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Like zombies, dead voters return to FOX for their quadrennial scare

Reported by Chrish - June 4, 2008 -

Eric Shawn just filed a story on Special Report 6/4/08 about dead people voting, a favorite boogey-man of the right around this time of (even-numbered) year. Although within the report he quoted an official from Connecticut who assured that no dead person actually voted and every case was a matter of clerical error and not voter fraud, the reminder has nonetheless been made to FOX viewers that voter fraud is an important issue, worthy of media scrutiny. Election fraud, on the other hand, is rarely mentioned on FOX and only as a source of disparagement towards conspiracy-minded sore loser liberals.

Vote caging, is a systematic suppression of blocs of votes, has been historically the province of the Republican party, and tens of thousands of voters at a time have been disenfranchised. Voter rolls have been systematically purged, too few machines delivered to neighborhoods expected to go heavily Democratic, and now ID laws are being instituted, with very little time for publicity, that are believed to disfavor poor voters. These stories are virtually invisible to the FOX viewer, but now they know the story of one woman shocked to find that her deceased mother had "voted." We can expect more of those isolated incidents to make the national news (on FOX, at least), building the case that it's rampant, while the institutionalized cheating goes under the radar.

Where have we seen these stories before? Why, here, here, here, here and here, for starters. Deja vu all over again. They'll disappear, too, right after the election, until needed again.