GOTea Sniffs Out St. Croix County Voter Fraud

It's Election Day and members of the St. Croix county Wisconsin GOTea Party are fanning out to polling places, demanding proof of eligibility and generally raising a ruckus. The local GOTea website describes a plan to post challengers at Senate brags he will mount the largest “voter integrity program” in 15 years.

More troubling are new efforts by angry private citizens. Tea Party groups have hosted challenger training sessions in at least four townships. Local newspaper editorialist are urging vigilance. People can now report voters they deem suspicious with a new iPhone apps. Below is a copy of the app being used by the St. Croix Couty GOTea Party...

Why the big push for stop the rampant voter fraud in St. Croix Couty?

Chance of uncovering voter fruad in the US 1 in 6,985,596

Chance of dying from contact with hot tap water: 1 in 5,005,564

Chance of the President Obama wasn't born in the US 1 in 312,125,548

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Anonymous said...

Is it just me or is that the winner of the annual St. Croix Co. Ayn Rand look alike contest doing the sniffing in the photo?

Anonymous said...

Here is a link to an article that investigates the scheme by Americans for Prosperity to engage in voter suppression in Wisconsin:

daniel noe said...

I'm not really sure of the point of this post. Is it supposed to suggest that voter fraud is less of a problem than hot water?

The chances of uncovering fraud increase as one sniffs it out, so the low rate means nothing. Plus, isn't it a bigger problem than hot water when it does happen?

I'm confused.

Sunny Badger said...


Voter fraud is a statistically irrelevant issue. It ain't there. I whips up the conservative shock troops who have likely never had a statistics class.

On the left, the flip-side issue is requiring voter ID. The Democrats are opposed to this because there are people who might not have an ID. This too is a statistically irrelevant issue.

I don't have a problem with TEA Partiers monitoring elections. They probably are ignorant about the fact that those working the polls are Republicans, Democrats and independents. Some may even work for ACORN. I know some who are members of the Chamber of Commerce.

Don't confuse "voter registration fraud" with "voter fraud." Just because somebody registered Ronald McDonald to vote doesn't mean Ronald is going to vote.

Whatever the case, these issues pull the strings of the puppets and get them waving their indignant pitchforks in the air.

daniel noe said...

That's probably true (pitchforks comment), but might voter fraud be more likely when people stop watching (because it is statistically irrelevant) and they know people have stopped watching?

In close races, a little fraud goes a long way. I'd be more comfortable that somebody is looking for it than being told it is only a small problem.

Sunny badger said...


Do you have any statistically credible evidence of fraud? I heard about it on Beck, Limbaugh and Hannity in the run-up to the election. Now that the election is over, it will fade away.

Where I vote, those running the voting operation are Democrats, Republicans and independents working with the voters and watching for irregularities. I have no problem with people monitoring the voting process. The too is part of the democratic process in our republic.

Many of the people working where I vote and who I know that work the polls have been doing it for years. The conservative talkers use the issue to whipup the ignorant who know little about what is actually going on. There are a lot of junk yard dogs out their who bark and bit because somebody said "sic 'em." Blame ignorance is more dangerous to our democracy than a couple of fraudulent ballots.

daniel noe said...

I think you're missing my point. It doesn't matter how common it is, and I think you are probably right about those using this issue to whip up the ignorant.

I'm just saying I'd rather look for fraud and not find it than not look for fraud and allow thugs to steal elections.