Monday, January 05, 2009

It's Magic! Al Franken creates 359 votes out of thin air

Over the course of the last decade the Democratic Party has assembled an impressive history of vote fraud.

ACORN, ostensibly a non-partisan voter registration group, is alleged to have created hundreds of thousands of bogus registrations. And all of the frauds discovered thus far, in more than a dozen states, benefit Democratic candidates. ACORN has even been caught paying for votes with crack cocaine.

Barack Obama's presidential campaign intentionally disabled all elements of credit-card security for its fundraising efforts and thereby appears to have accepted tens of millions in illegal and/or foreign contributions.

And in an eerie precursor to the Franken case, Republican Dino Rossi lost the governorship in Washington state after winning the vote and the initial recount in 2004. In a final recount, Rossi lost by 133 votes and subsequent investigations found rampant fraud involving (who else?) ACORN, 1,392 votes cast illegally by felons, 252 improperly counted provisional ballots, and at least 19 dead voters.

But just when you think the Democrats have actually hit bottom, they break out the pick-axes and start digging deeper. Such is the case with the 2008 election for a Minnesota senate seat that pitted the incumbent, Norm Coleman, against former comedian and talk-show host Al Franken.

Thanks to dozens of bizarre "coincidences" in Minnesota -- and a Democratic Secretary of State -- Franken may yet steal the Senate seat despite losing the election by 215 votes.

After a recount fraught with challenged ballots, county officials attempting to discern voter "intent" and mysteriously appearing and disappearing ballots, Franken leads by 225 votes. And now that he leads, Franken is demanding the recount process stop altogether! Some of the problems that have benefited Franken include:

25 precincts now have more ballots than voters and a State Supreme Court Justice has acknowledged ballots were "very likely" counted twice. This double-counting appears to have added 100 votes to Franken's total.

When recounts benefited Coleman, the Franken campaign demanded the election night totals count instead. For example, one precinct vote swap gave Franken an extra 46 votes.

But when another county's recount ended with 177 more ballots than recorded votes, Franken's campaign demanded the recount total be used. A single precinct vote swap like this one gave Franken another 37 votes.

Franken-leaning counties submitted 1,350 absentee ballots after the election claiming they had been erroneously rejected. But Coleman-leaning counties, presumably attempting to play by the rules, did not submit any significant number of "incorrectly rejected" absentee ballots. This imbalance gave Franken another 176 votes.

Hugh Hewitt once wrote a book called If it's not close, they can't cheat (subtitled "Crushing the Democrats in Every Election and Why Your Life Depends on It").

Looks like the Democrats have proven Mr. Hewitt right once again.

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