Richard Wolfe of USA Today, needs some new sources in his Rolodex.
In two decenti-ish and important stories today about massive failures and inaccurate voter purges in the new voter registration databases mandated by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002, Wolfe quotes two discredited operatives:
- U.S. Elections Assistance Commission executive director, Thomas Wilkey, the man who has failed miserably in his job of overseeing e-voting system certification on behalf of the EAC (or, more accurately, on behalf of America's voting machine companies), and
- Our old friend, the discredited discredited (to all but the corporate mainstream media, apparently) chief GOP voter suppression operative, Mark F. "Thor" Hearne of the exposed and defunct Republican front group, "American Center for Voting Rights".
To the substance of the two stories, both running today...The first, on legal voters being tossed off voting roles all across the country, Wolfe reports:
The databases are only as good as the information fed into them by applicants and election officials. That can lead to human errors as well as variations from state to state. Colorado, for instance, knocked nearly 20% of its voters off the rolls between the 2004 and 2006 elections. Arkansas purged 3%, according to Election Assistance Commission data.
Perhaps the worst problems are in Florida, where a Gannett News Service analysis found more than 14,000 people whose voter registrations were disputed by the state because they didn't match other databases; about 75% are minorities.
Wolfe then goes on to close the story with a comment apologizing for the federal government's failure in all of the above, by quoting Wilkey, the federal government's man who oversaw the failures, on behalf of the EAC, on all of the above...
Meanwhile, as we predicted a couple of weeks ago, the repugnant snake-oil shyster, Hearne, has been granted "credibility" once again by the mainstream corporate media, just in time to mislead America in advance of this year's official voting.
In Wolfe's other piece today, there's no mention of Hearne's well-documented, thoroughally-discredited last several years, before he's quoted thusly:
...And the evidence that such fraud via dead people voting, is actually occurring? Neither Wolfe nor Hearne bother to offer any. But the implication that we need to purge millions of legal voters from the rolls, in order to keep those mythical dead people from committing virtually any known instances of such fraud, is made clear enough.
What isn't made clear, is that Hearne has been behind this very scheme, to remove legal Democratic voters from the rolls, by any means necessary, for years.