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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:34 PM

Voter Fraud Billboards in Ohio Target Minorities

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Source: Mother Jones

In Ohio, possibly the decisive swing state in this year's presidential race, 10 billboard ads around Cleveland warn in big block letters and exclamation points that voter fraud is a felony punishable by up to three and a half years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

That might seem like an odd way to spend election-year advertising money, given that in-person voter fraud is less common than UFO sightings. Yet evidence suggests that the creators of the billboards, who identify themselves only as a "private family foundation," care less about voter fraud per se than scaring away certain voters from the polls.

In 2008, nearly 70 percent of voters in the county that includes Cleveland cast ballots for Barack Obama. While that on its own might suggest a partisan motivation behind the billboards, a closer examination of their locations indicates something worse: a calculated effort to target Democratic-leaning racial and ethnic minorities.

In this map of Cleveland, created by Eric Fischer using 2010 census data, each dot represents 25 residents. Red dots are Caucasians, blue dots are African Americans, orange dots are Hispanics, green dots are Asians, and yellow dots are members of other racial and ethnic groups. I've added stars to indicate the locations of the billboards. As you can see, all of the stars are in areas that are either mostly black, or, in the case of the inset, significantly black, Asian, and Hispanic:

Location of "VOTER FRAUD IS A FELONY!" billbords in Cleveland Eric Fischer/Josh Harkinson

Read more: http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/10/voter-fraud-billboards-minorities-ohio



Do you think this voter intimidation?

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:44 PM

1. If you tell Karl Rove that election fraud is a felony are you intimidating him ? n/t

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 12:08 AM

2. For Karl Rove, No

but to a voter who doesn't have clear grasp of his/her rights it walks a fine subtle line.

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 02:56 AM

3. Well, hell yes,

I believe it's voter intimidation. From what I've seen it's not minorities that have benefited from voter fraud.

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Response to trublu992 (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 04:18 AM

4. Locking, sorry, this is from October 11th, not within 12 hours per LBN SoP.

Please consider reposting in Politics 2012, GD or Good Reads. Thanks!

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