As Fox News predictably gears up for its regular election-year voter fraud fear mongering, News Hounds Top Dog Caroline Heldman did a terrific job pushing back during her appearance on The O’Reilly Factor Thursday night (12/15/11). The difference this year is that Republicans in control of states across the country have taken the Fox News meme and run with it by passing laws making it harder to vote. Former President Bill Clinton said in July, "There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today.”
Even worse, the data indicates this is a “solution” for which there is no problem.
Check out the first video below, made by our friends at Brave New Foundation, in collaboration with the NAACP, about the impact of voting restriction laws.
The machines in heavily Democratic Lucas County kept going haywire, prompting the county’s election director to admit that prior tests of the machines had failed. One polling place in Lucas County never opened because all the machines were locked up somewhere and no one had the key.
In Hamilton County many absentee voters could not cast a Democratic vote for president because county workers, in taking Ralph Nader’s name off many ballots, also happened to remove John Kerry’s name. The Washington Post reported that in Mahoning County â25 electronic machines transferred an unknown number of Kerry votes to the Bush column,â but it did not think to ask why.
And the Rep. response?
Indeed, according to the House Republicans, it was the Democrats who were the troublemakers and cynical manipulatorsâspinning âfantasiesâ and âconspiracy theoriesâ to âdistractâ the people, âpoison the atmosphere of the House of Representativesâ (Dave Hobson, R., Ohio), and âundermine the prospect of democracyâ (David Dreier, R., Calif.); mounting âa direct attack to undermine our democracyâ (Tom DeLay, R., Tex.), âan assault against the institutions of our representative democracyâ (DeLay); trying âto plant the insidious seeds of doubt in the electoral processâ (J. D. Hayworth, R., Ariz.); and in so doing following âtheir party’s primary strategy: to obstruct, to divide and to destroyâ (Deborah D. Pryce, R., Ohio).
But NOW there is an inherent FRAUD problem. Nuff said.