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Why the Left Doesn’t Care About Voter Fraud
Front Page Magazine ^ | 4-13-2012 | Ben Shapiro - Commentary

Posted on 04/13/2012 7:07:37 PM PDT by smoothsailing

April 13, 2012

Why the Left Doesn’t Care About Voter Fraud

Ben Shapiro

This week, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released video showing a young white man entering a polling place in Washington D.C. to vote in the presidential primary.

He walked up to the desk and asked a poll worker for the ballot of Attorney General Eric Holder, and gave Holder’s address. The worker began to hand him the ballot, at which point the young man said he wanted to show his identification. “You don’t need it,” the poll worker replied. “It’s all right. As long as you’re in here, you’re on our list, and that’s who you say you are, you’re okay.”

The tape broke huge, with Matt Drudge championing it at the top of the Drudge Report. And sure enough, the Department of Justice, which sometimes plays to Drudge’s tune, responded with ire and outrage: “It’s no coincidence that these so-called examples of rampant voter fraud consistently turn out to be manufactured ones.”

Except, of course, that wasn’t the point. O’Keefe wasn’t voting fraudulently; he was showing the public how easy it would be for someone with bad motives to vote fraudulently. And the DOJ knew that – it would take a full-on fool not to understand that point.

But the DOJ has no interest in that point. It is far more interested in leaving loopholes for voter fraud than in filling in those gaps.

Their stated motive for opposing voter ID is that increases the possibility of racial bias. As the Associated Press recently reported, “Liberal groups have said the requirements are the product of Republican-controlled state governments and are aimed at disenfranchising people who tend to vote Democratic – African-Americans, Hispanics, people of low-income and college students.” The Justice Department, in attempting to stop the implement of Texas’ new voter ID law, cited the same rationale, explaining that “Hispanic voters in Texas are more than twice as likely than non-Hispanic voters to lack a driver’s license or personal state-issued photo ID.”

Why this should be true is anyone’s guess. It is certainly not due to institutional racism – if it were, then the state would be sued on a regular basis for violating the Civil Rights Act. There are two forms of photo-issued ID in Texas: driver’s licenses and simple identification cards. Both are available through simple applications. Voters must register to vote. Why shouldn’t they also have to register to receive an ID beforehand?

And it isn’t expensive to get an ID, either. An original driver’s license in Texas costs $16; a six-year extension costs $25. A photo ID costs $6. It costs less that a decent Carl’s Jr. meal to register for identification.

But the cost isn’t the real issue. The only people disenfranchised by voter ID requirements are those who cannot obtain a voter ID – namely, illegal immigrants, felons, and others who should not be voting. And these are precisely the sorts of folks that Democrats love to register. In 2008, a full one-third of voters registered by ACORN and their affiliate, Project Vote, were fraudulent. Voter fraud has tainted presidential primaries in Iowa and Texas; Hillary Clinton supporters asserted, with significant evidence, that the Obama campaign regularly utilized fraudulent voting to impact results. Hans von Spakovsky at National Review points out that in Indiana in 2008, four Democrats were charged with conspiracy, forgery, and official misconduct in an attempt to get Barack Obama listed on the ballot. Obama barely made it.

When it came to the New Black Panthers intimidating voters in Philadelphia, Holder and Co. looked the other way. But when it comes to states enforcing the law, the Justice Department jumps in with both feet.

Do Democrats mean to steal the election of 2012? The numbers would have to be astonishing large to do that – one vote isn’t going to make a difference. But the problem that O’Keefe exposed was this: there are no consequences for voter fraud..

The American people are losing faith in the electoral process – especially when voter registration drives are run by lobbying groups with a very specific agenda. The leading voter registration drives largely spring from the bowels of the SEIU or the American Federation of Teachers. The unions are interested in registering voters – but they’re only interested in registering a particular kind of voter. That’s their prerogative. And it’s our prerogative to ensure that every American who votes isn’t cancelled out by someone voting illegally.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: acorn

1 posted on 04/13/2012 7:07:43 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

That’s easy, they know that if they can’t cheat, they can’t win!!


2 posted on 04/13/2012 7:10:28 PM PDT by CMailBag
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To: smoothsailing

Oh, they care about it alright.

They can’t win without it.


3 posted on 04/13/2012 7:11:51 PM PDT by digger48
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To: digger48

I was going to say about the same thing.

They do care because they are the ones doing it.


4 posted on 04/13/2012 7:19:07 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: smoothsailing

Illegal alien voting has already flipped three elections for the Democrats - Webb in Virginia, Franken in Minnesota, and Sanchez in California.


5 posted on 04/13/2012 7:22:24 PM PDT by oldbill
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To: smoothsailing

To the left, the ends always justifies the means.


6 posted on 04/13/2012 7:29:55 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: smoothsailing

Oh they care about it. Only about being able to do it so they can win.


7 posted on 04/13/2012 7:34:36 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: smoothsailing

Democrats consider voter fraud to be restorative justice.


8 posted on 04/13/2012 7:37:49 PM PDT by Eva
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To: smoothsailing

Well I do. We need to scream about the company in Spain counting our votes. That is fraud.


9 posted on 04/13/2012 7:40:00 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: smoothsailing

The college student issue is easy to understand. They have ID- from the state they came from. So they go to Harvard and register to vote under Motor Voter, but if you ask for ID, their ID is from Fort Wayne, Indiana not Cambridge, Massachusetts.

They SHOULD be getting absentee ballots. Heck, maybe they do!

Why not get a license where they are? Because their insurance company thinks the car is garaged in Fort Wayne, not some alley near Harvard.

The minority thing is more complex. Lots of “minorities” and lower income people move a lot (I know I was one), and often don’t update their ID with the addy of their new pad. So frequently their ID does not match where they registerd, and it takes a while to straighten out. But if you really drill it in that they must keep their ID in sync with their voter registration, everything is OK. But all the time, there are hassles with the ID being two apartments away from what they registered with.


10 posted on 04/13/2012 7:43:07 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: oldbill

They didn’t need illegal aliens to steal the governor election for Christine Gregoire in 2004. They brought Fast Eddie Rendell out from Philadelphia to teach them how to do it.

In 2000, there were more votes counted for Al Gore in Philadelphia than were people of voting age in Philadelphia. Gore got over 100% of the votes after the small percentage that Bush received.

Rendell is the top expert in voter fraud in the country. He gets results.


11 posted on 04/13/2012 7:45:00 PM PDT by Eva
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To: smoothsailing

And who wont be surprised when Obama is closer to 47/48 approval in Illinois and California? do you think the powers that be will be in panic mode and rigg it?


12 posted on 04/13/2012 8:04:03 PM PDT by Reality_News
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To: smoothsailing
The Democrats aren't nearly as reliant upon Democrat voter fraud as the RINOs are. If the Democrats can pull the vote 5% left of where it really should be, that lets them implement their agenda a bit faster, but without the fraud they'd simply have to assume a slightly less radical posture to gain that 5% legitimately. On the other hand, if the vote matched political reality, RINOs would no longer be able to maintain the fiction that conservatives can't get elected, and that they must vote for "electable" RINOs. People who want conservatives would vote for conservatives, while those who want liberals would vote for the now-slightly-less-radical leftists. Nobody would vote for the RINOs, and they would lose their raîson d'être. Thus their reliance upon Democrat vote fraud.
13 posted on 04/13/2012 8:16:27 PM PDT by supercat (Renounce Covetousness.)
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To: supercat

That’s interesting.

I’ve always seen voter fraud as an integral part of the Democrat Party’s electoral strategy.

I hadn’t considered RINOs, but they are frauds so dishonesty is in their nature.


14 posted on 04/13/2012 9:10:48 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: oldbill

A lot more than that, its quite an organized profession for the democrats in Colorado, where there have been more voters then adult of age.


15 posted on 04/13/2012 9:12:40 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: smoothsailing

The only answer for why they care so much is: “duh.”

To “duh” the proper response is: “Oh, right, sorry I brought it up.”


16 posted on 04/13/2012 10:02:19 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: smoothsailing
IMHO, all those people the dems claim are less likely to have photo id's are those we should require to have them. If the poor and elderly don't have to show id when they use social services, such as food stamps, Medicare and Medicaid, that could be a big reason for the billions wasted from fraud and abuse and we should demand they be required to have id. If students, and I would guess most would be college students, are not required to have id's, this should be demanded just to help keep down the number of democrats with law degrees. It's hard to believe Holder and Barry passed any tests on their own.
17 posted on 04/13/2012 11:01:15 PM PDT by Razz Barry (Round'em up, send'em home.)
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To: freekitty
The American people are losing faith in the electoral process

Yes and more and more people will realize that their vote might be nullified by a fraudulent vote and so decide not to vote. The electoral process will collapse. All candidates should be demanding reform of the process and draconian penalties for election fraud. Stealing a vote is a serious injury, serious crime not just a petty trick.

18 posted on 04/13/2012 11:53:20 PM PDT by tommix2 (,)
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To: tommix2

With modern technology it would be easy and cheap build a 100% accurate fraud proof election process. We had better do it before the November election. Democracy presupposes honest elections. Vote fraud is not funny. There are very smart people scheming to steal the election now. We must act soon.


19 posted on 04/14/2012 12:05:37 AM PDT by tommix2 (,)
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To: tommix2

Any candidate who fails to scream STOP VOTE FRAUD is guilty, is a crook, no matter which party. Did I hear Rick Santorum calling for honest elections? No , they are all guilty accomplices. Democracy is done for. I pray Sarah Palin will come to our rescue and demand credible election.


20 posted on 04/14/2012 12:18:56 AM PDT by tommix2 (,)
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To: smoothsailing

and does anyone still believe Harry Weedwacker won fare and square in 2012? and who maintains the voting machines?


21 posted on 04/14/2012 3:42:56 AM PDT by Reality_News
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To: supercat
On the other hand, if the vote matched political reality, RINOs would no longer be able to maintain the fiction that conservatives can't get elected, and that they must vote for "electable" RINOs.

That's one of the brighter and more insightful things I've seen posted this week. Good post, thanx.

22 posted on 04/14/2012 4:16:59 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: supercat
if the vote matched political reality, RINOs would no longer be able to maintain the fiction that conservatives can't get elected, and that they must vote for "electable" RINOs.

Bump

23 posted on 04/14/2012 6:25:20 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Anybody who only hates a single subgroup of humanity isnÂ’t paying attention. - Slings and Arrows)
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The thing I never see mentioned about this, is that ACORN type groups can make up thousands of fake names and addresses in any given precinct. Then they just send their goons to the voting booths under those fake names.


24 posted on 04/14/2012 11:25:31 AM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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Early voting makes this even easier, as the poll workers will be less likely to remember specific faces, especially if they add a mustache one day, sunglasses the next, adjust a hair style or two...


25 posted on 04/14/2012 11:27:03 AM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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One person can go to several precincts a day, and repeat every few days.


26 posted on 04/14/2012 11:28:10 AM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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