Voter fraud? There’s no voter fraud, so there’s no need to take any steps to prevent it! — Signed, the people who benefit from voter fraud
— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) June 11, 2012
The NAACP is doing everything possible to fight efforts to prevent voter fraud and meanwhile, a member of the Tunica County NAACP Executive Committee is headed to jail for voter fraud. Coincidence?
While NAACP President Benjamin Jealous lashed out at new state laws requiring photo ID for voting, an NAACP executive sits in prison, sentenced for carrying out a massive voter fraud scheme.
In a story ignored by the national media, in April a Tunica County, Miss., jury convicted NAACP official Lessadolla Sowers on 10 counts of fraudulently casting absentee ballots. Sowers is identified on an NAACP website as a member of the Tunica County NAACP Executive Committee.
Sowers received a five-year prison term for each of the 10 counts, but Circuit Court Judge Charles Webster permitted Sowers to serve those terms concurrently, according to the Tunica Times, the only media outlet to cover the sentencing.
“This crime cuts against the fabric of our free society,” Judge Webster said.
Sowers was found guilty of voting in the names of Carrie Collins, Walter Howard, Sheena Shelton, Alberta Pickett, Draper Cotton and Eddie Davis. She was also convicted of voting in the names of four dead persons: James L. Young, Dora Price, Dorothy Harris, and David Ross.
….The NAACP has had other problems with voter fraud. The NAACP National Voter Fund registered a dead man to vote in Lake County, Ohio, in 2004. That same year, out of 325 voter registration cards filed by the NAACP in Cleveland, 48 were flagged as fraudulent.
But the NAACP’s voter fraud record doesn’t approach that of ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. At least 54 individuals employed by or associated with ACORN have been convicted of voter fraud.
….Election experts say voter fraud is fairly common, but progressive activists typically insist that the crime is virtually nonexistent. Republicans, they say, routinely exaggerate claims of voter fraud in order to whip their political base into a frenzy and push for voter ID laws. Liberals say such laws are unfair, and claim that they discourage minorities and the poor from voting.
The NAACP’s Jealous said Monday at the group’s 102nd annual convention in Los Angeles that photo ID laws are part of an attempt to disenfranchise minorities through some “of the last existing legal pillars of Jim Crow.” Such laws stem from “the worst and most racist elements” in conservative Tea Party groups, he said.
Banks, supermarkets, ABC stores, gyms, dance clubs, car rental agencies, and airports among many, many other places ask for ID without being accused of racism. Even the NAACP asks for identification at some of its events. Nobody accuses any of these places of being racist.
Yet, when it comes to voting, even though we know people like Lessadolla Sowers are committing fraud, we’re told it’s “racism” to try to prevent fraud. We all know that’s a phony argument. What’s really going on is that the NAACP and other liberal groups are trying to make it as easy as they can for the Lessadolla Sowers of the world because they believe they’re benefitting from the fraud. Election integrity shouldn’t be a partisan issue or a black and white issue; it should be an American issue. Someone should explain that to the NAACP which is apparently fine with election fraud as long as its supporters think they’ll benefit from it.