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Today on his radio show, Rush Limbaugh openly admitted that Republicans engage in electoral fraud by trying to give voters false information:

when Republicans put ads out in Democrat neighborhoods saying they should vote on the wrong day, you know what kind of hell that unleashes. "What, do you think our voters are stupid?" Yes! That's why we try to trick 'em. It doesn't take much.
Media Matters has the audio.

In Limbaugh's home state of Florida, what Limbaugh just talked about is explicitly illegal and a form of voter fraud. Here's what Section 104.0615 of the Florida statutes says about “Voter intimidation or suppression prohibited; criminal penalties”:

(3) A person may not knowingly use false information to:
(a) Challenge an individual's right to vote;
(b) Induce or attempt to induce an individual to refrain from voting or registering to vote;
This is a felony of the third degree, subject to a penalty of up to five years in prison.

Limbaugh is obviously alarmed that Republicans are going to lose this election, and embracing voter fraud is the way to defeat the other side: “the Democrats have calculated that there are a majority of morons that are gonna vote, and they can win 'em.” Stopping those “morons” from voting for Obama is obviously one of the key Republican tactics for victory.

Just a few months ago, Limbaugh claimed that “voter fraud occurs on the Democrat side. There's no question about it.” Of course, the false accusations of imaginary voter fraud by Democrats are not just a kind of hypocrisy; it's also a justification in Limbaugh's mind for advocating the kind of voter fraud he advocated today. As a man who paid vast amounts of money for illicit drugs to fuel his addiction, Limbaugh obviously doesn't have a lot of respect for obeying the law. But his willingness to openly confess to a Republican agenda for voter fraud suggests just how ugly this election will be. In their obedience to Limbaugh, Republicans are likely to engage in an unprecedented levels of voter fraud in a desperate attempt to steal the election away.

Crossposted at LimbaughBook.

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  •  Republicans, the Party of Freedomz! (6+ / 0-)

    Unless they don't like you. Then it's okay for them to lie, cheat, steal, and commit crimes to deny you all those Freedomz.

    And, we're MORANS, Rush. Get it right.

    (romney)/RYAN 2012 - I could never eat as much as I'd like to vomit.

    by Fordmandalay on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 02:37:32 PM PDT

  •  rush Limbaugh in Jail (6+ / 0-)

    I like the sound of that.

    What a godforsaken bag of scum

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 02:49:36 PM PDT

  •  Be sure to use proper terminology (3+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, FarWestGirl, Lujane

    at all times. Voter fraud is not the same as election fraud and voter suppression.

    •  what is this an example of? (1+ / 0-)
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      Lujane

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 02:51:54 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Voter fraud, in my understanding, is trying to (6+ / 0-)

        fraudulently vote - the actual casting of an in-person or absentee vote where they don't have the right to cast the vote (they live in the wrong district, they are trying to vote multiple times, they're using someone else's name, etc).

        Election fraud, in my understanding, is doing all the other illegal actions that would somehow prevent a fair and accurate vote of all those who care to participate.  This would include the misdirection described by Limbaugh, efforts to clear voter roles of those who might vote against you, efforts to change vote totals through manipulating data like with black-box voting machines or stuffing ballot boxes, poll taxes, challenging voters so they're only allowed to vote provisionally without just cause, jamming phones of GOTV operations and candidate offices on election day to make it difficult for them to carry out voting activities, etc).

        IANAL, though, so certainly others may have a different opinion.

        •  I disagree (0+ / 0-)

          Under Florida law, there's no distinction between your terms voter fraud and election fraud. I suspect that's true of other states.

          More importantly, I think you're buying in to the right-wing argument that "voter fraud" of a few people illegally voting is a terrible problem, much worse than the "election fraud" of Republicans trying to illegally keep thousands of people from voting. It's all wrong, and we should not accept this kind of right-wing rhetoric. The overwhelming majority of voter fraud in recent decades has come from Republicans trying to stop Democratic voters.

          The Most Dangerous Man in America: Rush Limbaugh's Assault on Reason (www.limbaughbook.com).

          by JohnKWilson on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 03:12:28 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Election fraud (1+ / 0-)
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            I do not know how things are done in other states, but here in Pennsylvania, we have a book of signatures that are checked when a resident comes to vote.  The voter must sign the book next to their name.  No name, no vote, and since the name is there once, coming back would make no difference.  The voter ID law is a farce trying to get people to not be allowed to vote.
            The real fraud is when the votes are counted.  In 2000, three counties in Ohio showed Duh-bya winning by 9911 votes, and a district in Arizona had him win by 2600 votes where there were only 1800 residents.

            If you can make a man afraid, he will vote Republican. If you can make a man think, he will vote Democratic.

            by cosumel on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 03:30:45 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

  •  Hmmmm..... (7+ / 0-)
    (3) A person may not knowingly use false information to:
    (a) Challenge an individual's right to vote;
    (b) Induce or attempt to induce an individual to refrain from voting or registering to vote;
    It would appear the ENTIRE republican party is guilty as sin for both A and B, on a nationwide scale.

    I cannot believe they get away with this without so much as a raised eyebrow.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 02:54:31 PM PDT

  •  I know of an actual incidint of Republican (2+ / 0-)
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    voter fraud that was perpetrated by two people way back when I was an undergrad in the 80's.  I had two very close friends, who were boyfriend and girlfriend at the time (they married after college and are still married).  

    The guy was a staunch Republican even back then and she basically didn't care about politics one way or the other (today however she has turned into a solid, upper middle class Republican matron).  It was the election between Reagan and Mondale.  She had received an absentee ballot from home.  He had never bothered to request one.  When she got her ballot, he took it from her, filled it out the way he wanted her to vote and gave it back to her to sign.  Myself and another good friend (all 4 of us were very close) witnessed them do this and we were both appalled (the 4th person was studying law enforcement in college and today is a detective with a Chicago suburban police department).

    I've been waiting to see if she posts something about voter fraud on her Facebook page (we are FB friends).  If she does I plan on reminding her of this little episode).

    •  I don't think that's voter fraud if she signed it (0+ / 0-)

      and mailed it unless it was under duress.  It would have been fraud if he just took it, filled it in and forged her signature.  

      I always fill out the sample ballot for my husband to take with him to the poll since he's much less interested in politics than I.  And I've filled out his absentee ballot before, but he signed it afterwards.  If that's voter fraud, then I'm as guilty as your friends.

  •  This is the usual practice in Maryland (4+ / 0-)
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    Republicans targeting black neighborhoods in Baltimore and Prince Georges County, urging them to vote on Wednesday Election Day, leaflets urging blacks to vote but warning them they will be arrested at the polling place for any unpaid parking tickets if not paid by election day, other leaflets falsely claiming that Ehrlich had been endorsed by certain black Democratic elected officials, and a robocall to voters in black neighborhoods the afternoon of election day telling the people they didn't have to vote because the Democrats had already won.  Bob Ehrlich did this all 3 times he ran for governor, sucessfully in 2002, unsuccessfully in 2006 and 2010.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 03:27:05 PM PDT

    •  He also bussed in homeless black people from (0+ / 0-)

      Philadelphia on election day to urge residents of Prince Georges County to vote for him.  The "canvassers" had no idea what was going on, just that they got $100 and a free lunch.  Some of them were pretty upset when they found out how they had been used.

      Fortunately the good residents were not fooled by Ehrlich's shenanigans and voted him out.

  •  Limbaugh, like current Republicans, is a pig (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Fatboy will love 4 more Obama then Hil for 8 (0+ / 0-)

    Way more than he will be able to stand for.
    He's sounding quite tired already.

  •  RW radio's been selling dem voter fraud especially (0+ / 0-)

    since katrina, doing the groundwork of myths and lies needed to enable all the suppression legislation.

    the immigration issue, ACORN, Rove's attacks on the AGs, and many other of their regular issues were successfully used over many years to sell voter ID etc.

    it seemed to get worse after katrina when they were distracting and on full "blame the dems" mode, and making excuses and rationalizations for their base to justify real election theft on their part.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sun Aug 26, 2012 at 10:40:06 AM PDT

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