Selective Vote Counting by GOP in Maine and Iowa Caucuses

Election cat looked for missing ballots from the GOP Maine & Iowa Caucuses. Photo Credit: TV for cats by someToast on flickr cc

Election cat looked for missing ballots from the GOP Maine & Iowa Caucuses. Photo Credit: TV for cats by someToast on flickr cc

Odd GOP Vote Counting in Iowa and Maine Caucuses

It seems that in Iowa and Maine, the State Republican Party initially decided to leave out 8 precincts in Iowa and now in Maine 3 counties. Why?

This is from the party that yells voter fraud every two minutes in order to justify passage of voter I.D. laws that make it harder for the elderly, youth and minorities to vote.

The Brennan Center for Justice reports:

“Photo ID supporters routinely cry “fraud” as the reason for supporting new restrictions on access to the ballot. But the real fraud is in the repeated use of inaccurate, or just plain manufactured, claims about voter fraud that just aren’t happening. The reality? Voter fraud is as likely to happen as getting struck by lightning. But if you listen to photo ID supporters, you’d think every rain drop represents a stolen vote.”

The Catch 22 of Voter I.D. Laws

Elderly who previously legally voted for decades now due to voter I.D. laws have to prove they are American citizens. Some senior citizens like Thelma Mitchell, a 93-year old Tennessee woman, do not have birth certificates because they were born in places where there were no birth certificates. Ms. Mitchell was born in Alabama in 1918 and delivered by a midwife. She never had a birth certificate.

Students also have to go through hoops in some states in order to vote. It’s expensive to get access to documents that certain states approve as “official” in order to get a Voter I.D.

Ironically, the GOP seem to only count certain ballots in recent primaries and caucuses and not others. What? Let’s hope this pattern ends now before November 2012.

Count all the votes please.

The GOP leadership want it both ways. They want to make everyone have a restrictive Voter I.D. but they won’t count all legal votes in their own caucuses and primaries to select a GOP Presidential Candidate. That behavior triggers an hypocrisy alert of the highest order.

Maine kitty was displeased with the way the GOP Caucuses were held. She said "Count all the Counties Please." Photo Credit: ruth6 by Dan Hershman on flickr cc

Maine kitty was displeased with the way the GOP Caucuses were held. She said "Count all the Counties Please." Photo Credit: ruth6 by Dan Hershman on flickr cc

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