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Vote fraud

June 5, 2014 - Harry Eagar
Well, the rightwingers cannot provide any evidence, either to the courts or the public, that people are using fake IDs to vote for -- presumably -- liberals, so we are justified in thinking their drive for new voter ID laws are just racism, especially since their record on other race issues is so bad.

But just because liberals are not violating election laws en masse, that does not mean nobody is.

The day after the latest primary is ripe with smelly reports from GOPland. It is hard to decide which is weirder. I am inclined to go with this one:

"A candidate who finished fourth in the Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat in South Dakota was charged on Wednesday with violating campaign election laws, prosecutors said."

Annette Bosworth, 42, a doctor from Sioux Falls, was charged with six counts each of perjury and filing false documents and accused of falsely claiming she was gathering nominating petition signatures in South Dakota when she was really in the Philippines, the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office said.

Details are lacking, so it is hard to guess 1) why she found that necessary; or 2) how she thought no one would notice. But she appears to be, well, nuts:

"Bosworth made national news during her unsuccessful campaign for a social media post comparing food stamp recipients to wild animals"

But wait! There's more! Down in Mississippi:

"there is NO REASON to think that the three people who got locked into the Hinds County Courthouse in Jackson, Mississippi were doing anything nefarious. They just happened to accidentally get stuck in the closed courthouse after midnight on the night that ballots were being counted in the Thad Cochran / Chris McDaniel Senate primary that was too close to call. And one of them is a top campaign official for tea party candidate McDaniel."

This is not, on its face, as funny as the Doctor Who Was in Two Places at Once, but the comments are hilarious.

One of the three was also part of what (so far) is the weirdest incident of the current campaigns, the break-in to video the ga-ga wife of Senator Cochran in her nursing home bed.

Those Tea Partiers, what a bunch of cutups!


Article Comments



Jun-06-14 8:28 PM

How many of those 2000 cases involved voters posing as someone else?

Approximately 0.

The GOP-driven laws are racist, pure and simple, and will do nothing to address the rather small instances of vote fraud.

It's similar to the demand for more and more violent enforcement against border crossers. That does nothing to deal with visa overstayers.

The remedy must address the essence of the problem, otherwise the promoters will be suspected of grandstanding or worse.

In the case of vote fraud, worse is what's happening.


Jun-06-14 4:12 PM

Come on Harry you're a better researcher than that - a simple Google search found over 2000 cases of voter fraud since 2000. This is just what was found! who knows how many dead people voted but were never discovered, or how many other 6 time voters who didn't brag about it. Funny how Mexico decided 2 decades ago to require everyone to have a voter id card in order to vote - because they value fair elections. Mexico valuing the will of the people more than the USA - wow!


Jun-06-14 3:05 PM

Yep, one -- count 'em 1 -- case of multiple voting, punished by a harsh prison term. That's certainly an epidemic of vote fraud requiring onerous restrictions on voters.

So onerous that a Republican candidate for attorney general was turned away.


Jun-05-14 4:38 PM

Did you miss the story last year of the Ohio woman who voted for Obama 6 times! The only reason she got caught was she was so stupid she was bragging about it. Or the Philly precincts that voted 100% for Obama - nothing racist there! Nah, we don't need voter ID!


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