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Odysseus
10-19-2010, 12:50 PM
By LaToya Dennis
October 13, 2010 | WUWM | Milwaukee, WI

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With midterm elections less than a month away new billboards are stirring controversy in Milwaukee. One group claims the billboards are nothing more than a scare tactic and wants the person or group behind them identified. Another local organization insists the signs are a good way to call public attention to a problem. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis has more.

The billboards popping up across the city contain images of a few faces behind bars, including a young black male, with the words, “Voter Fraud is a Felony. We voted illegally.” Matt Brusky works with the group, Citizen Action Wisconsin. It wants to know who’s behind the billboards and would like them removed. Brusky says the signs are designed to discourage some people from voting on November 2.

“Obviously the image of an African American male and people behind bars for voter fraud is certainly not intended to try and provide useful information that would help someone understand and encourage people to vote. It’s definitely intended to scare and intimidate folks,” Brusky says.

Brusky says his organization will continue to hold get out the vote drives, to ensure people understand their rights and responsibilities.

“We think the best way to combat this within our organization is to get out and actively engage people as to why it’s important to vote. And we will continue to do that,” Brusky says.

But not everyone views the billboards as negative. Ardis Cerny is with the group, We’re Watching Wisconsin Elections. It’s made up of women from Waukesha County concerned about election fraud. The group formed after a few irregularities were reported in 2008 election. Cerny says while her group is not behind the billboards, she applauds the message. “No, I don’t think it’s a scare tactic at all. I think this is a great educational tool. I think people will think twice if they’re thinking about doing something that isn’t quite right and they find out that this is the actual penalty, you’ve committed a felony,” Cerny says.

Cerny wants Wisconsin to do away with same day registration and require voters to present identification. She believes those steps would help curtail voter fraud, something she thinks is a huge problem across the state. However instances of voter fraud are rare, according to Kevin Kennedy, director of the Government Accountability Board. It oversees elections in Wisconsin.

“We see a lot more rhetoric about voter fraud based on perception, but not really based on any actual facts,” Kennedy says.

Kennedy says he can think of only one reason as to why this perception persists.

“People are using those allegations really to advance policy issues. One big debate we constantly have is the need for photo identification as part of the voting process, and that’s a policy decision,” Kennedy says.

Kennedy says the fact is that since 2006, the government has had an increasing number of tools to catch people who should not be voting. He says the biggest deterrent is to actually charge those people. In order to vote in Wisconsin, you must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years old. You must also have resided in your voting district for 10 days. Convicted felons are allowed to vote as long as they have served their sentence and are no longer on probation.

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I love that a guy named Kennedy can't imagine why people would be concerned about voter fraud. Maybe we need to find a guy named Nixon to explain it to him.

And, this Brusky character is a piece of work. What is wrong with a sign that says that election fraud is illegal? It is illegal, isn't it? That's sort of like having a sign that says that the sky is blue, or the sun rises in the east.

Rockntractor
10-19-2010, 12:53 PM
Que Wei Wei to claim racism 5 4 3 2 1.........

Odysseus
10-19-2010, 01:00 PM
Que Wei Wei to claim racism 5 4 3 2 1.........

I doubt that it will take that long. :D

What is racist about it? There are two whites in the cell along with the black man, and they're all there for the same crime. If anything, this is the opposite of racism, since everyone is being held equally accountable.

Rockntractor
10-19-2010, 01:02 PM
I doubt that it will take that long. :D

What is racist about it? There are two whites in the cell along with the black man, and they're all there for the same crime. If anything, this is the opposite of racism, since everyone is being held equally accountable.

Do you seriously think that will deter him any!

AmPat
10-19-2010, 01:22 PM
OMG! Does this mean that the signs might possibly deter liberals frokm voting ILLEGALLY? I thought we didn't need signs in order to do the right thing?

FlaGator
10-19-2010, 01:39 PM
When the dead of Chicago vote is that considered fraud? It would seem that the dems have a lock on the Chicago zombie voting block.

Constitutionally Speaking
10-19-2010, 01:59 PM
In Florida 2000, it is more than very likely that the ACTUAL problem with the vote was that people who were not legally allowed to vote, still did and had their vote counted. It was NOT as the Dems like to claim, that legal voters were prevented from doing so.

Odysseus
10-19-2010, 02:35 PM
In Florida 2000, it is more than very likely that the ACTUAL problem with the vote was that people who were not legally allowed to vote, still did and had their vote counted. It was NOT as the Dems like to claim, that legal voters were prevented from doing so.

As opposed to Minnesota, where Imaginary Americans cast the deciding votes in favor of Al Franken.

The American Thinker had a great column today on the history of Democratic Party election fraud (http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/10/the_democrats_will_steal_the_e.html). An excerpt:


The Democratic Party is, in a real sense, built on electoral fraud, and not only in Chicago. The Dems have used the vilest criminal elements to carry out their electoral schemes. They have used fraud to control cities, regions, and entire states. Not even the presidency has been immune. Men have been killed for trying to vote in the United States of America, the same as in El Salvador, Lebanon, or Afghanistan. Those days could return at any time if we let them. (None of this is to suggest that Republicans never steal the vote. But the tenor is different. With Republicans, it's kind of an amateur effort, along the lines of a cottage industry. With Democrats, it's big business, like Big Steel or Google.)

And:


This attitude must change. Nixon to the contrary, it is not an honorable and decent thing to allow a hustler to take office on the basis of falsified returns. This election is crucial in one other sense apart from the obvious issues at state -- as a test of the electoral system. It is clear that the Dems will do whatever they have to do to maintain hegemony. What this means in practical terms is that any GOP victory of less than 1% -- and perhaps even higher -- is in danger. Nothing could be clearer. Michelle Obama's recent violation of election law in Chicago was in no way the cheerful faux pas that has been portrayed in the media, but instead a signal to party officials and the rank and file that anything goes.

Wei is clearly taking his time getting here. By the time he posts his rant about the racism of enforcing election laws, he will have already missed most of the arguments in favor of it.

Rockntractor
10-19-2010, 03:50 PM
Wei is clearly taking his time getting here. By the time he posts his rant about the racism of enforcing election laws, he will have already missed most of the arguments in favor of it.

He probably has an Acorn briefing today.

AmPat
10-19-2010, 06:18 PM
DIMS aren't in favor of strict election laws. They aren't concerned about or interest in a level playing field. They want power at ANY price. As long as the DUMS win, it is right and just.

Rockntractor
10-19-2010, 07:37 PM
Bumping for Weiness, we need moron input!

jediab
10-19-2010, 08:02 PM
600 convicted fellons voted in 08 here in Minnesota, with at least 90 arrested for the crime. Evidence of more registrations than voters, dead people voting, and unverfiable address were all over the place here. And that fraud Franken won by 312 votes.

AmPat
10-19-2010, 11:45 PM
If Minnesotans don't throw that idiot clown out at the first opportunity, they deserve what they get. Americans however deserve better.

Sonnabend
10-20-2010, 08:24 AM
To date there are THIRTY EIGHT black Republicans / Tea Party candidates running. So much for "racism" :rolleyes:

jediab
10-20-2010, 10:26 AM
If Minnesotans don't throw that idiot clown out at the first opportunity, they deserve what they get. Americans however deserve better.

It's not really they, and I say they because I sure am not one of "them" deserving what they get. They get what they want, and that is the problem for my state.

NJCardFan
10-20-2010, 10:56 AM
To date there are THIRTY EIGHT black Republicans / Tea Party candidates running. So much for "racism" :rolleyes:

Well, you know...Uncle Toms all of them...:rolleyes:



“Obviously the image of an African American male and people behind bars for voter fraud is certainly not intended to try and provide useful information that would help someone understand and encourage people to vote. It’s definitely intended to scare and intimidate folks,” Brusky says.

Huh. It's not like there are going to be Tea Partiers at polling places with nightsticks...:rolleyes: