Watch Lauren Ingraham's "voter fraud" lies get absolutely debunked by John Flannery, a great legal mind:
Ingraham isn't stupid. She clerked for Justice Thomas. She knows the difference between voter registration fraud and voter fraud. But she willfully is blind to any logic or sense of integrity as she spews forth GOP lies, without any regard to truth. In other words, she clearly demonstrates in this clip why she is so qualified to work at FOX "News".
Ingraham, like others looking to set up some excuse for a possible McCain defeat other than the failure of conservatism, claims that there are 200,000 "questionable ballots" in Ohio (there are 200,000 names which do not match exactly with government databases). I can also claim that I look like Angelina Jolie. It ain't gonna be true.
Just because your name doesn't match up letter to letter to massive government databases does not mean that you are attempting to perpetrate a fraud or that your ballot is "questionable." It means that along the way in the registration process, someone screwed up. Either the handwriting on the registration form was sloppy, or the government employee keying the name in had a slip of the finger. In either scenario, it's carelessness, not a criminal mind that is the root of the problem.
Mary Pat Flaherty reports in the Washington Post today that the glitches are random and widespread:
It is impossible to know how many voters are affected nationwide. There are no reports of large-scale problems in Virginia, Maryland or the District, but the trouble is cropping up in many states.
In Alabama, scores of voters are being labeled as convicted felons on the basis of incorrect lists.
Michigan must restore thousands of names it illegally removed from voter rolls over residency questions, a judge ruled this week.
Tens of thousands of voters could be affected in Wisconsin. Officials there admit that their database is wrong one out of five times when it flags voters, sometimes for data discrepancies as small as a middle initial or a typo in a birth date. When the six members of the state elections board -- all retired judges -- ran their registrations through the system, four were incorrectly rejected because of mismatches.
The widespread nature of the problem is exactly why the GOP is clinging so tightly to this voter suppression tactic.
Sure, Republicans get caught up in the problem as well (see Exhibit A, Joe "Joseph Wurzelbacher" Worzelbacher). But note the trick here. The GOP in Ohio didn't ask for all name mismatches to be crosschecked and challenged. No, the Ohio GOP merely insisted only that those who registered since January 1, 2008 be targeted. And the numbers are clear: by vast margins, new voters who registered this year live in highly Democratic areas.
The tactic is both ugly and unfair, which, of course, makes it a perfect lie to be spewed forth on Fox News, 24/7.