Democrats Encourage Voter Fraud . . . Again.

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Democrats Encourage Voter Fraud . . . Again.

Post by Corlyss_D » Wed Jun 21, 2006 11:35 pm

If you can't beat 'em with ideas or candidates, do it the usual way . . .

Maryland vs. Vote Fraud

Marylanders opposed to the state's new Early Voting law reached a milestone this week with enough petition signatures to bring a November referendum into the realm of possibility. Not a happy omen for the state's heavily Democratic legislature and its most blatant effort yet to club Republican Governor Robert Ehrlich.

Under the recently enacted "early voting" law, Maryland residents are entitled vote any time in the five days before a general or primary election. Proponents sing the legislation's praises and say it will increase turnout especially among people with weird schedules -- nurses, firefighters and policemen -- who presumably have been disenfranchised these past centuries. Proponents also argue that more than 30 other states have already instituted some form of early voting.

What proponents don't say, however, is that many other states have or are instituting safeguards against fraud, such as requiring voters to present ID, something that is explicitly forbidden in Maryland. The obvious risk is that with polls open for a week, voters intent on fraud would find it easier to vote multiple times. Yet anyone who opposes early voting is labeled a racist who wants to disenfranchise African-Americans. Then there's Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, who likes to point out that Iraq allowed early voting in its recent elections. "If you can have it in Baghdad, you can have it in Baltimore," she announced, drawing an apt, if unintentional, parallel between two cities where personal safety is an issue.

Even the avidly pro-early voting Baltimore Sun, which guns for Gov. Ehrlich every chance it gets, admitted in an editorial that Democrats crafted the law to serve their political interests, referring particularly to the drafting of its provision on polling places as "an egregious ethical lapse."

Gov. Ehrlich has been rallying Marylanders to oppose the early-voting scheme. In a mailing last week headlined "Prevent VOTER FRAUD," he spelled out the problem: "Maryland's Liberals are trying to stack the deck in their quest to regain the Governor's office and insulate their position of power in the State Legislature. They recently passed a law, over my veto, setting up early voting centers primarily in partisan strongholds with virtually no safeguards to effectively track who votes, and how many times they vote, until after the votes are officially recorded. And then it will be too late!"

Opponents have until June 30th to present 50,000 valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot. But even if they get the signatures, they can expect to face additional obstacles. State Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. -- whose office has already issued a legal opinion that the petition drive comes too late -- is a Democrat and father-in-law of Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, Mr. Ehrlich's rival in the governor's race. Then there's the ultimate question: If the law remains in effect in November, won't the ballot issue itself be subject to early voting and possible fraud? -- Nancy de Wolf Smith
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Fugu

Post by Fugu » Thu Jun 22, 2006 12:12 am

Is this anything like the voter fraud perpretrated by the Repuklicans? Sure, you betcha. People in glass houses.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Thu Jun 22, 2006 12:17 am

Fugu wrote:Is this anything like the voter fraud perpretrated by the Repuklicans? Sure, you betcha. People in glass houses.
Democratic myth, as I will show later.
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Fugu

Post by Fugu » Thu Jun 22, 2006 12:27 am

Pure truth. You don't have anything to show that is proof. Just more right-wing talking points you got off of Ann.

Cosima__J

Post by Cosima__J » Thu Jun 22, 2006 11:11 am

Corlyss, this issue in Maryland reminds me of a similar one we have had here in Georgia. The state legislature passed and the governor signed a measure which requires voters to show a photo ID. There was a lot of howling from Democrats who claim that this new law is discriminatory because the elderly and minorities might not have a photo ID. Well they can easily get one in various ways. The truth of the matter is that Democrats realize that the new law will curb voter fraud and they don't like it one little bit.

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