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How the Massachusetts Democrats can Cheat Their Way to a Coakley Victory

From Michael Novak at the Corner who still thinks Coakley can win:

I am still registered in Cambridge, I bet, from 50 years ago at Harvard. The Democratic practice they used to brag about was to avoid taking old names off the registry and, in tough elections, to count as many as they needed. In really close years, they would also vote the graveyards. Once you vote in Massachusetts, they used to say, you could vote forever. But only if needed.

Kathryn Jean Lopez also at the Corner later provided this information:

Massachusetts had 116,483 dead people on its voter registration rolls and another 538,567 people who were no longer living at the addresses on their registrations, according to a study released by Aristotle International Inc., a nonpartisan political technology and data firm. On Tuesday, Massachusetts will hold a special U.S. Senate election between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown. Polls show a close race.

I hope the Brown campaign has set aside a lot of money for challenges if Martha Coakley comes out on top tomorrow night, even though tonight the RCP average of 6 different polls have Brown up by 6.

Left wing talk show host Ed Schultz said he would cheat if that's what it would take to make sure Coakley wins, and something tells me ACORN and the unions see Ed as something of a kindred spirit in these matters.


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Comments (17)

Democrats don't consider it... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Democrats don't consider it 'cheating'. Just "business as usual". They always want 'every vote to count'. As long as it's their way.

Remember what happened afte... (Below threshold)
davidt:

Remember what happened after the Iranian election was stolen?

Cheat on tests, cheat on yo... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Cheat on tests, cheat on your spouse, cheat on elections, it is in the democratic gene. ww

What's wrong with cheating?... (Below threshold)
jim m:

What's wrong with cheating? It's how JFK got to be president.

You have to understand fairness to the democrat is not how the election is run. Fairness is about what the election results are. The results are fair if, and only if, the democrat wins. It doesn't matter how many dead people, felons or illegal aliens cast illegal ballots. It doesn't matter how many people are intimidated away from the polls by thugs. It doesn't matter how many times democrat supporters vote.

It's the same old Alinski rule: The most unethical of all means is the non-use of any means. For the dem anything goes. It's fair as long as they win.

And the sea shall raise up ... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

And the sea shall raise up her dead...

I bet a million Obama dolla... (Below threshold)
CDR M:

I bet a million Obama dollars that Ted Kennedy will vote in this election!

In the nearby Hudson Valley... (Below threshold)
DOuglas2:

In the nearby Hudson Valley region of New York the Republicans started to issue lots of challenges, and it had really created a lot of ill-feeling and backlash against them.
In tiny local papers there are still letters to the editor about it this week, and the elections were last autumn.

Winning big makes it hard t... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Winning big makes it hard to cheat. Suffolk University in Boston has Brown up double digits.

It's good to remember that ... (Below threshold)
glenn:

It's good to remember that you can't poll graveyards 'cause those "Voters" can't come to the phone. But they'll sure vote tomorrow. And nobody in the Mass media is gonna investigate or complain. Cheerleading is more like it.

At least we can count on th... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

At least we can count on the FEC and United States Department of Justice to investigate any irregularities in a non-partisan, equitable fashion.

The dead are expected to vo... (Below threshold)
914:

The dead are expected to vote in heavy number's tomorrow. Weather permitting.

FiveThirtyEight has Brown ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

FiveThirtyEight has Brown "as a 74 percent favorite to win the Senate seat in Massachusetts on the basis of new polling from ARG, Research 2000 and InsiderAdvantage which show worsening numbers for Brown's opponent, Martha Coakley."

I left Massachusetts years ... (Below threshold)
kevino:

I left Massachusetts years ago, but I'm sure I'm still on the lists and votes have been made in my name. There are two problems with stealing this election: (1) if Brown wins by a large margin, they can't steal it, and (2) the machine is pretty demoralized right now.

If Republicans or a third party win the elections in 2010 and take Congress from the Democrats, remember this election and what is means. Demand that the US change it's election laws to adopt UN standards for fair elections and rebuild (and maintain) voter registration lists. This kind of nonsense should not be allowed in this country, and fair elections should be the first of many reforms to restore our system of government.

Demand that the US change i... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Demand that the US change it's election laws to adopt UN standards for fair elections and rebuild (and maintain) voter registration lists.

And show ID when you arrive at the polls.

Dems have no problems cheat... (Below threshold)
Madalyn:

Dems have no problems cheating. They feel it's their obligation to remain in power, regardless of how sinful, illegal, or immoral tactics are used to that end. It's in their genes obviously because they sure do enough of it.
Madalyn

RE: Showing ID when you arr... (Below threshold)
kevino:

RE: Showing ID when you arrive at the polls

Absolutely. The voter registration list is carefully built and maintained to ensure that the person can only vote in one location. Identification of that individual becomes critical, and the signatures are maintained so that records can be kept of who actually voted.

A quick google search of international standards gave me:

Every election process must be structured to ensure that only legitimately registered individuals vote and that persons who appear at the polls to vote are in fact who they claim to be. Photo voter rolls and photo ID are two useful means to achieve this goal.

When I worked for the Federal government, I presented an ID badge to guards who checked that badge against their record about me, including my photograph. The photo on the ID badge and the photo in their database had to match the person in front of them.

And, by the way, one of the simplest ways to beat the existing system is for cheaters to go around with lists of multiple voters in different wards. Requiring ID makes it much more difficult: they need valid ID, or they need collusion with the person behind the desk who is supposed to check. The standards used in Iraq and Afghanistan call for each voter to put their thumb in ink, making it obvious to even casual observers if that the person tries to vote again. We could do that.

Ladies and gentlemen: demand fair elections.

If the Democrats give up Congress in 2010, make that the first thing to get fixed. In the past, Democrats have fought changes to bring about fair elections, and it's an embarrassment every time they do it. Ram it through Congress, and when the Democrats fight it, let thousands of angry legitimate voters show up at townhalls asking why Democrats support crocked elections. That would be fun.

And consider the counter arguments:
1. Why are you Democrats so old-fashioned?
2. Why can't we bring American elections up to international standards?
3. This is an area where we really should be more like Europe. Why do Democrats want us to be behind the Europeans?

What is your problem? Don'... (Below threshold)
Eric:

What is your problem? Don't you think people should have the right to vote?

What is wrong with convicted felons being allowed to vote? They live in this country why shouldn't they be allowed to vote?

Illegal aliens live in this country why can't they vote?

Finally, why can't dead people be allowed to vote too? Don't they live in this country too?

Oh never mind.




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