Dean Chambers, founder of ‘Unskewed Polls’ and a firm conservative proponent of accusations of mythical voter fraud, has unleashed a new website — Barack O’Fraudo — explaining how 80 electoral votes were stolen by voter fraud in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Or so he says. In fact, on the front page of the website he explains that any evidence is purely circumstantial, starting with a quote from Henry David Thoreau, “Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.” He goes on to say,
Evidence of vote fraud is very much like that. Those who engage in it are slick and do all they can to hide it, so the evidence is often quite circumstantial. In fact, often the circumstantial evidence is all the evidence we have, such was finding tens of thousands of bogus votes in the ballot box, we didn’t see someone actually put them there, but they are found, they are there, and they are clearly evidence of vote fraud. Such is true of the voting divisions where Obama gets 100 percent of the votes cast. As if anyone REALLY believes that is legitimate…
Then, using the interactive tool and map he has provided, you can explore each of the four states in question and can indeed find areas where no votes went to Romney. What he doesn’t bother to say is that those areas have very few overall votes anyway, and urban (read: city) areas are traditionally heavily democratic, as we well know. In fact, the source that is quoted as listing “59 voting divisions where Romney received zero votes and many more voting divisions where Romney received fewer than a half percent of the votes” says itself that:
“We have always had these dense urban corridors that are extremely Democratic,” said Jonathan Rodden, a political science professor at Stanford University. “It’s kind of an urban fact, and you are looking at the extreme end of it in Philadelphia.”
Most big cities are politically homogeneous, with 75 percent to 80 percent of voters identifying as Democrats.
Cities are not only bursting with Democrats: They are easier to organize than rural areas where people live far apart from one another, said Sasha Issenberg, author of The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns.
“One reason Democrats can maximize votes in Philadelphia is that it’s very easy to knock on every door,” Issenberg said.
While the sheer number of areas reporting no votes for Romney is interesting, it is far from suspect — a fact that Chambers seems to conveniently forget. Vote counts are not yet official or final, and in order to maintain journalistic integrity Addicting Info will not be publishing statistics that are subject to changes as “fact.” Chamber’s site apparently has no issue with this, noticeably. Not only that, but in extremely rural areas Obama’s percentages are incredibly low; however, it is doubtful that this is a result of voter fraud. Instead, demographics are to blame. Let’s take notice, as well, that his map uses “black” states as the ones that were allegedly stolen by voter fraud:
Racially inspired? I don’t know, but either way, the right has now successfully graduated to completely and totally grasping at straws. The evidence of “voter fraud” that this suggests isn’t even circumstantial; it is nonexistent.
I should also make note of the fact that the three of the four pages discussing each state in particular all start with some historical assumption of left-wing voter fraud. Examples:
Vote Scamming in Philadelphia
Democrats are known for years for stuffing the ballot boxes in the city of Philadelphia, often it is the margin of victory for statewide candidates who lose state-wide as Democrats but can win the election by gaining enough votes among the million registered voters, as well as other votes cast, in Philadelphia.
This was true with the state of Pennsylvania in the 2012 presidential election.
Vote Scamming in Florida
Democrats are known for years for stuffing the ballot boxes in a number of heavily Democrat leaning counties in Florida.
Vote Scamming in Cleveland
Democrats are known for years for stuffing the ballot boxes in the city of Cleveland, often it is the margin of victory for statewide candidates who lose state wide as Democrats but can win the election by gaining enough votes among the million registered voters, as well as other votes cast, in Cleveland.
This was true with the state of Ohio in the 2012 presidential election.
Citations, please? Voter fraud is punishable by law, and being a democratic nation we are very interested in punishing things like this; they attack the very core of democracy itself. Yet, there are very few instances of voter fraud — and most of those that end in convictions or admissions of guilt come from the right-wing.
With regard to Virginia, he reaches even further into the conspiracy cookie jar:
For the entire evening, as the vote totals were coming in, Mitt Romney lead in Virginia and continued to lead up to the point where 97% of the voting divisions were counted in Virginia and Romney held a 50 percent to 49 percent lead, enough of a lead that should have been upheld with only three percent of the votes left to be counted.
When they finished counting the votes in the state, at the last minute the total went to 51.1 percent to 47.4 percent in favor of Obama, after showing a lead of 1-4 percent lead in favor of Romney the entire night. That raises the question, where in the state where those last voters counted from and reported from? The answer to that will probably answer to where the votes came from.
Four more years of Obama is difficult for some to accept.
One more thing. I have a problem with the name “Unskewed Polls.” That would imply that polls were skewed and he took them and fixed them, “unskewing” them. Instead, he did his own polls and claimed that they weren’t skewed. Shouldn’t it be “non-skewed polls?” I’ll leave it at that.