Fox News talks the game of voter fraud, but then it falls flat when facts come up. If you recall, Fox claimed there were 900 ‘dead voters’ casting ballots in South Carolina. They knew if for a fact because a guy said so. As it turns out, out of the 900, there are no dead voters.
Media Matters has a detailed report which concludes no voter fraud.
A few excerpts:
The South Carolina “dead voter” claim sprang from testimony from Kevin Schwedo, the director of the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, who said on January 11, 2012, that more than 950 residents were recorded as having cast a vote after their reported death date. Schwedo made clear that this could have been the result of data errors or voters dying after casting an absentee ballot, but the state’s Republicans, led by Attorney General Alan Wilson, seized on the report as evidence of widespread voter fraud.
Wilson took his campaign to Fox News, where he received a platform for softball interviews from several anchors. The network used the “dead voter” story to promote South Carolina’s voter ID law, which had been blocked by the Justice Department.
Again, these claims were always dubious – deceased voter fraud claims are often revealed as unfounded, the result of data errors or other explanations.
Indeed, on July 3 the public release of an investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) provided the answer we anticipated: No voter fraud was found, no charges filed. As of noon E.T. on July 8, Fox had not reported on those findings.
Those sneaky Republican wabbits.
According to the findings of the State Election Commission, which had looked into the 207 votes that had been called into question that occurred during the 2010 general election, nearly half were the result of “name recognition errors,” where, for instance, when a father who was deceased but whose name still appeared on the list would be marked as having voted when his son of the same name had actually cast the ballot. The balance was due to other types of clerical errors and individuals casting absentee ballots before their deaths.
Those ‘fiscal conservatives’:
Hutchins explained the result of this effort by the GOP and right-wing media — which he labeled the state’s biggest waste of public funds for 2012– was that the investigation “hammer[ed] away at the time and resources of the understaffed and underfunded State Election Commission — even when that agency has repeatedly said there are no documented cases of someone impersonating another at the polls in the Palmetto State.”
We can easily conclude that this project was a tax burden as well as another attempt at voter disenfranchisement which we’ve been saying since the onset of their attack against minority voters.
Fox Hosts were probably masturbating just after the SCOTUS struck down a key provision in the Voting Rights Act.
More at Media Matters.
H/T: FreakOutNation admin @ComgenKDT.