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Angle Camp: Reid Means To Steal Election

From the Las Vegas Sun:

Angle campaign attorney: Reid “intends to steal this election if he can’t win it outright”

By Jon Ralston · October 26, 2010

So says Cleta Mitchell, the same woman who tried to get Scott Ashjian, the [bogus] Tea Party of Nevada candidate out of the race, in an astonishing fundraising letter:

As Sharron Angle’s campaign attorney, I am sorry to report that the Democrats and their cronies are up to their same old tricks, of trying to manipulate the election in hopes of skewing the results in their favor.

Two days ago, the Democratic Secretary of State announced that voters can be provided "free food" at "voter turnout events." Harry Reid has been offering free food and, according to other reports, some Democratic allies such as teachers’ unions are offering gift cards in return for a vote for Reid.

Well, at least it’s nice to see that this longstanding Democrat practice is finally being publicly admitted. If Democrats didn’t buy their votes, you have to wonder if they would win any elections anywhere.

By the way, where is Jimmy Carter? Would he allow such a thing to go on in Haiti? But of course it’s perfectly fine in Nevada.

Before we were even able to document the reported infractions to report to the authorities, the Democrat Secretary of State slammed the door shut on preventing this behavior and issued a public statement permitting these ACORN-style tactics. THESE are the kinds of shenanigans that can turn this race.

Harry Reid intends to steal this election if he can’t win it outright. As a result, we need to deploy literally dozens of election law attorneys and poll watchers to combat these tactics at a cost of nearly $80,000. That’s over and above our current budget. We need to raise $80,000 and we need to do it RIGHT NOW, because even as I am writing this, Harry Reid and his Machine are trying to steal this election…

What Harry Reid is doing is clearly illegal. Nevada law (NRS 293.700) provides that, “A person who bribes, offers to bribe, or use and other corrupt means, directly or indirectly, to influence any elector in giving his or her vote or to deter the elector from giving it is guilty of a category D felony and shall be punished as provided in NRS 193.130.”

We’ve seen evidence of this sort of voter ‘enticement’ by groups such as ACORN – where, in 2008, two ACORN workers in Milwaukee were accused of offering pre-paid gasoline cards or restaurant gift cards to people in exchange for registration.

John Fund wrote in his book Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy, cited reports from the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader (South Dakota) and the election in 2004, where certain residents were quoted saying that "people on the streets were saying you go vote, they would give you gas money, $10, maybe a pack of cigarettes…"

Now, this week in Las Vegas, at our election hotline, we received reports that some teachers’ union representatives were offering Starbucks cards to people to get them to vote for Harry Reid. It is even more disturbing and may be possible that they are using their influence and authority as educators to entice students on behalf of Reid.

Here’s the bottom line: when the powerful are threatened, they will do anything to retain their position. It’s clear now that Harry Reid’s campaign is even willing to skirt the laws of Nevada to do it.

Is there any question that they will do the same on Election Day? …


Cleta Mitchell
Counsel to Friends of Sharron Angle
Republican Nominee for U.S. Senate, Nevada

By the way, the office of the Nevada Secretary of State has responded in a letter (a pdf file). The unsigned letter in effect says that it’s not vote buying if you throw a post-election party for everyone who voted, and it’s okay to provide free transportation. (They neglected to mention the gift cards for some reason.)

In fact, the (office of the) Secretary Of State insists that encouraging voters in this fashion is the "cornerstone of a participatory democracy." So shut up about it before we sic the New Black Panthers on you.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 27th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Angle Camp: Reid Means To Steal Election”

  1. proreason says:

    I would like to see Reid’s IQ score.

  2. Adam Moreira says:

    If it happens, I will be surprised. Sharron Angle is surely trying to claim fraud that won’t be happening here.

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