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.