Where are Milwaukee’s “missing” black voters?

posted at 1:01 pm on September 1, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Are 60% of Milwaukee’s black voters from 2008 missing?  That’s what a study from the New Organizing Institute claims, which estimates that as many as 160,000 black voters in the city from the last presidential election can no longer be found.  Slate reports on this claim without any real skepticism or scrutiny, after noting NPR’s speculation that the housing crisis would cause Democrats more trouble in finding their voters:

This spring, the League of Young Voters, which was created to mobilize young minority communities, collaborated with the liberal Wisconsin Voices coalition to dispatch teams of young canvassers. Starting in April, they spent eight weeks knocking on 120,882 doors across 208 of Milwaukee’s 317 wards to raise awareness of the gubernatorial recall election scheduled for June.  The doors had one thing in common: the voter file said they were all home to a registered voter whom a commercial data vendor had flagged as likely to be African-American.

But the voter file represented a fiction, or at least a reality that had rapidly become out of date.  During those eight weeks, canvassers were able to successfully find and interact with only 31 percent of their targets. Twice that number were confirmed to no longer live at the address on file  — either because a structure was abandoned or condemned, or if a current resident reported that the targeted voter no longer lived there.

Based on those results, the New Organizing Institute, a Washington-based best-practices lab for lefty field operations, extrapolated that nearly 160,000 African-American voters in Milwaukee were no longer reachable at their last documented address — representing 41 percent of the city’s 2008 electorate.  It is a staggering figure in a battleground state where Democratic prospects rely on turning out Milwaukee’s urban population, an ever more urgent cause since Paul Ryan’s presence on the ticket could help mobilize core Republican constituencies in the city’s suburbs.  Over half of those identified as displaced were under the age of 35, and thus also less likely to be reachable through traditional landline phones.

Simply put, this is an absurd conclusion to reach.  It starts with an assumption that the “voter file” used in this search was accurate, both in identifying African-American voters and in identifying legitimate registrations.  It ends with the assumption that a voter who no longer lives in the same place in 2012 that he or she did in 2008 is somehow “missing.”  And the result of this absurdity is the claim that 160,000 voters in a city population of only 594,833 — including non-voters — went “missing,” and no one noticed.

If this is actually true, then we have a perfect way to corroborate this claim.  The 2008 election, where Barack Obama became the first African-American President, was generally agreed to boost participation among black voters around the nation.  In Wisconsin, that demo accounted for 5% of the overall vote, according to exit polling. In the 2010 gubernatorial election, it was 4%.  Unlike most other states, Wisconsin held a statewide election as well as a primary — the recall election of Scott Walker, Rebecca Kleefisch, and several state senators.  In exit polling from the June election, black voters once again comprised 5% of the vote, up from 2010′s gubernatorial election.

Obama won Wisconsin handily in 2008 by 13 points in an election where 2,939,604 votes were cast; five percent of that would be 146,980 votes cast by African-American voters in the entire state.  In the 2010 election, 2,133,244 votes were cast, 4% of which would have been 85,330.  The recall election won by Walker had 2,516,065 votes cast — almost perfectly between the two — and five percent of that comes to 125,803.    None of these remotely indicate that Milwaukee had 160,000 extra black voters to go missing in the first place.  That’s more than the number of black voters who turned out statewide in 2008 in Obama’s first presidential election.

By the way, the number of people who voted in Milwaukee County — not the city — in the 2008 election was 475,192.  In 2012, it was 396,183, a difference of only 79,000 in a special election effort.  It also produced almost exactly the same result as in the 2010 gubernatorial election, too.

Finally, let’s go to the best data of all — the Census Bureau.  The state of Wisconsin’s population in the 2011 estimate was 5,711,767 people, of whom 6.5% identify as black.  That’s a statewide total of 371,265 black adults and children, up from 2000′s 304,460 and 5.7%, and slightly higher than 2010′s 359,148 and 6.3% rather than declining.  The city of Milwaukee’s population of 597,867 is 40% African-American, which comes to 239,147 adults and children.  Assuming one child for every two adults, there would only be 157,837 African-American adults of voting age in the city altogether.  In Milwaukee County, the population is 952,532, with 27% being African-American.  That comes to 257,183 African-American adults and children (most of them live in the city itself, obviously), and using the same 2:1 ratio for adults to children, we get 169,741 voting-age-eligible adults.

In order to believe this survey, one would have to believe that every African-American adult had abandoned the city of Milwaukee, and nearly all from the county of Milwaukee, too, which demonstrates the absurdity of its conclusion.   Furthermore, even if the claim were true, those voters would show up elsewhere — either elsewhere in Wisconsin, or elsewhere in the US.  The percentage of black voters in Wisconsin exit polling from 2008 to 2012 should have cratered with that kind of exodus had it occurred, but instead it remained remarkably stable all the way through June of this year.  The only conclusion is that the claim is absolutely and transparently nutty.

There are a few possible reasons for the New Organizing Institute to make this claim, and they’re not mutually exclusive.  One, they may be just that bad at math.  Two, they may just be that bad at door knocking. Three, they may just be that bad at research.  Four, the voter file from 2008 contained massive amounts of fraudulent registrations, and the state’s new voter-ID law has respondents thinking twice about trying it again in 2012 — although 160,000 is as absurd a figure for that as it is for claiming people missing.  Five, the New Organizing Institute wanted to stake a claim that a loss in Wisconsin wasn’t due to their bad GOTV efforts but a result of both the housing crisis and voter suppression, and concocted the data to support the conclusion.

I suspect a bit of all these are at work in this claim, and arguably in the reporting of it too.  It’s very curious that Slate’s Sasha Issenberg didn’t bother to do the math herself to test NOI’s ridiculous figures before writing the lead, “Sixty percent of Milwaukee’s black voters have disappeared.”  This looks like agenda flogging rather than journalism.


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John H. Doe
Iona House

Are all black?

SouthernGent on September 1, 2012 at 1:04 PM

They live on buses, and wear purple shirts.

faraway on September 1, 2012 at 1:05 PM

This looks like agenda flogging rather than journalism.

Ed, you could end every post in which you — or anyone else for that matter — relates to or opines on an MSM story …

ShainS on September 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Thanks Ed!

This looks like agenda flogging rather than journalism.

But we are not surprised right? Excellent breakout.

CoffeeLover on September 1, 2012 at 1:10 PM

I agree with your assessment here and I do hope this story isn’t put on the shelf to get dusty because if this was an intentional distortion, it won’t be an isolate incident. It will repeat elsewhere. Stay on it.

~~ Catholic Bandita ~~

gocatholic on September 1, 2012 at 1:10 PM

My compliments, Mr Morrissey. An unassailable analysis.

Nonsense on stilts.

JohnGalt23 on September 1, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Nah, we don’t need any voter ID laws, everything is just fine.

SC.Charlie on September 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Ghost protocol?

HoustonRight on September 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Someone please give me the backstory on that photo. I know it has nothing to do with the post, but I missed whatever it was that occasioned that pic.

greggriffith on September 1, 2012 at 1:15 PM

They were never there to begin with….the ballot box was stuffed!……in my humble opinion….

Vntnrse on September 1, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I choose #4

Conservative4Ever on September 1, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Those “160,000″ missing voters are the same 35 winos driven around to polling place after polling place all day long.

Zombie on September 1, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Liberals don’t do math. They do Womyn’s studies.

ndanielson on September 1, 2012 at 1:18 PM

There’s a shocker. thousands of democrat voters that never actually lived at the address they used to register to vote.

Voter ID laws would disenfranchise all of these poor nonexistent souls and is therefor racist.

Oxymoron on September 1, 2012 at 1:18 PM

If this is actually true, then we have a perfect way to corroborate this claim. The 2008 election, where Barack Obama became the first African-American Half White, Three Eighths Arab, and One Eight African American President, was generally agreed to boost participation among black voters around the nation.

Fixed that for you Ed.

oldroy on September 1, 2012 at 1:18 PM

This is why they pay Ed the BIG bucks.

BRAVO.

locomotivebreath1901 on September 1, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Smells like “ACORN” to me…

Well done, Ed… WELL DONE!!

Khun Joe on September 1, 2012 at 1:24 PM

They all actually live in Chicago and get on buses on election day and go up there and. It’s, right???!!! / wink

It would be very sad if that were true but wouldn’t that require over 3,000 buses to hold all those people? Kind of hard to keep that much voter fraud under the radar. Or did some Soros funded group make up that many fictitious voters and they all vote absentee? Even that would be hard to pull off at that massive scale.

Weird.

karenhasfreedom on September 1, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Someone please give me the backstory on that photo. I know it has nothing to do with the post, but I missed whatever it was that occasioned that pic.

greggriffith on September 1, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Some basketball game. Not sure which team.

Barred on September 1, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Dead people rarely answer the doorbell.

I have been saying for at least a few months now that Romney will win this election in a landslide, perhaps 320 electoral votes……if it is a fair election. And that is a major big “if”.

NOMOBO on September 1, 2012 at 1:25 PM

The doors had one thing in common: the voter file said they were all home to a registered voter whom a commercial data vendor had flagged as likely to be African-American.

Ed,

Slow down partner..no one said all of the 160k were black.

In fact, it is impossible to determine race based on voter registration. Whoever this data vendor is apparently applied some form of “red-lining” (currently a held as an illegal, evil practice…CRA and all that), and supplied that information to DNC operatives for use in targeted GOTV efforts aimed at blacks. All of which is apparently “racism free” activity.

BobMbx on September 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Where are Milwaukee’s “missing” black voters?

…in Chicago?

KOOLAID2 on September 1, 2012 at 1:28 PM

There you go doing the math again. Amazing how numbers don’t lie. Good thing Ryan can do the math. And it’s clear to see where our education system, led by teacher’s unions, has led us.

COgirl on September 1, 2012 at 1:30 PM

You expect a “reporterette” from SLATE to do math?

HOO-HAH!

Somebody needed to tell the canvassers that you can’t contact a lot Democratic “voters” because they do not exist in the temporal world, but that would be a dog whistle.

Adjoran on September 1, 2012 at 1:32 PM

They all actually live in Chicago and get on buses on election day and go up there and. It’s, right???!!! / wink

No winking needed. This has been going on for decades.

Some years ago, Tommy Thompson and his staff put an end to a great deal of this. One thing they ended was double-dippers from Illinois coming to Milwaukee on “pay day” to pick their unemployment or other WI benefit checks in person. They were found out by AMTRAK (if you can believe that). The train service noticed a pattern that didn’t seem to have an explanation….on a clock-work like frequency, they would have to add several more cars to the trains that ran between Chicago and Milwaukee to handle the load. On any other day, the trains were pretty much empty.

A quick surveillance discovered the cause of the anomaly…..hordes of people who got on the train in IL were getting off the train in Milwaukee, walking a few blocks to the “benefit window” and waited in line for their WI checks, then walking back the train station for the ride home…to Chicago.

Of course, I’m a racist for writing this, you’re a racist for reading it, and doubly so for both of us because we know its true.

BobMbx on September 1, 2012 at 1:34 PM

I suspect that when these people went door to door they found a DIFFERENT black resident than the one they were looking for. People had just moved around. They probably even found some they were looking for without realizing it. For example. Say they go to 1074 Maple Street looking for Sam Smith. Nope, no Sam Smith here. (the people living there are actually the Jones family). Now another canvasser goes to 1957 Elm Street looking for Bill Jones. Nope, not there. But they don’t realize they are talking to Sam Smith who the other team was looking for on Maple St. but instead were actually talking to Mr. Jones who this team is looking for on Elm St.

The “study” didn’t say that the RACE changed of the households they went to, just the names.

crosspatch on September 1, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Bob MBX, read the excerpt. NOI claims that.

Ed Morrissey on September 1, 2012 at 1:35 PM

I have a theory: all those people they paid to knock on doors went to the park and got high.

manfriend on September 1, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Someone please give me the backstory on that photo. I know it has nothing to do with the post, but I missed whatever it was that occasioned that pic.

greggriffith on September 1, 2012 at 1:15 PM

What’s the scoop on the chick with the freaky eyes?

JFS61 on September 1, 2012 at 1:37 PM

…in Chicago?

KOOLAID2 on September 1, 2012 at 1:28 PM

LOL…my thoughts exactly!

St Gaudens on September 1, 2012 at 1:38 PM

This post is SO racist.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on September 1, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Ed earns his sheckles with analysis like this.

Great piece.

rickyricardo on September 1, 2012 at 1:45 PM

This outfit seems to have the math skills the Obama administration prizes in its economic advisors.

MessesWithTexas on September 1, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Knock Knock

“Yes?”

“Yes maam, I’m here with the New Organizing Institute and we are conducting a survey of 2010 voters to make sure that our messiah, Barack Hussein Obama gets re-elected in 2012 and want to talk to 2010 voters from this address”

“OK”

“So, could we please speak to the Mick E Mouse who was registered at this address in 2010?”

“??????”

/Yeah, those must have been some pretty interesting canvassings. Really, if you are going to do vote fraud, you ought to not try to double down and try to GOTV on your fraudulent voters in the next election cycle. Makes you look really stupid.

AZfederalist on September 1, 2012 at 1:51 PM

What’s the scoop on the chick with the freaky eyes?

JFS61 on September 1, 2012 at 1:37 PM

IIRC, that photo was taken when a state legislator was melting down on the floor of a statehouse (MN I believe) over the fact that a multi-ream of paper budget bill had been dropped on the House earlier in the day with the imperative to pass the legislation within the next few hours. It was an epic video and the guy who had the meltdown had a perfectly valid point; he was a Republican in a deep blue legislature.

AZfederalist on September 1, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Ed….They moved to Houston Texas for jobs.

workingclass artist on September 1, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Four, the voter file from 2008 contained massive amounts of fraudulent registrations, and the state’s new voter-ID law has respondents thinking twice about trying it again in 2012

I choose Door #4.

a capella on September 1, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Thanks Ed.
Slate reports it August 30th and you’ve all but shot it down for us by today September 1st. Gonna make us lazy …

darlus on September 1, 2012 at 1:56 PM

It would be interesting to check what figures were supplied by the “best” canvassers and the “worst” canvassers. If the worse ones were really, really terrible at finding voters maybe they weren’t trying all that hard. Reporting you knocked on 500 doors a day and no one answered probably made you a champion employee as far as the survey was concerned.

Fred 2 on September 1, 2012 at 2:03 PM

There were more votes cast in the 2004 presidential election than there were registered voters. No surprise that the current numbers are off. Most of those ‘black’ voters – most likely – went back to their home states

bs4948800 on September 1, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Ed,

You’re right. So how do you “lose” 160k out of a population of ~150k?

The term “extrapolation” explains it all. In other words, “we just made up these numbers”

BobMbx on September 1, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Missing? Maybe they ought to check the graveyards. That’s most probably where they got the names from that voted in 2008.

Don L on September 1, 2012 at 2:05 PM

There is one possible reason for the New Organizing Institute to make this claim- the voter file from 2008 contained massive amounts of fraudulent registrations, and the state’s new voter-ID law has respondents thinking twice about trying it again in 2012

Minnesota- Al Franken. Enough said.

redridinghood on September 1, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Monty, my money is on curtain #4, as the lovely Carol Merrill points to:

Four, the voter file from 2008 contained massive amounts of fraudulent registrations, and the state’s new voter-ID law has respondents thinking twice about trying it again in 2012 — although 160,000 is as absurd a figure for that as it is for claiming people missing.

Getting Obama into the White House with charades like this was one thing. Keeping him there four years later will be another. Too many watchdogs now.

(Unless, using the term “watchdogs” about someone gaining illicit entry into a house is, y’know, racist.)

Captain Scarlet on September 1, 2012 at 2:17 PM

I seem to recall that in 2008 Milwaukee had something like 10,000 more votes cast than registered voters. So voterID could be an issue in 2012.

Dasher on September 1, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I hope you are sending along your figures to Govenor Scott’s office. He can do math of course, but he may not realize he has to.

This might be the start of some ACORN type activity. No one can be so dumb as to not do the math at all. I don’t trust any of them.

petunia on September 1, 2012 at 2:23 PM

(Unless, using the term “watchdogs” about someone gaining illicit entry into a house is, y’know, racist.)

Captain Scarlet on September 1, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Yes, I’m afraid so:

watch dog -> prevent burglary -> burglars are criminals -> criminals go to jail -> majority of prisoners in American jails are black -> raacist

AZfederalist on September 1, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Assuming one child for every two adults, there would only be 157,837 African-American adults of voting age in the city altogether.

huh???

teejk on September 1, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Well as a Bears fan I would consider the loss of 60% of any group of people likely to root for the Packers a good thing.

radjah shelduck on September 1, 2012 at 2:25 PM

In order to believe this survey, one would have to believe that every African-American adult had abandoned the city of Milwaukee, and nearly all from the county of Milwaukee, too,

I was in Milwaukee twice last year and can vouch for the fact that there are still African Americans living in the city.

NumberTwo on September 1, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Anyone…like in anyone…who thinks the rolls are for actual voting adults haven’t got off the NoDoz since 68.

Fix the dammmmmmmmm system before it fixes us.

Limerick on September 1, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Are 60% of Milwaukee’s black voters from 2008 missing?
…an IRRELEVANT QUESTION – the d-cRAT socialist party will still get votes from them whether they’re missing, dead, out of the country, etc. The d-cRAT socialist extremists will make the 2012 election the most corrupt in American history.

TeaPartyNation on September 1, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Those “160,000″ missing voters are the same 35 winos driven around to polling place after polling place all day long.

Zombie on September 1, 2012 at 1:17 PM

The velocity Democrat theory of money voting.

Barnestormer on September 1, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Maybe they beamed up to the Mother Wheel.

Richard Blaine on September 1, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Maybe they beamed up to the Mother Wheel.

Richard Blaine on September 1, 2012 at 2:42 PM

… and will conveniently beam back down for the election. After which they will return to the Mother Wheel and will not be locatable until the next election.

AZfederalist on September 1, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Excellent work. The brief demographic snapshot of Milwaukee is enlightening in many ways.

Mason on September 1, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Math

forest on September 1, 2012 at 2:52 PM

This looks like agenda flogging rather than journalism.

Given the quality of “journalism” these days, I’d say it’s more likely that she was just lazy.

Socratease on September 1, 2012 at 2:53 PM

A thought…Maybe those missing Milwaukee voters have always only existed on an election day.

aposematic on September 1, 2012 at 2:58 PM

African-American voters in Milwaukee were no longer reachable at their last documented address —representing 41 percent of the city’s 2008 electorate.

This is why Voter ID scares the living crap out of the left….
….and the reasons are obvious.

No demographic shift could possibly explain that.

98ZJUSMC on September 1, 2012 at 3:01 PM

rush uses the term ‘repeaters’ for a reason. They repeat what they’ve been told. they take press releases and gussy them up and maybe talk to one person to verify the point of view and print.

And, actually, that is what reporting is about (think police reporting, etc.)

an investigative ‘journo’ is supposed to ‘analyze’ a claim (like Ed did) and ask a lot of people with different views. Regrettable most investigative journos are hard left…and so would have no interest in doing the math

r keller on September 1, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Ed, you could end every post in which you — or anyone else for that matter — relates to or opines on an MSM story …

ShainS on September 1, 2012 at 1:09 PM

If seeking truth is an agenda, count me in.

That used to be called journalism.

98ZJUSMC on September 1, 2012 at 3:06 PM

It cracks me up how people start out with the assumption that any….ANY lefty, democrat, socialist, progressive, or communist outfit of any kind at all would be truthful in any endeavor they undertake.

That will never happen. Ever.

The left lies and in doing so makes black people disappear. How racist of them.

Wolfmoon on September 1, 2012 at 3:07 PM

They were never there to begin with….the ballot box was stuffed!……in my humble opinion….

Vntnrse on September 1, 2012 at 1:16 PM

The truth, that dare noth be spoke.

98ZJUSMC on September 1, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Some years ago, Tommy Thompson and his staff put an end to a great deal of this. One thing they ended was double-dippers from Illinois coming to Milwaukee on “pay day” to pick their unemployment or other WI benefit checks in person. They were found out by AMTRAK (if you can believe that). The train service noticed a pattern that didn’t seem to have an explanation….on a clock-work like frequency, they would have to add several more cars to the trains that ran between Chicago and Milwaukee to handle the load. On any other day, the trains were pretty much empty.

A quick surveillance discovered the cause of the anomaly…..hordes of people who got on the train in IL were getting off the train in Milwaukee, walking a few blocks to the “benefit window” and waited in line for their WI checks, then walking back the train station for the ride home…to Chicago.

Of course, I’m a racist for writing this, you’re a racist for reading it, and doubly so for both of us because we know its true.

BobMbx on September 1, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Down here in Southern Ilinois, we called it the I-57 500. Sometimes, convoys blazing back and forth to Ky, In, Mo. Always, the same time of the month. Been going on since the 70′s, folks.

Yep. That must be racist.

98ZJUSMC on September 1, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Twice that number were confirmed to no longer live at the address on file — either because a structure was abandoned or condemned, or if a current resident reported that the targeted voter no longer lived there.

Seems to me that there is a third possibility: that the targeted voter never lived there.

Not even considered/encountered by the “pollsters”?

bofh on September 1, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Wait – that’s Mike Krzyzewski in the middle of that pic, right?

greggriffith on September 1, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Someone please give me the backstory on that photo. I know it has nothing to do with the post, but I missed whatever it was that occasioned that pic.

greggriffith on September 1, 2012 at 1:15 PM

What’s the scoop on the chick with the freaky eyes?

JFS61 on September 1, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Don’t even think about it! I saw her first!

/hearts

CurtZHP on September 1, 2012 at 3:36 PM

This looks like agenda flogging rather than journalism.

Ed, Silly you, “agenda flogging” for liberal politicians is the main concern for “journalists” today.

RJL on September 1, 2012 at 3:38 PM

And the Democrats assure us that voter fraud is almost non existent.

RJL on September 1, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Or…because of the bad Obama economy they had to move somewhere else…and have not re-registered…

albill on September 1, 2012 at 4:04 PM

NOI has been using Million Man Math.

Adjoran on September 1, 2012 at 4:07 PM

ACORN ghost voters.

stukinIL4now on September 1, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Wait – that’s Mike Krzyzewski in the middle of that pic, right?

greggriffith on September 1, 2012 at 3:34 PM

On the nosey, Greg. Don’t know who they were playing, but it must have been brutal.

Athanasius on September 1, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Feel completely free to call me a racist…

-but-

…did anyone bother to check to see if there was a commensurate drop in food stamp distribution?

Of course, that would evidence an actual desire to know the truth.

M240H on September 1, 2012 at 4:26 PM

This looks like agenda flogging rather than journalism.

Slate in general, and Sasha Issenberg in particular, have happily lied to their readers for years.

They continue their time-honored tradition.

jaime on September 1, 2012 at 4:42 PM

They are not missing, they are in the graveyards or just plain never existed in the first place which is why democrates get their panties in such knots about voter ID laws.

Wallythedog on September 1, 2012 at 5:06 PM

If you look at the 2010 Census data, there is no need to estimate anything. There were exactly 161,052 persons over the age of 18 recorded as having African-American in their racial background.

Data Set PL94-171, Table P3 (RACE FOR THE POPULATION 18 YEARS AND OVER), State WI, Place Milwaukee City, Values (Black alone) plus (White; Black) plus (Black; Amerindian) plus (Black; Asian) plus etc. …

hald on September 1, 2012 at 5:07 PM

There’s another option you didn’t explore. That all of those missing voters are chained up in a Koch brother’s warehouse somewhere.

You know that’s what they’re trying to say here.

ButterflyDragon on September 1, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Election night in Milwaukee – the “Night of the Living Dead Democrats”.

drunyan8315 on September 1, 2012 at 5:47 PM

A chilling story of silent genocide.

TallDave on September 1, 2012 at 5:56 PM

I love this picture so much- I don’t even care what the topic is.

O/T – It’s the laser focus “Barrack” is looking for.

FlaMurph on September 1, 2012 at 6:12 PM

When the legend doesn’t match the facts, print the legend…or in this case the lie.

jnelchef on September 1, 2012 at 6:14 PM

When the legend doesn’t match the facts, print the legend…or in this case the lie.

jnelchef on September 1, 2012 at 6:14 PM

In the context of this topic, what the @#$% is that even supposed to mean? I’m sure it sounded good in your head before you wrote and posted it.

AZfederalist on September 1, 2012 at 6:22 PM

The same place they have always been…Chicago.

aposematic on September 1, 2012 at 6:26 PM

My compliments, Mr Morrissey. An unassailable analysis.

Nonsense on stilts.

JohnGalt23 on September 1, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Exactly! And, Jeremy Bentham would be proud to be quoted, by the way, JohnGalt23.

Wisconsin is clearly in play this year. The Presidential race may be a close one (although I don’t personally think so.) If it is close, it may come down to a few recounts in a few jurisdictions.

As we know well from the recent recount for the seat on the Wisc. Supreme Court vote, Wisconsin is a jurisdiction that provides for an automatic recount, paid for by the taxpayers, if it is within a certain percentage margin. So, all of us can imagine that Democrats have Wisconsin on their target list of recount states, regardless of what may happen elsewhere.

And, they will have a team of Dane County-led “experts” ready to take the field . . . cranky, anxious, and spoiling for a rematch!

Moreover, the Democrats nationally, and in Wisconsin will need a way to explain a loss, one that they believe could quickly turn the tide in public opinion, or that would at least stand the best chance of putting Republicans on the defensive. One that is always high on their list would be making a claim citing the old racial bugaboo of “voter suppression!

So, even though we can readily see that this is bogus, it will not come to the attention of the general public before the election. Should Romney win in Wisconsin in particular, and generally, but narrowly, in the Electoral College vote, guess what will be splattered all over the front page of every paper in Wisconsin?

“Scholarly Study: Registrations of Minority Voters Mysteriously Vanished Pre-Election!”

Gov. & Sec’y Of State Cannot Explain Discrepancies”

Here we go!

Trochilus on September 1, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Four, the voter file from 2008 contained massive amounts of fraudulent registrations, and the state’s new voter-ID law has respondents thinking twice about trying it again in 2012 — although 160,000 is as absurd a figure for that as it is for claiming people missing.

At least until the Government “Accountability” Board voted unanimously to overrule staff recommendations to hold off on a ddecision sought by liberal groups to accept smartphone “copies” of “utility bills” for “proof” of “residency”.

And yes, the “scare quotes” are very intentional.

Steve Eggleston on September 1, 2012 at 6:58 PM

There is one possible reason for the New Organizing Institute to make this claim- the voter file from 2008 contained massive amounts of fraudulent registrations, and the state’s new voter-ID law has respondents thinking twice about trying it again in 2012 —

Minnesota- Al Franken. Enough said.

redridinghood on September 1, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Maybe not the same . . . Minnesota has a distinctive problem that Wisconsin actually dealt with a while back — same day voter registration using vouching.

The elimination of that problem is on the ballot in Minnesota this year, but that my just be a huge incentive to “keep it by employing it!” Hopefully, the tide of opinion in Minnesota this year will be to do what Wisconsin did by statute a few years ago — eliminate election day registration by vouching.

In Minnesota, a registered voter can “vouch” for up to 15 new persons seeking to both register and vote on election day, even if the people they are vouching for may have absolutely no identification whatsoever, nor any proof at all of the “fact” that they live in the jurisdiction where they want to vote — such as a utility bill having been mailed to them at their address.

Vouching, especially in a city environment, allows political hackse to game the system on a massive scale, and could result in one person showing up in multiple precincts in a city, and voting numerous times, with little or no chance of being caught.

Trochilus on September 1, 2012 at 6:58 PM

100% of liberal reporters lack basic math skills.

talkingpoints on September 1, 2012 at 7:08 PM

There can be only one reasonable explanation: Racism.

Kenosha Kid on September 1, 2012 at 8:50 PM

They are not missing.

They are called the “Invisible Votes” that make the election results “fair and equitable” for the Totalitarian and Socialist.

TheAlamos on September 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Wherever you see the words “minority” or “minorities”, replace with “non-white(s)”. As a cracker, I am never referred to as a majority or majorities if there’s a whole box of us.

Doing the above will point out the obvious, instead of implying an ‘underdog’, or ‘victim’.

John Kettlewell on September 1, 2012 at 9:43 PM

They don’t lack math skills — or more accurately, they may lack math skills, and probably do…but this idiotic lie has nothing to do with math. This is just liberal voter fraud and nonsense.

Liberals are generally liars and scam artists.

Jaibones on September 1, 2012 at 9:45 PM

It’s been well established in this cycle that math is racist. I can’t believe HA has sunk this low.

mankai on September 1, 2012 at 10:20 PM

“Math is hard” — Sandra Fluke

Typicalwhitewoman on September 2, 2012 at 1:19 AM

I found this particularly interesting:

Twice that number were confirmed to no longer live at the address on file — either because a structure was abandoned or condemned, or if a current resident reported that the targeted voter no longer lived there.

Obviously, if the structure is abandoned or condemned, then the targeted voter either moved away when it was condemned, or died, or never lived there. How you get from this to “missing” is beyond me, in the first place.

But if the voter registration information is this inaccurate, then it appears this liberal group may have unwittingly done us all a service and documented some heavy voter fraud.

Maybe somebody should be taking a deposition of this group. If the houses/buildings were condemned during the election when this information was gathered, or if the residents found report they were living there during the election instead of the person registered, that would be excellent documentation to suggest voter fraud.

But, of course, nobody every seems to worry about voter fraud. Shame. It would be priceless if this heavy breathing about “missing” voters actually led to a massive voting fraud investigation.

There Goes The Neighborhood on September 2, 2012 at 1:21 AM

There Goes The Neighborhood

I can hear Archie Bunker saying your name.

Typicalwhitewoman on September 2, 2012 at 1:30 AM

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