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Only people trying to steal Ohio's vote seems to be the GOP
One of the narratives of the GOP and right-wing this election season is that our country is being threatened by rampant voting fraud. Their need to "protect our country" and suppress votes for Democrats has led several states run by Republicans to restrict early voting, pass strict ID laws, and to purge voting rolls. It's ironic then that a right-wing conservative front group would actually give instructions on how to commit voting fraud. They want people to commit a federal crime in order to make a point.

On Friday a tweet showed up in my twitter feed about a post on the Ohio Watchdog website:

Here's a clip of the post:

HOW TO DEFRAUD THE OHIO SYSTEM

To determine whether such a scam would be possible in Ohio, we asked Earl F. Glynn of Watchdog Labs (our sister organization) to create a database of unlikely voters. He returned with a list of 306,152 registered voters who won't be showing up at the polls in November. It's sorted by county and precinct, and includes addresses.

We say they “won't be showing up” to vote because they apparently haven't in more than a decade. They are voters who registered in 2006 or earlier, but who haven't cast a vote in the 12 years the state has been tracking that data.

Using that database, the fraudsters could easily fabricate phony documents with the unlikely voters’ names and addresses. Free paystub templates and payroll software abound online. Counterfeit utility bills are as easy as a Google search, or pasting a new name and address onto a real one and making a photocopy.

OH: Get your voter fraud kit here

Not only does the author Jon Cassidy provide a step-by-step instruction on how to commit voting fraud but the site also provides the list of "phantom" voters "sorted by county and precinct, and includes addresses..."

WTF???

Shouldn't that be illegal? Isn't that like providing instructions on how to crack DVDs or computer software. It doesn't matter that the post says not to do it - they provide the database you need to do it with....

Ohio Watchdog claims they are independent:

Watchdog.org is a collection of independent journalists covering state-specific and local government activity. The program began in September 2009, a project of Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting new media journalism.

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The Franklin Center has ties to right wing conservative groups and funders like the Koch brothers and is staffed by right-wing activists. Watchdog.org claim of independence is a farce at best - a lie at worst.

I think what Jon Cassidy wrote in that post and offering the list of "phantom" voters is technically illegal and if not, is definitely unethical. I would hope either the state or federal law enforcement take a look at the post and Mr. Cassidy.

But there is a bright side. Looking at the process, an actual human would still need to show up to cast the ballot so to have an effect on an election you need thousands of people ready to commit a federal crime. I just don't see that happening.

Right-wingers like to talk tough but they are cowards when it comes to committing a crime to make a point. They are use to committing crimes under the cover of darkness like through lax banking regulations.

I think the actual result Mr. Cassidy wants to see is an increase in actual voting fraud to "prove" the right-wing narrative that there is rampant fraud.

Like I said in a previous post registration doesn't equal a vote so those "phantom" voters, who are eligible to vote but haven't in several elections, are not a threat just being on the registered voter rolls.


Originally published on Doug's Views

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  •  Do they give advice on where to vote? (11+ / 0-)

    Do you walk into the seldom-voting voter's precinct to cast your vote, perhaps discovering that the person you hand your ID to is a neighbor or friend of the seldom-voting voter?

    Just because somebody hasn't gone to vote for several years doesn't mean that the person is really a phantom, who doesn't really live at that address.

    When James O'Keefe, right-wing video editor, and his confederate tried to commit voter fraud using the name of a recently deceased voter, they ran into just that problem. Election staff at the precinct knew the deceased voter. And they knew he was deceased.

    Or, you could walk into the government office building with the idea of early voting, but you might be a tad worried about cameras recording people entering the building.

    I don't believe for a minute that the people behind this website are even going to try to commit voter fraud themselves. Fortunately, they will fail to convince others to do so.

    What's in it for somebody who decides to impersonate a registered voter to commit voter fraud? They get to take the risks involved in walking into a precinct to commit the crime, risking arrest, trial, and conviction—none of which are fun.

    They won't be thieves in the night: under the bright lights, with their own exposed face, they'll commit this crime of asking for a ballot in another person's name. Witnesses galore.

    And what do they win? An infinitesimal impact on the outcome of an election, with one extra vote.

    It would make a whole lot more sense to use one's passion, time, and energy to encourage friends and acquaintances to go to the polls. And that's entirely legal.

  •  until we start (3+ / 0-)
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    luckylizard, cadfile, Larsstephens

    valuing Votes,

    at least as much as a 1%-er's Dividend Check,

    I expect not much will change on the Election front.

    I blame those 306,152 Ohio no-shows.


    thanks cadfile, for the disturbing report.


    Are you ready to Vote? Are you still 'allowed' to Vote?
    -- Are you sure?

    by jamess on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 02:22:52 PM PDT

  •  First line of defense is the polling place worker, (9+ / 0-)

    mostly granny-aged ladies like myself who have been working elections for many years and know their neighbors on sight. (Full disclosure: I've been an election judge/clerk for like, ever...or more specifically, since my mid-twenties)  If someone walked into my polling place trying to impersonate one of our neighbors who has resided in the precinct for more than three years I'm confident I or my co-workers would bust 'em.  We know our neighbors.  So do most polling place officials. Sometimes, in a pinch, we might have to fill in at a precinct outside our neighborhood.  But even so, there is usually one election judge/clerk who has lived in the neighborhood for years and worked every election for at least one complete four-year cycle.

    Let those jackasses try something stupid, especially in a minority neighborhood where the little old ladies at the polling place have been fixtures for decades. There'll be a half dozen people "challenging" them.  Let the shit-for-brains idiots sign all those oaths on a provisional ballot, then find themselves on the receiving end of a voting fraud indictment.  I chuckle at the mere prospect of someone trying it.

    "Some folks rob you with a six-gun, some rob you with a fountain pen." - Woody Guthrie

    by Involuntary Exile on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 03:20:38 PM PDT

  •  At this point (2+ / 0-)
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    cadfile, adrianrf

    ...Romney's just a hollow Trojan Horse they're using to get back in the White House. They'll do anything to get the black guy out and now they're actually pulling out all the stops.

    JP
    http://welcomebacktopottersville.blogspot.com

    Defending bad taste and liberalism since 2005.

    by jurassicpork on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 07:39:53 PM PDT

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