True The Vote, a “voter education” organization that claims (on its Website) to be non-partisan is – in fact – a Right Wing, Tea Party inspired group designed to spread distortion and disinformation about alleged widespread “voter fraud” in America (despite all empirical evidence to the contrary). Once again for the Far Right, facts don’t matter. If you can spin a conspiratorial narrative to convince uneducated Fox News watchers that the Left is out to steal the election through millions of “dead voters” and voter rolls in hundreds of counties that actually exceed the number of eligible voters…then by all means lie and distort the truth!
In fact, over a given four-year (or even two-year span) between national elections, millions of people actually die in America. It is a wild stretch, however, to conclude that these deceased Americans are somehow mysteriously replaced at the polls by people assuming their identities and casting illegal ballots. There is simply no statistical evidence, indictments or prosecutions to support this bizarre conspiracy theory.
In fact, the majority of these deceased voters are elderly; so that means…to effectively carry out this “voter fraud” scheme, the perpetrator(s) would also need to be elderly, in order to impersonate the voter at the polls, as the deceased voter’s personal information is a matter of record at the polling place (i.e., name, address, date-of-birth, party affiliation, etc.)
In May, 2012 The Nation magazine published a chilling account of the “True The Vote” organization and reported on one of their training/voter education seminars, now being held nationwide. These “seminars” are – in fact - right-wing screeds, railing against Democrats, liberals, the “Lame-Stream Media,” and any and all credible voting rights groups perceived as “liberal”… including the Obama Department of Justice. The writer titles his article: ‘True the Vote’ Still Out To Screw The Vote, and for good reason.
Talking Points Memo (TPM) has recently reported that citizen groups like True The Vote have sprung up arising from right-wing (Fox “News”) exposes of ACORN, the now defunct voter registration group that generated voter registration abuse charges in the 2008 presidential election. Despite the scandal, which led to ACORN’s demise, there was no impact in actual voter fraud at the polls resulting from their “phantom voter” registrations
I recommend readers visit the King Street Patriots’ Facebook Page in order to learn more about their voter suppression/intimidation efforts and to perhaps express/post your own opinions regarding their alarming, racist-tinged agenda. Note their reference to “liberals” below and to their constant “patriot” self-labelling throughout their site and Facebook Page…sending a clear message that they view anyone with differing political/social viewpoints as “unpatriotic!”
This is their avowed mission statement:
It is in the same spirit that King Street Patriots has launched its efforts to battle the most brazen attempt by liberals in the last fifty years to further an agenda which Patriots considers diametrically opposed to the welfare of all Americans. King Street Patriots is committed to:
- American Exceptionalism
- Constitutional Governance
- Civic Duty
READER ALERT – READER ALERT – READER ALERT: “FORWARNED IS FOREARMED:”
Right-Wing groups are gearing up for the 2012 Election and stepping up voter suppression and intimidation tactics to complement their mega-wealthy SuperPAC’s attempts to blitz the airwaves with lies and distortions to defeat President Obama. They are promising to “train” upwards of half-a-million conservative polling place “observers” in their efforts in November!
That’s the “King Street Patriots” and “True The Vote” for you.