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Mickey Mouse

John McCain’s fake hysteria was on full display in last night’s debate. Discussing voter registration drives in predominantly urban and minority communities McCain said this:

We need to know the full extent of Senator Obama’s relationship with ACORN, who is now on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe
destroying the fabric of democracy.”

Nonsense. Don’t be fooled by the predictable right wing hysteria over ACORN and “voter fraud.” Here is a helpful glossary of terms:

1) Voter Registration Fraud: This is when registration cards for “Mickey Mouse” are submitted. These are easily identified (often by the group registering voters i.e. ACORN since they are required by law to submit all registration forms…even the one’s which are obviously fraudulent). Effect on the integrity of election results? None.

2) Voter Fraud: This would be if “Mickey Mouse” actually showed up and tried to cast a vote. Effect on the integrity of election results? Negligible. From 2002 to 2005, only 25 people have been convicted of voter fraud. That’s 8 per year…nationally.

3) Voter Supression: This would be if Michael “Mickey” Johnson was a correctly registered and fully qualified voter. He is likely to be African-American; living in a predominantly African-American neighborhood… in a battleground state. His right to vote may be suppressed by the following means: innaccurately and illegally purging from voter list, disproportionately long lines to vote in minority neighborhoods, voter “caging”, scurrilous intimidation tactics such as blanketing a neighborhood with fliers stating “people with unpaid parking tickets will be arrested if they attempt to vote”, being purged from the voter list if your house is in foreclosure, etc. Effect on the integrity of the election process? Significant. Recognize that tens of thousands of legal voters can be disenfranchised with one keystroke.

If there is a threat to the fabric of our democracy it is voter supression. Whenever our right wing friends mention “voter fraud” they are laying the groundwork to disenfranchise legal voters. It is particularly shameful that the votes they don’t want to be counted are those of low income and minority voters.

4 Comments

  1. IBXer

    October 16, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Where were you guys at in 2000 to complain about the Gore team systematically suppressing the absentee ballots of military voters in Florida during the “recount”?

    The Gore team had thousands of military absentee ballots thrown in the waste basket because they weren’t post marked by the cutoff date. The problem? Military absentee ballots coming from overseas don’t go through the post office. They go through the military’s postal service…

    It’ll be interesting to see how effective the Obama camp will be at supressing the military vote this year…

  2. Rob Schofield

    October 16, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Two points: #1 – John McCain sure is whistling a different tune about ACORN than he did two years ago when he was the keynote speaker at an event they co-sponsored.

    #2 – It’s hard to understand why the Obama/Biden camp would want to suppress military votes since more and more people are predicting that they will win the majority of those votes.

    This is from an article in the Montgomery (Alabama) Advertiser from a couple of weeks ago:

    “Military Times is polling service members and retirees this week and the 2008 poll results are due out next month. But there are some indications that the military may not be as solidly Republican this year.

    Recently announced figures showed that in June, deployed troops supported Obama six to one over McCain. That’s the most recent data, according to Massie Ritsch, a spokesman for the independent organization CRP, which tracks political funding. He said the July numbers were filed earlier this week but haven’t been analyzed yet.”

  3. sturner

    October 16, 2008 at 10:47 am

    IBXer…
    Sorry, bub, but once again facts have a liberal bias. From the New York Times July 15, 2001 titled:

    EXAMINING THE VOTE; How Bush Took Florida: Mining the Overseas Absentee Vote.

    Their findings: Their goal (Bush lawyers) was simple: to count the maximum number of overseas ballots in counties won by Mr. Bush, particularly those with a high concentration of military voters, while seeking to disqualify overseas ballots in counties won by Vice President Al Gore.

    The link to the entire article is here:

    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9507E0D8133BF936A25754C0A9679C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=1

    In my opinion both Bush and Gore should have agreed to count ALL Florida votes. Instead, both groups tried to cherry-pick counties where they thought they had an advantage. Ironically, Joe Lieberman was the first to capitulate to the Bush lawyers on the overseas ballots, which ultimately cost Gore the election.

    At least I’m glad you agree, IBXer, that “voter fraud” is a bogus right wing claim and that voter suppression is the real threat to elections.

  4. Donald E. Bowen

    November 21, 2008 at 1:49 am

    How Many Votes Did MICKEY MOUSE recieve in the 2008 election?