Electoral M.O.: Conservatives already tossing around vote fraud meme in Wisconsin Supreme Court outcome | Wis.Community

Electoral M.O.: Conservatives already tossing around vote fraud meme in Wisconsin Supreme Court outcome

The official vote count isn't even in yet and Republican apologists are coming out of the woodwork intimating that Democrats stole the election for JoAnne Kloppenburg. Their arguments are highly specualtive, inaccurate and -- most important -- all tired shibboleths we've heard before, and which have been dragged out before by Wisconsin Republicans insistent about implementing their vote-suppression I.D. measure. Callers to right-wing talk shows make unsupported claims -- for instance, that a box of ballots went missing in one jurisidiction -- and the national blogs dutifully report it as a suspicious reality.

I won't belabor you with further examples, except this one, from the conservative Daily Caller. The entire article is typical of the hand-wringing and sly, perception-influence operation that is already underway:

Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund, who authored ‘Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy’, said Wisconsin’s sketchy election history as well as its election-day voter registration policies make the state ripe for electoral fraud. Fund wrote that a recount, which is now considered inevitable by many accounts, “will be scrutinized for irregularities and possible vote fraud.”

"Sketchy" election history? Fund seems convinced that Democrats, who are out of power in Wisconsin, rigged the election, even though many local election officials in the state are...Republicans

Distasteful prospect for we in Wisconsin in the coming weeks, but you need to know the enemy, and his tactics. Read more: ; padding: 0px; margin: 0px;" href="http://dailycaller.com/2011/04/07/election-fraud-allegations-fly-in-clos...">http://dailycaller.com/2011/04/07/election-fraud-allegations-fly-in-clos...

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April 7, 2011 - 12:44pm

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