If you’re inclined to tune into MSNBC from time to time (as I am) you might remember when Touré -- one of the controversial co-hosts of the daytime program “The Cycle” -- asserted on national television last month that “voter fraud does not exist” in the United States of America. Republicans, he argued, have worked tirelessly this year to disenfranchise minority voters by forcing them to procure (and show) photo identification cards when they vote. Now, of course, one can certainly argue the varying degree to which voter fraud exists in the United States. This is an important and -- dare I say -- healthy debate Republicans and Democrats should have. But to blithely assert that it never happens is simply beyond comprehension. As we have reported time and again, voter fraud is a real issue in America -- one that undermines and weakens the sanctity of the democratic process. Thus, one might find it deliciously ironic to learn that a Democratic candidate for federal office -- Wendy Rosen of Maryland, to be exact -- withdrew from her congressional race today after allegations surfaced she committed voter fraud (via The Baltimore Sun):
Wendy Rosen, the Democratic challenger to Republican Rep. Andy Harris in the 1st Congressional District, withdrew from the race Monday amid allegations that she voted in elections in both Maryland and Florida in 2006 and 2008.
It was unclear, however, whether she could remove her name from the ballot with the election less than two months away. Under state law, a candidate has until 70 days before an election to remove his or her name from the ballot. The deadline for the Nov. 6 election passed on Aug. 28.
Democratic leaders — who raised the allegations, urged Rosen to step aside and notified prosecutors — said they would gather Central Committee members this month to identify a write-in candidate for the district, which includes the Eastern Shore and parts of Harford, Carroll, Cecil and Baltimore counties.
Republicans, meanwhile, said the allegations prove that voter fraud is real and called on Democrats to join the GOP in calling for reforms.
But how -- exactly -- did this (erstwhile) Democratic congressional candidate commit voter fraud? Well, it’s really quite simple:
State Democratic Chairwoman Yvette Lewis said an examination of voting records in Maryland and Florida showed that Rosen participated in the 2006 general election and the 2008 primaries in both states.
Maryland and Florida both held gubernatorial and congressional contests in 2006 and presidential primaries in 2008, when Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton competed for the Democratic nomination.
Asked by The Sun on Monday if she had voted in both states in the same elections, Rosen said she did not remember how she voted. Asked if she had voted twice in the 2008 presidential primaries, she declined to comment "due to possible litigation."
Translation: Voter fraud does exist. So the next time a liberal Democrat tries to convince you otherwise -- and without any evidence -- kindly refer them to the aforementioned article. Who knows? They might even thank you afterwards.
(H/T Red Alert Politics)