SCOTUS approved Indiana's voter ID law
But the AP ignores the problem
By Soren Dayton Posted in Electoral Corruption | Indiana | Law | Supreme Court — Comments (18) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
I am not a lawyer, I am a political hack. I am sure that one of our lawyers will give a very scholarly review of today's Supreme Court decision upholding Indiana's voter ID law. Here's the AP's report. And here's the part that shocked me:
There is little history in Indiana of either in-person voter fraud -- of the sort the law was designed to thwart -- or voters being inconvenienced by the law's requirements. For the overwhelming majority of voters, an Indiana driver license serves as the identification.
I refer you to the 2003 East Chicago Democratic primary, which has been in the news recently. The teaser is the closing paragraph of the first story I am going to cite:
The task force filed charges against 53 people, Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter's office reported. Of the 52 concluded cases, 45 individuals were convicted, four cases were dismissed, one person died and two people have been found not guilty at trial.
45 convictions. How did we figure this out? Read on for more details
For example, on April 18th, a mere 14 days ago:
Two public safety officials pleaded guilty recently to crimes related to the 2003 East Chicago Democratic primary election, the Indiana attorney general reported Monday .
East Chicago firefighter Demetreos Hasapis, 44, pleaded guilty in Lake Criminal Court to unauthorized entry at the polls and was sentenced to a suspended 60-day sentence at the Lake County Jail, with 60 days of probation. His felony charge of voting in another precinct was reduced to the misdemeanor under a plea agreement with Lake County prosecutors, court records show.
East Chicago police Officer Ronald DeCastro, 38, pleaded guilty to failure to cast or return a ballot in an authorized manner. The Schererville resident was sentenced to a suspended 60-day sentence in the Lake County Jail and 60 days of probation, court records show.
Herrera [a suspended county police officer] admitted handling a forged absentee ballot in the disputed 2003 primary that was judged to be so corrupt the results in the mayoral election were overturned, and former Mayor Robert Pastrick's long political career ended in a special 2004 election.
You see, all the evidence for this stuff was discovered when one crook in the Democratic primary started testifying against another crook in the Democratic primary. Then there is this:
Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter announced today that his office is joining an investigation of alleged absentee voter fraud in last year’s Democratic primary for mayor of Jeffersonville.
Carter said in a press release that he was asked to join the investigation by Ron Simpson, the Harrison County senior prosecutor who was appointed in December to investigate the allegations as a special prosecutor.
Former Mayor Rob Waiz, who lost to current Mayor Tom Galligan in the primary, filed the allegations with Clark County Prosecutor Steve Stewart. Stewart asked for the appointment of a special prosecutor to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest because his wife, Candace Stewart, works for the Galligan administration.
Hmmm. Close Democratic primaries in Indiana leading to election fraud. Hmmmm. I wonder what we might see next week between Hillary and Obama.