Monday, November 06, 2006

Count every vote-even the fraudulent ones!

If I have found a good reason to vote for Bob Corker, then the allegations of vote fraud already occuring in Memphis just might tip me over the edge. The Ford family has a powerful machine in Memphis, one that Junior repeatedly denies exists, even though we (the people of Tennessee) know from experience that it does and that members of the family have committed fraud before.

Not content with extending voting rights to members of the recently departed community, apparently the Ford Machine is pushing to extend voting rights in the State of Tennessee to citizens of the State of Arkansas.

From Blue Collar Republicans:

On the last day of Early Voting here in Shelby County, Ms. Lillie D. Davis, an Arkansas resident, arrived at an EV location to vote. She presented her identification to the poll worker which happened to be an Arkansas DL with an Arkansas address. When challenged by the poll worker, she explained that she lived in Arkansas but voted in Memphis. The poll worker simply said okay and allowed Ms. Davis to vote.

I can't tell you how completely abhorrent I find this kind of activity. The right to vote is something that I think is sacrosanct in our free society, but it is actually a privilege in the sense that it is based on where you live and your ability to prove that you are who you say you are. Not just anyone can vote, but voters qualified to vote in their State, County, and appropriate precinct. In other words, if you are not "from around here," you don't vote around here.

I know this is going to draw the ire of Democrats, but I don't care-it is the truth: Democrats are notorious for this sort of behavior. I remember when I was in college in Ohio, the local Democratic Party placed flyers on the apartment doors of everyone in the complex where I lived, knowing that it was full of college students. The flyers explained that the students didn't need to live in the district to vote, but they could receive a provisional ballot, and it "instructed" them how.

What the flyers did not explain was the strictures of Ohio's Provisional Ballot Law. You can only receive a provisional ballot in Ohio if you can prove that you are validly registered to vote in an Ohio ward and precinct. In other words, you had to present an Ohio voter registration card so that the poll worker knew what precinct to transfer your votes in Statewide races to. Asking for provisional ballots up to that point (1998) was so rare, I am told, that most of the poll workers were not even aware of what to do to transfer these votes. The Dems took full advantage of the situation, stationing hacks at polling places near campus demanding that people who could not prove their proper voting status be given provisional ballots in the name of preventing "disenfranchisement." The result was that there were so many of these provisional ballots that could not be traced, while Dems demanded they be counted in the name of "voting rights."

The same situation is happening in Memphis and, near as I can tell, happens in every election cycle and it is rampant. I so despise this kind of activity that I am considering a vote for Corker for no other reason than to cancel out the Memphis voting fraud.

For more on the crooked voting practices in Memphis, check out Voting in Memphis.



At Monday, November 06, 2006 12:35:00 PM, Blogger Steve Mule said...

Send me your address so I can send you some chees to go with that whine.
Accusations of voter fraud go back and forth - Florida '02, Ohio '04 and now Memphis, com'on this is old and silly stuuf. Nothing more than "if my guy wins it's the will of the people but if my guy looses it's clearly, obviously fraud!!"


At Monday, November 06, 2006 2:38:00 PM, Blogger Mike Faulk said...


I'll bet the Asa Hutchinson for Governor Campaign in Arkansas would like to send us several more from West Memphis!

At Monday, November 06, 2006 4:18:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

Yes Steve, way to turn on those blinders...just claim the problem doesn't exist and accuse those of us who point it out of whining.

I'm not saying that there aren't folks who do whine upon losing a close one (I've certainly seen my share of that), but fraud is a real problem, and supposed "loopholes" in residency (that really don't exist but, as pointed out here, can be very easy to get around), is one of the easiest ways that vote fraud is committed today.

This might not raise as much of a stink if the Fords had no history of using fraud as a means of maintaining power.

At Monday, November 06, 2006 4:23:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

Yeah, I have a feeling the Arkansas GOP would just love to dump the Dem voters on Tennessee!

At Monday, November 06, 2006 9:50:00 PM, Blogger Steve Mule said...

Mike has a real point there - the AK GOP needs all the help they can get. The GOP gubernatorial candidate's campaign is alot like Bryson's here in TN.


At Monday, November 06, 2006 11:16:00 PM, Blogger The Constantly BAREFOOTED Ray said...

Lest we forget, the 2000 election when Al Gore tried to steel the presidency away from George Herbert walker Bush. Okayokay okay; so Bush isn't exactly my favorite president right now; but, com on. Better then Gore or Kerry would have been.

At Tuesday, November 07, 2006 8:05:00 AM, Blogger Steve Mule said...

It was George Westcott Bush not GHWB in 2000. Get some shoes, the cold is seeping into your head.


At Tuesday, November 07, 2006 10:41:00 AM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

I guess now that Election Day is here I can admit that I think Asa Hutchinson is the better of the two candidates compared to Jim Bryson.

You and Steve are both wrong about the President's middle name-it is simply George WALKER Bush.


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