Where’s True-The-Vote When You Need Them? UPDATED

Typical Nevada Voter

Hahahahahahahahaha! *pauses for breath* HAHAHAHAHA!

A Shorewood [WI] man has been charged with more than a dozen counts of illegal voting, accused of casting multiple ballots in four elections in 2011 and 2012, including five in the 2012 gubernatorial recall.

Robert D. Monroe, 50, used addresses in Shorewood, Milwaukee and Indiana, according to the complaint, and cast some votes in the names of his son and his girlfriend’s son.

According to the complaint:

Monroe cast two ballots in the April 2011 Supreme Court election, two in the August 2011 Alberta Darling recall election, five in the Scott Walker-Tom Barrett recall, one illegal ballot in an August 2012 primary, and two ballots in the November 2012 presidential election.

In the presidential election, Monroe cast an in-person absentee ballot in Shorewood on Nov. 1 and drove a rental car to Lebanon, Ind., where he showed his Indiana driver’s license to vote in person on election day, Nov. 6, the complaint charges. Monroe owns a house there, according to the complaint.

Of course, the JSOnline article doesn’t tell us who he voted for, so we turn to the Wisconsin Politics Blog for some sleuthing:

WisPolitics.com reported the investigation into Monroe’s multiple voting last week after Milwaukee County Judge J.D. Watts ordered the records related to a secret John Doe investigation be made public after the investigation was closed.

According to those records, Monroe was considered by investigators to be the most prolific multiple voter in memory. He was a supporter of Gov. Scott Walker and state Sen. Alberta Darling, both Republicans, and allegedly cast five ballots in the June 2012 election in which Walker survived a recall challenge.

According to the John Doe records, Monroe claimed to have a form of temporary amnesia and did not recall the election day events when confronted by investigators.

Monroe voted in his own name, using his Shorewood address, as well as that of a home owned by his parents in Milwaukee. He also voted in the 2012 presidential election from Shorewood and then drove to Lebanon, Ind., where he voted again. He also owns a home there. This double voting allegedly occurred after he was made aware of a double-voting investigation involving his son.

Ah, the old amnesia trick!

To the best of my non-amnesiac memory, every single instance of voter fraud that I’ve seen in the press has always, Always, ALWAYS had a Republican perp. It seems to be a thing with them.

UPDATE 1: The Capitol Times in Madison tells us that this case is exactly why Voter ID is needed (to keep the Republicans from cheating?)

The Morning Quote: Whoopsie! Edition

Spokesman Christian Olson told The Associated Press that Asa Hutchinson forgot his ID when he attempted to vote at the polls in Bentonville [Ark.] on Monday.

I’m just guessing that Asa thought the voter ID law, you know, only applied to , you know, those people. Good thing he had an underling to go get his ID, which those people would be unlikely to have.

In his own words

“I think it is attributable, very likely attributable, to a phenomenon that is called perpetuation of racial entitlement. It’s been written about. Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes.”

Here’s the lede for the story at Think Progress:

WASHINGTON, DC — There were audible gasps in the Supreme Court’s lawyers’ lounge, where audio of the oral argument is pumped in for members of the Supreme Court bar, when Justice Antonin Scalia offered his assessment of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. He called it a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”

Think Progress also has the full transcript so you can read it in context. It’s not less shocking.

I hope that the Koch Brothers hires Bain to do the audit

From The Atlantic:

“Like American Crossroads and the Republican National Committee, the Koch brothers are trying to figure out why they couldn’t beat President Obama — and several Democratic Senate candidates in red states. The Kochs have delayed their twice-a-year meetings with big conservative donors until they’ve finished their audit, Politico’s Kenneth P. Vogel reports. The results of the audit will be presented at an April seminar, Vogel writes, adding, “Early indications suggest that they’ll continue playing in politics but will tweak their approach to reflect 2012 lessons.”

OK, snark aside, this is alarming. It is like the rise of the machines to me. It is easy to say that the 2012 Goat Rodeo was a clusterf*** led by The Stench all the way down the ticket, but it is not exactly true: the GOP still holds a majority in Congress (if only because of gerrymandering) which they will continue to hold as long as they can keep the districts twisted and turned into their favor.

The larger issue here is the terrible Citizens United SCOTUS ruling. As long as that remains in place, we will have corporate rule, and corporations being both immortal and above the law, they will see no problem in funding their candidates, even if they loose. It is the cost of doing business.

Sen. Bernie Sanders has proposed a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Supreme Court decision in a case called Citizens United vs. FEC:

  • Corporations are not persons with constitutional rights equal to real people.
  • Corporations are subject to regulation by the people.
  • Corporations may not make campaign contributions or any election expenditures.
  • Congress and states have the power to regulate campaign finances.

I suggest everyone go to Bernie Sanders site, sign the petition and hope that the Dim-o-Crats develop a spine (hahahaha, I kid, we’re f***ed. But at least go down with a fight.)

Tell us something we didn’t know

A new Florida law that contributed to long voter lines and caused some to abandon voting altogether was intentionally designed by Florida GOP staff and consultants to inhibit Democratic voters, former GOP officials and current GOP consultants have told The Palm Beach Post.

Republican leaders said in proposing the law that it was meant to save money and fight voter fraud. But a former GOP chairman and former Gov. Charlie Crist, both of whom have been ousted from the party, now say that fraud concerns were advanced only as subterfuge for the law’s main purpose: GOP victory.

OK, round up the usual suspects, and play it again Sam…

The thing of it is, the US Supreme Court is allegedly going to be looking at The Voting Rights Act of 1965 this year, and specifically about striking down the restrictions on those states, counties, and numincipalities who are precluded from enacting their own laws without supervision due to their bad citizenship in days gone by. The supposed arguement is that “That was then, this is now” and no one does those voter supression, Jim Crow laws anymore… and yet, they clearly do.

(Palm Beach Post)

As Wingnuttia Heads Explode

Moving aside the skeeviness of Nolte saying that Obama’s young, blossoming daughters (does he want to pollinate them or something? Probably), what could this possibly be about?

Hahaha, this is really great:

I’m guessing that The Party of Rape wants to distract us from their Leda and the Swan Rape Theology.

Not working, boys.

GOP Voter Registration Fraud

(TPM)

I was going to write about the Aryan Warrior-looking/young Hannibal Lechter-looking/serial killer-looking dude who might have committed a federal crime in Virginia by throwing out voter registration cards (he was employed indirectly by the GOP to gather voter registration, which I guess means throw ‘em out in Wingnuttian?).

Nicole Belle at Crooks and Liars beat me to it and did a better job than I would have, so go read her story, or the one at Talking Points Memo, which is also excellent.

I’m sure it was an innocent mistake

…because eight and six even sound alike in Messikano:

ABC News

Arizona election officials in Maricopa County admit they flubbed the date on an official government document that was printed in Spanish.

The document, which was attached to updated voter registration cards that were requested in person, lists the general election date as Nov. 8 in Spanish. An English translation on the document lists the correct date, Nov. 6.

Anger Troll Jan Brewer’s terrible sand kingdom of Arizonastan has a strange problem with bi-lingual documents.

(The Note)