Republican Voter Fraud. Again.

Republicans are continually screaming about voter fraud and using absurd and vastly exaggerated data to “prove” it, but when real voter fraud is caught it’s usually done by Republicans. Here’s another example, a wealthy Republican donor in Wisconsin charged with 13 counts of voter fraud.

A Wisconsin insurance executive and Republican donor was charged with voting illegally more than a dozen times in four elections…

A complaint claimed that Monroe voted five times in Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) recalled election. He also was accused of voting illegally in a 2011 Wisconsin Supreme Court election, a 2012 primary, and the 2012 presidential election…

Prosecutors used Monroe’s cell phone records to prove that he traveled all the way to Indiana to cast a second vote in the 2012 presidential election. Prosecutors also tested some of the ballots for genetic material, and only found DNA belonging to Monroe…

Monroe faces 13 felony election fraud charges in all, including voting more than once, voting as a disqualified person, registering in more than one place, and providing false information to election officials. He could spend up to 18 months in prison, and pay a $10,000 fine for each charge.

So many ironies here. This is Wisconsin, where many years ago the Republican party held a press conference and announced that they had evidence of rampant voter fraud in Milwaukee, claiming that there were potentially thousands of illegal votes cast. But their “evidence” was simply a comparison between voter registration lists and other government databases, with every tiny little difference being a “discrepancy” and a potential case of voter fraud. Any little thing — a missing “Jr” or “Sr,” missing apartment number, a middle initial on one list but not the other, etc — would trigger a “discrepancy.” But when an actual investigation was done, they found not a single case of voter fraud. This is how they make their allegations seem credible, by talking about “thousands” of potential cases of voter fraud, never speaking about the near-total lack of actual voter fraud.

But where there is genuine voter fraud, it’s usually by Republicans. Note the many places around the country where Republican voter registration companies have been caught discarding registrations from Democratic voters. That’s voter fraud too.

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  • Chiroptera

    Note the many places around the country where Republican voter registration companies have been caught discarding registrations from Democratic voters.

    That’s what I was about to say. Isn’t the real problem the Republican’s voter registration suppression fraud?

  • http://twitter.com/#!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    Harper’s Conservative Party here in Canada is trying to follow the lead of their Republican counterparts south of the border in disenfranchising voters, which only solidifies what is becoming more and more clear – conservatives hate democracy.

  • D. C. Sessions

    No, really, there really is an epidemic of voter fraud that demands, demands I tell you! serious measures. Serious!

    And I want to thank all of those principled Republicans who have so selflessly sacrificed themselves to prove that those measures are necessary. It’s rare to see such love of our Nation and its values that people from all over will risk fines, jail, and even their future right to vote to protect the integrity of our system of government.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Has anyone heard a peep from any libertarians on this issue?

  • Pteryxx

    Any little thing — a missing “Jr” or “Sr,” missing apartment number, a middle initial on one list but not the other, etc — would trigger a “discrepancy.”

    And married names. Can’t leave those out. I’d bet there are dozens if not hundreds of married-name discrepancies for every Junior and Senior.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    But where there is genuine voter fraud, it’s usually by Republicans.

    NOW DO YOU SEE WHY WE NEED VOTER ID LAWS?! BECAUSE THEY DO NOTHING TO STOP THIS!!!

    “Note the many places around the country where Republican voter registration companies have been caught discarding registrations from Democratic voters. That’s voter fraud too.”

    NO IT ISNT!! REPUBLICANS THROWING AWAY DEMOCRAT PARTY SOCALLED “VOTER” REGISTRATIONS IS A FINE UPSTANDING DEFENSE OF DEMOCRACY TOTALLY DIFFERENT THAN ACORN AGENTS REGISTERING FALSE VOTERS GETTING CAUGHT BY ACORN SUPERVISORS WHO ANNOTATED THE FALSE SHEETS AND PASSED THEM UP REPORTING THEM AS SUSPICIOUS LIKE THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO!!! I MEAN COME ON!

  • cjcolucci

    What is the actual sense in committing the kind of individual voter fraud that the Republicans say they want to stop, but only they seem to have the resources to commit? This is a well-off business man who traveled to multiple polling places to make his one vote count five times in one race and add a single vote to which he wasn’t entitled — probably for insignificant and easily cured reasons (for example, he moved and voted for President at polling place A when, with a properly updated registration, he would have had to vote at polling place B) — in three races. With all his resources and efforts, he didn’t accomplish a thing. Trying to influence an election with unregistered or improperly registered or repeat voters would be a massive effort that no political organization I can think of could pull off unnoticed.

  • busterggi

    Don’t you get it? Democrats who vote illegally are fraud, Repubes that do are overwhelmined by patriotism.

  • Trebuchet

    Don’t you get it? Democrats who vote illegally are fraud, Repubes that do are overwhelmined by patriotism.

    FTFY

  • Randomfactor

    Repubes that do are overwhelmined by patriotism.

    I thought that (as in the case of Newt Gingrich) caused them to cheat on their WIVES, not their ballots.

  • pocketnerd

    Thus Spake ZaraRaging Bee, #4:

    Has anyone heard a peep from any libertarians on this issue?

    Don’t be silly. This is clearly a States’ Rights issue, just like legal abortion, access to contraception, minority rights, same-sex marriage, the death penalty, and everything else affluent white males don’t care about.

  • comfychair

    Another example of ‘fraud’: http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/McDaniel-Issues-Post-Runoff-Statement-264657501.html

    McDaniel said the survival of the Republican Party and conservative movement hinge on the sanctity of the election process.

    “We must be absolutely certain that our Republican primary was won by Republican voters,” said McDaniel.

    McDaniel said his team will be examining the irregularities he claims happened to see if an official challenge of the results is warranted.

    It was an open primary. Meaning, anyone is allowed to vote in either the Democratic primary, or the Republican primary (but only one or the other, not both), regardless of party affiliation. That’s what the law says and that’s what happened. So now, following the law is committing fraud, since it didn’t turn out his way.

    I sure wish this doofus had won, the general election this fall would have been hilarious.

  • dragon

    Well sure. Every Republican ‘knows’ that Democrats have been voting multiple times every election. They are only trying to make up for the fraud their leaders drilled into their heads. It is only fair.

    /snark