"Voter fraud!" OMG! Such words bring to mind Mayor Daley and rigged elections in Lake and St. Joseph counties. The Republican Party has stepped forward to combat this menace to our republic! After all, the root of the word "republican" is right there. They are rightful guardians of the Republic. There could be no ulterior motives in waging war against Voter Fraud. Let’s go ahead and use upper-case on both words while we’re at it.
Unfortunately, there has been very little voter fraud of the type bandied about by the Republicans as they pass measures through Republican-majority state legislatures to restrict voting. The statistics do not support Republican claims. Instead, the Republicans are attempting to restrict voting—i.e., disenfranchise voters—of those with more likelihood to vote contrary to the Republicans.
I do not view myself as a Democrat. I certainly am not a Republican. I voted for Ed Clark in 1980, but that does not make me a Libertarian. Republicans have spun the phrase "Voter Fraud" into a rallying cry to warrant their push for legislation that is more likely to prevent poor people and people of color from being able to vote.
This will be our topic for discussion on "Civil Discourse Now" on Saturday, December 17 at 11 a.m. We will shoot a show earlier, about my novel Crime Pay$, a fictionalized account of the Cook Brothers trust in the 1960s—the largest Ponzi scam in Indiana until the Durham Ponzi scheme came to the fore a couple of years ago. The reason for the two shows being shot on one day is that co-host Paul Ogden is taking Christmas Eve off. I, on the other hand, will be at work. So we will put the second show up on December 24.
All are welcome to come and watch the discussions on Saturday, December 17, at Big Hat Books, 6510 Cornell Avenue in Broad Ripple.