Saturday, February 9, 2013

Newsbusters gets as much Mileage out of Possible Voter Fraud as they can.

The ink is barely dry yet, and NewsBusters has convicted another person of voter fraud.

Plus they’re getting as much mileage out of this story as possible, because after all, the myth of rampant voter fraud has yet to be proven.

And it’s got to be true because lying sacks of paranoia like John Fund and Michelle Malkin wrote about the story, and they’re never wrong:
On Wednesday, local Cincinnati TV station WCPO did a report (HT John Fund at National Review via Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin's blog) on how "The Hamilton County Board of Elections is investigating 19 possible cases of alleged voter fraud" (Cincinnati is the county seat of Hamilton County).
This story is viral on the right. They will memorize and repeat this case over and over, like most eventual non-fraud cases:
The most potentially outrageous case involves Melowese Richardson, who "admits to voting twice in the last election." Even though "she has worked the polls since 1988," she offered a hopelessly lame excuse for the multiple vote ... On Nov. 11, she told an official she also voted at a precinct because she was afraid her absentee ballot would not be counted in time … states poll workers should have updated the signature poll book by flagging "absentee voter" next to the names of those who appeared on the list. Upon investigation it was found that none of the voters who appeared on the list were flagged, which included Richardson.
And that’s Richardson’s fault?

We’ll see if the other allegations hold up, but rest assured, the loony right wing will get as much mileage as they can out of this possible case of fraud.

Media Matters posted this analysis of John Funds rantings noting voter ID would not have stopped what happened:

Voter ID proponents like Fund insist that government-issued photo IDs must be required to vote in person. Of the 19 voters who are under investigation in Hamilton County, most voted early via absentee ballot and then went to cast provisional ballots at their polling place on Election Day. In each of those cases, the provisional ballot was rejected. So even if they were attempting to knowingly and fraudulently double vote, the system was already in place to catch them, and their second votes didn't count. So Fund might think that the Hamilton County investigation proves his point that voter fraud is a real problem, but in reality it demonstrates how extraordinarily difficult and, consequently, rare actual voter fraud is.

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