Shocker: Democrats Concerned About Election Fraud When It Involves Republicans

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In Michigan there have been startling revelations about election fraud perpetrated by former Rep. Thad McCotter’s staffers. As troubling as that is, what’s ironic is how concerned Democrats are suddenly about election fraud.

The staff of former U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter evidently had some practice dummying up petitions in order to get their boss on the ballot.

A review of the nominating petitions turned in for McCotter’s elections from 2002 through 2012 shows he did not have enough signatures to qualify to run in at least the 2008, 2010 and 2012 elections. The skullduggery wasn’t detected until this year, when a part-time staffer for the Secretary of State found that of the more than 1,800 signatures turned in by the McCotter campaign for 2012, only 244 were valid. …

The 2002 and 2004 petitions were relatively clean with few duplicates, but in 2008, at least 67 of the 177 petition pages submitted were either copies or had been doctored by cutting and pasting dates from other documents onto the petitions. …

“It’s a real punch in the gut, and I hope that voters out there are really watching and listening,” said Natalie Mosher, a Canton Democrat who lost to McCotter in 2010. “I’m angry, because I think the voters of the district got taken for a ride by this guy.”

Democrats have been quick to dismiss claims about voter fraud from supporters of election law reforms like voter ID. They’ve claimed that the motivation isn’t so much concern over fraud but racism, etc., etc.

Except, election fraud actually exists. It happens, and clearly it’s not just liberals who do it, and there are reforms we could put in place to stop it. Except that Democrats think anyone who wants to require a voter ID, or who wants to verify voter registrations, etc., etc., is a racist.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    In a pretrial document released by the ACLU, the Commonwealth of
    Pennsylvania, represented by the state Attorney General’s Office, could not identify any cases of voter impersonation at the polls.

    The state said it would offer no evidence that “in-person voter fraud has in fact occurred in Pennsylvania or elsewhere” or that “in-person voter fraud is likely to occur in November 2012 in the absence of a photo ID law.”

    Pennsylvania officials, who responded to the News21 public record requests, also reported no cases of Election Day voter-impersonation fraud since 2000.

    http://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2012/08/cases-voter-id-election-fraud-found-virtually-non-existent

    But then there is gop.

    Sitting Indiana gop Sec Of State Found Guilty On 6 Felony Counts Of Voter Fraud (#17)

    http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/2012/02/04/sitting-indiana-gop-sec-of-state-found-guilty-on-6-felony-counts-of-voter-fraud-17/

    • Spartacus

      Has your messiah ever gotten around to providing irrefutable evidence that he was eligible to run for POTUS? I know he’s been pretty busy shooting hoops, playing golf and single-handedly bankrupting the country, but he’s had over 3 years.

    • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof
      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        Put him on trial, if found guilty, put him in the cell next to the former Indiana Secretary of State.

        • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

          Should I start numbering them like you do, so that I can draw bogus partisan conclusions, too?

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Sure, if you have the time. Wouldn’t want to encumber your endless interweb searching for purdy girlies in their underwear for your linky thing. We know how much Neiman enjoys that.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Nutterbob: We realize that you are totally baffled by the attraction of heterosexual men to pictures of pretty girls (NTTAWWT). We also note you have trouble with the first half of the links that go to news stories, commentary and discussions, using primarily English words.

            Your unfamiliarity with both is duly noted.

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Spending hours collecting girlie interweb pictures every week. Then labeling them and cutting and pasting links to them is creepy poof. But you knew that. Your children must be so proud.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Your aversion to pictures of women and your ignorance of Robert Stacy McCain’s Rule Five are both duly noted.

            If you want to talk creepy, do some biased, cut and paste articles with your only real contribution a convoluted, poorly written headline. Now THAT’S creepy!

          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            Just keep postin them interweb girlies, poof. Yer shure ta git a millyun hits soon enuf.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Keep projecting all the evil that is liberalism onto conservatives. Maybe someday, you’ll even believe it yourself? Nah. And keep talking like a doofus, too. It sounds really natural coming from you, Nutterbob.

  • headward

    Owning a fire arm is a right in the US just like voting. Both should require a picture ID.

  • Harold

    Its been said that Al Franken who won his senate seat by 312 votes, had over 1100 convicted felons now found to have voted for him in that election. Franken’s vote was the 60th vote that enacted obamacare on all of america.

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      As many conservative politicians have recently been arrested and convicted for one crime or another, it wouldn’t surprise me if all of those 1100 votes were cast for the Republican.

      • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

        Please! Toast coming up out of the toaster a different shade than when it went in surprises you!

      • ‘Tom Crawford

        Harry? Harry Reid? Is that you?
        You certainly sound like someone who is making accusations with no proof……

  • Mike

    Voter ID laws would not stop invalid petition signers

  • groetzinger

    How is a person running for office being fraudulent and voter I.D. the same thing?

    • Spartacus

      RBB believes republican candidates personally collect signatures for ballot qualification, while democrats utilize stooges willing to collect, and if necessary forge signatures. It’s all about subtleties, just like Biden’s speech wasn’t racist but Romney’s was, up is down, black is white…

      • groetzinger

        But what does it have to do with requiring you to have a state ID

        • Spartacus

          You’ll have to ask a leftist as I too am lost in their philosophy. Only thing I can think of is they’ve conjured up a way to skirt around life’s daily requirements for ID, probably by not enforcing such, as they openly do with illegal aliens. Having an enforceable act in place at the voting booth might expose their previous lapse in enforcement. It’s all about image not substance with the Left.

  • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

    It’s logical that since there are very few to no convictions where illegal immigrants being caught voting, but far, far, far more convictions of conservatives forging signatures that would make any number of convictions by illegals pale in comparison, we should be focusing on the type of voter fraud that is running rampant in the Republican party and not on disenfranchising the elderly and poor from voting, across the country.

    • robert108

      It’s only “logical” if you think the statistics reflect reality. In fact, Democrats have been giving illegals special treatment for generations, because they want to give them amnesty and get their votes. There is little or no enforcement effort directed at detecting voter fraud by illegals; hell, obama doesn’t even want to deport them for breaking into our country illegally.
      On the other hand, the left wing media jumps on any whiff of an accusation of Republican voter fraud, because it fits their agenda of demonizing the opposition, so as to bias the votes in every election.
      Can you tell us why, if there is so much Republican voter fraud, as you claim, Democrats are deathly afraid of voter ID laws?

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (amnesty for millions upon millions)

        Signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on November 6, 1986

        Oh look, here’s Raygun now, supporting amnesty.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfHKIq5z80U

        • robert108

          He made the mistake of trying to be friendly to the Democrats. Big mistake.

        • robert108

          In exchange for his agreement to sign this POS, the Democrats promised it would be the last time they would ask for amnesty for the illegals, but guess what? They lied about that, too.

        • Neiman

          Reagan, Bush and lots of Republicans in Congress have made mistakes thinking they can reach out to the Socialist-Marxist Left, it is a great weakness among many in the GOP. This desire to go the extra mile, to prove conservatives are not hardhearted or cruel, the way they are falsely portrayed by the Left Wing Media, it always winds up biting Republicans in the ass. It is like playing with rattlesnakes, in the end it will always turn out badly trying to reach out to the Left.

          Reagan like all of the top three Presidents (Washington, Lincoln and Reagan), had a weakness for approval and sometimes they went too far trying to appease the rabid leftist dogs.

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        Here’s Ronnie urging Americans not to build the danged fence

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=6gYHMwEdvIk

        • two_amber_lamps

          Why don’t you answer tha’ danged question? When you voted for Obama in 2008 was it because you were:

          A. a militant anti-gay marriage BIGOT

          B. merely a useful idiot tool of the democrat party and didn’t bother to find out how the messianic one stood on that issue?

          Please indicate your answer below (A or B) and explain your hypocrisy support your position in the space provided.

    • JustRuss

      You know that it is actually illegal to question a person on their citizenship? You must accept who they say they are at face value, as well as having a list of those registered to vote at that station posted at the door. That list is updated (marked off) as people vote. How do you convict someone for voter fraud, when you cannot legally ask them to prove who they are?

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        How did the others get convicted of voter fraud if it’s impossible to catch and stop? Really, Russ, you can do better than that.

        • robert108

          So, why don’t you support voter ID to prevent all this voter fraud from Republicans you allege? Got an answer, little hanni?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Yes, I do have an answer. The voter fraud committed by republicans can not be stopped by voter ID laws. So they try to disenfranchise the elderly and poor, while taking more votes for themselves through fraud and forgeries.

          • robert108

            “The voter fraud committed by republicans can not be stopped by voter ID laws.”
            Any evidence to support your claim? How is it possible? Please explain, from your wealth of knowledge on the subject.

          • LisaB

            Of course you have an answer. But, as usual, it’s not the correct answer. You clown.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Hey Loser, explain how voter ID’s stop Republicans from fraudulently forging signatures of people who would not sign their ballots or petitions!!

            As usual, you are a delusional piece of shit.

          • robert108

            Your resort to lying smear and namecalling shows you lost, little hanni.
            Are you now making a specific claim? If so, what’s your affirmative argument for that claim? Just making a wild accusation and spewing obscenities doesn’t constitute an argument; it’s just shouting.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            There is a long history of Republican voter fraud convictions, McCain voter.

          • robert108

            Give us the evidence, liar.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Your ignorance is no excuse, BigGovernmentR180 and McCain voter. All you have done is show what a joke you are, and how out of touch with reality you are. There are several voter fraud convictions of GOP politicians, this year alone.

            The number of signatures that they forged exceed any number of illegal aliens that have been convicted of voter fraud in our countries history, in just this year alone.

          • robert108

            “Several”? Even if that’s true, and you still have no evidence, other than your bogus claims, it’s nothing compared to the tens of thousands done by ACORN alone. Democrat voter fraud goes back to the Kennedy campaign in 1960.
            All your lying namecalling is no substitute for a factual argument, little hanni.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            DETROIT — Michigan’s top law enforcement official said Thursday that former Michigan U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter was “asleep at the switch” when four ex-campaign staffers forged or falsified signatures on nominating petitions, leading to criminal charges a month after the congressman’s resignation.

            Schuette said “people were dummying up, phonying up petitions” in part by lifting signatures that were gathered in 2006 on petitions for this year’s election.

            “They copied petitions, submitted petitions falsely signed by circulators and did cut-and-paste jobs that would make an elementary art teacher cringe,” Schuette said. “The buck stops at the top, but in this case Thad was asleep at the switch.

            http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/campaign-staff-charged-in-1495245.html

            Secretary of State William Galvin said Wednesday he has taken over the East Longmeadow town clerk’s office after a preliminary investigation confirmed claims of potential voting fraud.

            Galvin said the investigation found an influx of forged absentee ballot requests and hundreds of people whose voter affiliations were changed from Democrat to Republican in town voting rolls without their permission. He said his office will supervise the 2012 elections and voter registration practices in the town, a 2-hour drive west of Boston and just outside Springfield.

            http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120815/APN/1208150979

          • robert108

            Accusations only; still no proof, little hanni.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            You have no evidence, so you just state your bogus claims again? That’s not how adults debate, Tiny Poputchik. Toddle back to the kiddie pool and let the adults talk.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            There’s ton’s of evidence, all of which you have ignored. Your ignorance is not an excuse for your stupidity.

            DETROIT — Michigan’s top law enforcement official said Thursday that former Michigan U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter was “asleep at the switch” when four ex-campaign staffers forged or falsified signatures on nominating petitions, leading to criminal charges a month after the congressman’s resignation.

            Schuette said “people were dummying up, phonying up petitions” in part by lifting signatures that were gathered in 2006 on petitions for this year’s election.

            “They copied petitions, submitted petitions falsely signed by circulators and did cut-and-paste jobs that would make an elementary art teacher cringe,” Schuette said. “The buck stops at the top, but in this case Thad was asleep at the switch.

            http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/campaign-staff-charged-in-1495245.html

            Secretary of State William Galvin said Wednesday he has taken over the East Longmeadow town clerk’s office after a preliminary investigation confirmed claims of potential voting fraud.

            Galvin said the investigation found an influx of forged absentee ballot requests and hundreds of people whose voter affiliations were changed from Democrat to Republican in town voting rolls without their permission. He said his office will supervise the 2012 elections and voter registration practices in the town, a 2-hour drive west of Boston and just outside Springfield.

            http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120815/APN/1208150979

            You may not get back to whacking it, Poofy. Certainly being an adult in the real world is just a fantasy that you are masturbating to.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            “There’s ton’s (sic) of evidence, all of which you have ignored…the real world is just a fantasy that you are masturbating to.”

            Your crude projection, as well as your apostrophobia, are both duly noted.

          • LisaB

            Your ignorance IS your excuse, you moron! That’s why daddy always told you to STFU.

          • LisaB

            obama is finished. You’ll need a new crevice to call home.

          • LisaB

            Your name calling proves that it’s you who is the loser. It’s no wonder that you’ve earned the title of “Blog Roach” by spending all your time on a republican blog site seeking any attention from anyone.
            My heart goes out to you, you pathetic troll.
            Now, tell everyone how much money you make and how you’re the proud owner of a tax lien.
            BTW, it’s the democrats who are infamous for voter fraud. Ask ACORN, or what ever they’re calling themselves these days.

            ANOTHER CORRUPT ORGANIZATION RUN BY NIT-WITS

            The full list of new ACORN groups is as follows:
            * In
            California, ACORN is now the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
            (“ACCE”)
            * In Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, ACORN is New
            England United for Justice.
            * In New York, ACORN is New York Communities for
            Change.
            * In Arkansas, ACORN has become Arkansas Community Organizations
            (“ACO”).
            * In Louisiana, ACORN is “A Community Voice”.
            * In Missouri,
            ACORN is Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (“MORE”).
            * In
            Washington state, ACORN is Organization United for Reform (“OUR”)
            Washington.
            * In Minnesota, ACORN is Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for
            Change.
            * In Pennsylvania, ACORN has become the Pennsylvania Communities
            Organizing for Change (“PCOC”) and Pennsylvania Neighborhoods for Social
            Justice, Inc.
            * In Texas, ACORN is now the Texas Organizing Project.
            *
            ACORN Housing Corporation (“AHC”) has renamed itself Affordable Housing Centers
            of America, Inc.

          • two_amber_lamps

            10x !

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            So you don’t have an explanation how voter ID cards would stop Republicans from continuing their voter fraud of forging signatures and changing peoples party affiliation without permission?

            Voter ID laws are just meant to disenfranchise the elderly and poor.

            Of course you would promote that, Citzen, instead of answer a direct question.

            You don’t have the aptitude.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            If there’s such a glut of Republican voter fraud as you allege, Tiny Poseur, how about we require a thumbprint on all registration forms? Lots of banks require a thumbprint to cash a check. Keeping the integrity of our electoral process honest is much more important.

            We’ll put you down as a “yes” on adding biometrics to voter registration forms. Now tell us how much more difficult it will be for minorities to register, since none of them have thumbs. /sarc

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Again, Proofoundly_stupid, the type of Republican voter fraud that the GOP is being convicted of can not be stopped with Voter ID’s or the sort of valid voter fraud that is occurring. Your suggestions don’t fix that problem wither. There’s little that can be done to prevent Republicans from forging signatures, or changing the party of registered voters without their permission. That has to be checked manually, so should the other types of voter fraud that don’t actually exist, that you are afraid of should be stopped, not by alienating voters.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            You’re right. We should probably add a retinal scan to the registration. Unless minorities have proportional fewer eyeballs. /sarc

          • robert108

            It’s because it’s all in your imagination, little hanni; you’re just making it up.

          • LenYol

            Voter fraud belongs to the scumbags like you.

            ANOTHER CORRUPT ORGANIZATION RUN BY NIT-WITS

            The full list of new ACORN groups is as follows:
            * In
            California, ACORN is now the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
            (“ACCE”)
            * In Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, ACORN is New
            England United for Justice.
            * In New York, ACORN is New York Communities for
            Change.
            * In Arkansas, ACORN has become Arkansas Community Organizations
            (“ACO”).
            * In Louisiana, ACORN is “A Community Voice”.
            * In Missouri,
            ACORN is Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (“MORE”).
            * In
            Washington state, ACORN is Organization United for Reform (“OUR”)
            Washington.
            * In Minnesota, ACORN is Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for
            Change.
            * In Pennsylvania, ACORN has become the Pennsylvania Communities
            Organizing for Change (“PCOC”) and Pennsylvania Neighborhoods for Social
            Justice, Inc.
            * In Texas, ACORN is now the Texas Organizing Project.
            *
            ACORN Housing Corporation (“AHC”) has renamed itself Affordable Housing Centers
            of America, Inc.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Just Republicans, eh?

            Voters First Canvasser Arrested for Submitting Fraudulent
            Petitions –former OU College Democrat

            http://ohio.mediatrackers.org/2012/08/17/voters-first-canvasser-arrested-for-submitting-fraudulent-petitions/

  • ‘Tom Crawford

    Catherine Englebrecht, the Houston businesswoman and mother who founded True the Vote in 2009 after witnessing an ACORN-style group registering thousands of illegal or nonexistent voters in Houston, told the voter observers from 32 states gathered for the summit: “There is nothing more important this year than your work in making sure legitimate votes aren’t canceled out by fraud.”

    Liberal groups ranging from the ACLU to the NAACP oppose voter-ID laws, claiming that voter fraud is almost nonexistent and that an ID requirement would amount to voter suppression. It’s certainly true that in-person voter fraud — the type of fraud most easily fought with voter-ID laws — isn’t the whole picture. Voter-ID laws must be combined with tighter controls on absentee ballots, the tool of choice of fraudsters. But filmmaker James O’Keefe demonstrated just last month how easy — and almost impossible to detect — voter impersonation can be: A white 22-year-old assistant of O’Keefe’s was offered the Washington, D.C., primary ballot of Attorney General Eric Holder, the most visible opponent of ID laws.

    …Texas, a Democratic precinct chairwoman was indicted on charges of arranging an illegal vote.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/297461/reality-voter-fraud-john-fund

    By the way, Project Veritas’ recent D.C. polling revelation is its fourth uncovering of voter fraud nationally. Previous locations have included Minnesota, New Hampshire and Vermont, where O’Keefe obtained election ballots by using other celebrity names, such as Tom Brady and Tim Tebow, and even some of the 1.8 million people who are deceased but still registered voters. Texas had better beware, because “Chuck Norris” could be next for Project Veritas.

    State polls have shown that as many as 80 percent of voters, including majorities of Hispanics and African-Americans, agree that voter ID laws are good and necessary. And let’s not forget the 2008 U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision, authored by Justice John Paul Stevens, that upheld Indiana’s strict ID requirement.

    Voting is a right and privilege of citizens in this country and should be protected at all costs. By opposing voter ID laws, however, the Obama administration is actually dismantling the integrity of elections by enabling voter fraud.

    Having tried all we can to stop the administration’s anti-constitutional usurpations, we are left alone to take the path recommended by Founding Father James Madison, who admonished us patriots in 1788, “In the last resort a remedy must be obtained from the people who can, by the elections of more faithful representatives, annul the acts of the usurpers.”

    http://townhall.com/columnists/chucknorris/2012/04/17/video_proof_of_voter_fraud_in_dc/page/full/

    ….about the hundreds of thousands of registration forms the Voter Participation Center mailed to Virginia addresses that were partially filled out or “pre-populated” with names and/or information belonging to the recipients’ dead relatives, minor children, non-citizen relatives, already registered voters, convicted felons, and cats and dogs.

    A convicted felon, living in Louisa County, Virginia, used one of the Voter Participation Center’s pre-populated forms to register to vote illegally and then cast a ballot in the 2008 presidential election. In January 2010, the felon pleaded guilty to two counts of election fraud and was sentenced to 10 years in prison with all time suspended.

    According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Page Gardner, president and chief executive officer of the Voter Participation Center, discounts any suggestion that voter fraud can occur through the organization’s mailings. Gardner said Voter Participation Center relies on the “diligence of local election officials” to review the submitted applications, as well as on the “individual integrity of the individuals receiving the forms.”

    http://www.redstate.com/california_yankee/2012/07/28/virginia-voter-fraud-used-voter-participation-center-registration-form/

    • ‘Tom Crawford

      Elections officials rejected 14,464 in the November 2010 election for a variety of reasons.

      “The fact that some provisional ballots don’t count is really a sign of the system working correctly to make sure that we’re only letting registered voters vote,” Bennett told ABC15.

      More than 5,000 provisional ballots never counted in the November 2010 election because the voters who cast them were not registered to vote in Arizona.

      Nearly 5,000 votes were also rejected because voters were registered in the state but tried to vote in the wrong precinct , and more than a thousand ballots were thrown out because the envelope and/or the ballot was incomplete or illegible.

      Other ballots were thrown out because voters failed to present a valid identification, according to election rules, and some voters were simply ineligible to vote.

      “There’s a myriad of voter education programs out there,” said Yuhas, “but in the end, there has to be some sense of responsibility there.” He explained that voters must follow the rules for registering and voting to ensure their vote counts.

      Read more: http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/did-your-vote-count-why-more-than-14,000-were-rejected-in-last-election#ixzz242bMpLRM

      Not sure why showing an ID is such a hard thing to accept, for one of our greatest right in this nation. Our right to vote should be protected – only American Citizens should b e allowed to vote.

      Do you complain when you have to show ID for:
      Driver’s license
      Buy alcohol
      Buy cigarettes
      Apply for welfare
      Apply for food stamps
      Cash a check
      Purchase a firearm
      Make any large credit card purchase
      Open a bank account
      Rent an apartment
      Be admitted to a hospital
      Get a marriage license

      Read more here:
      Things You Are Required to Have an ID for
      http://www.oneangryman.com/ken/2012/01/things-you-are-required-to-have-an-id-for/

      Do you rant and rave when a cop pulls you over and asks for ID to prove you are who you say you are? Well, Voting is asking you to show proof you are who you say you are to make sure you are legally allowed to vote.

      • ‘Tom Crawford

        RICK SMITHSON: We had an incident. I live in a small town of about 900 people and we had — I’m not sure. I called one of the city council members to ask him. It was between 10 and 13 people came into the same day registration table. And by the way, I election judge all the time so I’ve seen situations like this, not necessarily exactly like this but very similar ones.

        On this particular night, between 10 and 13 people showed up for same day registration. They had all claimed that the local laundromat address as their residence. When we challenged it, we called the State Auditors Office and we were told that there was nothing we could do about it. We were told that we couldn’t interfere with their right to vote but we could make note of it.

        and

        According to MN Secretary of State information, after the 2008 presidential election, about 26,000 postal verification cards sent to same day voter registrants were returned as undeliverable…no such person or no such address. Meantime, their votes were cast and counted! In total, during the 2008 calendar year, about 38,000 were returned as undeliverable.

        http://www.letfreedomringblog.com/?p=12665

        and

        Minnesota Majority is calling for an investigation into evidence of irregularities within Minnesota’s voter rolls. We believe that poor data management practices together with lax and inconsistent verification procedures, has resulted in a voter file rife with errors, making the detection of inaccuracies and abuse very difficult. Despite hurdles that are the result of poor data management, Minnesota Majority has uncovered compelling evidence of suspected problems not being adequately addressed by election officials or law enforcement. Thousands of voter records showing errors, suspected fraudulent votes, inaccuracies, invalid addresses, duplicate entries and possible duplicate votes were forwarded to law enforcement officials in 30 counties for investigation between 2008 and 2009.

        In addition to the investigation into past irregularities, Minnesota Majority has been calling for election law reforms that will protect the right of the people to participate in fair and transparent elections. Requiring photo ID and certain verifications prior to receiving a ballot will go a long way toward preventing the sort of errors and abuse that can cause citizens to lose faith in the democratic process and lead to disenfranchisement of those who are entitled to vote.

        http://www.minnesotamajority.org/TheIssues/ElectionIntegrity/tabid/188/Default.aspx

        We need to protect our rights as voters.
        Having a valid ID that shows you are who you say you are, is a step in the right direction. There is more that needs to be done, but it is a step in the right direction.

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