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Scary Election News...

(Oct. 12) -- Employees of a private voter registration company allege that hundreds, perhaps thousands of voters who may think they are registered will be rudely surprised on election day. The company claims hundreds of registration forms were thrown in the trash.

Anyone who has recently registered or re-registered to vote outside a mall or grocery store or even government building may be affected.

The [KHAS Television investigative unit] has obtained information about an alleged widespread pattern of potential registration fraud aimed at democrats. Thee focus of the story is a private registration company called Voters Outreach of America, AKA America Votes.

The out-of-state firm has been in Las Vegas for the past few months, registering voters. It employed up to 300 part-time workers and collected hundreds of registrations per day, but former employees of the company say that Voters Outreach of America only wanted Republican registrations.

Two former workers say they personally witnessed company supervisors rip up and trash registration forms signed by Democrats.

"We caught her taking Democrats out of my pile, handed them to her assistant and he ripped them up right in front of us. I grabbed some of them out of the garbage and she tells her assisatnt to get those from me," said Eric Russell, former Voters Outreach employee.


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Oct. 13th, 2004 11:18 am (UTC)
This isn't the first instance of this sort of potential fraud I've read or heard about. Why aren't people getting more pissed off?
Oct. 13th, 2004 12:15 pm (UTC)
Because the media's been downplaying it. Remember, to the average American, if it didn't get on TV, it essentially didn't happen.

Kerry's having to run against Bush and the media at the same time, just as Gore did. The amazing thing is that he's doing as well as he is.

Remember the fuss the media made over Howard Dean's 'scream' after Iowa? Bush pulls a similar stunt right in the middle of the second debate, and you see hardly a peep from these guys.

Or remember Bush's most recent primetime press conference, back in April? He looked and sounded even worse than he did at the first debate - more tentative, more defensive, lacking any grasp of issues beyond basic formulas such as "Saddam was a madman" - and the press reported him as resolute and unyielding. And the TV and newspaper reporters knew they could get away with it, because only the chattering classes would tune in, and most Americans wouldn't hear anything from their friends to contradict them. Only when the audience was large enough that they couldn't BS it, and Bush was that bad, did they grudgingly agree that Kerry won.

So that they're pulling shit like this in Nevada, and have been disqualifying voter registrations on specious grounds in plantation Florida and Ohio. But in the mainstream media, only Paul Krugman is willing to point out the pattern: that the GOP will lie, cheat, steal, and generally shred the rules in order to win. They don't believe in democracy; they believe in winning at any cost. (Yeah, I'm shrill. The times call for it.) They'll redistrict whenever it's to their advantage, they'll keep a 15-minute voting window open for 3 hours, they'll have police with guns visit elderly blacks who want to vote by absentee ballot, they'll make and uphold ridiculous requirements about precinct lines and the weight of the paper on which the registration form is printed, they'll start advertising campaigns to make young people think it's cool not to vote, and I'm leaving out one hell of a lot here. But for some reason the press doesn't like Kerry, and so all we see of all this is a fragment here, a fragment there - rather than anything putting it all together and reaching the obvious conclusion: democracy is under attack.
Oct. 13th, 2004 08:24 pm (UTC)
Because the media's been downplaying it.

Good news! The Washington Post is on it.

Look on page 8, though. Next to the bra ads, or whatever...
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