Stories like these are the tip of the iceberg. I have personally witnessed Alzheimers patients being led into booths and told who to vote for some years back. This kind of thing happens very often and it’s a reminder that Voter ID isn’t enough. Not when human evil is just this… evil.
The first story comes from Slate’s creepy Dear Prudence. Unlike most of her stories, this one doesn’t seem to be made up.
I live in Ohio, the battleground state in this year’s presidential election. I have just learned that my mother, who is the caretaker of my aging and infirm grandparents, has filled out their absentee ballots for them, having them vote for my mother’s preferred party. My grandmother has Alzheimer’s and believes it’s 1989. She is unaware of a single issue being discussed in the election. Worse, my grandmother has been a life-long voter for a party that is not the one my mother supports. Should I attempt to intervene in some way?
—Feeling the Civil War in Ohio
The second one comes from North Carolina, and is even worse, but again the tip of the iceberg.
The father of a mentally handicapped woman claims his daughter and others were “carted off” to a North Carolina polling site last week and “coaxed” into voting for President Obama by workers of the group home where she stays — a claim the owner of the home disputes and that apparently has not yet triggered an investigation by election officials.
The father, Cecil Pearson, said his daughter – who is 40 but has the “mentality … of a 7-year-old” – was “brainwashed the night before” and then taken to a Roanoke Rapids polling site on Friday to vote. He said his daughter told him what happened when he picked her up on Sunday.
“They brought her a piece of paper and they indicated which block to check,” Pearson told FoxNews.com. “She voted for Barack Obama and was coaxed into doing that.” He claimed “more than four” people were brought to the site.
It’s not the first time such allegations have been made in the state. FoxNews.com obtained a letter sent last month from Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions to the state Board of Elections claiming an internal review found several similar incidents between 2010 and 2012 by another company. Cardinal Innovations, which covers Medicaid and other benefits in North Carolina, reported in the Oct. 18 letter that “at least seven” of their enrollees at a behavioral health center called Elite Care Services were registered to vote over that period.
“The registration forms were filled out at the residential facility by Elite staff, using the facility address. Each of the seven enrollees was registered to the Democratic party,” the letter said, adding that a vote was recorded in the May 2012 Democratic primary in Stanly County for each.
Now remember that these employees are almost certainly members of health care unions. In some cases it might be done on their own initiative as members of a minority group which is rather invested in Obama, but for the most part these are directives from above. Most workers are not going to waste time, spend money and risk their jobs if they didn’t think that they had support from their union and the entire local political establishment for doing this. This isn’t their idea, this is how the Democratic Party does business.
Immigrants who don’t speak English and may not even be able to legally vote, the elderly who barely know what is going on and require caregivers, and the mentally challenged are routinely abused in this way. Taken together they help win elections.