Skip to comments.Officials Investigate 3 Alabama Counties in Voter Fraud Accusations
Posted on 07/09/2008 10:01:22 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
MARION, Ala. Federal and state authorities are looking into accusations of voting fraud in three largely black counties of Alabama, including Perry and Lowndes Counties, which played a historic role in the struggle for black voting rights in the 1960s.
In May, a local citizens group gathered affidavits detailing several cases in which at least one Democratic county official paid citizens for their votes, or encouraged them to vote multiple times. The affidavits were presented to state officials in Montgomery, the capital, and after the June 3 primary, the Alabama attorney general, Troy King, a Republican, seized voting records from the primary election in Bullock, Lowndes and Perry Counties.
The United States Department of Justice posted a team of observers to monitor the primary, and the Alabama secretary of state, Beth Chapman, a Republican, reported hearing from one of the federal observers that a candidate had free rein of a polling place, where campaigning is prohibited, passing out sample ballots and instructing voters how to vote.
Ms. Chapman also raised questions about the possible abuse of absentee ballots. In the election on June 3, a quarter of the voters here, 1,114, cast absentee ballots, a percentage that is six times the state average and a figure that Ms. Chapman called astronomical. In Jefferson County, which includes Birmingham and has 60 times Perry Countys population of 10,600, there were 365 absentee ballots.
Blacks hold a majority on the five-member Perry County Commission. And an influential political organization, the Perry County Civic League, founded during the civil rights movement by one of the movements leaders, Albert Turner Sr., plays a large role in filling other offices.
The Democracy Defense League, a biracial citizens group that has been critical of voting abuses in the area for the last three years, submitted affidavits...
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A peek at what is coming in November. The upcoming election is going to be nothing but a farce.
Most of all, this is not the first time there has been voter fraud problems in the southern counties of Alabama. As noted, these are the counties that were part of civil rights movement.
If any of you can participate in working with the GOP during the election in November, please contact your local or state GOP immediately and sign up to be a poll watcher. The Democrats will do anything they possibly can to steal this election. Therefore, if possible, please volunteer. Most of the local GOP offices have training, etc.
It must be extremely blatant to draw this kind of scrutiny. In the recent past, any attempts to get to the bottom of this kind of shady stuff in black districts have been met by charges of "racism" and "intimidating blacks from voting," etc. I am sure we may be in for a repeat of this old saw this time around.
'Suppress' vote fraud? Hell, we ought to kill it dead.
I’m in Alabama. I’ve also been complaining about vote fraud for decades!
Guess it’s time to put my money where my mouth is. I’ll call the office tomorrow and volunteer.
Thanks for the nudge.
How about being a paid poll worker? Would that be an important job for FReepers to fill?
But... but... but... Democrats say that voter fraud doesn’t happen, that it’s nothing but a straw-man excuse for racist black voter suppression schemes! You know, schemes like proving you are who you say you are at the polls by showing a driver’s license. The very thought!
It’s no wonder the demorats don’t want photo ID for voting.
1,114 absentee ballots? Well, Andy we gots ta tell the Kingfisher ‘bout dis!
Go on, take yer pick from the loaded deck. It's a "free" country.
As long as the voter requests my help, I come in and assist them, Mr. Turner said.
They don't even both with good excuses.
both = bother
Your showing your age, I loved the Amos and Andy show myself.
The election process in most heavily-democRAT areas has been a farce for years. That is the nature of the socialist utopia that the democRATS promise (and partially deliver, thanks to taxpayers like myself). When the gravy train is on the line, even the dead gain a voice. That is why the rats are against voter ID.
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