Any time an election year rolls around, some folks on the conservative side of the Cheddarsphere inevitably start screaming about massive vote fraud perpetrated by the Democrats in Milwaukee while ignoring the fact that an investigation by U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic and former Milwaukee County District Attorney E. Michael McCann found no evidence of widespread vote fraud.
While there’s been no tangible evidence of vote fraud here in Wisconsin, the same might not be able to be said in Ohio, where roughly 16,000 Republicans
could come under investigation for possible vote fraud in regards to switching their party allegiance solely for the purpose of voting in the Democratic presidential primary, presumably to interfere with the process and aid a candidate they see as being more easily defeated in November.
The investigation comes 10 days after The Plain Dealer reported that more than 16,000 Cuyahoga County Republicans changed parties before voting March 4.
After the election, some local Republicans admitted they changed parties only to influence which Democrat would face presumed Republican nominee John McCain in November. One voter scribbled the following addendum to his pledge as a new Democrat: “For one day only.”
At issue here is the fact that voters in Ohio had to sign affidavits pledging allegiance to their new party in order to change their party affiliation and vote in the Democratic presidential primary. In Ohio, lying on the signed statement is a fifth-degree felony, punishable by six to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine. Here’s to hoping that this concerted effort to interfere in the Democratic primaries – an effort which was encouraged by folks like Rush Limbaugh – will end with some criminal convictions, because our elections should never be tainted in such a manner.