War on Voting

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    The Republican prognosticator, Herman Cain was right-----right when he prognosticated -- Republicans "don’t have facts to back this up, but happen to believe that..."




    Ian Reifowitz
    Sep 17, 2012


    On the front-page of today's NYT, an article offers an in-depth look at True the Vote. True the Vote is the leading organization out scouring the land for evidence of voter impersonation fraud, the kind of evidence that would (if it existed to any significant degree) be used to justify the kind of restrictive Voter ID laws we're seeing enacted (without justification) in a number of states, also known as the War on Voting.

    I strongly urge you to click the link for the NYT article. It is an incredibly detailed, well-researched piece of journalism that exposes True the Vote as being unable to find voter fraud at anywhere near the levels they suggest exist, and furthermore, exposes their methods as unscientific and as being almost certain, by design it would seem, to throw up voting roadblocks to students, the elderly poor, and minority voters.
    Please do read the whole thing, but the opening is simply genius:
    It might as well be Harry Potter’s invisible Knight Bus, because no one can prove it exists.
    How's that for an opening sentence?
    The bus has been repeatedly cited by True the Vote, a national group focused on voter fraud. Catherine Engelbrecht, the group’s leader, told a gathering in July about buses carrying dozens of voters showing up at polling places during the recent Wisconsin recall election. (snip) Weeks later, another True the Vote representative told a meeting of conservative women about a bus seen at a San Diego polling place in 2010 offloading people “who did not appear to be from this country.”

    Officials in both San Diego and Wisconsin said they had no evidence that the buses were real. “It’s so stealthy that no one is ever able to get a picture and no one is able to get a license plate,” said Reid Magney, a spokesman for the Wisconsin agency that oversees elections. In some versions the bus is from an Indian reservation; in others it is full of voters from Chicago or Detroit. “Pick your minority group,” he said.
    The article describes the buses as the "election fraud gospel" of True the Vote. And that's what it is, something they have faith in even though they can't see it or prove it.
    As I said, the details are incredible, please go and have a look for yourself. Use the information the article provides in debates with reasonable, persuadable people who might otherwise believe voter impersonation really is widespread. Use it to explain to them how it is clear that the groups behind the voter suppression laws are targeting Democratic voting-groups, and how they are seriously impeding the ability of eligible voters to cast their ballots, thus potentially altering the outcome of elections in favor of their own candidates. In other words: stealing elections.

    It is the voter suppression forces like True the Vote that are, in fact, subverting democracy. We can't let them win.



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