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On Accusations Of Voter Fraud In Wisconsin


Ed Morrissey makes a very salient and reasoned point:
Yesterday, a number of people forwarded me a post from Pundit Press, a fine blog, claiming that it gave evidence of ballot tampering on a wide scale. Pundit Press itself didn’t make that claim, however. Thomas Ferdousi wrote about allegations he heard from others about ballot tampering (specifically “shredding”) and noted that such actions would be illegal. Where did he hear the allegations? On a talk-radio show.

McKenna doesn’t appear to be claiming that these allegations are true, either, just that callers made them. The “overcount” in Dane County is especially odd, since that kind of information requires a count of check-ins against ballots counted, a figure that not even Dane County likely has at the moment. No one at a polling station would have been able to observe an “overcount” on that scale.

Having been a radio show host for several years in the Twin City through four elections, I can attest that not every allegation made on the air is the absolute sterling truth. That doesn’t mean they’re all false, either, and Wisconsin has a recent history of voter fraud that certainly serves to reduce the trust in the system there. Talk radio can help focus a spotlight on fraud, but it can also provide a lot of red herrings, too. Wisconsin voters should demand transparency, but also should not jump to conclusions before assuming the entire election was stolen.

The problem here will be the same as it was in Minnesota in 2008. All elections have irregularities, but most of the time the margins of victory are so substantial that no one cares. In razor-close races, where emotions are already high, these irregularities will get an incredible amount of attention — and they should, so that the system can be improved. No system can be made perfect, though, and it’s important to both be vigilant and discriminating when it comes to allegations of fraud.
Indeed. Investigate allegations, but don't assume that every one of them is the truth.

And now, let the accusations of RINO begin...