Alabama Investigates Democratic Voter Fraud

Democrats usually claim that voter fraud doesn’t exist, or at least that it is not a big problem. After all, everyone knows that Republicans just want to suppress the black vote, right? Well, Alabama is getting national attention today for claims of voter fraud in its June 3 non-presidential primary elections. I’ll give you two guesses as to which side likely broke election laws, but you’ll only need one:

In May, a local citizens group gathered affidavits detailing several cases in which at least one Democratic county official paid citizens for their votes, or encouraged them to vote multiple times. The affidavits were presented to state officials in Montgomery, the capital, and after the June 3 primary, the Alabama attorney general, Troy King, a Republican, seized voting records from the primary election in Bullock, Lowndes and Perry Counties. […]

Ms. Chapman also raised questions about the possible abuse of absentee ballots. In the election on June 3, a quarter of the voters here [Perry County?], 1,114, cast absentee ballots, a percentage that is six times the state average and a figure that Ms. Chapman called “astronomical.” In Jefferson County, which includes Birmingham and has 60 times Perry County’s population of 10,600, there were 365 absentee ballots. […]

Some Democrats here say the inquiries are motivated by racism and partisanship.

“The Republican Party has an unscripted mandate to target Democratic counties, and African-Americans particularly,” said Albert Turner Jr., a county commissioner here.

Mr. Turner’s father, a local civil rights hero, was tried and acquitted on vote fraud charges 23 years ago. The younger Mr. Turner was photographed talking to voters in a polling place in the National Guard Armory throughout the day on June 3, when he was a candidate for re-election.

How sadly typical. A black man likely breaks the law and his first defense is to yell “Raaaaacists!” I believe this is the same Albert Turner Jr. who punched a woman at a Perry County Commissioners meeting and who has been obsessed with vilifying whites for his entire career. I don’t know why anyone would want this man to represent them even on a simple county commission, but that too is sadly typical.

Alabama seems to have hit the voter fraud trifecta: absentee ballot irregularities, candidate misbehavior, and good old fashioned voter intimidation. Wouldn’t it be a nice change if someone were actually prosecuted for it?

~ by Gabriel Malor on July 10, 2008.

3 Responses to “Alabama Investigates Democratic Voter Fraud”

  1. Regarding the Kool-Aid post….

    It seems that one of the Morons is taking advantage of blogging feature on BHO’s site.

  2. Barbara Evans
    278 Harriet Tubman Road
    Burkville, Alabama 36752

    July 11, 2008

    Dear Editor:

    I am a proud resident of Lowndes County, Alabama. Recently our county made news when the Alabama Attorney General confiscated the 2008 June Primary voting records because of alleged voter fraud. Now the story has hit some of our major papers, including the New York Times.

    For those who don’t remember, Lowndes County Alabama was the scene of 48 of the 54 mile 1965 Voting Rights March. It’s the home of the first independent Black political party, The Lowndes Freedom Organization, which used a black panther as its symbol. In 1965 there were no Black registered voters in Lowndes County. The only way that the majority population….the Black population…could gain their Constitutional right to vote was to organize and learn the system, and learn they did. Long story short, Blacks now hold the overwhelming majority of public offices.

    But remnants of the struggle were not all good. Some Black public elected officials became enamored of their power and lost their integrity and love for the people. Some became just like the white folks before them. Many are controlled by the white power structure they replaced. Over the years, the shady tactics used by the whites to get elected became business as usual for the Blacks as well. The situation was well known state-wide, but nobody cared about the little rural county that continued to have one of the lowest median incomes in the state. Nobody seemed to care “what those Blacks did”. And the low income population, scratching for any money they could find, accepted opportunities to make a little cash any way they could. It’s been going on so long that most folks don’t know anything else. And nobody complained when the whites in power did the same thing.

    A few years ago, I visited nearly all the polls during a hotly contested election. I saw improprieties. I witnessed poll workers taking ballots out of the hands of voters to “help them” place the ballots in the machine. I saw polls with absolutely no privacy, and poll workers giving out incorrect information. I even took affidavits from people who said they had been paid for their vote. I sent the information to the Alabama Attorney General and heard absolutely nothing.

    I even organized training for poll workers throughout Alabama’s Black Belt. Nobody from Lowndes County attended. I publicly demanded that the Lowndes County Probate Judge take responsibility for the elections. In my precinct in 2006, when the poll workers set up the machine, they found uncounted votes in the machine. It is not unusual for the polls to be set up just minutes before voting starts, and some voters have to wait to vote if there is a faulty machine. I knew, and still know that there will never be a fair election in Lowndes County until the voting process is cleaned up. But the Probate Judge, who is the son of a famous civil rights worker in Lowndes County, made no move to do his job adequately.

    Just a few weeks ago, I went to the Voting Registrar’s office and proved that someone was registered to vote in both Lowndes and Montgomery counties. The state software didn’t catch it. That’s why we have 10,000 registered voters in a county of 12,000 where 40% of the population is under the age of 18. That’s a state problem, not a Lowndes County problem.

    The majority of Lowndes County people are decent people. But they know, deep in their hearts that nobody really cares about them. The civil rights folks arrive once a year in their annual march and then go home and write books. Not one of them stepped up to help keep Lowndes County the home of several landfills; we see none of them helping to fight for our struggling school system or bring well paying jobs to the county. We’re still poor, we’re still Black and we still have few opportunities.

    There is no question that there are voting irregularities, and the power structure is going to cry race if they are unearthed. And nobody can deny the overt racism that still flourishes throughout Alabama. After all, racism is the primary reason Lowndes County and other Blackbelt Counties have been ignored. But for the elected officials who are responsible for the inordinate amount of absentee ballots and other irregularities to complain they have been targeted is also wrong. The question is whether or not they are guilty.

    One wonders about the timing of the inquiry, since folks have been complaining for years. One local county commissioner told me it is because the Republicans must go after the Black Belt counties to retain their growing power state wide. I don’t know the reason for the timing, but I know it is long past time that elected public officials, both Black and white, take their jobs seriously and follow the law. I would hope that those who make money from the candidates collecting absentee votes get investigated. But to most of Lowndes County, it’s no big deal because they have long lost their faith in government. All they know is you scratch my back; I’ll scratch yours. Try to explain the difference when everyone knows that candidates who spend the most money get elected. If you can buy the higher offices, why not the lower offices?

    I submit that before you go after the people, go after those who are responsible for elections; go after the candidates who allegedly paid for votes. Before someone is nailed for accepting gravel for a vote, know that it is a usual custom for county commissioners to provide gravel for driveways just prior to an election, and it has always been the custom.

    And the groups that are organizing to fight voter fraud, well, how about they organize to help the public school system and stop sending their kids to all white private schools? And where was the outrage of the country all these years as our schools remain completely segregated?

    So those of you who want to help clean up the mess in my Lowndes County, how about a hand with our other problems? We would welcome the assistance.


    Barbara Evans

  3. What about Charlie King handing out racist flyers in the April 2012 election?

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