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Frank says 'universal voter registration' bill allegations are false
The Hill ^ | January 14, 2010 | Eric Zimmermann

Posted on 01/14/2010 2:14:10 PM PST by jazusamo

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) says conservatives are fabricating stories about his intention to implement "universal voter registration."

The Massachusetts Democrat is pushing back against rumors that he will introduce legislation requiring anyone whose name appears in a government databases--including felons and illegal aliens--to register to vote.

Frank's office cited a speech by the Wall Street Journal's John Fund as the origin of the rumor. The rumor has since been repeated by conservative radio hosts and blogs. Here's an excerpt from Fund's speech:

"In January, Chuck Schumer and Barney Frank will propose universal voter registration.

What is universal voter registration? It means all of the state laws on elections will be overridden by a federal mandate. The feds will tell the states, “Take everyone on every list of welfare recipients you have, take everyone on every list of unemployed you have, take everyone on every list of property owners, take everyone on every list of driver’s license holders, and register them to vote regardless of whether they want to be."

Frank says that is 100% false.

"This is how the right-wing echo chamber works,” Frank said in a statement.  "They begin with an absolute falsehood--John Fund’s claim that I plan to introduce universal voter legislation, a claim for which there is no basis whatsoever.  It is not a misinterpretation, it is not a quote out of context, it is not a misunderstanding – it is a lie. Period."

Frank continued: "Right-wing television reports it.  Right-wing talk radio repeats it. The Washington Times writes about it. They say it so often and with such certainty that people begin believe it even when it is a complete lie. These are their tactics.”



TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: frank; schumer; universal; voterregistration
Not so sure it's a lie, perhaps sunlight convinced them to reconsider.
1 posted on 01/14/2010 2:14:12 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo
Oh, Mr. Frank:


2 posted on 01/14/2010 2:16:02 PM PST by Noumenon ("Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he has grown so great?" - Julius Caesar)
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To: jazusamo

I’m sure he will love it in prison!


3 posted on 01/14/2010 2:16:07 PM PST by ronnie raygun (Leaders who refuse to lead will be lead by the people)
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To: All
Please bump the Freepathon and donate if you haven’t done so!

4 posted on 01/14/2010 2:18:25 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Never listen to a guy who likes things stuck up his ......


5 posted on 01/14/2010 2:18:52 PM PST by isthisnickcool (GIVE ME YOUR MONEY B***!! - President Obama)
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To: jazusamo
Me thinks thou doth protest too much!

Where there's smoke, there's fire, Bawney!

6 posted on 01/14/2010 2:20:01 PM PST by Bushbacker1 ( I'll miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! The "other" Jim Thompson)
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To: isthisnickcool

Well said!


7 posted on 01/14/2010 2:20:09 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: ronnie raygun

That wouldn’t be punishment for Frank, hell it would be like summer camp. He will be everyone’s new best girlfriend. Maybe we ought to send him to Gitmo to be with people who don’t support his perversions.... nah that might not work because he’s a pig.


8 posted on 01/14/2010 2:20:09 PM PST by dumpthelibs (dumpthelibs)
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To: jazusamo

Such a system would be far from perfect. It would generate have lots of duplicates and variations on an individual. This is because someone might not appear in different databases exactly the same way. Resolving these ambiguities would be very difficult, if not impossible. And the more databases you span, the bigger the problem. As a result, it would allow unscrupulous people to vote multiple times.


9 posted on 01/14/2010 2:20:35 PM PST by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: rbg81
As a result, it would allow unscrupulous people to vote multiple times.

Which, of course, is exactly the point.

10 posted on 01/14/2010 2:21:49 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: rbg81

Correct, it would be a nightmare and would beg for more voter fraud but there are many Dems that would welcome it.


11 posted on 01/14/2010 2:41:29 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

What citation is there to show that Rep. Frank had, in fact, considered this?


12 posted on 01/14/2010 2:42:09 PM PST by RonF
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To: RonF
Here's an excerpt from a Washington Times editorial I posted last week that mentions the both of them. There's been several articles posted here on it.

"Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, and Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, have plans to ram through legislation that will produce universal voter registration. No matter what they claim, the rule changes will make it possible for illegal aliens to register to vote and for others to register multiple times."

EDITORIAL: Letting crooks & illegals vote

13 posted on 01/14/2010 2:48:43 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

If Bawney says it’s a lie, I’d bet that it’s true.


14 posted on 01/14/2010 3:07:14 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (STOP GLOBAL WHINING!!)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks for posting. Very interesting.


15 posted on 01/14/2010 3:08:39 PM PST by PGalt
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To: jazusamo

Very interesting indeed. John Fund is well connected in DC as well as a professional journalist and author. It is highly unlikely he would publish articles on “falsehoods”. To conservatives...keep this up! This is the way to go. Be pro-active in getting the word out on their strategies and then let heads roll.

As for voting, it is long past time that veterans should march in each state to promote fair voting rights for all LEGAL and LIVING voters. An article I read stated that 100 countries have voter ID requirements. It is ridiculous that the US is not included on this list.


16 posted on 01/14/2010 3:31:50 PM PST by ruralvoter
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To: ruralvoter

There is only one reason not to require photo id’s to vote and that is to facilitate vote fraud. If someone can think of another I would love to hear it. I also think indelible ink on the finger would be a great idea. Can you imagine the squawking you’d hear from the left if that were proposed?


17 posted on 01/14/2010 3:44:53 PM PST by Josephat
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To: ruralvoter

Agreed...I find it hard to believe Fund would lie or even stretch the truth, it wouldn’t surprise me to hear more from him on this.

I read a piece a few days ago also on voter ID about other countries requiring it while we don’t, we have to change this.


18 posted on 01/14/2010 3:55:37 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Can you freakin' believe that the same Massachussets that gave us this:

Also gave us this?

Mind boggling and sad.

19 posted on 01/14/2010 4:15:23 PM PST by JewishRighter
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To: jazusamo

Yes, it sounds like a trial balloon. Fund got wind of it early, so they switched stories.


20 posted on 01/14/2010 4:17:48 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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To: okie01

Concur. It would be fraud by design. It would make the existing voter fraud look like amateur hour.


21 posted on 01/14/2010 4:23:57 PM PST by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: okie01

Concur. It would be fraud by design. It would make the existing voter fraud look like amateur hour.


22 posted on 01/14/2010 4:24:06 PM PST by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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