Yep, more hypocrisy (UPDATE II)

Posted: November 14, 2005 in ACORN, Uncategorized

Scroll down for updates.

On November 1st, I posted an article from The Detroit News regading their investigation which uncovered that roughly 380,000 votes came from unreliable sources…

Among findings by News reporters were ballots cast by people registered to vote at abandoned and long-demolished buildings; a master voter list with 380,000 incorrect names and addresses — including people who have died or moved out of the city; and a practice of hand-delivering ballots from senior citizens and disabled voters that were filled out in private meetings with Currie’s paid election workers. (more…)

Over this past weekend, this heap steaming mess just got bigger…

BUNGLED VOTES PROBED: State steps in after 9 Detroit precincts experience problems

November 12, 2005

BY JOHN BEBOW and BEN SCHMITT

FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS

Detroit elections officials lost track of ballots in nine precincts — or almost 3,000 votes — in Tuesday’s election, and did not count them until two days after polls closed.

State Elections Director Chris Thomas ordered city officials late Friday to keep their hands off voting records until he meets with them today.

What went wrong?

Nearly 3,000 Detroit votes were lost for two days as some were taken home by poll workers, others misplaced. Further, vote totals failed to add up correctly when the votes were restored.

(more…)

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Should I now take some time to dig up all the suggestions on how to deal with such “racism” made by groups and individuals like the NAACP, CBC, Jesse Jackson, and all the usual suspects? I dunno, seems like I remember something like wanting to get the FBI involved, the U.N. , Amnesty International, wanting a recount, something like that.

Just to refresh your memory, here is a posting of an article that I found back in August of this year:

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The American Center for Voting Rights (ACVR–a non-partisan group backed by both Democrats and Republicans) just came out with the conclusions of their study on voter suppression that took place during the recent presidential election here in the US. Here is an excerpt from the summary of that report:

While Democrats routinely accuse Republicans of voter intimidation and suppression, neither party has a clean record on the issue. Instead, the evidence shows that Democrats waged aggressive intimidation and suppression campaigns against Republican voters and volunteers in 2004. Republicans have not been exempt from similar criticism in this area, as alleged voter intimidation and suppression activity by GOP operatives led the Republican National Committee to sign a consent decree repudiating such tactics in 1982. However, a careful review of the facts shows that in 2004, paid Democrat operatives were far more involved in voter intimidation and suppression efforts than their Republican counterparts. Examples include:

Paid Democrat operatives charged with slashing tires of 25 Republican get-out-the-vote vans in Milwaukee on the morning of Election Day.

Misleading telephone calls made by Democrat operatives targeting Republican voters in Ohio with the wrong date for the election and faulty polling place information.

Intimidating and deceiving mailings and telephone calls paid for by the DNC threatening Republican volunteers in Florida with legal action.

Union-coordinated intimidation and violence campaign targeting Republican campaign offices and volunteers resulting in a broken arm for a GOP volunteer in Florida.

Vote fraud and voter registration fraud were significant problems in at least a dozen states around the county. Vote fraud is a reality in America that occurred not only in large battleground states like Wisconsin but in places like Alabama and Kentucky. The record indicates that in 2004, voter registration fraud was mainly the work of so-called “nonpartisan” groups such as Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and NAACP National Voter Fund. Examples include:

Joint task force in Wisconsin found “clear evidence of fraud in the Nov. 2 election in Milwaukee,” including more than 200 felon voters, more than 100 double voters and thousands more ballots cast than voters recorded as having voted in the city.

NAACP National Voter Fund worker in Ohio paid crack cocaine in exchange for a large number of fraudulent voter registration cards in names of Dick Tracy, Mary Poppins and other fictional characters.

Former ACORN worker said there was “a lot of fraud committed” by group in Florida, as ACORN workers submitted thousands of fraudulent registrations in a dozen states across the country, resulting in a statewide investigation of the group in Florida and multiple indictments and convictions of ACORN/Project Vote workers for voter registration fraud in several states.

Click here to go to the ACVR website for the full report

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Voter fraud and suppression is wrong REGARDLESS of which side is guilty. Until we begin to call it for what it is, this crap will continue.

What makes me upset about all of this is the fact that we have both black politicians and press folks who think that the rest of us black folks are too stupid and naive to see this sack of bull being played down as “justifiable”. The sad thing is many “folks” buy it everytime.

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**Update**

I decided to go ahead and bring up some of those comments/suggestions made by high profile blacks (this is my new euphemism (because to suggest that black folk need “leaders” is offensive) for what we would usually refer to as “black leaders“) during the past presidential elections regarding voter disenfranchisement and how it should treated.

“We’re talking about things that are beyond the pale of normal politics. It’s normal politics for candidates to run negative ads in the hope that they suppress their opponent’s votes. But we’re talking about things that border on the illegal, or which are illegal. And it ought to be an issue for everyone. How can you wake up the next morning and say Joe Blow has been elected when you know that Joe’s election has been tainted by suppressed votes, nullified votes and voters frightened away? How can that election have any credibility? The issue is confidence in the democratic system.” –Julian Bond, “GOP going all out to suppress African-American Vote” by Mary Jacoby, http://www.Salon.com Thursday 28 October 2004 {link}.

“(Ralph) Neas (president of People for the American Way) declared that Kenneth Blackwell should get the “Katherine Harris Award of 2004″—referring to Jeb Bush’s Secretary of State in the 2000 elections in Florida. He said that what Blackwell was doing was “not the spirit of democracy,” but “the spirit of suppression,” and he asserted that “prosecution should be considered with respect to what happened in Ohio.”–“Conyers Takes the Point

Against Bush’s Voter Suppression” by Edward and Nancy Spannaus

“For “star” effect, Jesse Jackson was the lead-off witness, just having parachuted into Ohio for rallies the previous weekend. He apparently learned something while there, because he did describe what had happened in Ohio as “classic voter suppression,” and called for a legal action under the Voting Rights Act” –from same article as previous

More Jesse comments:

“We want a thorough investigation to determine the outcome of the vote in Ohio,” Jackson said. “Kerry conceded the election before all the facts were in.”*

“We need a forensic computer analyses,”*

“We’re not going to roll over and surrender when we know there have been countless voting irregularities in Ohio,”—Rep. John Conyers-“Conyers to object to Ohio vote count, certification” by Michael H. Cottman, Tuesday, January 04, 2005 {*The previous 2 comments from Jackson are from the same article}

The Democratic Judiciary Committee Staff Report clearly establishes that the State of Ohio has not met its obligation to conduct a fair election. Ohio’s partisan Secretary of State, Mr. Kenneth Blackwell, I am ashamed to say an African American man, has failed to follow even Ohio’s election procedures, let alone procedures that comply with Federal law and constitutional requirements. Our ancestors who died for the right to vote certainly must be turning over in their graves.–Rep. Maxine Waters (also click here to hear audio of her full speech)

I could go on with this, but I will stop for now. I think you get the idea.

Also, the website blackvoternetwork.com fails to even mention the Detroit situation.

UPDATE II

Friday, October 7, 2005

Taxpayers shouldn’t foot Currie’s legal tab

Clerk hires private lawyers for new lawsuit over absentee votes

The Detroit News

Detroit City Clerk Jackie Currie has now hired private attorneys to defend her against allegations of vote fraud and to pursue a new case — all at taxpayer expense.

It is unclear what the private attorneys can do for her that Detroit’s Law Department lawyers can’t do, but her private attorneys wasted no time in injecting race issues into her dispute with the court. (more…)

Taxpayers shouldn’t have to foot the bill for that.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2005

State targets Detroit ballots

Secretary of State review looks at how clerk’s election workers handle absentee votes.

The Michigan Secretary of State’s Office said Monday it is reviewing potential voting irregularities outlined in a Detroit News report and is continuing its own inquiry into how Detroit City Clerk Jackie L. Currie oversees elections.

State department spokeswoman Kelly Chesney said the state is concerned that Currie’s assistants, who have also been called “ambassadors,” drop off and pick up absentee ballots from voters, a practice barred under state law. (more…)

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Friday, August 9, 2002

Currie Again Fumbles Detroit’s Vote Counting

Currie’s latest misadventure involves the counting of absentee ballots. As of Wednesday, less than half of the 38,000 absentee ballots cast in Tuesday’s primary election had been tallied.

City elections officials blame a state mandate that requires the use of a computer software program to identify flawed ballots. The state attributes the delayed count to Currie’s lack of preparation and mechanical bugs that should have been worked out prior to the election.

The software glitch caused the ballot counting equipment to crash. After the malfunction was discovered, Currie couldn’t figure out how to fix the problem without invalidating the counted ballots. (more…)

Again, this was back in 2002!

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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Judge holds Detroit clerk in contempt for mailings

A Wayne County Circuit judge on Wednesday found Detroit City Clerk Jackie Currie in contempt of court for violating the judge’s order and mailing out 130,000 unsolicited applications for absentee ballots for the Nov. 8 general election. (more…)

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Comments
  1. John Lindsay says:

    The “sad” part is that you waited until Democrats *began* doing it to address the wrongs.

    John L.

    John L.

  2. Duane says:

    Uh, actually not true. I called Republicans on the proven cases (and not base it on one-sided reports put out by either side) of voter suppression. Do a search.

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