Vote fraud allegations fly in Wisconsin
If you were expecting a calm, orderly recall vote in Wisconsin today, you’ll be shocked and dismayed to learn there are already allegations of vote fraud flying around news networks and the Internet.
Wisconsin Democrats claim some nefarious, presumably Walker-allied organization is calling voters (having presumably isolated Democrat voters and obtained their phone numbers) and telling them they don’t have to vote today, if they already signed the recall. As reported by WisPolitics.com:
Milwaukee County Dem Chair Sachin Chheda said that Walker supporters can’t get through the day without “cheating.”
“This latest lowlife sleaze comes on the heels of countless reports from around the state of various Republican dirty tricks on behalf of Walker,” Chheda said in a statement. “For instance, reports surfaced last weekend that Walker supporters are paying homeowners to post Walker signs on their lawns.”
A state GOP source dismissed the claims, saying it was expected from Dems who have made voter suppression claims part of their playbook.
“That’s just what they do, they’re simply setting the stage for a close election,” the source said. “The story doesn’t exist until they provide evidence.”
(Incidentally, “Chheda” appears to be the correct spelling of the Milwaukee County Democrat Chair’s interesting last name. I thought it might be a typo at first.)
Wisconsin State Senator Lena Taylor felt the situation was dire enough to merit a “hand-delivered, urgent” letter to Wisconsin Government Accountability Board director Kevin Kennedy. “I am writing today to request your immediate action, as in today, to begin investigations and prosecutions into such persons that are committing election fraud and misdemeanor crimes by their individual or group communications,” Taylor writes breathlessly. “As has been reported in the media and throughout social networks, there are groups spreading false information about today’s recall elections.”
Well, if it’s being reported “throughout social networks,” it’s probably time to release the Kraken. Taylor also references a “second group or individual,” whose phone number was captured via Caller ID, telling citizens “that the recall election is on Wednesday.” I can’t remember a hotly contested election that didn’t include reports of someone doing that.
Meanwhile, Fox News spotlights an eyewitness account of organized Democrat vote fraud, delivered on a radio talk show, in which a caller describes “Greyhound-size buses, filled to capacity” with Michigan Democrats, recruited from a labor union and shipped into Wisconsin to illegally vote against Walker. The caller infiltrated one of the buses, and called radio host Chris Plante sotto voce from the road. The spy claimed organizers handed out “a lot of freebies” and fed him lunch, although he didn’t say what he ate, or whether it was prepared by unionized food service technicians.