NAACP worker sentenced to prison for voter fraud
posted at 1:33 pm on January 2, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
As the battle wages on between the Justice Department and states that have passed laws requiring that voters present a valid photo ID at the polls, Attorney General Eric Holder has been joined in his crusade by the NAACP. That organization’s president, Benjamin Jealous, recently declared:
It’s been more than a century since we’ve seen such a tidal wave of assaults on the right to vote. Historically, when voting rights are attacked, it’s done to facilitate attacks on other rights. It is no mistake that the groups who are behind this are simultaneously attacking very basic women’s rights, environmental protections, labor rights, and educational access for working people and minorities. Voting rights attacks are the flip side of buying a democracy. First you buy all the leaders you can, and then you suppress as many votes as possible of the people who might object.
The group’s Legal Defense & Educational Fund (LDF) has even come out with a “report” emphasizing that “the right to vote is the cornerstone of American democracy” and asking, “How can we collectively encourage more people to participate in the political process?” Consisting of 45 pages of grievance mongering, the document never actually answers that question, unless you count such helpful tips as “volunteer,” “write to your congressman,” and “inform yourself.”
Or unless you seek out a story appearing at The Daily Caller but otherwise receiving no coverage by the national media. Matthew Vadum reports:
[A]n NAACP executive sits in prison, sentenced for carrying out a massive voter fraud scheme.
In … April a Tunica County, Miss., jury convicted NAACP official Lessadolla Sowers on 10 counts of fraudulently casting absentee ballots. Sowers is identified on an NAACP website as a member of the Tunica County NAACP Executive Committee.
Sowers received a five-year prison term for each of the 10 counts, but Circuit Court Judge Charles Webster permitted Sowers to serve those terms concurrently, according to the Tunica Times, the only media outlet to cover the sentencing.
The NAACP hasn’t publicly commented on this stain on its otherwise would-be spotless reputation, though one can easily imagine them claiming that the case is an outlier. The NAACP LDF report asserts:
Instances of in-person voter fraud are extraordinarily rare. In Ohio, for example, a statewide survey of votes cast in 2002 and 2004 found that out of more than 9,000,000 voters, there were four instances of voter fraud. In fact, there are far more reported UFO sightings than reports of impersonation at the polls…
Clearly, the report is referring to an Ohio other than the Buckeye State, where according to court records:
[T]wo Ohio voters, including Christopher Barkley , [sic] claimed that they were hounded by the community-activist group ACORN to register to vote several times, even though they made it clear they’d already signed up. Barkley estimated he’d registered to vote ‘10 to 15’ times after canvassers for ACORN relentlessly pursued him and others. ‘I kept getting approached by folks who asked me to register,’ Barkley said….
ACORN bribed and/or pressured Freddie Johnson of Cleveland to register to vote 72 times. Johnson filled out 72 separate voter-registration cards over an 18-month period at the behest of ACORN. Johnson stated ‘[s]ometimes, they come up and bribe me with a cigarette, or they’ll give me a dollar to sign up, …The ACORN people are everywhere, looking to sign people up. I tell them I am already registered. The girl said, ‘You are?’ I say, ‘Yup,’ and then they say, ‘Can you just sign up again?’‘ He’d collected 10 to 20 cigarettes and anywhere from $10 to $15, he said. [Emphasis added]
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