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Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

Republicans Trying to Steal the Election

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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has established an election fraud task force in cooperation with Milwaukee County.  This is just a continuation of the efforts of the former head of the State Republican Party, Rick Graber, who tried to argue that Milwaukee was some hotbed of election fraud.  The Journal Sentinel jumped on the Republican bandwagon and editorialized about the election fraud.  A couple of objective studies later, we found that Milwaukee had absolutely no systematic election fraud and there were less than a half dozen cases of felons, who were still on paper, voting.  Considering the population size, Milwaukee had far fewer voting problems than many other counties in the state. 

So why is Van Hollen establishing his election fraud task force with Milwaukee County?   Is it because we have more people of color voting in this county and/or because Milwaukee is a significant Democratic stronghold?  Is it blatant racism or just crass partisanship?

The real corruption is actually coming from the McCain campaign that sent out absentee ballot applications with faulty information such as having the absentee ballot request being returned to the wrong office.  This “mistake” happened in a couple of other swing states by the Republican Party. 

If Van Hollen, who is co-chair of the state McCain campaign were doing his job, he would be investigating whether the McCain campaign is trying to suppress the Democratic vote with their faulty absentee ballot information.  Former US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales politicized the US Attorney General’s office and was forced to resign, and now Van Hollen is politicizing the State Attorney General’s office.  His actions could end up suppressing the Democratic vote in November.

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