About That Meme

Whenever I write a post about my support for requiring positive identification to vote, the usual swarm swoops in and loudly and insistently proclaim that there is no evidence of widespread voter registration fraud. They say that is just false, etc., etc. They say there is no need for an ID law. They say that it simply doesn't happen. So how is this possible then?

35,000 Questionable Registration Forms!
Yes, you read that correctly…35,000 questionable registration forms!

Kansas City election officials said this was the most irresponsible and extensive voter registration abuse in Missouri they had seen. They weren't kidding!
KMBC Missouri is reporting this breaking news:

Four people have been indicted on charges of voter fraud in Kansas City, officials said Wednesday.

Investigators said about 35,000 questionable registration forms for new voters were collected by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, a group that works to improve minority and low-income communities.

The four indicted — Kwaim A. Stenson, Dale D. Franklin, Stephanie L. Davis and Brian Gardner — were employed by ACORN as registration recruiters.

This is not in insignificant thing. This is more than enough fraud to swing an election in a tight race. There is video over there you should watch. The election officials are utterly swamped with this tidal wave of outright fraud. Yahoo News is also carrying the story right now:

Investigators said questionable registration forms for new voters were collected by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, a group that works to improve minority and low-income communities.

The four indicted — Kwaim A. Stenson, Dale D. Franklin, Stephanie L. Davis and Brian Gardner — were employed by ACORN as registration recruiters. They were each charged with two counts.

Federal indictments allege the four turned in false voter registration applications. Prosecutors said the indictments are part of a national investigation.

ACORN and Project Vote recruit and assign workers to low-income and minority neighborhoods to register people to vote.

The Kansas City Election Board told KMBC they found suspicious forms, such as seven applications from one person and an application for a dead man.

"There is some motive behind it — this is not accidental," said Ray James with the Kansas City Election Board.

Election officials said some of the application cards had false addresses, signatures and phone numbers.

ACORN officials in Kansas City said they turned in the four people who were indicted.

"We're very happy that they were indicted," said Claudie Harris with ACORN.

If we presume ACORN officials are acting in good faith, then they have been subverted at a lower level by people who do not have good intentions. These indictments indicate that all of ACORN's voter registration efforts are now highly suspect until proven otherwise. There are some people intent on stealing election here. It is not the people the left routinely charges with wanting to do so (or having done already), either.

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3 Responses to About That Meme

  1. Ed says:

    No, there aren’t 35,000 questionable registrations. There were a total of 35,000 registrations turned in and 4 people were indicted on 2 counts each. If all the counts were for different incidents, that makes 8 questionable registrations out of 35,000.

    I’m glad they went after any number of fraudulent registrations with prosecutions but let’s not grossly inflate the number beyond what’s cited.

    Speaking of fraudulent registrations:

    “Conservative columnist Ann Coulter has refused to cooperate in an investigation into whether she voted in the wrong precinct, so the case will probably be turned over to prosecutors, Palm Beach County’s elections chief said Wednesday.”

    Depending on how many places and times she voted, this could offset the effect of some of those 8 counts, wouldn’t you say?

  2. Puggsthegrey says:

    Democrats,.. voter fraud,…. well that’s just about a given. Mayor Daley strike a memory chord? Ann, whom I don’t read by the way, even if she voted in the wrong precinct, is still one person, one vote, unless you think she registered in two places….

    the horror…

    And they will now have to go back and check all those forms, all of them, that they merely chose 8 to focus on means little. The sentences wouldn’t change much, and they are still looking. They can have thousands thrown out as bogus, yet have insufficient proof to prosecute on those particular ones.

    So four leftys get caught attempting fraud on a vast scale,… and you compare that to one person maybe voting in two precincts?

    Fine, but if that’s your litmus test, we’ll just arrest everyone caught doing that…

    care to guess how many would be democrats?

  3. BubbaB says:

    You know, I intrinsically understand how this kind of thing can swing an election. I also understand that, due to demographic differences, Democrats would more often benefit from voter fraud than Republicans. That is why Democrats are more likely to do it than Republicans.

    I know, since I am a Republican, that the left would accuse me of any number of things for being pro-voter ID: Racist, elitist, uncompassionate, that I am supporting a “poll tax” which is against the Constitution.

    But ultimately, it boils down to one thing: It just isnt’ fair. It’s not fair for one person to vote many times. It’s not fair for a non-citizen alien (legal or illegal) to vote, when it is against the law. It’s not fair for a group of people to use their status as “minority assistants” to get people who have no right to vote to register, and then to TELL them who to vote for.

    That’s what it boils down to to me. And I think, to a significant number of Americans, that is still what it boils down to: Fairness. I have seen people on both the left and the right try to argue that the “end justifies the means.” But it doesn’t. Fairness is still right.

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