October 11, 2006


Report refutes fraud at poll sites (Richard Wolf, 10/11/06, USA TODAY)

At a time when many states are instituting new requirements for voter registration and identification, a preliminary report to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission has found little evidence of the type of polling-place fraud those measures seek to stop.

USA TODAY obtained the report from the commission four months after it was delivered by two consultants hired to write it. The commission has not distributed it publicly. [...]

The report, prepared by Tova Wang, an elections expert at the Century Foundation think tank, and Job Serebrov, an Arkansas attorney, says most fraud occurs in the absentee ballot process, such as through coercion or forgery. Wang declined to comment on the report, and Serebrov could not be reached for comment.

On the other hand, these conspiracy theories have kept the loons on both sides busy on trivial matters instead of gumming up the actual governance of the country.

U.S. Says Blacks in Mississippi Suppress White Vote (ADAM NOSSITER, 10/11/06, NY Times)

The Justice Department has chosen this no-stoplight, courthouse town buried in the eastern Mississippi prairie for an unusual civil rights test: the first federal lawsuit under the Voting Rights Act accusing blacks of suppressing the rights of whites.

The action represents a sharp shift, and it has raised eyebrows outside the state. The government is charging blacks with voting fraud in a state whose violent rejection of blacks’ right to vote, over generations, helped give birth to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Yet within Mississippi the case has provoked knowing nods rather than cries of outrage, even among liberal Democrats.

The Justice Department’s main focus is Ike Brown, a local power broker whose imaginative electoral tactics have for 20 years caused whisperings from here to the state capital in Jackson, 100 miles to the southwest. Mr. Brown, tall, thin, a twice-convicted felon, the chairman of the Noxubee County Democratic Executive Committee and its undisputed political boss, is accused by the federal government of orchestrating — with the help of others — “relentless voting-related racial discrimination” against whites, whom blacks outnumber by more than 3 to 1 in the county.

His goal, according to the government: keeping black politicians — ones supported by Mr. Brown, that is — in office.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 11, 2006 7:53 AM

Obviously the report didn't report what the commission wanted reported. Perhaps it actually pointed out that voter fraud is rampant in areas tightly controlled by Democrats and not a product of Rovian manipulation.

Posted by: erp at October 11, 2006 11:15 AM

That old style Cook County fraud is a thing of the past is no surprise to anyone paying attention, and neither is the rise of new style King County fraud, either.

Register early and often, and mail 'em all in!

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 11, 2006 2:30 PM

Not in Louisiana per the last election.

Posted by: erp at October 11, 2006 3:55 PM