Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Virginia Voter Fraud & Republican Projection

From NBC 29:

A man from Bassett admitted to faking thousands of signatures on campaign ballots. 
In December of 2011 Newt Gingrich needed 10,000 signatures to get his name on the Virginia presidential primary ballot. Adam Ward, 28, collected more than 11,000 signatures according to prosecutors. More than 4,000 signatures could not be verified by investigators.  
Tuesday night, Ward pleaded guilty to 36 counts of voter fraud and perjury in Augusta Circuit Court.  
Sentencing is scheduled for December.
I think I have figured it out. Republicans go on and on and on about how concerned they are about voter fraud. Very often they site this as a reason for voter ID laws (but that issue is for another post). However, most of the time that someone gets charged with voter fraud, it ends up being from the political right. It seems obvious to me now. The reason they are so concerned about voter fraud is because it is something that they think of as a viable option, so they think that people on the political left think it is a viable option as well. This is what psychologists call projection: Republicans are projecting their own ideas on to Democrats.

Disclaimer: This is of course not to say that all Republicans are guilty of voter fraud or that all Democrats are innocent of it. However it does seems that the majority of the hypocrisy on this issue comes from the Republican party.

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