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Who Created the Voter-Fraud Myth? : The New Yorker

October 23, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

THE NEW YORKER REPORTING & ESSAYS

THE POLITICAL SCENETHE VOTER-FRAUD MYTHThe man who has stoked fear about impostors at the polls.

BY JANE MAYER

OCTOBER 29, 2012

Hans von Spakovsky, a Republican lawyer who served in the Bush Administration, has promoted strict voter-I.D. laws. Photograph by Lauren Lancaster.

PRINTE-MAILSINGLE PAGE

KEYWORDS

VOTER FRAUD; VOTER SUPPRESSION; HANS VON SPAKOVSKY; TRUE THE VOTE; VOTERS; MYTHS; OHIO VOTER INTEGRITY PROJECT

Teresa Sharp is fifty-three years old and has lived in a modest single-family house on Millsdale Street, in a suburb of Cincinnati, for nearly thirty-three years. A lifelong Democrat, she has voted in every Presidential election since she turned eighteen. So she was agitated when an official summons from the Hamilton County Board of Elections arrived in the mail last month. Hamilton County, which includes Cincinnati, is one of the most populous regions of the most fiercely contested state in the 2012 election. No Republican candidate has ever won the Presidency without carrying Ohio, and recent polls show Barack Obama and Mitt Romney almost even in the state. Every vote may matter, including those cast by the seven members of the Sharp family—Teresa, her husband, four grown children, and an elderly aunt—living in the Millsdale Street house.

The letter, which cited arcane legal statutes and was printed on government letterhead, was dated September 4th. “You are hereby notified that your right to vote has been challenged by a qualified elector,” it said. “The Hamilton County Board of Elections has scheduled a hearing regarding your right to vote on Monday, September 10th, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. . . . You have the right to appear and testify, call witnesses and be represented by counsel.”

“My first thought was, Oh, no!” Sharp, who is African-American, said. “They ain’t messing with us poor black folks! Who is challenging my right to vote?”

via Who Created the Voter-Fraud Myth? : The New Yorker.

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