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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Vote Fraud Will Be "The Big Issue"

I'm predicting that this starts showing up in the headlines on a regular basis because both parties are starting to harp on it:

1. New York Times columnist Bob Herbert has written several op-ed pieces on attempts to intimidate black residents of Florida (as has Paul Krugman).

2. Bill Hobbs has been keeping a list of vote fraud stories from around the country.

3. Several battleground states have fishy voter registration drives at work.

4. The Volokh Conspiracy picked up on a story just today. (Note: This story is too weird for me to explain. It may involve Democrats pretending to be corrupt Republicans, or just corrupt Republicans, or really stupid Democrats. I don't know, but I urge you to check it out. This too.)

5. The conservative talk show hosts in Milwaukee are all over vote fraud, here and here, as is the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, here and here.

6. You can read Danny's experiences here, and here.

7. Drudge links to this.

This has the potential to become an extremely politicized issue with Democrats claiming that millions have been disenfranchised, and Republicans claiming that millions voted illegally.

I think that this issue will become a pervasive talking point for both parties over the next three weeks, and if the vote is close in any key state, it may offer up grounds for litigation. Look for this to creep into the MSM any day now, and for people to become sick of it within a few weeks.

I am personally appalled that there are so many people out there who are apparently willing to turn us into a banana republic for the sake of a short term gain of power, regardless of party affiliation. What is really annoying is that this problem could be solved easily by requiring a photo ID to vote, as there is no good reason not to require a photo ID to vote. Hopefully if there are problems this election we will start to take the vote more seriously and enact much needed reforms.

After all, it should not be easier to vote than it is to rent a movie.

1 Comments:

  • The two stories at Volokh are reason enough for me to register at the poles. It's easier that way anyway.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 3:47 PM  

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