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Fertilizer Hitting Air Circulator In Mississippi Senate Runoff Controversy

Posted on | July 2, 2014 | 19 Comments

by Smitty

1st of July 2014

OXFORD, MS. — July 1, 2014: True the Vote (TTV), the nation’s leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today filed suit in federal court against the Mississippi Secretary of State and the State Republican Party, asking the Court to immediately order that election records be shared to inspect for illegal votes ahead of certification for the June 24 U.S. Senate Primary Runoff Election (True the Vote, et. al v. State of Mississippi, et. al. (3:14cv144-MPM-SAA).

Read the whole thing. It sounds as though there are some serious, detailed concerns afoot here:

True the Vote’s lawsuit consists of three counts:
Count One: Violation of NVRA’s Public Disclosure Provision. Shortly before the Republican Primary Runoff Election, True the Vote, via its volunteer base, made a valid and timely request to review voter rolls and poll books under the NVRA, but it was denied access to those records.
Count Two: Individual Plaintiffs Allege a Violation of NVRA Based on Conflict with State Laws. Plaintiffs seek a declaration that the NVRA preempts any state requirement calling for public election information to be redacted at the cost of the requestor.
Count Three: Individual Plaintiffs Allege an Equal Protection Violation. Discovering potential instances of “double-voting” between Democratic and Republican primaries are unlawful dilutions of individual votes.

The Democrats have got to be laughing themselves senseless. After years of claiming that there is no significant voter fraud, and that the GOP is just Making Stuff Up, here is this steaming debacle.

Via an email list, I heard that Mississippi law precludes McDaniel running a write-in campaign, which would have seemed less egregious than calling in the sharks.

I’m optimistic that the country will survive in the long run. Passing these kidney stones just isn’t pleasant.

More at Breitbart.


19 Responses to “Fertilizer Hitting Air Circulator In Mississippi Senate Runoff Controversy”

  1. Rob Crawford
    July 2nd, 2014 @ 8:28 am

    The vote fraud kicked in when word went out for Democrats to vote in the run-off. It is, as usual, a Democrat practice.

  2. Adjoran
    July 2nd, 2014 @ 8:29 am

    I don’t know how they do it in Mississippi, but in our open primaries in South Carolina, those who voted in the first Democratic primary would be lined out as ineligible on the printout of voters for the GOP runoff. So poll workers who allowed such illegal voting would have had to do it deliberately.

    The most typical voting fraud in black precincts is to just vote for all the people who are registered but don’t turn out. Some is done absentee, but it is safest to send the phony voters into the polls late in the day, when the precinct captain is sure the real voter won’t show up. And they will sometimes round up homeless or street people and carry them to vote if they are registered, trading alcohol or tobacco for the votes.

    The crossover method of having ineligible voters cast ballots is too easily caught. Democrats have a smoother operation than that.

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  4. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    July 2nd, 2014 @ 9:59 am

    A write in campaign could potentially cost a senate seat but damn it would be tempting.

  5. ontheleftcoast
    July 2nd, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    I guess it speaks well of Mississippi Republicans that whenHaley Barbour wanted to commit voter fraud he had to call in the real professionals, the Democrats.

    The question is whether he thought it would stay a secret, which seems pretty unlikely. So he must have thought that having Cochran in for one more term was worth making the whole Republican cause look bad. What’s up with that?

  6. Howard Towt
    July 2nd, 2014 @ 12:02 pm

    Thanks for following this, Smitty. The National Voter Registration Act needs to be enforced, and Catherine Engelbrecht is the weapon of choice.

  7. K-Bob
    July 2nd, 2014 @ 12:04 pm

    How in the hell can they preclude a write-in campaign?

    I though the franchise was not restricted to the ballot in any election for public office.

    What is this, a union election?

  8. Lemuel Vargas
    July 2nd, 2014 @ 1:54 pm

    MS. Tea Partiers and independents of all persuasions should write in McDaniel even if those votes are invalidated. That would show the GOPe that the Tea Party is not to be trifled with.
    It will also show if the so called GOPe base would be enough for Cochran to eke out a win and will be doubly hilarious if the McDaniel write in would be more than the Dem.
    MS. is just one of the many Senate Races so losing would mean 1 seat goes to the Dems. and we should be grounded to the reality that we will win some and lose some.

    What do you think of that strategy, Smitty? Doable or not?

    And input from the commenters here are also most welcome.

  9. SteveZStein
    July 2nd, 2014 @ 3:24 pm

    How does True The Vote have standing to challenge this?

    McDaniel has to step up, personally, I think.

  10. Adjoran
    July 2nd, 2014 @ 4:25 pm

    They can’t.

    Mississippi has no “sore loser” law, but they put the deadline for ballot access as an independent as the same for filing for party nominations, in May. So by law no one who ran in either primary can qualify to be on the ballot as independent now.

    But write-ins are a different matter entirely.

  11. Adjoran
    July 2nd, 2014 @ 4:34 pm

    They don’t have standing to “challenge” the election. But that’s not what they are doing.

    The law says the public has access to the voter rolls for each election, so you can see who voted and who did not. Several of the small counties denied access to out of towners who asked.

    Anyone who has dealt with small local governments understands they usually don’t have to comply with all those fancy state laws like this or FOIA or open meetings because usually the locals just grouse but don’t spend the money to challenge them. It’s their natural reaction when anyone they don’t know starts asking questions.

    Many years ago, I ran for local County Council based on the idea that if we can’t control waste, fraud, and abuse locally, how can we ever expect to control Washington? I lost to a guy who handed out free hats and balloons at the local town festival. They keep reelecting him, too, and he keeps borrowing and spending on grand schemes that never come to aught.

    Local governments often make Washington look almost efficient.

  12. SteveZStein
    July 2nd, 2014 @ 4:57 pm

    Yeah, but who is “the public” here? Limited to citizens of MS? Is True the Vote MS people? I’m not familiar with MS law, but there’s a lot of things that are normal in other places (party registration, recount provisions) that just don’t seem to exist there.

  13. smitty
    July 2nd, 2014 @ 6:15 pm

    Also not in accordance with Mississippi law, according to one like that I don’t have handy.

  14. smitty
    July 2nd, 2014 @ 6:17 pm

    I really don’t have a recommendation.

  15. Matt_SE
    July 2nd, 2014 @ 7:25 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to inform us of your non-opinion.

  16. Matt_SE
    July 2nd, 2014 @ 7:31 pm

    Apart from the particulars of the MS election and attempted recount, many conservatives I’ve read on other sites are livid about this.
    Many are declaring they are de-registering as Republicans because of it. Others are swearing to never vote for a non-conservative again, and still others are vowing to vote Democrat in races where they want weaselly establishment types gone.
    This one race, and the establishment’s response to it may have far-reaching effects.

    P.S. Also, it proves that voter fraud exists, and can number in the thousands per race.

  17. Adjoran
    July 3rd, 2014 @ 1:07 am

    It’s federal law they are suing under, but state law also provides access, and you don’t have to be a state citizen.
    Party registration is not usual in the old South. And most Southern states require a majority in the primary, or a runoff between the top two.

  18. K-Bob
    July 3rd, 2014 @ 1:37 am

    Well that makes sense, at least.

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