong, fraud has been detected, etc. have not and will not be fixed.  In Harris County, TX they showed the election officials copies of 25 voter registration forms where the individuals had even checked the box stating they were not citizens but had been put on the voter rolls.  The response of the elections officials, tough nugies. 

    Only a week into early voting, volunteer poll-watchers also are being verbally and physically harassed by people loitering at the polls with no intention to vote at the time, including a man identified as a reverend and Houston Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee who was seen inside the polling location electioneering and threatening to turn a poll-watcher’s name to the Department of Justice for voter intimidation.  Additionally, poll watchers have filed written descriptions of election judges and clerks attempting to influence citizens’ votes by asking them if they wanted to vote straight ticket, shadowing voters as they cast ballots, and by even voting for people who did not know for whom they wanted to vote.

  • ~~JustMe~~

    The Silent Battle for Harry Reid’s Job

    The vultures are circling Harry Reid as the Senate majority leader trails his opponent Sharron Angle in pre-election polling. If Reid falls, a power vacuum will emerge in the Senate and, according to reports, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Richard Durbin want to fill it. Most political observers think Schumer is best positioned for the Senate majority leader post, but Durbin’s a close second. As both politicians vie for the same position (without openly acknowledging it) Washington reporters analyze who would be more likely to win out.
    It’s a Tough Call, writes Maggie Haberman at Politico: 

  • Tex-Mex Soup

    I sure as hell hope so!! I didn’t make it in for early voting so I have to wait for Tuesday. 

    OMG…. the commercials on the Spanish language stations are so f*cking horrible and manipulative its unreal.  The dems are just lying to the Hispanic community and preying on them.  “if you vote for Sharon Angle she is going to send you back and take away your rights” “i am voting democrat because they care about my family” “the democrats are going to give us amnesty” RIGHT……If the dems were going to do that, they would have already done so with the super majority.  Its just very twisted and its pissing me off.

  • kenoshamarge

    Isn’t it sad that Justice and Voting Rights and everything that is important to us as a free nation and a free people is being tainted and revoked because of politics?

    A Democratic DOJ and a Republican DOJ as well as Attorney’s General in every state should not do their damn job based on their political ideology. Nor should the pin-headed judiciary. Follow the law! If the law if wrong, work to get it changed. The continuation of politics dictating how laws are enforced, or not, makes us not a country of laws but a country of laws decided by which party is in power.

    Although I am disgusted beyond belief with the Democratic Party at this point in time it was not so long ago I felt the same about the Republicans. It appears to me that the Republican voters are trying to clean up their party and that’s a good thing IMO.

    But that doesn’t mean that I want to see Republican Justices or Republican Attorney’s General making decisions or “law” based on their ideology. Law made or enforced by political power makes any claim that we are a free country a joke.

  • FLDemFem

    OA, want to have a little fun with that ballot?? Yeah, I know you just torched it, but you can still have some fun with it. Call the local Dem headquarters and ask them what you should do with it..and record the call just in case some one suggests that you fill it out and send it in on behalf of your ex. If someone does say that, send the tape, or a good copy of it, to the news channels. Then get out the popcorn and watch the fun.

  • AbigailAdams

    The Ds have given up on several races because polling data consistently shows GOP victory in those districts or states.  But where there have been consistently tight polls, or where there have been bogus polling data released in favor of Ds in states like WA, there will undoubtedly be rampant voter fraud and attempts at illegal voter inducement. 

    I saw the segment on Baier’s show about voter fraud.  John Fund, the author of “Stealing Elections” was on and he presented data on how the Ds have rigged elections through voter fraud in specific races in the past.  He said that while there is cheating in both parties, that it is more widespread among the Ds.  His book sounds interesting though I’m not sure I could read it without taking an anti-depressent first.

    I’m still praying that instances of fraud will be detected and made public.  Voters are not in the mood for this, this year. 

  • wodiej crackerdawg

    Indiana has a photo ID law to vote but they have also implemented restrictions that include extra documentation when obtaining a drivers license or photo ID.  A person must provide proper documentation of their identity, legal status, Social Security number and Indiana address.  All states could do this but won’t.  And they wonder why they have deficits. 

  • Noogan

    :)  Yeah, don’t mind me, I’m just one of those “stupid” voters who don’t “get” that people who live and work in New York City and Washington DC are my betters, because they work for MSNBC and WaPo and I don’t. 

    I’m just a “bitter clinger” to the truth.  ;)

  • JB in VA

    This is so reminiscent of the media treatment of the ”myth” that the teachings and practices of Islam have anything to do with terrorism. No, no, we’re all just bigoted islamophobes. 

  • Diana L. C.

    Forgot to mention that I could perhaps somehow arrange to have your wicked ex meet my wicked ex.  They’d probably be just right for each other.

  • Diana L. C.

    Onofre’s arm,

    Does her absentee ballot have a requirement that she sign the envelope somewhere?  As I mention above, in our state each mailed-in ballot won’t be counted without a signature.  I’ve seen the system here.  Three people sit at one computer and call up past signatures to determine if it’s the same handwriting.  Our county clerk says she has sent parents to the DA for filling out and signing ballots for thier kids who are away at college.

  • Retired

    If the masses are so stupid as to vote in their interests, it is up to enlighted elite political cadres to take such action as may be necessary to ensure that those candidates who have the proper political orientation “win” election.  This has been the mantra of the Democratic Party since I sat on my father’s knee as he and fellow union members plotted with politicians on how to “win” elections.
    The change in cadre from primarily employed union members to primarily unemployed ACORN temps doesn’t change the policy, it just changes the workforce that carries it out.
    This is all pretty much out in the open, as the Pennsylvania incident proves.  Somehow, though, the “elite” media miss it.  Perhaps, at the end of the day, they are part of the enlightened elite political cadres who do the work.  There is no doubt that they consider themselves “enlightened” to the extent that they must compensate for the ignorance of the masses, that’s for sure.
    This is nothing new.  The Soviet revolution had this highly refined in the early part of the last century.   Ensign Chekov was right:  they were way ahead of America in certain things.

  • Talk2ThePaw

    Yep, and I am 22 again with platinum blonde hair down to my tushy and wearing a mini skirt and lookin’ good.  LOL

  • Docelder

    The thing is after you die you have to vote democrat. It’s the law. Ask Barack… he’s a lawyer. Nobody has seen his grades, but I am sure he passed… or was passed. Whatever.

  • Onofre’s arm

    I call on the NQ intervention of my friends to give me the strength to resist! For years, since my divorce with my ex., this state still sends me an absentee ballot in my ex’s married name, even though she has re-adopted her maiden name, and according to my son, she has her own ballot. It would be soooo easy to fill it out and send it in, and it would no doubt count. Of course I could easily take advantage of such an obvious glitch in the system, but, unlike Democrats, I’m a Republican, and so I have ethical standards that prevent me from doing so. Even though my ex might possibly be one of the most wicked creatures to have ever existed, due to her parents’ influence, she has enough ingrained logical instinct to vote along conservative lines. Sometimes people miraculously know what’s best for them without truly knowing the details why, and that’s often enough for them to survive in a world they don’t understand. Anyway, even though I have just torched the ballot that I could well have sent in without a problem, the fact that there must be thousands of such duplicate ballots being sent out across this state makes me deeply suspicious that there might possibly be people who are less ethical than I who are sending in these ballots. And since I’m firmly convinced that the decision of a liberal when confronted with a “free” ballot would be to fill it out and send it in, I will have to question at least 10,000 votes that might be for Patty Murray. If she doesn’t win by more than 10,000 votes, she will not have legitimately done so.

  • Bronwyn

    Don’t you know?  The ACORN issues were just rightwing smears!!!  Rachel Maddow vindicated all of ACORN in numerous shows.  What’s wrong with you?  Why do you keep accusing the wonderful people at ACORN of committing crimes?  Honestly!!!

  • TeakWoodKite

    I used to do ATM network analysis. It has always bemused me that the a voting “transaction” can not be secured with encryption from one end to the other. It is also amusing that the ballot reciept carries a unique number.

    I am not a proponent of electronic voting because unitil the vote is “Kerberized”, and completely free of manipulation from points of entry, ain’t nothing gonna be for iReal.

    besides if US military USB sticks are showing up in Afghan fleamarkets, what makes anyone think it can’t happen here?

  • HARP

    Palin`s answer to Lisa….

    Lisa, are you going to shut down my Facebook page for writing this?

    This whole episode confirms again why we need to elect Joe Miller. Lisa, you can sue me if you want (you won’t be the first). But I will not be intimidated from speaking my mind. Your intimidation just empowered us liberty-loving Alaskans. Are you really that out of touch?

    - Sarah Palin

    http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=448505023434

  • TeakWoodKite

    Well Harp, the AP is always correct, which means democrats don’t know what day it is. never have.

  • HARP

    On Nov 3, Reid will be found wandering the desert in his house coat, saying DAMN YOU BARACK !!!!

  • TeakWoodKite

     Democrat absentee ballot applications to the county increased by 67 percent as compared to Republican applications.

    Yo! “PO-DUDE-TUS”! Wasabi?

    This Absentee ballot crime is mail fraud for starters. Not only will I take less than even money on your wager Bronwyn but I would have no hesitation about doubling down and see ya and raise ya that NO ONE will be convicted.

    It also is distressing that the voters that actually DID send in their ballots to the PO box, are sad sacks of shit for not caring enough to see the return address was not the address for the election office.

    @ to Onofre’s Arm, first we need to “nuetralize” the purple people eaters.

  • twistedfister13f

    After I die, I still plan to vote.

  • Onofre’s arm

    We need the purple finger voting verification.

  • Diana L. C.

    I’ve got three more long days ahead–Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday–helping to get the mail-in ballots counted in my county.  It’s an absolutely complicated process.  I have seen how they use computers to actually check the signatures that must appear on the envelopes you mail in against past signatures you’ve turned in when you registered, on your driver’s license, on past votes.  I’ve seen the factory-like way the ballots are sorted, stacked in bundles, put in bins, sent to the processors to open and remove any with write ins (as they can’t go through the machine) and then sent on to the people putting them through the counting machines.  Then at that station the ballots that are kicked out by the machine for any reason (often over voting or double marking) are sent on to the “reconciliation table” where decisions are made.  Every station that a ballot envelope of ballot goes to can be tracked. 

    Letters are sent to people who forgot to sign their envelopes.  Those people are given a chance to come in to sign.  If a signature doesn’t match past signatures, efforts are made to determine why.  That is one place to catch fraud.

    We’ve already processed and counted over 50,000 ballots in my county.  I’m absolutely certain that there is no fraud being committed in this office. 

    BUT….as I’ve said before, it all comes down to the accuracy of the machine.  We have, I believe, 34 different ballot styles in our county for the various district differences.  A person putting ballots through the machine can put one style after another through and somehow the machine reads the different styles.  The programming has to work right, I assume.  We are always assured that the machines have been tested and re-tested. 

    Still, the machines here are the point that would be a problem.  I am feeling satisfied that my county clerk is NOT playing politics and is absolutely concerned to document the integrity of the voting process.

    The other place for fraud would then be at the front end, as is suggested by this post, with people “buying” votes or figuring out how to turn in votes that have been filled out by someone other than the actual registered voter.

  • Talk2ThePaw

    Unfortunately “disenfranchised” to the (D)’s includes registering illegal aliens.  Most states do not have any way to stop illegals from registering to vote.  No state that I know of demands that a person show proof that they are a citizen.  Some, but very few, states now require proof to obtain a drivers license, which is then used to register to vote.  But even those states have not had such laws in effect that long.  There are likely multiple millions of illegal aliens registered to vote, this is a certain way to steal elections and insure that social welfare programs and eventually blanket amnesty steals the America we once knew.

  • West Virginia

    How many of you know that, after Obama lost to Bobby Rush in 2000, he was paid by a GAMING company?  The gaming companies are the ones who write the softare to check the integrety of the election systems.

    Think.  Play.  Have fun with that information.

    That is not speculation.  Check the Ping Pong World Champoinship details.  Oby is all over that one.

  • West Virginia

    Doc.  I know it may sound sad.  But why would the power create a system the does not allow them to continue to hold power?  It has always been this way.  With or without electrons.

  • SeriouslySickOfObama

    Sorry, yr comment brought back this memory of GWB, ROFL! The youtube link here,  
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKgPY1adc0A

  • SeriouslySickOfObama

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    Sorry, yr comment brought back this memory of GWB, ROFL!  I hope this embed link works, never posted like this before, or try the youtube link here,

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKgPY1adc0A

  • Yttik

    Good catch! That kind of nonsense drives me nuts.

  • Docelder

    If the votes are carried by hand by guys on usb flash drives then that is insanity. If that is the case then we already no longer have free elections. Only an imbecil or somebody constructing a way to intentionally have rigged elections would come up with such an inane system.

  • West Virginia

    BTW.  I have a friend who is a programmer.  He tells me that the fraud in electronic machines is not at the machine and not at the central counting network.  It is at the machine that accepts the USB card from the polling place to the central computer.  If the election is too close you can’t get away with it, because the recount will expose the miss-match.  But.. If you steal it by a big enough margin then the recount does not happen and the flaw/theft will never be seen. 

    Over the past two years SEIU has gained members in their union of the technitians that conduct work at that level.  Don’t ask me for links.  There are few.  I have this from inside informants.  States that have elections lost by less than 1 perscent by the SEIU candidate will have the numbers turned to at least 0.6 percent to the other person.  1/2% is the standard in most states for right to recount.

    This will be interesting to watch and the pundits are wrong, B.  It is a problem.  Here in WV the Dems are worried.  They have always been able to steal at will.  With the US Senate race so close here the national party is sending 110 Lawyers to watch the election – 2 per each of the 55 counties.  They will have to be very creative because this will be the first time they have stolen an election that is being watched by anyone outside of WV.  The last time was 1960 and, after that election, the president’s brother thanked WV instead of investigating him.  I know we all love JFK and RFK (and RFK, Jr. is a family friend here.) but if there was new media then we may have seen the seen coverup and look-the-other-way  type stuff after the complaints came in.

  • West Virginia

    In Chicago..  not I Chicago. It is Friday.  Where is EllenD?

  • West Virginia

    I Chicago the Dems will pick up Absentee ballots and send them out as mailers, follow that up with a warning to vote, along with a self addressed envelope.  The ballot is mailed to them.  They know the voter is not going to the polls (because the voter thinks they have voted.) They can then change the ballot and send it on in.  This is not new.  It does not take electrons to make a machine work.

  • HARP

    Here is an interesting question that I have for the Associated Press. The AP has a story from October 21 that features the news that Democrats in Maryland are turning out in bigger numbers for early voting than Republicans. But according to the Maryland State Board of Elections, early voting in the Old Line State isn’t supposed to start until October 22.

  • sowsear

    You can fool some of the people….

  • sowsear
  • Noogan

    In the state of Missouri in 1986, 12 ACORN members were convicted of voter fraud. In December 2004, in St. Louis, six volunteers pleaded guilty of dozens of election law violations for filling out registration cards with names of dead people and other bogus information. The volunteers worked for “Operation Big Vote” — a branch of ACORN — in St. Louis.

     
    On February 10, 2005, Nonaresa Montgomery, a paid worker who ran Operation Big Vote during the run-up to the 2001 mayoral primary, was found guilty of vote fraud. About 1,500 fraudulent voter registration cards were turned in.
    In October 2006, St. Louis election officials discovered at least 1,492 “potentially fraudulent” voter registration cards. They were all turned in by ACORN volunteers.
    In November 2006, 20,000 to 35,000 questionable voter registration forms were turned in by ACORN officials in Missouri. Most all of these were from St. Louis and Kansas City areas, where ACORN purportedly sought to help empower the “disenfranchised” minorities living there. The workers admitted on camera that they were coached to tell registrants to vote for Democrat Claire McCaskill.
    In 2007, in Kansas City, Missouri, four ACORN employees were indicted for fraud. In April of this year eight ACORN employees in St. Louis city and county pleaded guilty to federal election fraud for submitting bogus voter registrations.
    And, that was just Missouri.
    http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/the-complete-guide-to-acorn-voter-fraud/

  • candymarl red bone cracker

    That’s odd. When GWB was running for office vote fraud was real. 

    Now we’re a bunch of bible totin’, gun clutchin’, inbred nuts.  Of course this includes Americans of all ethnic groups.

    Now we are not just stupid we’re crazy. 

    What’s the ELO song? I ain’t never seen nothing like you.

  • SeriouslySickOfObama

    ” The mailer contained a postage-paid envelope”
    ——————That envelope should have been the first clue of FRAUD bc the absentee ballots DO NOT COME WITH POSTAGE PAID, LOL!!  Why did not more voters receiving this BS not come forward sooner?  When has the government EVER paid for you to mail then a return of anything???  Answer-NEVER!!