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May 3, 2014

Letter: Obama did not 'steal' election

Obama did not ‘steal’ election

Michael Imhof (letter published April 17) thinks “the last presidential election may have been the most corrupt in the history of this nation.”

What proof does he offer for this charge? He says, “Numerous reports came out shortly after the election regarding corruption and voter fraud.”

What reports is he referring to?

Is it the claim by serial misinformer Dick Morris on Fox News that data from North Carolina “proves” that 35,000 people double-voted? The only thing it proves is that a number of people have the same name and birthdate as a voter in another state.

Is it the petition on the “We the People” website to recount the 2012 votes because in an Ohio county President Obama supposedly received votes amounting to 108% of registered voters? This claim earned a “Pants on Fire” rating from Politifact.

Is it the email making the rounds that claims to list examples of “massive voter fraud,” all of which are judged as “demonstrably false” by Snopes.com?

Or is it the numerous right-wing websites with headlines such as “Obama Stole the Election” or “Zombie Voters,” which repeat such false charges?

Experts who study elections know that voter fraud is virtually nonexistent. As the Brennan Center for Justice put it, voter impersonation is more rare than getting hit by lightning.

If Imhof has credible evidence of actual convictions for voter fraud, let’s hear them. Otherwise, charging “corruption” and “stolen election” is totally irresponsible. One wonders what is the real reason for his accusations.

Norma Abbey

Anderson

Voters should reject GOP slate

I consider myself an active political observer and believe myself to be informed. I am a concerned, Madison County citizen and a registered Republican.

My activity has convinced me, there exists a 25-year Democrat-Republican coalition in Madison County government, and the resulting clique has created a Madison County government that is best describe as “closed,” with little if any effort to inform and allow citizen feedback.

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