Republicans And Their Hard-Knock Life: The Curse Of Seeing All Those Dead People Vote!

Imagine Seeing Casper At The Polls! Nikki Haley Does!

Blocking The Vote! GOP Will Keep Those Dead People Away From The Polls!

ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, together with Republican-led state houses throughout the country, have combined forces in the last couple of years in an attempt to exorcise all of those ghosts that, even after death, continue to vote in US elections. South Carolina's Republican Governor Nikki Haley has a particularly vexing problem with ghosts showing up at the polls, so she signed a new voter ID law that she was convinced would once and for all expel the voting dead.

The state of South Carolina identified and publicized 953 instances of voter fraud that involved people supposedly assuming the names of dead people in order to cast a ballot over the course of the last seven years and included almost 75 elections. They used those statistics to justify the passage of a voter ID law that their own research concluded could have disenfranchised up to 85,000 legitimate voters, but in the state of South Carolina, 953 possible cases of voter fraud far outweighed the rights of those 85,000 voters who did not have the newly mandated voting documents. All those dead people!

The only problem with the 953 South Carolina cases is that further investigation by the state itself has revealed that there was no fraud. In some of the cases, people voted using absentee ballots and died just prior to the elections. In still many other cases, it was discovered that the problem was clerical errors. Some of the 'dead" people were actually still alive, but DMV records said they had died. Gotta love the DMV! The most intriguing cases were errors committed by poll workers who marked people as having voted, but later realized that they hadn't.

Because the state of South Carolina has such an egregious history of voting rights violations, the U.S. Department of Justice reviews any and all changes to voter laws in the state and the Department of Justice has concluded that this latest attempt by the state would disenfranchise black voters. The state itself has concluded that up to 20% of the state's black voters do not have the newly required voter ID. South Carolina has sued and the legislation is being held up in the courts.

South Carolina is not the only Republican-governed state that has passed new voting regulations. They are just one of over thirty states with these new laws on the books. What makes South Carolina different is that the Department of Justice must have their law reviewed. The other states are free to do as they see fit.

Who has helped these states pass these laws? ALEC!

ALEC is that shady, dare I say, crooked organization that mates large corporations with conservative state lawmakers. Their sole intention is to provide conservative state legislators with pre-written laws designed to protect corporate interests. They are responsible for most of the new voter ID laws that have been passed in this country. Honorable intentions? Not on your life! These laws have never been intended to stop a widespread epidemic of voter fraud. The number of legitimate voter fraud cases prosecuted in this country is miniscule, because it doesn't happen! The real intention of voter ID laws is to disenfranchise voters who may be inclined to vote liberal.

The people who will be most affected by voter ID laws will be minorities, the poor, disabled, elderly and students, who tend to vote liberal. So, of course, if ALEC and the GOP can keep these people from voting, they feel that they will have a better chance of winning elections. There simply are not that many dead people that vote...And there is no evidence that people sit and scour the obituaries and then run off to assume the voting identities of the dead...

The Brennan Center for Justice reports that::

  • Burdensome photo ID or proof of citizenship requirements for voting could block millions of eligible American voters without addressing any real problem. Although most Americans have government-issued photo ID, studies show that as many as 12% of eligible voters nationwide do not; the percentage is even higher for seniors, people of color, people with disabilities, low-income voters, and students. Many of those citizens find it hard to get such IDs, because the underlying documentation (the ID one needs to get ID) is often difficult to come by. Those difficulties will increase substantially if documentary proof of citizenship is needed to vote or to obtain the identification required to vote.

Your GOP State Lawmakers Work For ALEC, Not For You!

Every state legislature has an ALEC chairman. Their job is to recruit members for ALEC and to help them get in lock step and keep them in lock step with the corporate agenda. Why, you might ask? Money! Doesn't everything boil down to money?

ALEC has huge meetings, generously giving what they call 'scholarships'; in essence, paying your legislators to attend. The meetings are secret and only members can attend. They push, push, push their agenda. Is it an agenda that is in your interests? No! The agenda, again, is to push legislation that is favorable to the largest and richest of corporations. They help your lazy legislators by providing them with pre-written laws designed to be passed in your states; not for your benefit, for theirs. They teach them how to get the laws passed, the words to use to convince their colleagues that these laws are beneficial, and ALEC backs them with...money...ALEC determines what laws your legislatures will concentrate on passing, year after year. While your lawmakers get paid by you for legislating, they abdicate their responsibilities and farm out your future to ALEC.

According to the Center for Media and Democracy, almost every voter ID law in the country shares common elements that have been provided by the group, ALEC.

Nikki Haley is a member of ALEC. Most GOP state legislators are. I don't know if ALEC suggested that Haley should start seeing dead people vote or if that was her own creative idea. Regardless, the Justice Department isn't buying her fear of voting ghosts...

As Many As Five Million Voters Disenfranchised

The Brennan Center has published several reports estimating that as many as 5 million voters will be disenfranchised by the GOP-ALEC alliance that has worked together to pass restrictive voting laws. The laws are aimed at, not dead voters, but living voters who are legally entitled to cast a ballot in this country. Many people may wonder what the fuss is all about. Just buy a picture ID. Just get your birth certificate, or in the state of Texas, buy a gun and a carry permit. When it costs someone money to vote, that is called a poll tax, and poll taxes are illegal!

Finally, if there was a problem with voter fraud, voter ID laws might be necessary, but there simply isn't a problem. This is just another case of subterfuge. The GOP and ALEC have the desire to prevent people from voting in a way which may not be beneficial to their candidates and their issues, so they block their votes.

It is shameful!

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Do You See Dead People Voting? 20 comments

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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

Interesting article, I do know that there is a lot of fraud going on these days and it just gets worse every year. It is likely that those in power are mostly the ones who are partaking in those fraudulent activities, not the average person or voter in this case. Voted up and interesting.


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cathylynn99 4 years ago from northeastern US

PA passed a similar law this year, sorry to say. the League of Women Voters has been fighting these laws, but the republicans who pass them are immune to grassroots protest.


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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA Author

The League of Women Voters has taken a strong stand on these laws, and I am glad! Now, if the rest of the country could come together on this, maybe we could get rid of all of these laws. Don't get me wrong! I believe in the integrity of voting and that we must protect our elections, but don't think that we should, as a country, want to keep people entitled to vote from exercising their right. Our vote is our voice!

I hope you are well, Doc!


Sooner28 4 years ago

The Guarantors of Poverty (GOP) never surprise me with their pathetic attempts to take away the minority vote. They are now a majority white party. The future demographics of the country will not bode well for them.


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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Sooner28,

I like that! The Guarantors of Poverty...how appropriate!

The GOP is definitely looking for the white vote, but not all white voters need apply. Those who believe in justice for all, opportunity for all and equality for all are not welcome...


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Credence2 4 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

The Rev al Sharpton is engaged in a reenactment of the 1965 March on Selma to commerate the struggle to obtain the vote. He says besides reminding people of the struggle at that time, it could well be relevant in these times as the GOP uses dastardly methods to disenfranchise those that would not entertain their rightwing view of the world. We all must fight, more power to Mr. Holder in his attempt hold state legislature's feet to the fire making it clear that the right to the franchise will not be denied through slight of hand or other such trickery. Great article Cred2


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J Elaine 4 years ago from Northern Minnesota

Oh Jillian. You are so misinformed. I am an election judge so I may know a little more about this subject than you do. There is only one reason Democrats are so vehemently apposed to voter ID laws and that's because they like to cheat. My favorite reason for why a person votes Democrat - "Because I voted GOP all my life and now I'm dead."

Voter fraud is rampant in many states and it goes all the way from the voter on up to the secretary of state's office. That's the reason you don't get very many cases prosecuted. The majority of them never make it past the county attorney's office.

Here in MN you can't even get a fishing license without a photo ID, so nobody is being disenfranchised. Any voter ID laws passed have to make sure everyone who is a legitimate voter gets the proper ID and is allowed to vote.

This is not some big GOP conspiracy. We're just tired of having to deal with the consequences of voter fraud. How else would we end up with a clown like Al Franken as a US Senator? The people who are constantly being disenfranchised without voter ID laws are the legitimate Republican voters.


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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA Author

Of course I am misinformed! Put me right up there with the Brennan Center for Justice!

Where is the rampant voter fraud? I would like to see the statistics, please. Want you to convince me with facts and numbers, not just opinion. If you are an election judge, why are you allowing all of this voter fraud to take place?

The real issue I have with your statement is that you say, "Democrats like to cheat". Show me!


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J Elaine 4 years ago from Northern Minnesota

As I said Jillian, these cases don't get prosecuted because the county attorneys are in the tank with the secretaries of state. Did you hear of George Soros' SOS program? He spent millions getting Democrat secretaries of state elected including Mark Ritchie in MN. Then we ended up with a buffoon like Al Franken as a Senator.

We don't have voter fraud in my precinct or in my county because we have honest election judges like me and my county auditor knows I'm watching her. I have heard of many cases in other parts of the state and we get poll watchers in some of the worst precincts.

In MN we had 113 convictions of felons voting illegally in 2008. That was only the ones that were caught! The state sends out address verification cards AFTER the election and thousands of them come back undeliverable. I could go on and on.

If you don't think this is done by democrats then you show me one case of Republican voter fraud.


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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA Author

J Elaine,

First, let's get rid of the suggestion that the GOP would never commit voter fraud. The most recent case of a conviction was in Indiana. Secretary of State Charlie White, (R) was convicted of six felony counts last month.

Now, for your second point about felons illegally voting: There are policies and procedures in place in the state of Minnesota which, if followed, would have prevented any disqualified felons from voting. A picture ID would NOT have stopped it, but your Secretary of State who should have been able to prevent it without requiring picture ID's, failed to follow the procedures to remove the felons' names from the lists of those eligible to vote.

You are not just suggesting that Democrats are predisposed to voter fraud, you are actually making a statement stating you don't believe that even one case of voter fraud has been committed by a Republican. Far be it from me to suggest that you are not an impartial election judge, but that is the conclusion I draw by your statements.

There are laws on the books that handle voter fraud without disenfranchising millions of rightful voters.

By the way, how do you know how those felons voted?


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J Elaine 4 years ago from Northern Minnesota

No way of knowing how they voted. The GOP guy was just voting in the wrong precinct. He wasn't stuffing ballot boxes.

If you still insist voter fraud isn't a problem read this;

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/03/07/former-...

If you want to know how bad it is in MN watch this;

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=GqMVxeZhflI&f...

Voter fraud is a huge problem and needs to be stopped. Voter ID is a good start. You can't even get a fishing license in MN without a photo ID. It doesn't disenfranchise anyone.


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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA Author

Sorry, J Elaine,

Once again, you say A, I say B, and we will never come to an agreement.

If you think voter fraud is such a huge problem, why not go after the machines which can be rigged, AND change votes... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mq9WVuKGwOM


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J Elaine 4 years ago from Northern Minnesota

Unfortunately for you, I have far more knowledge and experience on this subject than you do. You shouldn't be writing on topics you know so little about.


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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA Author

Like I've said before, just lump me in with the Brennan Center for Justice, the Southern Law Poverty Center and all of those other idiots who know that numbers do not lie...

I know! Even the Department of Justice (of course they are ignorant, too!) has set up roadblocks for these Jim Crow laws that will discriminate against and disenfranchise people who have every right to vote!

So, why don't you make the case in an article for the passage of these laws? Tell us about the numbers, and because you are such an authority on the subject, wow us with the facts! Go for it! Don't forget to include information about poll taxes...I am sure that you could get some assistance from ALEC!


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J Elaine 4 years ago from Northern Minnesota

Sorry I don't have time to write a whole article about it, but here's a fact for you. Here in MN I could gather up 15 people who don't even live in the state and have them vote in multiple precincts without ever presenting an ID. It's called "vouching". All you need to do is find one registered voter in each precinct to vouch for their identity. I wonder how many precincts we could hit during voting hours?


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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA Author

You could do many things...Show me the facts, not what you could do.


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J Elaine 4 years ago from Northern Minnesota

You'll have to wait until the August primary. When we implement this I'm sure it will make national headlines. But it's already been done in TX. I've already given you plenty of facts, but here are some more;

Look up-Possible Voter Fraud Lights Up Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee's District

Somehow, I get the feeling facts really don't matter to you though. If you're so concerned about disenfranchising minority voters without photo ID's, then do something to get them the ID's. Without them, these people can't open a bank account, go into a government building, buy a six pack of beer or a pack of cigarettes.


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JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

Jillian Barclay

WHAT IS SO BAD ABOUT a picture id to present when voting. One goes to vote, the person looks up your name and address (voter registration information ),visually agrees to a match and gives you a ballot. That's the way in my day voters voted, in the flesh. Now ballots are mailed in from who knows who filled the ballot out. A KNOWN fact ,in Chicago dead people vote, old elderly people in nursing homes vote, the HOMELESS ARE PAID FOR A VOTE and some people cast more than one vote at the polls. What an example to give to our children and future generations!

A friend previously voted many times, always received a sample ballot. In a primary , he didn’t receive a sample ballot and went to vote. His name was not on the list of voters, wondering why his name disappeared. He was allowed to cast a provisional ballot. Another incident, my friend seldom voted. He decided to vote and went to the polls and asked for a ballot. He was told that he already cast a vote, their records showed he had been given a ballot and a vote was cast. They accepted a provisional ballot. The question is, did they count his vote? ALL THAT someone did was give a name and an address and got a ballot. I vote for everyone having a picture ID in order to vote. Maybe the Iraqi’s have the answer, put your finger in the PURPLE ink, they understood how important a vote was to them and their country

I want my vote to count, I don’t want non citizens casting votes or people casting more than one vote. An illegal vote is an illegal vote. The morality of the country has changed. In Washington right is wrong and wrong is right. Government is corrupt and dishonest on both sides of the aisle including uncle Obama, who take from the rich and give it to his contributors.

I have written and asked that every place of voting post a sign notice. If you cast a vote and you are not a citizen of the United States, you are breaking the law and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Big letters made in English. If you can’t read the sign, don’t vote!


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TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

How did I miss this!

Remember Paul Wyeric's(sp) great quote about the fewer people that vote, the better it is.


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Jillian Barclay 4 years ago from California, USA Author

The same Paul that founded ALEC! Isn't it amazing that ALEC is where these laws have come from?

Here is a video that shows him saying it: http://youtu.be/8GBAsFwPglw

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