9/06/2012

Vote Fraud in Arkansas

Well, at least we know that there are no cases of vote fraud.  No one would go to the trouble of trying to rig an election.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Democratic state legislator from east Arkansas, his father and two campaign workers pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit election fraud after federal prosecutors said the lawmaker's campaign bribed absentee voters and destroyed ballots in a special election last year. 
Prosecutors said Democratic Rep. Hudson Hallum of Marion, Kent Hallum, Phillip Wayne Carter and Sam Malone acknowledged that they participated in a conspiracy to bribe voters to influence absentee votes in the Arkansas District 54 primary, runoff and general elections in 2011. The four were released pending a sentencing hearing. 
"In a nation in which every person's vote matters, protecting the integrity of the electoral process from those who seek to win office by cheating the system is critical," Assistant U.S. Attorney Jane Duke said in a statement released by her office. "Voter fraud schemes such as that carried out in the 2011 District 54 race have the devastating effect of eroding public confidence in elected officials and disenfranchising voters." . . .
Here is also another interesting side note from Colorado.
. . . Democrats have launched yet another specious attack on Colorado's Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler after his office mailed letters to several thousand registered voters suspected of being non-citizens.
They were under suspicion because they had applied for a driver's license using non-citizen identification. Some may have become citizens since then, or not, but all have been asked to prove they're legally qualified to vote or, otherwise, have their names removed from registration lists.
While this seems perfectly reasonable, Democratic Rep. Crisanta Duran has theatrically accused Gessler of devious, partisan motivations. Her evidence? Of the 3,903 letters sent, only 486 went to registered Republicans, while 1,566 went to Democrats and 1,794 to independents. Therefore what? Gessler explains there was no manipulation; it's just the way the list played out. Couldn't it innocently be that Republicans in Colorado are simply less likely to have applied for driver's licenses with non-citizen identification?
Piling on, Democratic Party chairman Rick Palacio criticized Gessler for sending out the letters in a "rushed process" so close to the election. This is hypocritical chutzpah on steroids since it was Barack Obama's Department of Homeland Security that stalled for months in cooperating with Gessler's request for access to its database for verifying citizenship. . . . 

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