Just the other day, I told you about the epidemic of folks waking up dead in Texas. But it’s spreading. Yes, last night I learned that it is also happening in North Carolina. A swing state where President Obama won by 14,177 votes.
Rachel Maddow told me just last night that a group of folks had sent the NC Elections Board a list of 30,000 voters in NC (of 6 million voters) who the group claims are dead.
Yes, a group called “The Voter Integrity Project,” a group that is following in the footsteps of the folks in Texas who started this epidemic, “True the Vote” found its way to North Carolina. You will, of course, find it shocking that these groups are affiliated with the Tea Party.
And according to Rachel Maddow, this is also happening in Ohio. where the group claims that over 700,000 should be stripped off the voting lists because those folks are dead. The group is also playing this game in California, Illinois and Arizona.
Here is the link (sorry I cannot figure out how to embed an MSNBC video) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show/#49112935
Now back to North Carolina. This list forced the Election Board, using due diligence, to use up manpower to check into this claim. Before the election. They have revealed 0 dead people on the list of 30,000 provided by The Voter Integrity Project.
They are doing it in part to strike it lucky, and in part to use up valuable Election Board resources that might be better used.
But I have a theory. And this combines two of my faux talents — lawyer and medical person.
You see, in 2004 I volunteered to help with voter fraud allegations at the polls here in Virginia. To help folks who call up and say they were prevented from voting, or they were intimidated or told that the election is next Tuesday for Democrats not today. Things like that. And boy oh boy did I get an earful.
But by far, the most impressive maneuver of the Virginia GOP was to outlaw the color yellow. Yes, it’s true. I actually saw the legislative language. No fliers printed on yellow paper may be given out at polling stations in the state of Virginia.
Now you say, “Elyse, Why does this matter?” And I’ll tell you.
In Spanish-speaking communities, it has been traditional for the Democrats to print illustrations of the straight Democratic Ticket on yellow paper. Spanish speakers came to depend on them. They also came to vote overwhelmingly for those Democratic tickets. So the Republicans outlawed yellow fliers at polling stations. [Fortunately, the Dems were smarter. They got a law passed specifically permitting fliers printed on Goldenrod-colored paper.
And in 2006 when I was at my polling station handing out fliers, well, we'd all forgotten. But about 15 minutes after the polls opened, all of our fliers were taken away because they were printed on plain old yellow.
My theory? These folks on these Tea Party lists all suffer from Yellow Fever.
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The GOP can't win because of its ideas or its candidates. But they can -- AND WILL -- cheat.