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The myth of the myth of voting fraud

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Byron York:

In the eyes of the Obama administration, most Democratic lawmakers, and left-leaning editorial pages across the country, voter fraud is a problem that doesn't exist. Allegations of fraud, they say, are little more than pretexts conjured up by Republicans to justify voter ID laws designed to suppress Democratic turnout.

That argument becomes much harder to make after reading a discussion of the 2008 Minnesota Senate race in "Who's Counting?", a new book by conservative journalist John Fund and former Bush Justice Department official Hans von Spakovsky. ...

One example: 1,099 felons illegally voted in the 2008 Minnesota race for U.S. Senator that Al Franken won by 312 votes; despite reluctant prosecutors, 177 have been convicted of voting fraud. With "evidence suggesting that felons, when they do vote, strongly favor Democrats, it doesn't require a leap to suggest there might one day be proof that Al Franken was elected on the strength of voter fraud."

Meanwhile, the Justice Department seems to be moving purely on political grounds, suing to prevent election laws making it easier for military members to vote while simultaneously suing to prevent states from adopting voter ID laws, though the latter have already been deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court. [Krauthammer]

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But of course, the problem of felons voting is not something that would be addressed by all the GOP voter ID efforts. These felons clearly voted under their own names - otherwise they would not have been caught.

Do you have no concern whatsoever about making coherent arguments?Or do you just assume that your audience will not bother to actually think through the issues?

Democrats have sued to prevent efforts to purge the voter rolls of felons on similar theories. I fail to see your point, which you apparently don't feel strong enough about to defend with your real name.

Suing to prevent election laws making it easier for military members to vote

Oddly when you use a blatant lie to bolster an argument, you actually do harm to the part of your argument that may be true.
Felons in Minnesota? Might have a point. Obama suing to make it harder for the military. That's a flat out lie.


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