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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Republicans have offered different theories as to why six days of early voting makes more sense than six weeks. Last week, state Rep. Paul Curtman (R-Pacific) told the Missourian that six weeks of early voting would give voters too much time to commit voter fraud. (Between 2000 and 2010, there were 13 credible cases of in-person voter impersonation nationwide.) State Sen. Brian Nieves (R-Washington) said that six weeks of early voting "invites and begs" voter fraud, because it's not uncommon for people to lie about their addresses, or to have people vote who are not registered. Mother Jones reached out to both Curtman and Nieves for information about documented voter fraud cases in Missouri, but did not receive a response.

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At issue is whether to allow early voting in Missouri for six weeks (the number requested by public petition drive) or six days but-with-no-weekend-voting (the counter-proposal by state Republicans.) It is not clear why having more time to vote would "invite" more voter fraud. Does the frauder need those weeks to case out the polling place? Is there some scenario where the bad man who has planned all summer to kill his neighbor, put on his clothes and vote in his place says, "No good -- I can't complete this operation in six days. If I had seven, maybe, but it'll take six days just to map out the layout of the heating ducts."

And all of this to combat a crime spree that, over the span of a decade, has proceeded at the breakneck pace of one, perhaps two, such crimes in the entire nation during any given year. I'm no statistician, but I'm fairly sure more people are beaten to death with Olive Garden breadsticks each year than have been committing voter fraud. You put a whole decade's worth of hardened voter-impersonating criminals in the same prison cell, you'd barely have enough to stage a Last Supper re-enactment. Darrell Issa leaks more government papers than that between breakfast and lunch.

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I'm afraid Republicans have rationalized their bad behavior. They won't change when faced with reason. They need to be resisted politically.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2014-06-18 08:18 AM | Reply | Flag:

The Republicons know that early voting hurts their chances and will use any amount of twisted logic and lies to end it.

#2 | Posted by 726 at 2014-06-18 08:59 AM | Reply | Flag:

Just why is early voting needed?

#3 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-06-18 12:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Just why is early voting needed?"

It helps people that need two full time jobs to survive an opportunity to vote.

#4 | Posted by Species8472 at 2014-06-18 02:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

#4: That is BS, sorry. It is law that an employer must afford employees time off to go vote.

I have some friends that use early voting option only to avoid having to wait in line for 15 mins. on the actual day.

In Chicago, it has been a long standing tradition to "Vote early, vote often". But, that is a Chicago joke.

#5 | Posted by path at 2014-06-18 06:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

The repugs are too cowardly to admit they would like to restrict voting to white, male, property owners.

#6 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-06-18 06:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

It is law that an employer must afford employees time off to go vote.

That is precious.

So it is better to make someone take time off from work rather than extend voting to include a day that they might already have off?

Everyone bitches about how poor voter turn out is, and instead of adopting policies and plans that would make it easier to increase turnout, they seek to restrict voting further.

Face it, the GOTP just does not want certain people to vote. Plain and simple. At least own up to it.

#7 | Posted by 726 at 2014-06-19 12:46 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

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