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#1 jtnc


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 11:13 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. No one intentionally cast a ballot in South Carolina using the names of dead people in recent elections, despite allegations to the contrary, according to a State Law Enforcement Division report obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

Attorney General Alan Wilson asked the agency to investigate last year after the Department of Motor Vehicles determined in early 2012 that more than 900 people listed as deceased also had voted in recent years.

Wilson referred the information to state police, saying that the number of people cited in the analysis "is an alarming number and clearly necessitates an investigation into criminal activity."

State Election Commission director Marci Andino had her staff take a look at questionable votes from the November 2010 general election, or about 200 of the more than 900 votes total - information that was also ultimately analyzed by the law enforcement division. Nearly half of the issues could be attributed to clerical errors, while several dozen resulted from DMV officials running Social Security numbers of voters against dead people but not seeing if the names matched.

Several other issues arose from ballots cast by men with the same names as their deceased fathers.

Of the 207 cases Andino's agency examined, only a handful remained unexplained, according to the commission and the Law Enforcement Division.

The DMV's initial analysis had been part of a research project on South Carolina's new voter ID law, which was rejected by the U.S. Justice Department on the basis that it was prejudicial to minorities. Wilson, a Republican, subsequently successfully sued the federal government, and the law that requires people to have government-issued identification or a new state voter-registration card went into effect this year.

After DMV Director Kevin Shwedo testified before state lawmakers about his agency's findings, Republican lawmakers and other elected officials immediately said the analysis and possible voter fraud showed why the new law was necessary.

Rep. Bakari Sellers, D-Denmark, who sits on the panel before which Shwedo appeared, questioned the expense of the police investigation, as well as the origin of the numbers to which Shwedo testified.

"What they used were fictitious numbers to promote a regressive piece of legislation," he said. "They needed something to grasp ahold of to justify taking steps backward in our voting-rights laws. ... It's apparent that we were lied to, and that's troubling."

A spokeswoman for Shwedo's agency did not immediately respond to an email message seeking comment Friday. A spokesman for Wilson said the prosecutor was pleased with the Law Enforcement Division's investigation.

"The initial claims reported to the Attorney General's Office were alarming," Mark Powell said. "The state's chief prosecutor cannot stand by when presented with such a situation."

The Division's determination was first reported by The Columbia Free Times, which obtained the report through an open records request.

Read more here: http://www.charlotte...l#storylink=cpy

But we need more voting laws to protect us from the people ruining our elections!

Right? Or am I just paranoid?

#2 NanuqoftheNorth


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Posted 06 July 2013 - 02:04 AM

Investigation after investigation has shown no significant voter fraud to include President George W. Bush's five year multi-million dollar witch hunt.  It all began in November of 2000, when then-Sen. John Ashcroft (soon-to-be USAG) lost a close election to a dead man, Democrat Mel Carnahan. http://www.salon.com...us_attorneys_2/



In 5-Year Effort, Scant Evidence of Voter Fraud


Published: April 12, 2007


WASHINGTON, April 11 — Five years after the Bush administration began a crackdown on voter fraud, the Justice Department has turned up virtually no evidence of any organized effort to skew federal elections, according to court records and interviews.  http://www.nytimes.c...wanted=all&_r=0



This issue is being perpetuated by a political party that recognizes the grim truth, our country's democratic principles are not conducive to their winning elections.


 Voter ID Laws Target Rarely Occurring Voter Fraud

Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbott, a Republican, launched an investigation in 2005 to uncover what he called an "epidemic" of voter fraud. But reviews of Abbott's investigation two years later yielded no cases of voter impersonation fraud. A Dallas Morning News review in 2008 found the 26 cases prosecuted were all against Democrats, most involved blacks and Hispanics, and typically involved people who helped elderly voters with mail-in ballots, but failed to follow state law by signing their names and addresses on the envelopes.


Abbot's investigation was paid for with a $1.4 million Justice Department crime-fighting grant.


After a five-year hunt for voter fraud, the Bush administration's Justice Department came up with little widespread fraud, finding mostly cases of people mistakenly filling out voter registration forms or voting when they didn't know they were ineligible, The New York Times reported in 2007. But none of the cases involved a person voting as someone else.

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#3 cookinwithgas


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Posted 06 July 2013 - 08:44 AM

Looks like that incompetent bumbling fool Obama managed to pull off his "Votes for Cigarettes and Malt Liquor" plan without anyone being the wiser

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 12:59 PM

Let's not let all this make us forget what's important about these voter fraud laws though: they prevent poor black people from voting.

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 01:15 PM

they just weren't looking hard enough, obv.

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 06:27 AM



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Posted 07 July 2013 - 06:59 AM

Ah yes. The most powerful evidence there is: YouTube.

#8 cookinwithgas


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Posted 08 July 2013 - 05:26 PM

Gee whiz this thread on voter fraud not existing as a practical issue that in any way needs addressing has been here for days and G5 has not seen fit to tell us all how we are all wrong or how this does not matter.


Dear G5,


We are right.


You are wrong.



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 06:14 PM

How do they know?  The average Walmart gets lifted for 6 million a year and only catches .5 Million.  At least they can count the losses.