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Once upon a time in America, if a group of citizen volunteers set out to help election officials detect problems with the voter rolls, they would have been praised. If a group of citizen volunteers had detected scores of dead people on the voter rolls they would have received broad accolades from all corners of America.
Once upon a time in America, we esteemed law abiding citizens who helped law enforcement detect law breakers – especially when it comes to the sanctity of elections.
But this isn’t the America we used to know. Instead, when election integrity groups like Houston-based True the Vote help detect countless problems with American elections – including people who illegally voted twice in the 2008 Presidential election from different states – they are slandered and attacked by the New York Times, academia and formerly relevant civil rights organizations.
Something has indeed changed.
The 2012 election will have something never before seen in American elections – ordinary citizens in every corner of the country analyzing the voter rolls to see if dead and ineligible voters remain registered. On election day, volunteers will fan out across thousands of American polling places armed with pen and paper and record what happened.
For exercising this noble civic undertaking, the headlines of the New York Times scream “Voter Harassment Circa 2012.” The Times tells us “a Tea Party group, True the Vote, descends on a largely minority precinct and combs the registration records . . . nonexistent [voter fraud] is used as an excuse to reduce the political rights of minorities, the poor, students, older Americans and other groups that tend to vote Democratic.”
This is an outright lie. And it might be shocking if it weren’t published on the pages of a newspaper with a long history of publishing lies, such as those fed through the pen of Times reporter and Stalin stooge Walter Duranty. The Times has no data that cleaning up the voter rolls affects “minorities” and “the poor,” but emotional dog whistles work better than reason or facts.
Then the Times lies about the election day poll observation activities of citizen volunteers: “In 2009 and 2010, for example, the group focused on the Houston Congressional district represented by Sheila Jackson Lee, a black Democrat. . . . That didn’t stop the group from sending dozens of white “poll watchers” to precincts in the district during the 2010 elections, deliberately creating friction with black voters.”
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