Voter Suppression is the Real Issue, Not Voter Fraud

I was hoping we were done with this election, but it’s not to be apparently. And maybe we should be grateful. After all Trump’s whining about voter fraud, and he’s still complaining even though he appears to have won the election. That’s because Jill Stein and the Green Party have raised enough money to require a recount in Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, and looks like enough will be raised to include Michigan as well.

What Jill’s group will be looking for will be evidence of actual hacking of the voting machines. We’ve known forever that these machines are fairly easy to hack by those in the know. If they find this to be true it will be real evidence of true election fraud. If they don’t, it may set back the push to stop and rollback voter suppression.

Voter suppression

We’ve been hearing a lot about voter fraud and some about voter suppression. Wikipedia defines voter suppression this way:

Voter suppression is a strategy to influence the outcome of an election by discouraging or preventing people from voting.

American Thinker, hardly a liberal source, defined voter fraud this way:

Voter fraud, also known as vote fraud, election fraud, and electoral fraud, refers to the specific offenses of fraudulent voting, impersonation, perjury, voter registration fraud, forgery, counterfeiting, bribery, destroying already cast ballots…

democracybackObviously both should be illegal; it turns out that voter suppression is responsible for the loss of way more valid votes than voter fraud, at least in 2016.

Greg Palast, writing in Rolling Stone outlined a key part of suppression when he wrote about the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, a system supposedly designed to make sure people aren’t voting more than once or committing some other type of voter fraud. The article, published in late August of 2016, claimed that of one million voters, “… the Crosscheck list disproportionately threatens solid Democratic constituencies: young, black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters – with some of the biggest possible purges underway in Ohio and North Carolina, two crucial swing states with tight Senate races.

Not exactly a new problem,the Center For American Progress Fund said, of the 2014 election:

“The system flagged roughly 7 million names of “potential double voters” prior to the 2014 election; however, since 2014, not a single person has been convicted of double voting pursuant to Crosscheck data. This large number of false positives is due to Crosscheck not taking into account information that may disqualify a match: Social Security numbers should be disregarded if they do not match, “Jr.” and “Sr.” distinctions are often ignored, and many names on the list have mismatched middle names. Because nonwhite communities share surnames more commonly than white communities—in fact, 50 percent of Communities of Color share a common surname, while only 30 percent of white people do—this leads to a greater number of flagged potential double voters, and thus a significant overrepresentation of minority voters on the Crosscheck list: While white voter names are underrepresented by 8 percent, African American voters are overrepresented by 45 percent; Hispanic voters are overrepresented by 24 percent; and Asian voters are overrepresented by 31 percent.”

One of the concerns about Stein’s move is that if they don’t find hacking people stop talking about voter suppression.

Use social media

Right now I’ve tweeted Jill at https://twitter.com/DrJillStein and sent her a note via her contact pagesaying: Jill, please also look into voter suppression in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan… it may be the bigger story. You might want to do the same.

And you could sign this petition: http://thebestdemocracymoneycanbuy.com/petition/

Love, blessings and abundance,

Anne Wayman: When Grandmother Speaks

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