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GOP chief, Ed Gillespie, warns of potential for vote fraud in battleground states
Kansas City (Missouri) Star: you must be registered, but it's free ^ | Tue, Jun. 29, 2004 | STEVE KRASKE

Posted on 06/29/2004 9:31:12 AM PDT by rface

The chairman of the Republican National Committee on Monday called for a bipartisan effort to safeguard polling locations in Missouri and other presidential battleground states against voter fraud.

But a group helping Democrat John Kerry's campaign called the proposal as a “very cynical attempt” to suppress black voter turnout in the state by undermining groups that are working to increase black registration.

While visiting Kansas City, Republican Party Chairman Ed Gillespie cited allegations that groups such as America Coming Together were turning in inaccurate voter registration forms and using convicted felons to go door to door. A spokeswoman for the group called both accusations insignificant.

Gillespie said the allegations underscored the potential for fraud as a “legitimate concern in the upcoming elections.” He outlined a “transparent bipartisan solution” that would involve listing, with Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, precincts in presidential battleground states where problems might surface.

The two parties would assign volunteers to observe each precinct in addition to the already assigned voting judges from both parties. Members of the news media could stand alongside the teams to watch the voting unfold.

The added safeguard would help assure fair elections, Gillespie said. He distributed a June 15 letter he had sent to McAuliffe outlining his plan, but a Democratic Party spokesman said he could not confirm that McAuliffe had received it.

“I can certainly assure you that if there is a political party in this country committed to ensuring that every vote be counted…it's the Democratic Party,” spokesman Jano Cabrera said.

Sara Howard, a spokeswoman for America Coming Together, defended the voter registration efforts, saying less than 2 percent of the forms submitted had been rejected by a St. Louis election board.

Howard said about a dozen of the group's canvassers in Missouri had felony convictions out of the nearly 100 working for the group. She said none had been convicted of a violent crime, and they pose no threat to the public. The group has begun screening its employees.

“It's pretty clear they are trying to raise questions about the validity of our organization,” Howard said of the Republicans.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Florida; US: Missouri; US: North Dakota; US: Ohio; US: Pennsylvania; US: West Virginia; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: battleground; fraud; rnc; swingstates; votefraud
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I am not sure what all the battleground states are, but Missouri is one of them
1 posted on 06/29/2004 9:31:12 AM PDT by rface
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Vote fraud is the life blood of democrats electoral victories. Without it they would be a minor player in congress.


2 posted on 06/29/2004 9:33:38 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: rface

And, I'm sure Michael Moore is the only lib/dem registered in two states.....


3 posted on 06/29/2004 9:34:26 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: rface

St. Louis is a place where this election could very well be stolen. We need poll watchers in every one of those precincts.


4 posted on 06/29/2004 9:34:40 AM PDT by comebacknewt
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Okay look. We know the Democrats are going to once again attempt massive vote fraud. They have done it every single election in memory.

What, if anything, is the GOP going to do to put a stop to it this year? It already cost a Senate seat (SD) and caused the Florida fiasco, among other damage. Every year the GOP complains, at varying volume, but never seems to actually do anything about it.

So, what's the plan, guys?


5 posted on 06/29/2004 9:34:48 AM PDT by thoughtomator (End the imperialist moo slime colonization of the West!)
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The chairman of the Republican National Committee on Monday called for a bipartisan effort to safeguard polling locations in Missouri and other presidential battleground states against voter fraud.

Is this a joke?

The RATS are orgasnizing the fraud for pete's sake!

Ed better deploy lots of Rep lawyers, we know how far the RATS will go, they're demonstrating that every day.

6 posted on 06/29/2004 9:36:18 AM PDT by Mister Baredog ((Part of the Reagan legacy is to re-elect G.W. Bush))
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“I can certainly assure you that if there is a political party in this country committed to ensuring that every vote be counted…it's the Democratic Party,” spokesman Jano Cabrera said.

Unless those votes are cast by members of the US Military.

Or a recount in Vt. where counting ALL cast ballots would have reversed the election outcome. I believe it was VT. May have been NH. In 2002 there was a close election and the democrats fought tooth and nail to have a large number of ballots disqualified for minor reasons such as the use of a red pen instead of a black pen. They succeeded in court. Someone please find the articles and FR posts on this matter and post them here. Thanks!

7 posted on 06/29/2004 9:36:29 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: rface

...spokeswoman for the group called both accusations insignificant.

Not incorrect, just insignificant. IOW, move along - nothing to see here.


8 posted on 06/29/2004 9:36:36 AM PDT by Ogie Oglethorpe (The people have spoken...the b*stards!)
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She said none had been convicted of a violent crime, and they pose no threat to the public.

Other than the convicted sex offenders that is I guess.

9 posted on 06/29/2004 9:37:21 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: thoughtomator
Every year the GOP complains, at varying volume, but never seems to actually do anything about it.

The GOP is too weak kneed and caves as soon as racial accusations are thrown around, or fail to even say anything because they know racial accusations will be leveled.

10 posted on 06/29/2004 9:38:42 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: thoughtomator
Every year the GOP complains, at varying volume, but never seems to actually do anything about it.

And they'll do the same this year. They'll whine a bit, the Democrats will scream RACISM! and the GOP will slink away.

MM

11 posted on 06/29/2004 9:38:52 AM PDT by MississippiMan
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“I can certainly assure you that if there is a political party in this country committed to ensuring that every vote be counted…it's the Democratic Party,”

no doubt "..." replaced the words "four or five times"

12 posted on 06/29/2004 9:38:57 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands (Thank you Mr. Vice President. You speak for ALL of us.)
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This is not news, it is just a reminder.

Without vote fraud, these would not even be battleground states. The long-standing abuse of the local election laws is the only thing that makes the Democrats competitive at the ballot box.

And the most-abused voters? The residents of "minority" wards, who have much of their voting done for them.


13 posted on 06/29/2004 9:39:49 AM PDT by alloysteel
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Vote fraud is the life blood of democrats electoral victories.

Vote fraud and getting the ignorant and uninformed to vote.  That's one of the reasons for Motor Voter and MTV's Rock the Vote.  If you can get people into the polls who base their decision on what Jay Leno told them or what Madonna said in People Magazine, that can give you that little boost to stay competitive.

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”

14 posted on 06/29/2004 9:40:17 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (Meat, it's what you're made of.)
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To: comebacknewt

I have no doubt that over 1,000,000 votes per Presidential election year....are a fraud....for either party. I had a friend tell me about a relative who went out and requested a absentee ballot for his old aunt. The old lady is in a nursing home and is completely wacko...not capable of understanding anything. Yet this character gets a absentee ballot for her and gets her fixed to vote Republican. This is fraud no matter how you look at. At least 2,000,000 Americans ought not be voting because they are mentally incapble of understanding anything....and we aren't even doing anything about that problem.


15 posted on 06/29/2004 9:43:48 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: rface

Where vote fraud may take place: Philadelphia, PA ; Broward & Duval counties, FL; NJ to name a few.


16 posted on 06/29/2004 9:44:16 AM PDT by demlosers
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This is why Republicans must make sure that we have poll watchers at every precinct or at the very least, ones where the Rats will do their best to commit fraud.


17 posted on 06/29/2004 9:45:49 AM PDT by COEXERJ145
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Where vote fraud may take place: Philadelphia, PA ; Broward & Duval counties, FL; NJ to name a few.

Don't forget the voter fraud capital of the U.S. The cemeteries of Chicago, Illinois.

18 posted on 06/29/2004 9:46:59 AM PDT by COEXERJ145
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To: demlosers

Vote fraud in Philly? You have to be kidding. The residents of Philly are so patriotic and eager to exercise their right to vote that they turn out in greater than 100% of registered voters.


19 posted on 06/29/2004 9:51:04 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: rface
This is a pile of crap big enough to see from outer space. You have to know that Election Day 2004 is going to be total chaos, with more judges rolling out of bed and bar stools than any other day in history. Polls will be open until---not when the law says, but when the judge says. Votes will be counted not according to what the law says but what the local magistrate says; and recounted when the judge above him says the ruling was flawed. Even a landslide for Bush won't prevent Democrats from disputing results in thousands of precincts. (Then when certifying the results becomes utterly impossible, they'll say that once again he is "selected" and illegitimate.)

And the media---in 2000 they were still capable of the obvious blunder of predicting before polls closed. Want to bet they haven't learned? This time around they'll be more brazen, and more selective in reporting every accusation of irregularity.

We're in deep trouble.

20 posted on 06/29/2004 9:52:48 AM PDT by Graymatter
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