Thursday, October 09, 2008

NY Times Finally Investigates Voter Registration Problems

It's about time the media started getting to the bottom of all these voter registration problems suddenly popping up nationwide. Here I though the liberal media would ignore stories of bogus registrations, Barack Obama and his ties to ACORN, the recent raid on ACORN's office in Nevada and the fact 105% of Indianapolis residents are now registered to vote.

So imagine my relief that the New York Times is now on the story.

Oh wait, they're not.
Tens of thousands of eligible voters in at least six swing states have been removed from the rolls or have been blocked from registering in ways that appear to violate federal law, according to a review of state records and Social Security data by The New York Times.

The actions do not seem to be coordinated by one party or the other, nor do they appear to be the result of election officials intentionally breaking rules, but are apparently the result of mistakes in the handling of the registrations and voter files as the states tried to comply with a 2002 federal law, intended to overhaul the way elections are run.

Still, because Democrats have been more aggressive at registering new voters this year, according to state election officials, any heightened screening of new applications may affect their party’s supporters disproportionately. The screening or trimming of voter registration lists in the six states — Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Nevada and North Carolina — could also result in problems at the polls on Election Day: people who have been removed from the rolls are likely to show up only to be challenged by political party officials or election workers, resulting in confusion, long lines and heated tempers.
Keep reading, they're sure to get to the fraudulent registrations found nationwide, most seeming to come from ACORN registration drives, right? They mention Nevada, Ohio and Indiana so surely they'll notice the recent stories from those states, right?

Nope. Not a single mention of ACORN and the rampant fraud being discovered.

There you have it. The old grey hag manages to go in-depth with reports nationwide and not a single mention of ACORN in the entire story.

Talk about ignoring the massive elephant in the room.

They manage to find reports from alleged non-partisan groups to link, but nary a mention of the group responsible for actual fraud.

Meanwhile, there's at least one New York paper that has taken notice of what's going on.
Two Ohio voters, including Domino's pizza worker Christopher Barkley , claimed yesterday that they were hounded by the community-activist group ACORN to register to vote several times, even though they made it clear they'd already signed up.

Barkley estimated he'd registered to vote "10 to 15" times after canvassers for ACORN, whose political wing has endorsed Barack Obama, relentlessly pursued him and others.

Claims such as his have sparked election officials to probe ACORN.

"I kept getting approached by folks who asked me to register," Barkley said. "They'd ask me if I was registered. I'd say yes, and they'd ask me to do it [register] again.

"Some of them were getting paid to collect names. That was their sob story, and I bought it," he said.

Barkley is one of at least three people who have been subpoenaed by the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections as part of a wider inquiry into possible voter fraud by ACORN. The group seeks to register low-income voters, who skew overwhelmingly Democratic.

"You can tell them you're registered as many times as you want - they do not care," said Lateala Goins, 21, who was subpoenaed.

"They will follow you to the buses, they will follow you home, it does not matter," she told The Post.

She added that she never put down an address on any of the registration forms, just her name.

A third subpoenaed voter, Freddie Johnson, 19, filled out registration cards 72 times over 18 months, officials said.

"It feeds the public perception that there could be [fraud], and that makes the pillars fall down," said local Board of Elections President Jeff Hastings.
We've got a major problem on our hands, folks. We've seen endless stories of how many "new voters" the Democrats have registered this election cycle, but now more than ever it's beginning to appear many of these "new voter" are entirely bogus.

Come election day when GOP officials start blowing the whistle and challenging dubious voters, who likely will be getting paid to vote numerous times, you know what the reaction will be from most media outlets, notably the New York Times: Racism! Voter suppression!

ACORN? They'll be ignored, even though they're trying to steal an election.

Thanks to Lawhawk for the link!

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