Dirty Tricks Target Democrats
Lost among the right-wing hysteria over the ACORN mess is the reality that such actions, while inexcusable, won’t affect the outcome of the election. Why? Because non-existent people can’t go to the polls:
“There’s no evidence that any of these invalid registrations lead to any invalid votes,” said David Becker, project director of the “Make Voting Work” initiative for the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Becker should know: he was a lawyer for the Bush administration until 2005, in the Justice Department’s voting rights section, which was part of the administration’s aggressive anti-vote-fraud effort.
But this kind of fraud is another story. Unlike the ACORN registrations, these efforts to suppress Democratic votes could have a real impact on the election results:
A phony State Board of Elections flier advising Republicans to vote on Nov. 4 and Democrats on Nov. 5 is being circulated in several Hampton Roads localities, according to state elections officials. In fact, Election Day, for voters of all political stripes, remains Nov. 4.
Here’s the phony flier:
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