Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Dead Voters Don’t Vote.

With the recent Supreme Court decision overturning the Voter Rights Act there is a lot of talk about voter fraud, but that all there is talk, no facts.

Fox News was hyping voter fraud saying that 900 dead voters voted in South Caroline’s elections, now that the dust has settled down the truth comes out,
Another Fox Voter Fraud Story Dies
Media Matters
By Matt Gertz
July 8, 2013

Seventeen months after Fox News became briefly fixated on Republican claims that hundreds of dead voters had cast ballots in South Carolina, those allegations have been completely debunked by an investigation by law enforcement that found no evidence of voter fraud.
The South Carolina "dead voter" claim sprang from testimony from Kevin Schwedo, the director of the state's Department of Motor Vehicles, who said on January 11, 2012, that more than 950 residents were recorded as having cast a vote after their reported death date. Schwedo made clear that this could have been the result of data errors or voters dying after casting an absentee ballot, but the state's Republicans, led by Attorney General Alan Wilson, seized on the report as evidence of widespread voter fraud.
WOW! 950 DEAD VOTERS* VOTED! But wait what is that little asterisk? Oh, it may have been a data base error. But somehow that little asterisk got lost in all the hype Republicans and the right wing media made over 950 dead voters voting.
Indeed, on July 3 the public release of an investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) provided the answer we anticipated: No voter fraud was found, no charges filed.  As of noon E.T. on July 8, Fox had not reported on those findings.

According to the report, released due to a public records search by the Columbia Free Times' Corey Hutchins, SLED reviewed the findings of the State Election Commission, which had looked into the 207 votes that had been called into question that occurred during the 2010 general election. Nearly half were the result of "name recognition errors," where, for instance, when a father who was deceased but whose name still appeared on the list would be marked as having voted when his son of the same name had actually cast the ballot. The balance was due to other types of clerical errors and individuals casting absentee ballots before their deaths.
If the report got mentioned at all in the news media it was delegated to the back page, so what does the public think? Maybe think that we need new laws to prevent voter fraud, we need the “Voter ID” act that will disenfranchise the marginalized voter so when the Republicans push the new bills everyone is shouting about stopping “voter fraud”.

Look at Pennsylvania, the Republicans did the same thing there, shouted “voter fraud” and after the bill passed the truth came… there was no voter fraud and the Republicans actually bragged how they disenfranchised Democratic voters. In Connecticut and California the Republicans shouted fraud about ACORN, do you remember that? It was all over the national and local news about all the voter fraud ACORN was doing. Once the reports came out, the Attorney General of California and the Secretary of State of Connecticut found no voter fraud with ACORN that they followed the law. But the damage was done and the Republicans got their way and ACORN closed. And the Republicans got their way in the other states with "Voter ID" laws, they know that the voters who will have the hardest time getting their voting IDs are the minorities and the poor, the people who would have most likely voted Democratic.

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