Monday, August 22, 2005

No fraud in cases "exposed" by GOP

UPDATE. Later post: "Republican fraud charges untrue, but they keep right on making them."

This from the Journal Sentinel online:

No fraud found in suspected double votes

U.S. Attorney Steve Biskupic said today that investigators had found no evidence of voter fraud in nine cases of potential double voting cited earlier this month by the state Republican Party.

Rather, Biskupic said, the cases cited by the GOP involved sloppy bookkeeping or other recordkeeping errors. After using U.S. Postal Service change of address cards to attempt to track voters from city to city, the Republican Party sent the information to investigators who already were reviewing voter fraud in the Nov. 2 presidential election in Milwaukee. The GOP cited cases where people were recorded as having voted in Milwaukee as well as in Chicago, Madison and Minneapolis.
You may recall that news conference. It's the one when GOP Chairman Rick Graber and some GOP leggies stood in front of a house in Milwaukee that they said was connected to voter fraud. From the earlier story:
At the news conference outside a house in the 1600 block of N. Astor St., state GOP chairman Rick Graber was joined by state Rep. Jeff Stone (R-Greendale) and Sen. Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan), sponsors of the photo ID bill.

They said one of the double voting cases involved the house, a two-unit condo.

"It is a system that invites fraud," Graber said. "It's a system that needs to be fixed."

While the party did not release names or addresses, the city lists three voters at the house where the news conference took place: Stuart and Gayle Schenk and their son Joseph, who moved to Chicago last August.

Both Stuart and Gayle Schenk said Joseph did not vote in Milwaukee or request an absentee ballot here. Gayle Schenk said her son is in Chicago studying to join the Franciscan order of the Roman Catholic Church.
So the Republican US Attorney appointed by President Bush says there is no fraud connected with that house or with any of the other eight cases touted by the GOP.

I assume the apology to the Schenks, the news media, and the voters of Wisconsin will be forthcoming soon. The only fraud perpetrated here was by the Republican Party, so caught up in its "voter fraud" witch hunt that it no longer cares about facts or evidence.

The same could be said for the media. Earlier post,, "Why the coverage on non-story?"

Told you so. Hate to say I told you so (actually, I love it), but here's an earlier post, "Nine may have voted twice -- or not."


At 11:34 PM, Blogger mollo said...

"The only fraud perpetrated here was by the Republican Party, so caught up in its "voter fraud" witch hunt that it no longer cares about facts or evidence"

No, I wouldn't go this far. The Republicans cried fraud here but the Ohio Democrats are crying fraud in their state. Though there was no fraud here, there was definitely a foul stench because of the lousy bookkeeping and such you mentioned here.

Back home, my mother kept getting voter cards and jury summons for me even though I hadn't voted or hadn't lived there for 7 years and had registered in another county. This lack of record keeping will invite errors. It will also skew voting participation statistics.

Simply, one of the best defenses against fraud is a large participation turnout. Fraud is statistically important only when a race is tight. Since y'all have on-site voter day registration, I would support checking & photocopying IDs for those people. But don't worry, I don't vote in Wisconsin!


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