Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mitt Romney – Voter Fraud?

Kenneth M. O’Brien


As I’ve written in a number of forums, the recent spate of voter ID initiatives is nothing more than a thinly veiled Republican effort at voter suppression.

We have seen the template laid out in Wisconsin, Ohio, North Carolina, Texas, Florida and numerous other states.

First, you pass a law requiring voters to produce an official ID when voting. Then you pass a law that defines what constitutes an acceptable form of ID. In so doing, you make sure that the required ID’s are those least available among traditionally Democratic voting blocs.

We have recently had a taste of the tactics that these groups employ here in Southbridge.

Of course, this whole agenda is justified under the bogeyman rubric of preventing voter fraud. This despite the fact that extensive research by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School has, after extensive study, failed to find any evidence that voter fraud exists to any meaningful degree.

The ultimate irony is that reporting in recent days has highlighted the possible fraudulent voting practices of GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

You see, Romney sold his Belmont, Massachusetts home in 2009 for $3.5 million. Since then he has listed his residence as being at another address in Belmont, MA. The address given is that of his son Tagg’s basement.
In a defense reminiscent of local matters, the Belmont town clerk defended Romney’s status as a Belmont resident. The Office of the Massachusetts Secretary of State, not surprisingly, has supported her position

Nevertheless, given the somewhat hazy defense given in the article referenced; I have to ask where all the champions of integrity in voting have been on this one?
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Or does it only come into play when it is directed against a Democrat?

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