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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

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Voter fraud....

....in Wisconsin? Captain Ed points out serious question marks surrounding the vote in Milwaukee County, not least an election day increase in voter registrations that seems quite anomalous.
How did that happen? Well, in one county -- Milwaukee, a traditional Democratic stronghold -- turnout increased by just under 49,000 votes, or about 10%, outstripping the nationwide increase of 6.4%. The new votes broke about 60/40 Kerry, about the trend of the county in both elections, adding a 9,000-vote margin to Milwaukee over Gore in the last election.

But here's where the Silence Of The Cheese gets ... well, stickier. According to state records, 83,000 people executed a same-day registration for Milwuakee County, which is more than 20% of all voting-age residents in the county. Now, Wisconsinites may procrastinate a bit, but in order to believe that number, you'd have to expect that 20% of the county had moved or became newly eligible within the past two years (after the previous national cycle). Not only that, but the state now reports that 10,000 of those registrations cannot be verified, a whopping 12% of all same-day registrations and almost the entire margin of victory for Kerry for the entire state.
So did Democratic election fraud hand the state to Kerry?

At a minimum these questions should be thoroughly investigated.

Captain Ed also points out that, while the population of Milwaukee County was decreasing, voter registration has increased dramatically. No small feat that!
Now, with that information, one would expect a decline in voter registrations and turnout, at least in real numbers. However, the election turnout has shown a remarkable and unnerving result that belies the residency figures. Ballots cast have increased, and not by a statistically insignificant margin. Here are the numbers for the last three presidential election cycles:

1996: 365,387
2000: 433,537
2004: 482,236

The increase in votes for the 2000 election was 18.7% over 1996 in a county that had had a net decrease in population of 2% over the past decade. In 2004, despite a population decrease of 3.2% in the past three years, the voter response increased in Milwaukee County by 11.2% over the already-ballooned turnout of 2000. While Milwaukee County lost 5% of its overall population over the past thirteen years and accelerating in the past three, votes cast increased an unbelievable 32% in the past eight years.
Apparently Democrats are working miracles up in the frozen north.

Frankly, I think we need national standards for national elections, and we need them now!