Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Not every vote should count, but which ones shouldn't?

Elections, Obama 2008, Politics

The specter of voter fraud looms larger every day in the battleground states. People all over our country are wondering if the winner on Nov. 4th will be the legitimate recipient of properly registered voters or the product of massive voter fraud. There is growing fear and evidence it could be the latter.

Yesterday, authorities raided the Las Vegas ACORN/Reform Now office. How many fraudulent registrations did they find? Who knows.  From The Las Vegas Review-Journal:

"We don't know how many (falsified forms) are here; there may be two, or there may be thousands," said Bob Walsh, spokesman for the secretary of state's office.

Registration fraud typically stems from workers striving to meet their daily quota of submitted voter forms, [Secretary of State Ross] Miller said.

After the debate last night, a reporter also mentioned the quota as one reason for submitting bogus registration names. She said that since February of 2008, 90,000 new voters were registered in Nevada by ACORN. She was quick to add that authorities said these don't compromise voter rolls because crosschecks are made and the fraudulent ones are kept off the voter rolls. Nevada doesn't have a voter ID law either. Somehow I don't feel all that confident.

And who is ACORN? 

ACORN is a nonpartisan organization, but it is affiliated with a political action committee that has endorsed Democrat Barack Obama in the presidential election. ...

Obama's work as a community organizer in Chicago in the early 1990s was with Project Vote, but his campaign said it was not affiliated with ACORN at the time. Obama also was part of a team of lawyers representing ACORN in 1995 in a lawsuit that accused the state of Illinois of putting up barriers to poor people trying to register.

Our nation's voter registration lists are compromised. The Help America Vote Act was to have helped clean up the voter rolls, but that does little to combat voter fraud with same day registration. There is little we can do to combat this in time.

Heaven help us. (I know I said that earlier.)


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