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.




Filed under 2012 presidential election, voter fraud

16 responses to “Fraud

  1. Eykis

    Great article. Thanks – the last paragraph is particularly hilarious – the GOP would FREAK OUT~

  2. Randy

    There does seem to be a low cost alternative to the Photo ID. From the State Homeland Security Website. ” The new law requiring a government-issued photo ID to vote applies only to those voting at polling places. It does not apply to those casting absentee ballots under state law, including those age 65 or older who wish to vote absentee or those voting at licensed nursing homes.

    • Actually, it’s more complicated than that. In Tennessee you have to apply for an absentee ballot and you have to give a valid reason. If you’re under age 60, for instance, your doctor has to file a statement with the county election commission. Also, if you’re newly registered, then you have to vote in person the first time you vote so you aren’t eligible for an absentee ballot.

  3. Randy

    Sorry, this work browser is funky:3. What is the process for requesting the by-mail ballot?

    To request a by-mail absentee ballot, mail, fax or email with an attached document which includes a scanned signature the following information directly to your local county election commission office:

    Name of the registered voter
    Address of the voter’s residence
    Voter’s social security number
    Voter’s date of birth
    Address to mail the ballot outside the county (this applies only when the reason for voting by mail involves that the voter will be outside of the county during early voting and on election day)
    The election the voter wishes to participate in. If the election involves a primary, the political party in which the voter wishes to participate
    Reason the voter wishes to vote absentee
    Voter’s signature
    A request that contains this information will be processed and a ballot will be mailed to the voter.

    • You missed #2:

      2. Who may apply to vote absentee?

      To vote as an early voter, a registered voter may vote without giving a reason during the established early voting period. The early voting period typically begins twenty (20) days before an election and ends five (5) days before an election. In those instances in a city election where there is not any opposition on the ballot, there shall be no early voting period.

      To vote by mail, a registered voter must fall under one of the following categories:

      The voter will be outside the county of registration during the early voting period and all day on election day;
      The voter or the voter’s spouse is enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college oruniversity outside the county of registration;
      The voter’s licensed physician has filed a statement with the county election commission stating that, in the physician’s judgment, the voter is medically unable to vote in person. The statement must be filed not less than seven (7) days before the election and signed under the penalty of perjury;
      The voter resides in a licensed facility providing relatively permanent domiciliary care, other than a penal institution, outside the voter’s county of residence;
      The voter will be unable to vote in person due to service as a juror for a federal or state court;
      The voter is sixty (60) years of age or older;
      The voter has a physical disability and an inaccessible polling place;
      The voter is hospitalized, ill, or physically disabled and because of such condition, cannot vote in person;
      The voter is a caretaker of a person who is hospitalized, ill, or disabled;
      The voter is a candidate for office in the election;
      The voter serves as an election day official or as a member or employee of the election commission;
      The voter’s observance of a religious holiday prevents him or her from voting in person during the early voting period and on election day;
      The voter possesses a valid commercial driver license and certifies that he or she will be working outside the state or county of registration during the early voting period and all day on election day; and has no specific out-of-county or out-of-state location to which mail may be sent or received during such time.
      The voter is a member of the military or is an overseas citizen. read more …

      • Let me add … the requirement of getting a scanned signature alone is enough to deter a ton of old people I know. Hell, my mother in law still hasn’t figured out how to update her Facebook status. My cousin — not a senior citizen — told me today she can’t figure out how to get a photo from e-mail and print it out.

        Y’know. It’s the little things.

        But YES that is definitely one avenue that voting activists should pursue to make sure as many people as possible are not disenfranchised.

      • Thank you for the clarification.

  4. Hey, SB, here in Knoxville, the term is “election fraud”, and WE ARE ON IT. Go to: and you will see our Petition to end voter suppression HERE and across Tennessee. We already have more than 4,000 signees. We had a Rally, hosted by and its great new young, talented Reg. Director, Jenn Wallis. We will be taking our petitions to the General Assembly and locally, to our repressive Election Commission. We had great speakers, including 3 candidates…and two local icons of the Civil Rights era…Rev. Gordon Gibson and Avon Rollins. And this is ONLY the beginning of our plan!

    • Awesome! So inspiring to hear this kind of action coming out of East Tennessee. We’ve always just assumed East TN is the reddest of the red. Keep it up, you guys are a motivator!

  5. greennotGreen

    I heard an interesting piece on NPR’s On Point. The person (apparently Republican) defending voter ID laws pretty much said that the fact that Democrats are supporting the status quo means that the status quo allows Dems to steal elections. It comes down to that, really. If a Democrat won an election, it was obviously a fraudulent result. Voter ID laws, far from disenfranchising legitimate voters, will simply keep Democrats honest, and therefore Republicans will win.

    Conservative reality is the only reality. When results don’t fit that reality, the results are at fault, not the conservative world view.

    How do we fight that?

    • …the fact that Democrats are supporting the status quo means that the status quo allows Dems to steal elections….

      Huh? But the facts show that elections aren’t being stolen! There is a disconnect from reality here.

      I don’t know how we fight that because that’s a psychological disorder. Plenty of books have been written about the Republican Brain and how people would rather hold fast to a lie than go through whatever id-eg-superego gymnastics are required to change. BUT I do think this kind of thing only plays with the hard-core 22%, the True Believers and Kool-Aid drinkers. The hard-core Rush Limbaugh crowd. I think most people are able to embrace reality.

  6. Things like this demoralize me.

  7. Randy

    Upon reflection do threads like this ever make people wonder how someone like Christine O’Donnell ever managed to get her name on a ballot?

  8. Southern Beale:

    Just amember; IOFIYNAR*!

    * It’s Only Fraud If You’re NOT A Republican

  9. “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.”

    Hey, no lesser a spokespiehole than Weenie LaPierre has said that them wit teh gunz makez da roolz: (*.

    * I would avoid the comments unless you’re immune to TB&TDTBSS (Toxic Bullshit & Third Degree Teh Burning Stoopit Syndrome). It’s only a suggestion.