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We need an outcry of rage against Republican voter fraud.

By now, I hope you know that a Republican voter registration group was caught turning in fraudulent voter registrations. In some cases, they produced registrations from dead people. In other cases, they tried to get visitors to register fake addresses.

MITT ROMNEY AND THE REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO STEAL THIS ELECTION.

It is up to all of us who can communicate with friends and others both vocally and electronically to call out this Republican Party from trying to steal this election.

Ironically, the Republicans are doing what they've spent years accusing Democrats of doing.

Please use your access to broad communication to get the word out, and let everyone know that the Republican Party knows it is losing and has already started trying to steal this election.

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Stewart Acuff is America’s best-known and foremost labor organizer. He is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work, coauthored by Dr. Richard Levins.

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  •  I think it is good to keep this story visible... (2+ / 0-)
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    exterris, Sue B

    as a foil to the constant charges of voter fraud we see from the Republican Party.

    But - when the bad registration forms were coming in from Democratic groups, didn't we downplay that by pointing out just because there's a bad registration form doesn't mean anyone is using it to vote? And don't we say it makes no sense to attempt to steal an election at the voter booth - it would take too much time and effort to do it that way?

    Is there a difference here?

    •  The problem is (0+ / 0-)

      That this outfit was accused in 2004 of registering Democrats and then shredding their registrations -- which would mean that someone who thought they'd registered would show up at the polls and find that they were not on the list.  There was circumstantial evidence but not enough solid proof to prosecute.

      There needs to be investigation to see if there were any shenanigans of this sort in the offing this time around.

  •  Need more explanation on how this stuff would (0+ / 0-)

    help the GOP if it had gone undetected.

    I guess it could help in polling if pollsters refer to party registration as a method to normalize their data.  A pollster could look at Secretary of State data and see more registered Republicans than actually exist.  However, that would have more PR value than actual impact.  I don't see how that would affect the motivation of Democrats to register more voters.

    The other way it could be used is if the GOP flew or bussed people in from other districts or states to vote using the false voter information on the voter reg forms.  I recall in 2004 that a professor had posited that Bush received a higher number of votes in South Florida (and other regions) than was statistically predictable.  Perhaps Jeb bussed in a bunch of folks to vote in Palm Beach County using fake id's that made it into the Secretary of State's voter database? That seems very risky with a high liability risk for all involved.  I am somewhat doubtful that one could execute a plan like that on a massive scale to impact the election.

    Maybe the firm that was hired by the GOP had committed to certain numbers targets as either a condition of the base fee or incentive payments under their contract.  When the firm was struggling to find enough people who would be willing to register as Republicans they decided to cook the books.  

    This last explanation, in my view, is probably closer to the truth.  The GOP didn't get much benefit from Sproul.  He got the job as a reward for the dirty tricks he had pulled in prior years, but he is a corrupt crook and the GOP got burned.  Serves them right.

    Alternative rock with something to say: http://www.myspace.com/globalshakedown

    by khyber900 on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 11:34:46 AM PDT

    •  Let's see (0+ / 0-)

      If you think you're registered to vote, but the person you gave the form to ripped it up and threw it away, you're not going to vote.

      If someone changes your address, you won't appear on the rolls in your precinct.

      If Sproul had thousands of workers in Florida alone doing this, how many people could have been disenfranchised in this manner?

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