Posted by Curt on 21 June, 2006 at 10:35 am. Be the first to comment!


Pretty funny that this news:

Six Memphis residents, including three poll workers, have been charged with violating election laws in a contested state Senate election last year.

None of those indicted by a Shelby County grand jury worked for either of the campaigns and neither candidate has been accused of wrongdoing, officials said.

Democrat Ophelia Ford was certified the winner over Republican Terry Roland by 13 votes. But the state Senate overturned the September election this year amid allegations of irregularities that included felons who voted and ballots cast in the names of voters who had died.

State prosecutor Bill Gibbons said the dead voter ballots were cast by the poll workers.

“There was an effort on the part of certain individuals … to cast some illegal votes for Miss Ford. But I stress that there is nothing to indicate that she knew anything about that,” Gibbons said.

Comes on the heels of this:

House Republican leaders on Wednesday postponed a vote on renewing the 1965 Voting Rights Act after GOP lawmakers complained it unfairly singles out nine Southern states for federal oversight, a leadership aide said.

At a private meeting, several Republicans also balked at extending provisions in the law that require ballots to be printed in more than one language in neighborhoods where there are large numbers of immigrants, said the aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not yet been made public.

[…]But in a private caucus meeting early in the day, enough Republicans raised objections to the legislation and the way it would be debated to persuade Republican leaders to postpone the vote.

"The speaker's had a standing rule that nothing would be voted on unless there's a majority of the majority," said Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., who led the objections. "It was pretty clear at the meeting that the majority of the majority wasn't there."

[…]Other efforts to chip away at the act have faltered under pressure from powerful supporters.

One such measure, sponsored by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, would have stripped a provision that requires ballots to be printed in several languages and interpreters be provided in states and counties where large numbers of citizens speak limited English.

"It seems sort of redundant to have both of those provisions," said Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga. He added that any foreign-speaking voter must prove some English proficiency to win citizenship.

But we all know it's the Republicans who have the culture of corruption…./sarcasm

As far as those charged in the voter fraud, all Democrats.  As far as the Voting Rights Act, expect the calls of racism to be forthcoming…It's silly to have an act unchanged for over 40 years, the times have changed.  But the Democrats believe this helps them garner votes, whether they do it illegally or not.


More on the voter fraud case:

Some nine months after the narrow special-election victory that gave Democrat Ophelia Ford a short-lived status as state Senator from District 29, indictments charging three poll workers with felonious actions to aid her cause were returned Monday by the Shelby County Grand Jury; the three indictments – along with those of three other individuals for casting illegal votes as former felons

[…]Five of the six indicted persons are in custody. A sixth, identified as one of the three poll workers charged with illegal election-day acts, is not in custody and was not identified. The two named poll workers are Mary L. McClatcher and Geretrude Otteridge. Indicted for illegal voting as a convicted felon were Maurice Howard, Michael Dominic Colucci, and Michael Cortez Davis (each of whom had several aliases).

Culture of Corruption indeed!

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