Fraud claims don’t hold up

October 16, 2008
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There’s a fight going on in Indiana against early-voting sites, but the punches are being thrown at the wrong opponent.

A few Republicans in the typically Democratic-leaning Lake County have challenged the use of satellite voting sites because they feared it would increase the chance of voter fraud.

Because of conflicting court rulings in Lake Circuit and Superior courts, the Indiana Supreme Court stepped in and consolidated the cases for a speedy resolution yesterday.

Why? Because people want to vote early. Lines are forming in clerks’ offices and satellite voting sites across the state because people are eager to cast their votes.

The Republicans challenging the early-voting sites are using the excuse of voter fraud to try to make a legitimate claim to close these voting sites, but it seems to me those Republicans want to restrict voters’ access to these sites, which may be easier for voters to get to instead of the clerk’s office. Typically, it’s Democratic voters relying on public transportation or a ride from someone in order to vote. These closer, early-voting sites will help them out more.

How will voting early, in person, increase the chance of voter fraud? Voters will still have to produce a government-issued ID in order to vote, just as they would if they voted on Election Day.

If the Republicans (or Democrats for that matter) want to challenge something, how about absentee voting, in which you don’t have to produce an ID before mailing in your vote? Seems to me that’s where you’ll get your voter fraud, not from in-person absentee ballots cast at a satellite voting site.
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  1. I just wanted to point out that Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, Senator Feinstein, former Senate majority leader Bill Frist, and former attorney general John Ashcroft are responsible for this rubbish. We need to keep a eye on these corrupt, arrogant, and incompetent fools.

  2. Well I guess our politicians have decided to give these idiot federal prosecutors unlimited power. Now if I guy bounces a fifty-dollar check, the U.S. attorney can intentionally wait for twenty-five years or so and have the check swabbed for DNA and file charges. These power hungry federal prosecutors now have unlimited power to mess with people. we can thank Wisconsin's Jim Sensenbrenner and Diane Feinstein, John Achcroft and Bill Frist for this one. Way to go, idiots.

  3. I wonder if the USSR had electronic voting machines that changed the ballot after it was cast? Oh well, at least we have a free media serving as vicious watchdog and exposing all of the rot in the system! (Insert rimshot)

  4. Jose, you are assuming those in power do not wish to be totalitarian. My experience has convinced me otherwise. Constitutionalists are nearly as rare as hens teeth among the powerbrokers "managing" us for The Glorious State. Oh, and your point is dead on, el correcta mundo. Keep the Founders’ (1791 & 1851) vision alive, my friend, even if most all others, and especially the ruling junta, chase only power and money (i.e. mammon)

  5. Hypocrisy in high places, absolute immunity handed out like Halloween treats (it is the stuff of which tyranny is made) and the belief that government agents are above the constitutions and cannot be held responsible for mere citizen is killing, perhaps has killed, The Republic. And yet those same power drunk statists just reel on down the hallway toward bureaucratic fascism.

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