Have you heard about former U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, Republican (of course!) of Michigan? Seems he’s been doctoring petitions for years, and therefore got on the ballot fraudulently:
A review of the nominating petitions turned in for McCotter’s elections from 2002 through 2012 shows he did not have enough signatures to qualify to run in at least the 2008, 2010 and 2012 elections. The skullduggery wasn’t detected until this year, when a part-time staffer for the Secretary of State found that of the more than 1,800 signatures turned in by the McCotter campaign for 2012, only 244 were valid.
The 2006 petitions were apparently the source for cut-and-paste jobs in 2008 and 2010. Some of the 2006 petitions, however, also were duplicates.
“It seems like at every election cycle, they expanded on what they had done and used some new tricks,” Daggy said. “They just got more and more emboldened.”
Well, of course they did. That’s what happens when there are no repercussions for your illegal behavior.
Of course, this has absolutely nothing to do with showing a photo ID to vote, which didn’t stop the dingbats over at “The Corner” from trying to draw a false parallel:
But Democrats have been vociferous opponents of Michigan’s photo-ID law and other measures to clean up the voter rolls. The McCotter scandal should remind all of us that voter fraud is serious business and can be bipartisan. The laws and safeguards against it protect all of us.
Umm… how exactly does showing a photo ID to vote have anything at all to do with forged signatures on a candidate’s petition to get on the ballot? Anyone? Buehler?
There is voter registration fraud — and a lot of Republican operatives have gone to jail for it. Mark Jacoby and Nathan Sproul ring any bells?
There is, to a far lesser degree, vote fraud of the kind perpetrated by poll workers. That’s what happened in the Ophelia Ford case in Memphis. But when the poll workers are the ones doing the fraudulent voting, rules about ID are completely ineffective.
So, in-person voter fraud? Of the kind that showing a photo ID would prevent? Non-existent. Doesn’t happen.
Sorry Republicans, but you lose.
But we’re not dumb. We all know what this is about. It’s about Republicans trying to steal another election.
Ed at Gin & Tacos had a good post up on the issue yesterday. While my e-mail in-box is filling with “fight the Voter ID” pleas from the Democrats, I feel like the wheels of justice are slow, and we need to be working on another front to prepare for election day. Ed makes a good point when he writes:
Having created a voter registration and turnout machine in 2008 unlike anything seen before in American politics, I see no reason why the Obama campaign can’t devote similar resources to acquiring valid ID for voters who currently lack it. It’s legal to drive a voter to the polls; surely it is also legal to drive someone to the courthouse to get an ID. That seems like a relatively obvious way to address this problem, albeit not one that will have a 100% success rate. The perfect is the enemy of the good in politics, and what might be a good way to minimize the effects of newly-legislated voter suppression should not be cast aside because it won’t help everyone.
Here in Tennessee the Republicans have said you can use a gun carry permit as an ID to vote. I say we round up all those strapping young bucks from the projects and get ’em gun carry permits. Let’s see how long it takes them to change their tune when they realize we’re arming the black folk.