Voter Fraud - Real Vs. Imagined
Liberal bloggers who either support John F. Kerry or simply detest George W. Bush to the point where Kerry's qualifications for the job of President no longer matter, are accusing the GOP of plotting to steal election 2004.
News Stories such as this...
The Republican challenges in Ohio have already begun. Yesterday, party officials submitted a list of about 35,000 registered voters whose mailing addresses, the Republicans said, were questionable. After registering, they said, each of the voters was mailed a notice, and in each case the notice was returned to election officials as undeliverable.
In Cuyahoga County alone, which includes the heavily Democratic neighborhoods of Cleveland, the Republican Party submitted more than 14,000 names of voters for county election officials to scrutinize for possible irregularities. The party said it had registered more than 1,400 people to challenge voters in that county. (New York Times)
cause the bloggers to make the accusation. They ignore, of course, the underlying reason that the GOP began to suspect the Democrats of voter manipulation. When a liberal political action group pays an employee in crack cocaine to register a list of voters that includes such formidable luminaries as Mary Poppins, we are not supposed to be suspicious in the least. We all should just MoveOn.org.
What the liberal bloggers don't discuss in detail are similar efforts at disenfranchisement undertaken on behalf of John F. Kerry in the state of FLorida, where early voting has gotten underway.
According to The South Florida Sun Sentinal,
Permits in Palm Beach County show that the SEIU union and other Democratic groups have been holding rallies at early voting locations, where they have a captive audience of voters standing in line.
Elections Supervisor Theresa LePore said the lines are long because voters are brought in by the busload."Special interest groups are trying to whip everybody into a frenzy and get everybody upset," she said. "Campaigns and their observers are confronting the workers and the voters. Things have gotten nasty and ugly."
LePore said the county has an ordinance that forbids interference in county business in the building and they are citing that law to the campaigners. Her attorney has told her that an area at each polling place can be set aside for solicitation so she planned to do so.
LePore said campaign workers followed voters into polling places and handed out literature next to the voting machines. Other voters standing in line were told the machines don't work and that they should vote absentee.
Gisela Salas, deputy elections supervisor in Broward County, said even though early voting "doesn't have that voter solicitation rule, so to speak," her office has posted signs saying "no campaigning beyond this point" and have had cooperation for the most part. Still, there were complaints in Broward.
The antics of pro-Kerry celebrities such as Danny DeVito have angered the GOP.
Republican Lawrence Gottfried, who became a poll watcher in Delray Beach after what he thought was inappropriate behavior at the polls, said the things he saw upset him.Gottfried said that while working at the Delray poll, actor Danny DeVito and his wife, actress Rhea Perlman, showed up.
Gottfried is a fan, but he didn't ask for an autograph."I said, `Look Mr. DeVito, I'm a big fan of yours and Rhea's, but you are blocking the entrance. You're campaigning, you've got a Kerry-Edwards button on, and it's not appropriate."
Gottfried, who used to be a Democrat, said the things he saw were "ridiculous." "There is a time for partisanship and it's OK to have a different point of view, but don't violate the sanctity of the polling area," he said.
This constitues real, no BS, disenfranchisement of registered voters. It should be treated as the federal crime that such an action constitutes. Danny DeVito should find out how it feels to be the little guy in a federal penitentiary.
Update I: The American Mind has offered his thoughts on the "Thugs For Kerry" Shutdown The Vote (STV) Operation in Florida.