Dem Rep: We don’t have a voter-fraud problem

posted at 1:01 pm on October 29, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The most encouraging part of this clip may be the audience reaction to Betty McCollum’s claim that voter fraud doesn’t exist. In the debate between McCollum and her Republican challenger Teresa Collett in Minnesota’s 4th CD, the Congresswoman who later would also claim that al-Qaeda no longer poses a threat to the US tells constituents that voter fraud is all in their head.  The response provoked laughter and catcalls, and this rebuttal from Collett yesterday on YouTube:

The group Minnesota Majority has dedicated itself to fighting voter fraud in the state, and has been particularly active during this election cycle.  They have a new site, Election Integrity Watch, that offers $500 for tips that lead to convictions for voter fraud.  Less than a week ago, efforts by Minnesota Majority to uncover fraud led to charges being filed by district attorneys in Clark and Hennepin Counties against eleven defendants.  They report that 80 people have been convicted of fraud in relation to the 2008 election alone, and that 600 more are under investigation.

Problems don’t just disappear when people pretend they don’t exist, whether those problems are voter fraud or al-Qaeda.  Our elected representatives should be working to secure our nation and our voting systems.   Those who don’t want to perform those basic tasks should find other lines of work, and voters should ensure that they have the opportunity by electing serious Representatives.  Teresa Collett would be an excellent alternative to Betty McCollum.


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Every one of the votes cast by liberal Democrats, living or dead, is legitimate!

mankai on October 29, 2010 at 1:04 PM

It’s a feature, not a problem!

rbj on October 29, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Boot this dumb female out of office – disgrace to the office of US Rep.

hawkman on October 29, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Is voter fraud in a national election under Obama’s JD jurisdiction? Because if it is, don’t hold your breath for any convictions. Unless the GOP is also up to mischief.

itsnotaboutme on October 29, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Saying “We don’t have a voter-fraud problem” in a state with a questionable recount in the recent past, like Washington (Rossi-Gregoire) or Minnesota (Coleman-Franklin) is just stupid.

People who saw how things happened there are going to jeer such statements.

teke184 on October 29, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Can anyone tell me the last time we heard of voter fraud getting a Republican into office? I’ve only ever heard it connected with Liberals.

AubieJon on October 29, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Of course Democrats don’t have a problem with voter fraud.

Democrats are the CAUSE of voter fraud.

tetriskid on October 29, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Government debt and the deficits are myths, too!

– Phil Hare (D)

catmman on October 29, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Why would she consider it a problem, to her it’s probably an asset.

lizzie beth on October 29, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Betty says there’s no voter fraud problem – end of story people!

CliffHanger on October 29, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Oh looky-here! We found a box of ballots in the trunk of my car!

John the Libertarian on October 29, 2010 at 1:07 PM

When you’re perpetrating something, you usually don’t have a problem with it, do you?

Chip on October 29, 2010 at 1:07 PM

I think she thought the question was about her having to show an ID to vote. What a ditz.

AubieJon on October 29, 2010 at 1:08 PM

wow…hello, mcfly?

cmsinaz on October 29, 2010 at 1:08 PM

You can buy a phony voter registration card on the streets of Phoenix for a few bucks. But don’t worry, nobody is using them to vote illegally — they just use them to fan themselves when it gets too hot.\

AZCoyote on October 29, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Voter fraud should be considered treason, those found guilty should be executed.

It strikes at the very heart of the legitimacy of the republic, and should be treated with the utmost seriousness – not grist for the late night comedians.

Rebar on October 29, 2010 at 1:09 PM

And this on the reported problems in Vegas:

“I’ve been able to resolve it. I know what happened,” Lomax said. “But I’m not going to claim that at the end of the election I can account for every ballot. There will be unexplained votes on voting machines.”

Lomax said his audit of the balloting will be made public when he reports to the Clark County Commission after the election.

Jolly.

MayBee on October 29, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Sheila Jackson Lee has called out the DOJ army to come to Houston. As people there are intimidating, and preventing blacks, and hispanics from voting. *sigh*

capejasmine on October 29, 2010 at 1:10 PM

She has never seen voter fraud she didn’t like.

Wade on October 29, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Sheila Jackson Lee has called out the DOJ army to come to Houston. As people there are intimidating, and preventing blacks, and hispanics from voting. *sigh*

capejasmine on October 29, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Yeah… they’re called “the media”, for reporting what an idiot she is to her constituents.

teke184 on October 29, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Sheila Jackson Lee has called out the DOJ army to come to Houston. As people there are intimidating, and preventing blacks, and hispanics from voting. *sigh*

capejasmine on October 29, 2010 at 1:10 PM

This DOJ would sent the Black Panthers. The BP did a great job last election.

Wade on October 29, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Democrats cheat – Democrats steal elections – no problem!

NoDonkey on October 29, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Its such a non problem – all 50 states have explicit voter fraud statuates, as does the federal government.

Maybe she was referring to the liberal judges who change the laws at will.

See Alaska.

Odie1941 on October 29, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Now, if she can just get al-Queda to vote…..

nico on October 29, 2010 at 1:14 PM

In Nevada the George Soros funded Democrat Sec. of State also said there is no fraud going on in that state. I feel so much better now.

angryed on October 29, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Live from New York “It’s Saturday Night Live”

Wade on October 29, 2010 at 1:16 PM

In other news, Senator Al Franken spoke at a gathering of blah blah blah…

strictnein on October 29, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Given that the voter fraud benefits the Democrats, sure, Betty McCollum doesn’t have a problem with it.

maverick muse on October 29, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Democrats cheat – Democrats steal elections – no problem!

NoDonkey on October 29, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Exactly. For Democrats, voter fraud isn’t a problem, it’s a solution!

zmdavid on October 29, 2010 at 1:17 PM

A great writer called it “Bad Faith America” framework.

TheAlamos on October 29, 2010 at 1:18 PM

MayBee on October 29, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Yeah….nothing to worry about. My God….how can we not worry, when SEIU people are around? They couldn’t find people with no ties to unions, that would create a huge conflict of interest?

capejasmine on October 29, 2010 at 1:19 PM

We don’t have a voter-fraud problem

True, that.

iurockhead on October 29, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Wasn’t the whole Gore vs Bush bruhaha about unexplained votes? Voting machines that didn’t do enough to make people check to make sure the chad wasn’t hanging on the back of their ballot?
That was horrifying.
But unexplained votes in Vegas? You know…whattayagonnado?

MayBee on October 29, 2010 at 1:26 PM

zmdavid on October 29, 2010 at 1:17 PM

The system is working as designed.

I have to say though – if this is a question of voting machines?

The GOP knew this from last election.

Voting machines are computers. Computers feature software that has requirements, design and testing.

If the first time GOP officials see these machines is a week before the election, that is far too late.

They need to get off their duffs and make sure they know about these machines, how they work, what they do, etc., LONG before election day.

NoDonkey on October 29, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Try as I might, I cant think of any reason ANYONE would opposed the use of a picture ID or proof of US citizenship to exercise the franchise…..other than to game the system.

rickyricardo on October 29, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Memo from ‘The Unwashed Masses’ to Ms. McCollum:

WHO ARE YOU JIVIN’ WITH THAT COSMIC DEBRIS?

Jack.

Jack Deth on October 29, 2010 at 1:27 PM

We don’t have a voter fraud problem. We register ineligible voters fraudulently, they vote, elections are stolen. No problem.

(Apologies to the “I don’t have a drinking problem” T-shirt)

Paul-Cincy on October 29, 2010 at 1:29 PM

I just hope that conservatives show up in large enough numbers to overcome all the voting irregularities.

esnap on October 29, 2010 at 1:30 PM

No matter what the issue is, Liberals always just say the opposite. Take the Progressive mantra…opposite!

kirkill on October 29, 2010 at 1:31 PM

the roll of the wave has begun to show up in these polls showing tightening with Meg / COD / Dino……roll on wave, roll on…..

Kerry is starting to notice the water being sucked out from the beach…….hey John……”ya see that big white thingy out there getting closer to shore?”……”it ain’t yor yacht!!”

TEEEEEEANAMI !!!!

PappyD61 on October 29, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Not even her own constituents are goin’ to believe this crapola!

She really does think the folks in her state are stoooopid, don’t she!

AllosaursRus on October 29, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Wasn’t the whole Gore vs Bush bruhaha about unexplained votes? Voting machines that didn’t do enough to make people check to make sure the chad wasn’t hanging on the back of their ballot?
That was horrifying.
But unexplained votes in Vegas? You know…whattayagonnado?

MayBee on October 29, 2010 at 1:26 PM

I listened to Pat Cadell (a fairly honest Democrat pollster) on that in 2000, he was saying that in some of the heavily democratic districts in FLA, the number of votes counted was larger than the votes cast + under counts (ballots where no vote was marked) + over counts (ballots where 2 or more votes were marked).

rbj on October 29, 2010 at 1:31 PM

For Democrats, voter fraud isn’t a problem, it’s a solution!

+100

LASue on October 29, 2010 at 1:32 PM

There is no “problem” with voter fraud… for her. It is her opponent that has the problem.

AndrewsDad on October 29, 2010 at 1:33 PM

The Democratic montra of “Vote Early, Vote Often” needs to be shut down. I know that I have said that many times, but in my case it was just in jest. For these folks it is religon.

DuctTapeMyBrain on October 29, 2010 at 1:33 PM

I think we should all be prepared for Democrats to litigate every election that ends up being decided by 1% of the vote or less. There have been schemes reported in both Pennsylvania and Illinois in which Democrats have sent out misleading letters to voters telling them to apply for absentee ballots and the application return address is a Democrat-controlled post office box. It appears they are doing this in order to claim “disenfranchisement” when local boards of elections disqualify these applications or can’t get the ballots mailed out in time. I think they are planning to sue to have all absentee ballots counted regardless of when they were mailed, and to have all elections remain uncertified so they can gin up enough bogus absentee ballots to steal the elections, like they did in Minnesota.

rockmom on October 29, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Our elected representatives should be working to secure our nation and our voting systems.

I’m afraid too many of them are more concerned with securing their own jobs. And….oh yeah…..al-Qaeda? Do they vote?

tgharris on October 29, 2010 at 1:38 PM

This is a classic. The Democrat/liberal says her precinct “knows who she is”. How special.

I have lived in the same voting district for 25 years. Even before they started moving the voting place every year, they didn’t have a clue who I was, and sometimes they asked me for my driver’s license, which I happily gave them even though it was probably against the law to ask for it.

Now, that we have voted at three different places in six years, I guarantee nobody knows me. And of course this year we have “early voting”, so I ended up in the next town, where every other person in the room was black and presumably a Democrat.

Anyone who believes voter fraud is not happening in the Dem fever swamps is a fool or a liar, like Betty McCollum.

Jaibones on October 29, 2010 at 1:43 PM

I don’t think we will be doing enough about election fraud until a goodly number of perpetrators go to prison. And probably not even then.

No election fraud in Minnesota. Geez. How does that Democrat think Franken became Senator?

WannabeAnglican on October 29, 2010 at 1:44 PM

rockmom on October 29, 2010 at 1:33 PM

I’m tired of reading about these things and realizing this happens every election and the GOP stands there saying “oh gorsh”, like Goofy.

WTF? If this is happening, do something about it. Before the damn election.

Same with the voting machines.

It’s too damn late to do anything about this now.

Get involved in the process when there is still time to affect change.

NoDonkey on October 29, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Quick! Hide the news about the downed FEDEX planes from her! Wouldn’t want her to change her mind about terrorism.

Sultry Beauty on October 29, 2010 at 1:46 PM

An open message to the voters of Minnesota’s 4th district:

America thinks you’re stupid because of the things Betty McCollum says. Please prove us wrong on Tuesday.

John Deaux on October 29, 2010 at 1:47 PM

I live in McCollum’s district. Trust me, there are a lot of us trying to get rid of her and Ed is right, Teresa Collett is a fantastic candidate.

Mr. D on October 29, 2010 at 1:57 PM

What is it about Minnesota that makes them send so many idiots to Congress (see, e.g., Franken, Al)? OK, I’m from California so I’ll shut up now.

Mr. Big on October 29, 2010 at 1:58 PM

She misspoke.

SHE doesn’t have a voter-fraud problem. Democrats have a little dial that says ‘Voter Fraud’ and they just turn it to whatever setting they want.

It’s everyone ELSE that has a voter-fraud problem.

JEM on October 29, 2010 at 1:58 PM

But we don’t have a voter fraud problem!

Democrats commit voter fraud.

Democrats win elections.

What’s the problem?

/Democrat view of voter fraud

tom on October 29, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Townhall column on New Voter Fraud App for iPhone, Android or Blackberry users:

“There is a ‘report an issue button,’ you push that and it opens the camera on your phone, takes a photo of the incident, opens a form, then …you choose voter fraud categories and send it in,” said Austin James, Director of New Media Strategies for AMA. In addition, AMA has a long
list of polling officials around the country who can then respond to incidents of voter fraud right away.

The day after the election, AMA plans to compile a list of reported issues and evidence of suspicious activity for Secretaries of State to look into. This holds government accountable for keeping elections clean.

AMA has been working closely with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief in training voters and activists about how to detect fraudulent activity.

Here is the Voter Fraud website with information here on downloading the App.

INC on October 29, 2010 at 2:01 PM

I forgot to mention the Voter Fraud App is free.

INC on October 29, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Democrats cheat – Democrats steal elections – no problem!

NoDonkey on October 29, 2010 at 1:13 PM

All right. Since you beat me to the “What’s the problem” punchline, I guess I’ll settle for pointing out that Democrats are and have been the party of voter fraud.

Not just because they commit the majority of it.

Not just because voter fraud always seems to work to their advantage

Not just because they fight every voter ID initiative to try to prevent voter fraud

But even when Bush tried to get serious about prosecuting voter fraud and fired political appointees to the US Attorneys General who weren’t interested in prosecuting it, it was the Democrats who turned around and accused Bush of “politicizing” the DOJ.

tom on October 29, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Hey my best friend is a Zombie! Maybe he has been dead for 58 years but his vote deserves to be counted!

The Expert Knows

HAExpert on October 29, 2010 at 2:10 PM

If it has software in it it can be hacked:

http://cm.bell-labs.com/who/ken/trust.html

MSimon on October 29, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Townhall column on New Voter Fraud App for iPhone, Android or Blackberry users:

Here is the Voter Fraud website with information here on downloading the App.

INC on October 29, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Great link. If you follow it and click on the Droid icon, it will open a link to the application with one of those QR codes that you can scan (with BarCode Scanner) to start the download.

tom on October 29, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Everybody should know by now that it’s only voter fraud if the Republicans do it.

ultracon on October 29, 2010 at 2:23 PM

If it has software in it it can be hacked:

http://cm.bell-labs.com/who/ken/trust.html

MSimon on October 29, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Very true. I really think we either need machines with no software, or all voter machines need to run either open source software or public domain software. The idea being both sides must be able to audit the machines and certify there’s no funny business.

tom on October 29, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Good Lord. How stupid is it not to check identification on election day. This deal in Arizona drives me crazy. These democrats are wildly out of control, and I hope the new congress cracks down with an iron fist on this. I’m sick of the likes of that jackass Al Frankin stealing elections.

saiga on October 29, 2010 at 2:34 PM

I think people enguaged in election fraud should receive the death penalty for treason.

saiga on October 29, 2010 at 2:35 PM

“I’ve been able to resolve it. I know what happened,” Lomax said. “But I’m not going to claim that at the end of the election I can account for every ballot. There will be unexplained votes on voting machines.

Eliminate the voting computers and get back to basics, paper ballots with pencil marks filling in the oval beside the desired candidate names.

maverick muse on October 29, 2010 at 2:36 PM

I’m sick of the likes of that jackass Al Frankin stealing elections.

saiga on October 29, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Exactly. The Poster Boy for election fraud.

maverick muse on October 29, 2010 at 2:37 PM

WTF? If this is happening, do something about it. Before the damn election.

Same with the voting machines.

It’s too damn late to do anything about this now.

Get involved in the process when there is still time to affect change.

NoDonkey on October 29, 2010 at 1:44 PM

There’s actually a hearing today by the Bucks County Board of Elections on this business. Republicans caught the Dems red-handed and the BOE threw out 600 absentee ballot applications sent in via a post office box that was traced back to Patrick Murphy’s campaign manager (an imported Chicago goon, by the way). They sent the applications out with a misleading mailer from the “Pennsylvania Voter Assistance Office” telling people they could lose their right to vote if they didn’t mail in the application. Very very sleazy. Scared a lot of old people. Our local GOP found six people who got these things to file a complaint, and they have got the local DA starting a criminal investigation. Some of the applications turned in had wrong birth dates, two people claim there were applications filed in their names and they didn’t sign the applications at all, etc. etc.

Of course, Murphy turned around and started screaming about the BOE being controlled by Republicans and “disenfranchising” all these Democrat voters. But nobody in our district is buying it. But it’s enough to make me worry that if Murphy loses by only a few hundred votes (he won in 2006 by less than 1500) he will file suit in federal court and the race may not be decided for weeks. (And guess who sits on the Third Circuit? Ed Rendell’s wife!) Murphy is one of the progressive Left’s darlings, he has raised a crapload of money from Chicago and Hollywood, and his chief of staff just quit to go run Rahm Emanuel’s campaign in Chicago. They are not going to give up on him without a huge fight and they don’t care how sleazy or ugly they get. But believe me, the GOP here is fighting back!

rockmom on October 29, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Has anyone ever heard of voter fraud on the part of Republicans? I just don’t remember any, although the Dems accuse us of it.

silvernana on October 29, 2010 at 2:44 PM

I just hope that conservatives show up in large enough numbers to overcome all the voting irregularities.

esnap on October 29, 2010 at 1:30 PM

How about we find the fraud-perpetrating jackholes and throw their buts in jail. Then we won’t have to overwhelm the rigged system with massive numbers. We can win with simple, rightful majorities.

Extrafishy on October 29, 2010 at 3:06 PM

buts = butts.

Extrafishy on October 29, 2010 at 3:06 PM

silvernana on October 29, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Haven’t heard of any voter fraud from the GOP types…but we are still being labeled racist and other fine terms of endearment as Conservatives are prone to want to have people properly identified when they register to vote and have to identify themselves when they actually vote.

Heard another argument last evening where the same old meme about because all Dem voters are soooo much more poor than conservative voters, the onerous task of obtaining an ID or otherwise having to carry it with them when they vote puts them at as major disadvantage.

Unless and until we come up with a photo/biometric ID to enable a person to scan when they register and when they vote, we are going to have thousands and thousands of people voting who shouldn’t, or who are voting multiple times, or just plain screwing around with the system to garner more Dem votes.

After all, if they can “accidentally” prevent military members from voting…while they clear the way to get out the vote for convicts and other unsavory types…what’s a little vote padding from cemetery lists or urban phone books, or just made up out of whole cloth?

coldwarrior on October 29, 2010 at 3:08 PM

I’m sick of voter fraud, illegal immigration, the SEIU, MSNBC, Democtats, liberals, welfare trough sloppers, and race pimps like Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton.

Also, it is clear to me the democrats depend on ignorant Constituents, both highly educated and uneducated. There is no way realistic thinking people can defend the crap the democrats pull. It’s all about stealing money from the people that earned it, and pumping it into the vast pastures at the huge democrat vote farm.

saiga on October 29, 2010 at 3:20 PM

How does someone who is so intellectually bankrupt as McCollum even get on the ballot, much less elected? McCollum is totally unfit to lead anyone anywhere. She is not competent enough to stand in Teresa Collett’s shadow.

volsense on October 29, 2010 at 3:26 PM

I like the one comparison someone made of ATMs to voting machines/systems. You can damned well bet that when the bank’s money is on the line, it get done accurately and is resistant to tampering or fraudulent activity. But, give a board of elections 2 years to prepare a single ballot and setup polling areas and all kinds of ‘weird’ things will happen.

Bottom line, I don’t believe this stuff is accidental (like the voters complaining about votes in Nevada already being set for Harry Reid), I think it’s just plain old voter fraud.

Accounting firms can be trusted with a state’s multi-million dollar lottery to make sure it is legitimate, why can’t they be entrusted with processing votes, seems like the ‘smart’ thing to do. If there were voter fraud, the company would be the one to blame and thus their livelihood would be at stake and they hire competent and trustworthy employees (security) to run the polling places.

Geministorm on October 29, 2010 at 3:37 PM

The look on her face when they laughed at her was priceless! When she loses she will probably claim voter fraud.

tinkerthinker on October 29, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Her head is up her corn hole to have said something like that.

madmonkphotog on October 29, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Betty McCollum – the gift that keeps on giving.

Dopenstrange on October 29, 2010 at 5:29 PM

When Democrats call in the DoJ because of election fraud, it is so they can use their authority to prevent people from watching the D-friendly districts while they commit voter fraud on a an organized and massive scale. In all probability, half of the DoJ voter protection section is guilty of conspiracy to commit the crimes they were created to prevent.

Our votes are our freedom from tyranny. When someone steals them, they steal our freedom. That cannot be allowed.

Immolate on October 29, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Dem Dim Rep: We don’t have a voter-fraud problem

There, fixed it.

conservative educator on October 29, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Dem Rep: We don’t have a voter-fraud problem

In other words, Dem’s don’t have a problem with voter fraud. In fact, they’re all for it.

hillbillyjim on October 29, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Meanwhile, the Department of Justice is sending teams to Arizona following complaints from Hispanic groups that Arizona is trying to prevent illegal immigrants from voting…citing that such efforts are intimidating Hispanics.

What part of illegal do they not understand??

coldwarrior on October 29, 2010 at 9:36 PM