A summary of GOP election fraud / voter disenfranchisement efforts in recent timesSubmitted by FallenTabris on Sat, 11/03/2012 - 14:52
I put this list together for someone on another forum who asked for examples of republican election fraud. I dipped only a little into what the Paul camp has suffered from the establishment GOP over the last year--one could write a book on that alone--and opted to focus more on how the party is trying to disenfranchise minorities.
The establishment GOP is doing quite a few things to disenfranchise voters or prevent them from voting entirely, not to mention that it has in the past as well. I took some time to compile this list so all I ask is that you look through it. I'm not an obama voter.
* The previous Florida GOP chairman expressed concern about efforts to keep blacks from voting during his time.
In the deposition, released to the press yesterday, Greer mentioned a December 2009 meeting with party officials. “I was upset because the political consultants and staff were talking about voter suppression and keeping blacks from voting,” he said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. He also said party officials discussed how “minority outreach programs were not fit for the Republican Party,” according to the AP.
"In the state’s notoriously botched 2000 election, the state sent a list of 50,000 alleged ex-felons to the counties, instructing them to purge those names from their rolls. But it turned out that list included 20,000 innocent people, 54 percent of whom were black, the magazine reported. Just 15 percent of the state’s population is black."
* Also in Florida, we have current governor Rick Scott is pushing for an indefensible voter roll purge.
Those who did not vote in the previous two elections are being sent mail telling them that if they do not respond, they will be purged from the voter rolls. For one thing, voting is a RIGHT, not a privilege. Forcing people off the rolls for not voting should be seen as treasonous; those responsible should be put in jail. Even aside from that, soldiers serving abroad are missing the mails and being opted out without knowing.
Many other states like Iowa and Wisconsin have seen motions from republican legislators to institute voter roll purges as well. Completely indefensible. They want fewer people voting.
* New laws across the country seek add barriers to voting, namely requiring a government-issued ID. This is a way from preventing minorities from voting, as they are less likely to have one; they'll lack a driver's license because they are poor, use mass transit, or live in an inner city area where they have no need to drive to get anywhere. I don't know about you, but the only state-provided ID I have is my driver's license. If I didn't have that, I would be unfit to vote according to these laws.
These laws are preventing old folks from voting, even when many of them have been for decades.
Then, why these laws? There isn't much effort to hide the purpose: "Voter ID will allow Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania. Done."-Mike Turzai, head of the Pennsylvania state house republicans. Not much of a surprise. They want fewer people voting.
* In Ohio, republican GOP county chairman Doug Preisse let slip the goal of the GOP's efforts to bar early voting: "I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter-turnout machine."
* Also in Ohio (as well as Wisconsin), billboards were placed in areas with a lot of black people to "remind" them that in-person impersonation voter fraud, rare as it is, will land them in jail. A republican venture capitalist is to blame for this one:
* The Ohio legislature has barred poll workers from directing voters at the wrong polling place where the correct one is.
"For example, one provision the Ohio House attempted to add (but failed in doing so) would have barred poll workers from helping voters find their correct precinct for voting if they end up in the wrong place."
Some more info about Ohio voter disenfranchisement in general:
Are you seeing a trend here? These repubs want fewer people voting!
* Some voter registration groups the GOP has hired to "get out the vote" (i.e. only register republicans) are being caught red-handed throwing out democrat voter registration forms.
This group who was fired when they were caught pulling shenanigans during work for the national GOP. Then they were rehired by the Virginia state GOP, where the ballot dumpster ditching above occurred. Similar groups are working in 10 other states. They want fewer people voting!
* Efforts to bar Sunday voting so blue collar 9-5ers have less of a chance to vote:
* The right-leaning group Promise Arizona provided voter information cards with the wrong voting dates in Spanish. Whoops.
Look through some Promise Arizona's articles and you'll find them voicing concerns in 2010 of how Hispanic activists are attacking the republican party. HMMMMMMMMMMM. Coincidence?
None of this is new to any Ron Paul supporter, who watched the Romney camp (really, the establishment GOP) play countless dirty tricks up and through the primaries. The media fear Ron Paul, so none of them really spoke up.
For example, a convention in Louisiana saw the entire delegation turn their chairs around and start their own convention in the opposite side of the room when the establishment GOP chair wasn't following the rules. The establishment GOP called in offduty cops acting as security, but those cops didn't understand the rules, so they assaulted the new chair that the majority of the delegation elected. Poor guy had to go to the hospital. They elected another chair and the police assaulted him too. This is all documented on youtube, go look for yourself if you don't believe me.
Shenanigans continued up through the GOP convention in August:
* Busses carrying a couple state delegations that were known to be unfriendly to Romney (Florida, Virginia) had their drivers directed to circle the convention building so they couldn't get in.
* People who came in with Paul signs had them snatched away on entry; and Romney signs were handed out on the floor.
* Delegations from states that did not go completely for Romney were placed at the periphery of the building so they couldn't cause a ruckus, and yet Samoa, Guam and the Virgin islands' delegations were given nearly front-row seats.
* Biggest insult of all, a voice vote regarding a rule change forced by the establishment was completely scripted on the teleprompter:
The rules adapted in this vote were meant to prevent any future grassroots upstarts. There was also an attempted vote (that failed) which sought to raise the minimum number of states to be invited to the convention up to 15 from 5. If such a rule change succeeded in the 70s, Reagan would have never made it to the presidency.
Paul had carried seven states and the convention wouldn't even let him speak because he refused to agree to only say what they wanted. Instead the GOP played a brief video tribute to him, using clips that jive with the current republican mantra.. but, of course, his anti-war or anti-drugwar material was not included... can't have that now, can we?
You seem to think election fraud on the part of the democrats is more of a concern than what the republicans are doing. But how can that be when all of the allegations of democrat election fraud on the part of the republicans have to do with the registration of excess voters or fake voters, like with ACORN (which by the way was cleared of all malfeasance in several different independent studies)? The republicans never claimed democrats are preventing people from voting or disenfranchising them.
Fox News and such will talk about voter fraud in the form of people pretending to be other people at the voting booth. This concern is a ruse--there are more UFO sightings in an election year than there are documented cases of voter fraud. You know who's committed voter fraud? Mitt Romney.. http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8565 Yep, he voted in a different state than the one he technically resided in.
Election fraud concerns are so high that the UN and US govt. are sending out people to watch over polling places for voter intimidation and shoddy voting conditions. This probably won't solve much, as the trouble lies where the votes are counted and transferred from computer to computer, not where they are cast. E-voting machines and optical ballot scanners completely undermine our democracy--they're completely glitched, black box (no paper trail!) and hackable. Even so, in many states like Florida, hand-counting of ballots is ILLEGAL without a court order. What is our democracy becoming?
You've seen me say time and time again that republicans want fewer people voting. If you'd like to contest this point, here's the cofounder of the Moral Majority, ALEC and the Heritage Foundation explaining how republicans should want FEWER people voting.
"I don't want everybody to vote!"
In summary, I'm not telling you to vote for Obama. I'm just informing you that the republican party no longer has any integrity, and that you should leave it. It's on its deathbed, and deservedly so--it represents no one but the plutocrats. Hopefully we can destroy or reform the democrat party next.
I hope this helped answer your question.