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SD VOTE SCANDAL: HOW HIGH DOES IT GO (BRYON YORK-PART 2)
national review ^ | 12/13/02 | Bryon York

Posted on 12/13/2002 9:47:27 AM PST by Elkiejg

A new lawsuit makes some intriguing accusations.

The woman at the center of a vote-fraud investigation in South Dakota says the state attorney general is ignoring evidence of other improprieties during the election.

Democratic activist Becky Red Earth is suspected of falsifying hundreds of absentee ballot applications before last month's vote. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court against attorney general Mark Barnett, she charges that Barnett has "improperly singled [her] out, notwithstanding hard evidence of substantial voting improprieties at actual polling places during actual voting which has been ignored by [Barnett]."

The lawsuit also charges that other people were involved in the improprieties. Saying that she is "on the lowest rung of the ladder," Red Earth says, "It is expected that an evidentiary hearing will 'flesh out' the selective nature of [Barnett's] choice to single out [Red Earth] to the exclusion of others both higher on the ladder and involved in improprieties during the actual election."

Red Earth goes on to allege that "Barnett was "well aware that [Red Earth] was operating on orders from her superiors and that she specifically denied any intent to defraud anyone." She asks the U.S. District Court in the Southern Division of South Dakota to bar Barnett from taking any action against her.

The lawsuit appears to refer to allegations of vote buying, absentee ballot fraud, illegal electioneering, improper voter identification, and other issues raised by Republicans in the aftermath of Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson's 524-vote victory of GOP challenger John Thune. Many of those allegations are contained in more than 40 affidavits from Republican poll watchers, along with interviews with Republican and Democratic election officials, which are featured in the current issue of National Review.

Barnett has on several occasions dismissed most of the allegations as "local election-board management problems." For example, referring to witness accounts that allege Democrats used polling places as get-out-the-vote offices, in apparent violation of South Dakota law, Barnett told a local newspaper, "That's not a crime. That's a lesson plan."

The Red Earth lawsuit charges that in recent statements, Barnett has "portrayed indifference to allegations of impropriety at the polls during the actual election of November 5, 2002, saying that sometime in the future he would appoint an investigator to look into allegations of vote buying, and apparently had nothing to say or do about allegations of improper voter identifications and improper opening of polling places."

Barnett, who has not responded to telephone inquiries from National Review, told the Associated Press in South Dakota that, "Sooner or later everybody sues me, so I don't get too worried about it."

Meanwhile, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports that Barnett will today release the results of his investigation into the accounts of three people who swore that the driver of a "Tim Johnson For Senate" van offered them $10 to vote. It is not clear whether he will also announce the indictment of Red Earth, which has been expected for several weeks.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: South Dakota
KEYWORDS: dncfraud; sd; votefraud
Are there any SD freepers out there who can explain Barnett? Is he on "our" side or not?
1 posted on 12/13/2002 9:47:27 AM PST by Elkiejg
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To: Elkiejg
I'm for Red Earth on this one, hopefully she'll start naming names of who told her to 'get the vote'
2 posted on 12/13/2002 9:54:50 AM PST by lelio
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To: Elkiejg
We've begun to wonder too. The guy has a reputation as a very solid conservative, but he's drug his feet thru this whole episode. He lost a primary election last spring in the Governor's race, and I've begun to wonder if he's not so bitter about his loss that he's decided to stick it tto the GOP.
3 posted on 12/13/2002 9:55:25 AM PST by SoDak
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To: lelio
Perhaps, but she needs to go to jail too.
4 posted on 12/13/2002 9:55:51 AM PST by SoDak
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To: Elkiejg
Ahhh ... the old "tu quoque" defense rear's its head.

You go girl!

Let's hear ALL about what Puff and Jr. and McAwful did in the last election.

5 posted on 12/13/2002 10:00:30 AM PST by Hermann the Cherusker
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To: Elkiejg
It sounds to me like he's in someone's pocket...and it ain't the GOP. Dascle has to be involved somewhere up the food chain.
6 posted on 12/13/2002 10:06:19 AM PST by rj45mis
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To: Elkiejg

Suicide Watch Alert!


7 posted on 12/13/2002 10:31:28 AM PST by Falcon4.0
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To: Elkiejg
bttt
8 posted on 12/13/2002 10:36:39 AM PST by Dante3
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To: Elkiejg
I think any time a precinct turns in a 90% vote that there has been election fraud. I'm sure that as all the poles are being closed, any registered voter that has not shown up has some pole worker mark a ballot for them, "As they would have wanted to vote if they were there." How many times have we heard a Democrat politico say, "Do whatever it takes to win." They say they mean get out the vote. I don't doubt it's a lot more.
9 posted on 12/13/2002 10:56:32 AM PST by NJJ
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To: Elkiejg
Ms. Red Earth better watch out, or she may be a candidate for Sioux-icide!

g

10 posted on 12/13/2002 11:07:38 AM PST by Geezerette
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To: Falcon4.0
Do you mean Sioux-icide??

Or is she from another tribe?

g

11 posted on 12/13/2002 11:10:55 AM PST by Geezerette
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To: Elkiejg
Mr. Thume is looking ahead to 2004 when he can run against Tommie Daschle.... Maybe that is the plan....This way he will not alienate some possible voters....bobg...
12 posted on 12/13/2002 11:21:43 AM PST by bobg
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To: Hermann the Cherusker
Hermann, this woman is a Natural Philadelphia Democrat!

Except that she got caught!

13 posted on 12/13/2002 11:35:47 AM PST by Kenny Bunk
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To: Elkiejg
Baqrnett has studiously and earnestly been fighting to ONLY look at this ONE woman, and refuses (even in his comments to the press) to want ANYBODY to even say or imply "massive vote fraud."

Judge him by his actions: he doesn't WANT to find any actual vote fraud, and WANTS this investigation to find ONLY the one person guilty of registration "improprieties." (He hasn't even accused anybody (in public) of actual "crimes" yet!)
14 posted on 12/13/2002 11:57:24 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE
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15 posted on 12/13/2002 11:58:00 AM PST by Free the USA
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To: Elkiejg

16 posted on 12/13/2002 12:14:27 PM PST by My2Cents
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To: NJJ
I don't think they close poles--they just use them for vote enforcement. The DO close polls, however.
17 posted on 12/13/2002 1:16:20 PM PST by jammer
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To: Elkiejg
If you were a democRat, what would you rather have on the news?

The sins of Trent Lott?

The crimes of Tom Dashle?

18 posted on 12/13/2002 1:17:57 PM PST by bert
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To: My2Cents
Is that the real cover???

Wow!

19 posted on 12/13/2002 2:04:47 PM PST by Dog
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To: jammer
I don't think they close poles--they just use them for vote enforcement. The DO close polls, however.

Ms. Red Earth is just pissed because the czechs bounced...

20 posted on 12/13/2002 8:27:25 PM PST by Morgan's Raider
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