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More Evidence That Democrats Are Freaking Out About 2010

John Fund has a must read article in the Wall Street Journal today that serves as a reminder to Republicans and the Tea Party that an election can't be stolen if it isn't close:

An attempt to hijack (Wisconsin's) election laws and open the door for voter fraud failed at the last minute this week in Wisconsin's legislature. But threats to ballot integrity continue in other states, and Congress may rush to pass ill-conceived legislation this year that would only sow confusion and increase the potential for chaos on a national level.

Wisconsin's story shows how high the stakes are. Late in March, a 72-page bill was suddenly introduced and rushed forward with only abbreviated hearings. The bill would have given "nationally recognized" community organizing groups access to the state driver's license database to encourage voter turnout. After the infamous registration scandals involving Acorn in 2008, this was clearly a strange priority. Requests for an absentee ballot in a single election would also become permanent (without requiring a legitimate reason, such as infirmity), and the ballots would be automatically mailed out in future elections.

Coercion and chicanery are made much easier by the excessive use of absentee ballots. Most of the elections thrown out by courts--Miami, Florida's mayoral election in 1998, the East Chicago, Indiana's mayor's race in 2005--involved fraudulent absentee votes.

Republicans threatened to attach a voter ID amendment to this proposal that Democrats admit is very popular.

Democratic leaders also worried that a popular amendment to require photo ID at the polls would have been attached to their measure. Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle has vetoed three previous photo ID laws, even though Democrats such as state Sen. Tim Carpenter of Milwaukee supported them saying he's seen "eye opening" public support for the idea.

That backing is based on real evidence. In 2004, John Kerry won Wisconsin over George W. Bush by 11,380 votes out of 2.5 million cast. After allegations of fraud surfaced, the Milwaukee police department's Special Investigative Unit conducted a probe. Its February 2008 report found that from 4,600 to 5,300 more votes were counted in Milwaukee than the number of voters recorded as having cast ballots. Absentee ballots were cast by people living elsewhere; ineligible felons not only voted but worked at the polls; transient college students cast improper votes; and homeless voters possibly voted more than once.

Much of the problem resulted from Wisconsin's same-day voter law, which allows anyone to show up at the polls, register and then cast a ballot. ID requirements are minimal. The report found that in 2004 a total of 1,305 "same day" voters were invalid.

In the 2006 midterm Democrats picked up control of the Senate and the House. One of the lesser known facts about that change of control, from a national viewpoint, is that the change in control of the Senate came down to a difference of 2,847 votes out of a total of 61.2 million cast nationally. And of the fourteen closest races that "settled control of the House of Representatives" (according to Karl Rove) 27,022 votes out of a total of 81 million in all House races made the difference for Democrats. Fund worries that we are forgetting the lessons of the 2000 election recount debacle. That take is a little too kind in my view. I'm concerned that the other side is resolutely determined to steal it right this time.


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Comments (16)

Even ACORN has to see the i... (Below threshold)

Even ACORN has to see the illegal grafitti on the burbs sub walls!

"More Evidence That Democrats Are Freaking Out About 2010"

The demoncrats do not need empirical evidence to Hate boooosh religiously...

Alright, back to the bar fo... (Below threshold)

Alright, back to the bar for no reason.

Well Democrats do believe '... (Below threshold)

Well Democrats do believe 'every vote counts'. And they'd like to make sure that 'certain votes' and counted more than once.

exit question: Just how much did Jack Kennedy's father pay to win the 1960 election?

Voter fraud and intimidatio... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Voter fraud and intimidation is a way of life in Cheeseland.

In 2004 Students at Marquette Univ. in Milwaukee voted multiple times, voting and then getting back in line and voting again. No one stopped them. They were proud of their voter fraud. Also GOP workers had their tires slashed and their cars vandalized.

Dems don't believe in fair and free elections. They especially don't believe in them if they are likely to lose.

>the change in control of t... (Below threshold)

>the change in control of the Senate came down to a difference of 2,847 votes out of a total of 61.2 million cast nationally. And of the fourteen closest races that "settled control of the House of Representatives" (according to Karl Rove) 27,022 votes out of a total of 81 million in all House races made the difference for Democrats.

So thats what a mandate looks like.

I will take the liberty of ... (Below threshold)

I will take the liberty of cross-referencing ths quote from Rick's post below on the Wizard of Oz:

"In a nutshell, that's the problem with leftists in government. They may be very good people with the very best of intentions...."

I think it is clear Mr Addison should retract this statement. May be very good people??? The leftists are evil, period. Nothing, including the Constitution and the freedoms it is designed to guarantee us, will stand in the way of the leftists' drive to enslave our minds and bodies.

If crime is involved you'll... (Below threshold)

If crime is involved you'll find O'Dumbo, Pigloshi and Dirty Harry in the middle of it. If they die on the same day (I hope) the world will experience massive global warming from the fires in hell.

Paraphrasing Stalin, it doe... (Below threshold)

Paraphrasing Stalin, it doesn't matter who votes. What matters is who counts the votes.

To this day, it is an article of faith among libtards that the 2000 presidential election was stolen from His Imperial Highness Al Gore. It was a put up job by the corrupt Republican Supreme Court. They know the truth.

Of course, a lot of them also believe that George Bush personally put on a Ninja suit and wired up the explosives in the World Trade Towers the night before 9/11. I mean, there were WITNESSES and shit.

Is it November yet?

They will not have the numb... (Below threshold)

They will not have the numbers to steal the '10 election. They indeed have awoken the sleeping giant that is the conservative voter.

They are truly going to learn what happens when politicians ignore their constituents.

if it's not close, they can... (Below threshold)

if it's not close, they can't cheat!

further, if you live in an area (or near one) where voter fraud is rampant FILM IT! It is working at the Tea Parties.

I live in the SF Bay Area...they don't need to cheat here, the ratio of sentient beings to voters is near zero! If it has a (D) after its name then the zombies vote for it.

But Wisconsin is another case. It's time to prosecute some of the moronic "students", et al.

Much of the problem resu... (Below threshold)

Much of the problem resulted from Wisconsin's same-day voter law,

This is easily one of the stupidest things ever done. Voting is a right but registration is a responsibility. People make far more effort to buy lottery tickets than they do for their civid duties. They can alwys find a ride to buy lotto but always need a ride to vote.

That gives me an idea....

"People make far more effor... (Below threshold)

"People make far more effort to buy lottery tickets than they do for their civic duties."

Indeed. And the government approves.

"People make far more ef... (Below threshold)

"People make far more effort to buy lottery tickets than they do for their civi[c] duties."

Ain't that the truth?

Other goodies in the failed... (Below threshold)

Other goodies in the failed WI bill:

Automatic registration when applying for a WI drivers license... even if you don't want to.

Voter challenges could only be brought by a person residing in the same county as the challenged voter, with a special provision for the heavily Democrat cities of Milwaukeee and Madison in which challengers could only be from the same presinct as the challenged voter.

Voter registration via the internet, with no verification procedures described.

Luckily for us Cheeseheads the winds of change are blowing at gail force; Dem control of the WI Gov and Legislature will soon pass.

... make that "gale force".... (Below threshold)

... make that "gale force".

It's safe to say that witho... (Below threshold)

It's safe to say that without the systemic, nation-wide machinations that encourage and facilitate the casual electoral frauds regularly committed by the manifestations of evil that comprise the vast RICO-racketeering criminal enterprises that prefer we call them by their street name: the "Democratic" potty; none of the bastards would ever gain control of anything more important than local dog-registration boards.

Or the Key West and San Fransewer City Councils.






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