While Karl Rove and others complain about non-existent “voter fraud” where someone supposedly uses another person’s name to vote or where non-U.S. citizens supposedly attempt to vote (which would be pretty stupid to do), the real election fraud happens through other means such as:
- Purging certain voters off of voter rolls due to arcane laws or by deliberately erasing voting history that would then cause them to be purged
- Rigging electronic voting machines
- Manipulating electronic voting machine votes through possibly putting code on memory cards or through changing central tabulation systems
- Altering the vote through third party intervention through Man-in-the-Middle attacks as thought happened in Ohio 2004
- Making it harder for voters to register to vote by imposing ridiculous penalties on organizations like Women’s League of Voters who do not send in registration forms a certain way within a narrow window of time!
- Passing Voter ID laws that require types of documentation that is difficult to get in order to get a state issued acceptable Voter ID
Thanks to Brad Friedman of Bradblog.com and Bev Harris of BlackBoxVoting.org, the watchdog journalists are watching what the major media many times fail to cover about the real election integrity issues happening now around the country!
The Brennan Center for Justice has excellent election news, separating facts from fiction–especially regarding “voter fraud” issues.
Deja Vu Election Integrity Issues in Shelby County, Tennessee
According to Bev Harris of BlackBoxVoting.org:
“Four hundred and eighty-eight voters, every one of them in Tennessee district of US Rep Steve Cohen (D-09), all but four lifelong Democrats, and nearly all Black, had their voting history erased by Shelby County election workers, setting them up for purge from the voter list.”
Beverly Harris explains that a Shelby County, TN voter unrelated to her by the name of Darrick “D” Harris informed Beverly that he discovered his voting history had “somehow evaporated.”
Darrick Harris said “he votes regularly, but as of Oct. 2011, the voter list reports that he has never voted — not once!”
This is important because many election supervisors and registrars have laws in their counties and states that allow them to purge a particular voter from the voter rolls if they have not voted in recent elections. In order for that person to vote they would have to re-register all over again!
Systematic Purging of Certain Voters in Key Elections
While the press has been covering issues related to “voter id laws” in various Republican-controlled states and civil rights issues related to those laws, there has been little coverage of the issues of voter purging from rolls.
Janell Ross of Huffington Post wrote a report about Florida’s recent purges potentially involving 180,000 people, many Latino voters.
Who will protect those voters purged from the rolls?
This is not the first time that Shelby County in Tennessee has been in the news about funny business with their election system. Here are some links to other posts about Shelby County election shenanigans.
Beverly Harris claims that: “Shelby County performed unauthorized alterations in its (Now Uncertified) Voting System.”
Lawsuit Filed by former Tennessee Congressman Lincoln Davis against the Tennessee Secretary of State for Improper Voter Roll Purging
Former Tennessee Congressman Lincoln Davis went to the polls to vote in his state’s primary and found he was not on the rolls. Someone had taken him off the voting rolls from the place where he normally votes. However, no one bothered to inform him by mail that he had been scrubbed from the rolls in his hometown county. He discovered possibly 70,000 other registered Tennessee voters were also purged from the state’s rolls. He filed a class action suit against the Secretary of State to make sure Tennessee voters are notified about the fact that they could be purged from the rolls. He wants to protect other Americans from discovering this on election day.
The big question is why Tennessee’s Secretary of State didn’t bother to send Mr. Davis a warning that he could be purged from the rolls or that he had been purged from the voter rolls so he would then be able to re-register or clear up the matter? Is Tennessee targeting certain voters to “purge”? This blogger hopes The U.S. Attorney General pays close attention to those states that fail to notify voters that they are about to be “purged” or that they have been purged.