Michael Collins:
Did Bush Commit Election Fraud? (Part 2)
Monday, 30 April 2007, 2:24 pm
Article: Michael Collins
Did Bush Commit Election Fraud? Part 2
Voter Fraud Scam Fails in Milwaukee Test Market
“Voters likely to feel they’re being watched”
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – JSOnline- 31 Oct 2004)

Michael Collins
“Scoop” Independent News
Washington, DC
Part 2 (Part 1)

This article describes the coordinated effort on the part of the Republican Party to establish alleged voter fraud committed by Democrats as a serious problem. Despite the disruptions it caused, an evaluation of the evidence shows the effort failed on multiple levels. Yet the effort perseveres and the myth that voter fraud is rampant is promoted even today by Republican operatives and others who should know better.

The latest version of the voter fraud myth had its origins Milwaukee before, during and after 2004 presidential election. The Republicans rolled out voter fraud as a crime of epidemic proportions; test marketed that concept with a vigorous press campaign; and encouraged a law enforcement effort to catch the hypothesized vote cheaters. This effort is well documented.
Based on prior experience, the news of impending investigations and arrests would be expected to suppress the minority vote. The Milwaukee effort, combined with others, offered to (a) strengthen the voter fraud myth as a vehicle to restrict voting by minorities and (b) provide inoculation should the Democrats or anyone else claim massive election fraud in Ohio or other key battleground states.

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Reader’s comment:

At 10:28 PM, been there said…

i know you like to point out the history of voter fraud in chicago. and i can’t argue too much. but i would like to draw your attention to the 49th ward aldermanic runoff. if there is an honest person in the city council, it is probably my alderman, joe moore. he can’t be much of a crook, he ended up 51 votes short in the primary, and ended up in a runoff with a guy, don gordon, who sure smells like a republican. his strategy on election day was challenge, challenge, challenge. he lost by 247 votes. don is contesting the election. i was a judge, and the dozen or so challenged voters in my precinct were all black. hmm. all but 2 were able to identify them selves, and were allowed to vote. now he says that 10% of voters in that precinct were invalid.

i could go on. but many things about this campaign smell funny, including rabid bloggers with a positively rovian way of framing non-issues, and a huge chunk of change from one of the swift boat funders.

so, i have to agree that there is a concerted effort to frame dems for “voter” fraud. and what better place to look than chicago? especilly at an alderman that took on walmart, the iraq war, and impeachment.

things that make you go hmmmm.



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  • i know you like to point out the history of voter fraud in chicago. and i can’t argue too much. but i would like to draw your attention to the 49th ward aldermanic runoff. if there is an honest person in the city council, it is probably my alderman, joe moore. he can’t be much of a crook, he ended up 51 votes short in the primary, and ended up in a runoff with a guy, don gordon, who sure smells like a republican. his strategy on election day was challenge, challenge, challenge. he lost by 247 votes. don is contesting the election. i was a judge, and the dozen or so challenged voters in my precinct were all black. hmm. all but 2 were able to identify them selves, and were allowed to vote. now he says that 10% of voters in that precinct were invalid.
    i could go on. but many things about this campaign smell funny, including rabid bloggers with a positively rovian way of framing non-issues, and a huge chunk of change from one of the swift boat funders.
    so, i have to agree that there is a concerted effort to frame dems for “voter” fraud. and what better place to look than chicago? especilly at an alderman that took on walmart, the iraq war, and impeachment.
    things that make you go hmmmm.

  • http://blogs.chicagoreader.com/politics/tag/Don%20Gordon/

    “voter fraud”

    honest. he is a great progressive democrat who has fought walmart, the iraq war, and called for impeachment a long, long time ago. on the public record.
    read about the race here
    http://blogs.chicagoreader.com/politics/tag/Don%20Gordon/

    An Open Letter to Don Gordon:

    We are the Steering Committee of the Edgewater/Rogers Park Democracy for America (DFA) Group. DFA is an organization founded by Governor Howard Dean and dedicated to progressive reform. We are writing to urge you to withdraw your lawsuit, which seeks to throw out more than half of the votes cast in the recent aldermanic election, thereby disenfranchising thousands of 49th Ward voters.

    Your lawsuit claims you lost the aldermanic election through fraud. Yet you fail to allege any specific acts of fraud. On that basis alone, your legal challenge appears without merit.

    What is even more troubling, however, is that while you say you wish to protect the right to vote, you ask the court to void the results in 22 precincts, which represent most of the precincts in the 49th Ward. In other words, if you were to prevail in your lawsuit, all votes cast in those 22 precincts would no longer be counted, and over half the voters in the last election would be disenfranchised.

    This incredibly extreme measure runs contrary to every democratic principle. Mr. Gordon, if you have evidence of voter fraud, which we seriously doubt, we urge you to turn that evidence over to the U.S. Attorney, the Illinois Attorney General and the Cook County State’s Attorney. But do not continue this attempt to deprive the voters in the 49th Ward of their right to vote.

    We also find it extremely curious that the 22 precincts whose voters you seek to disenfranchise happen to be the same 22 precincts that Joe Moore won in the last election, a fact which underscores the blatantly political nature of your lawsuit and belies your claim that the purpose of your lawsuit is to see that “all the votes are counted.” In fact, using such serious allegations for such a transparently political maneuver demonstrates a shocking level of contempt for the principles of our democracy and an appalling willingness to disenfranchise your neighbors for your own political purposes.

    Many of our members participated as volunteers in the 49th Ward election, and none of us saw any evidence of fraud or misconduct on the part of election officials or Moore campaign workers. Instead, we observed many attorneys from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office and many investigators from the Chicago Board of Elections, who monitored the polling places all day. None of these professional observers witnessed any acts of fraud or misconduct.

    Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the attorney you hired to represent you on your lawsuit, Michael Lavelle, is the same attorney who represents Protect Marriage Illinois, the conservative Christian fundamentalist organization that attempted last year to place an anti-gay marriage referendum on the statewide election ballot.

    Mr. Gordon, these divisive, anti-democratic, right-wing tactics have no place here in Rogers Park and Edgewater. It’s time to acknowledge you lost the election and move on. Please join us in uniting, not dividing our community.

    Sincerely,

    Shannon Fisk, Jim Ginsburg, Carol Levy, Melissa Lindberg,
    Michi Schulenberg and Sandra Verthein

    Edgewater/Rogers Park
    Democracy for America
    Steering Committee

    …….
    and my comments-

    here, here. in polling place after polling place, judges from both sides congratulated each other on a clean election, well fought. the precinct where i was a judge is on the challenged list.
    a gordon volunteer said that the precinct i judged had been “written-off”, yet the poll watchers had a long list of challenges. they challenged roughly a dozen voters, 3 provisional ballots were given, the rest had white applications, current drivers licenses, and matching signatures. they got a regular ballot and voted. now 16 votes are said to be invalid in that precinct. almost 10% of the total. so, these voters already were challenged, and judged valid. you had your pollwatchers, and judges who worked your campaign. you lost. fairer than fair.
    don gordon is the ronald reagan of rogers park, blowing smoke, twisting words, spinning issues out of thin air, and paving the way for big business to take down an independent voice.
    we are democrats here, don. you lost.
    and who the hell is the freeman insititute, anyway.

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