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Voodoo ACORNomics, Part Two

Earlier today, I went on at great length (who, me?) about how I see ACORN (The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now!) has gotten to the point where they have created an engine for generating massive amounts of fraudulent voter registrations. I addressed two of my three declared goals, then realized that I really should stop and take a breath or two (metaphorically speaking -- I'm writing this after pausing about a minute after finishing the first part) before concluding.

So, ACORN has turned in all these bogus voter registrations. In one noted case, they turned in over 5,000 registrations in Lake County, Indiana. Officials started verifying them, then quit after checking 2,100 of them -- and could not find a single valid one among them.

Some people wonder at what the big deal is. Let's take that Lake County, Indiana example. Let's say that those 2,100 rejected registrations were part of some grand conspiracy to screw skew the vote, and the other 2,900 were all valid registration forms. That would mean that the same people who filed those registrations had 2,100 people ready to show up at the polls on election day and cast their vote (presumably for Obama).

That, obviously, is absurd.

But could the goal be something else? Another attempt at something less flagrant?

Here's an alternate theory. Mixed in among all the red herrings (Mickey Mouse, Ronald McDonald, Tony Romo) are enough less obvious fake names -- but ones chosen to be a bit more memorable to those ready to step up on election day and use it.

For me, I'd use "Joe Tormolen." It's an utterly unremarkable name, but it's memorable for me because it has the same initials as my own name. Also, it's the name of a character from a classic "Star Trek" episode -- he was the guy who first got infected and then died in "The Naked Time." I used that name when I needed a protagonist for my stories about the fictional USS Manchester.

So all I'd have to do would be to arrange for "Joe Tormolen" to be registered in several voting districts around the area, take the day off from work (presuming that I, working for ACORN, actually had a job apart from them), and go cast all the ballots I could. All I'd need would be a list of the addresses "Joe" was registered from, because in many states the Democrats have made it almost a felony to ask a voter for any form of ID at the polls.

With the right planning and a full tank of gas, I could probably cast a hundred votes alone.

But what's 100 votes, even here in New Hampshire? Is that really that big a deal?

Yes. As far as I'm concerned, even a single fraudulent vote is one too many. Because every person who votes more than once cancels out the vote of another person, effectively depriving them of their right to vote. And worse, they might not even know that they have been denied their right.

Again, that requires a bit of a conspiracy, and I don't like conspiracies. So how about a few alternatives that don't require so much work?

Well, how about setting up grounds for discounting the electoral results? Salting the mine, as it were?

Here's how it could play out:

Come election day, and McCain wins. Folks start looking at certain cities and counties where Obama either lost, or didn't win by the margin they expected. They start looking, and they see that voter turnout -- as a percentage of registered voters -- is considerably lower than they expected, too. Why, that is tantamount to PROOF that the eeeevil, racist Rethuglicans succeeded in their diabolical plans to oppress the poor and minorities and the oppressed stayed away from the polls, instead of exercising their Constitutional right to vote!

But it isn't.

You know the saying "figures don't lie, but liars can figure?" That's what would be happening here. The percentage of registered voters turning out would be thrown off because those registered voters would include all those bogus ones made up by ACORN. In the Lake County, Indiana, example, that was 5,000 registrations.

Lake County has about 484,000 people. Let's say that 150,000 of them are registered voters. (The first source I could find indicates that is a pretty good approximation -- and notes that in the last voter record cleansing, almost half of the names were removed. I've fudged it up slightly to make my math simpler.) Come election day, thanks to ACORN's 5,000 bogus registrations, we've pretty much guaranteed that a full 3% of registered voters won't show up -- because they don't exist. That is pretty much all the evidence some people will need to "prove" that somehow the bloody peasants of Lake County were being oppressed by the inherent violence in the system.

Subtle? Yes. Too subtle? I think not.

But there's something even far more important here, something far more fundamental than some grand conspiracies for stealing the election:

These people are assing around with our electoral process.

That is something that can never, ever, EVER be tolerated.

ACORN has, as I noted earlier, has not just engaged in massive voter registration fraud. It has built its entire voter registration engine around tolerating and even rewarding registration fraud. By my perceptions, it fits the definition of a "corrupt organization" under RICO perfectly: two or more examples of covered offenses as part of a pattern of offenses. In this case, fraud -- the solicitation, collection, and submission of forged and fraudulent voter registration forms.

Whether or not the prosecutions will be carried out are uncertain. At this moment, Barack Obama is the favored candidate to be elected president. And Obama's ties with ACORN go back a long time -- he represented them in court, held training sessions for them, ACORN's political wing (which always puts me in mind of various terrorist groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Irish Republican Army, which always maintained the polite fiction that they had their terrorist "militant wings" and their not-so-terrorist "political wings" that were entirely separate, nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more) has endorsed Obama, and his campaign gave an ACORN subsidiary $800,000 for "get out the vote" activities. So it's a good chance that ACORN will have a friend in the White House -- who will be naming the top people in the Justice Department.

On the other hand, Obama has shown repeatedly that he's not overly loyal to folks once they turn out to be perceived liabilities. I hate using the phrase that has become such a cliche', but the highway behind the Obama campaign bus is littered with all the people Obama has tossed under it already. And he's already laying the groundwork -- he's said that ACORN plays no role in his campaign, that he doesn't need them to win, and is regularly rewriting his "fight the smears" web site to maintain the maximum distance from ACORN that he can as more and more details come to light.

As I said earlier, ACORN has some very nice, very lofty goals and ideals. But that is utterly irrelevant. What they are doing utterly trumps whatever they say they want to do.

And what they are doing runs the risk of inflicting grave damage on the American electoral system. For that, they must be stopped. And, if necessary, destroyed.


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Jay,There is one o... (Below threshold)
sam:

Jay,

There is one obvious strategy that you are completely missing.

With a lot of fake registrations in place, it allows the poll workers in select precincts to sit in the back room and keep punching stacks of votes for their preferred candidate.

What do you think caused the "hanging chads" in the south Florida counties in 2000? All Democrat-controlled election boards?

Here is yet another of many... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Here is yet another of many stories coming out of the left abusing the right to vote.

http://www.click2houston.com/hot-button/17671375/detail.html

ww

You can check to see if you... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

You can check to see if you're registered here:

http://www.votersunite.org/info/RegInfo.asp

The goal is to defeat democ... (Below threshold)
bill-tb:

The goal is to defeat democracy, pollute the election process with fraud, mission accomplished.

You wouldn't be able to cas... (Below threshold)

You wouldn't be able to cast votes as "Joe Tormolen" because you would have to show an ID before you were allowed to vote. Anyone who does not register to vote in person has to show an ID. LINK

From the link:

Do I need to show proof of identification when I vote if I registered using the National Form?

If you are voting for the first time in your state and are registering by mail, Federal law may require you to show proof of identification the first time you vote. This proof of identification includes the following (or if voting by mail, a COPY of the following):

* A current and valid photo identification; OR
* A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address.

Federal law does not require you to show proof of identification at the polling place or when voting by mail if (1) you provided COPIES of the above with your National Mail Voter Registration Form; (2) your voter registration form has been verified by an election official; or (3) you are entitled by federal law to vote by absentee ballot. Please note that individual states may have additional voter identification requirements.


Jaytea,Do you thin... (Below threshold)
Baggi:

Jaytea,

Do you think there is any connection between ACORN's tactics here (Even when they are accused of this on the news networks they repeat over and over again, 1.3 million new voters registered, this is the wonderful story you are all missing!) combined with the Polls that DJ says are bogus (And I believe him) which say Obama wins, combined with news stories that reinforce the theme that Obama is energizing all these new voters, combined with 2.4 zillion donations of money to Obama from people at about .50 cents a donation (even though lot's of these are from people overseas with made up names, similar to what ACORN is doing to register new voters)??

Like you, i'm not much of a conspiracy theorist, so absent a conspiracy, how does all this happen?

Blue -"You wouldn'... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Blue -

"You wouldn't be able to cast votes as "Joe Tormolen" because you would have to show an ID before you were allowed to vote."

In Georgia, the Democratic party has been fighting HARD against that requirement.

Georgia Law Requiring Voters to Show Photo ID Is Thrown Out - washingtonpost.com

That's from the 20th of September - the law has since been reinstated. These days, non-photo ID is almost ridiculously simple to run up on a computer - photo ID just slightly more so. I made up a photo ID for the little guy when he was a baby and we were taking him cross country by air.

That a simple verification of ID is fought against so vigorously tells you a lot, doesn't it?

ACORN is "showing us the... (Below threshold)

ACORN is "showing us the way". If the Obama/ACORN cabal is successful in stealing this election then everyone else simply needs to register dozens if not hundreds of times!

I'm setting a personal goal for 2010 of FIFTY TIMES...and 2012 of ONE HUNDRED times!! Just gonna be doin' my part to level the playing field. If the total votes cast winds up exceeding by a factor of 3 or 4 the total population of the United States then just maybe folks will wake up! I'll just be helping to ring the bell.

JLawson,What I quo... (Below threshold)

JLawson,

What I quoted above is based on a Federal Law, The Help America Vote Act of 2002. LINK

Re: Non-photo ID

Can you explain why someone would want to forge a non-photo ID in order to vote? I can't think of a good reason. The penalties you face if you are caught are stiff and swaying an election by voting multiple times is a logistical impossibility.

justrand,That is a... (Below threshold)
Baggi:

justrand,

That is a horrible idea.

When I speak to Democrats today I ask them, "Does it matter that Obama pals around and is friends with Fascists, what if he turns out to be a Fascist too?" they respond, "Well, we've had the last 8 years of Bush the Fascist, how much worse could it get?"

When I speak to Democrats about them stealing this election they respond, "Well, it's about time, the Republican stole the last 2 elections!"

When I speak to Democrats about the Democrats doing anything at all that is not legitimate, they always respond with, "the Republicans did it first" kind of arguments.

We shouldn't stoop to their level. It becomes the Hatfields and McCoys all over again.

We should try and stop them, not be like them.

Blue -"Can you exp... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Blue -

"Can you explain why someone would want to forge a non-photo ID in order to vote? I can't think of a good reason."

You can't? REALLY?

Wow.

Okay, let me ask you this - if you believed the ends justified the means, and the end you PASSIONATELY desired was Obama getting elected, and you didn't care about the federal penalties - how many times would you vote on a fraudulent ID, knowing your chance of getting caught was pretty much nil?

This organization simply wa... (Below threshold)

This organization simply was way too unprofessional in nature and hired way too many former alcoholics, drug addicts, homeless and recent prisoners to collect signatures which gave some an incentive for fraud because of payments for signatures.

These people might need a job just like anyone does, but not working at signing up voters where a higher degree of professional conduct is really required.

New laws banning payment for collecting signatures or for voter registration or political purposes would help prevent abuses like this, where campaigns would have to rely on volunteers instead.

Paul -I wouldn't b... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Paul -

I wouldn't be surprised if there were already laws about paying for signatures and such - but you know the wierd thing about a law?

It doesn't enforce itself.

All you've got to do is persuade yourself that (a) the end justifies the means, and (b) it doesn't apply to you anyway because you're doing something good for your candidate. Seems to me ACORN has that attitude down.

Baggi: (regarding my "horri... (Below threshold)

Baggi: (regarding my "horrible idea")
"We should try and stop them, not be like them"

I totally agree...that we should STOP them.

But if the Government is NOT going to STOP them, until they are being hurt by their own tactics...then THAT is how to stop them!!

The Obama government WILL NOT CARE how many more ACORN "votes" are cast...and they WILL NOT investigate and prosecute. IF Obama becomes President I would expect several cities to post 100%+ votes for him in the next election..SEVERAL.

If that does indeed happen then our electoral process is S-H-O-T.

What are YOU prepared to do about that???

New laws banning p... (Below threshold)
Chip:
New laws banning payment for collecting signatures or for voter registration or political purposes would help prevent abuses like this, where campaigns would have to rely on volunteers instead.

Paul,

Like JLawson said laws don't enforce themselves. We have laws against murder, theft, even illegal immigration, do those laws prevent those acts from occurring? Add all the election laws you want if they aren't enforced what good does it do?

JLawson and Chip, Oregon st... (Below threshold)

JLawson and Chip, Oregon state moved to enact laws against paying for signature gathering after a number of problems and so far it seems to have helped as well as some lawsuits and prosecutions. It takes a variety of measures to crackdown in election abuses done by signature gathering groups.

Unfortunately cracking down on signature abuses is a state by state problem, handled by state election laws, so the process is slow and piecemeal to stop abuses by national organizations.

"Can you explain why som... (Below threshold)

"Can you explain why someone would want to forge a non-photo ID in order to vote?"

Umm, let me guess ... they would do it in order to vote.

There, that was easy.

In California it is illegal... (Below threshold)
Ken Hahn:

In California it is illegal to ask for any documentation of a voter. Pick a vacant address in a precinct ( or if several precincts vote at the same place, one per polling place ). Register late. Polls are open twelve hours. You could physically cast as many as 50 votes.

Get some Soros ( or government ) money. Find 1000 people you can trust ( no too difficult out of 36 million ). That's 50,000 votes. Not enough to make a difference state wide in most cases, but certainly enough to elect a Congressman or two. Or maybe a few state legislators. Or better yet county elections officials.

That probably hasn't happened yet, but there are thousands of questionable registrations on the record. In Democratic controlled Counties like Los Angeles there is almost no effort to insure an honest vote. Even here in Orange County the effort to detect fraud is crippled by lefty judges and a legislature that is perfectly happy to have dishonest elections so long as incumbents win.

How well do you know your State elections officials? Your Secretary of State or Elections Commissioner? How well do you know your city or county officials? Your Registrar of Voters or Clerk? How well do you know your local elections officials? These are ACORN's targets. Just look at Ohio ( or some Counties in Florida ).




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