Claims of voter fraud are common. It’s the fraud that’s rare.

first_img– Advertisement – Famously, there was the story that Senator Christopher S. Bond, Republican of Missouri, told in 2000 about a 13-year-old springer spaniel that was registered to vote in St. Louis. Mr. Bond was making a case that more anti-fraud protections, like requiring identification, were needed after his colleague, Senator John Ashcroft, lost his seat when more Missourians voted for a dead man: Gov. Mel Carnahan, who had been killed in a plane crash several weeks before the election but remained on the ballot. Mr. Ashcroft did not challenge the results.The fantasy of a stolen election has elements that Mr. Trump has long incorporated into his narrative about himself. There are clear perpetrators (undocumented immigrants, big-city Democratic political machines) and a victim (him) — and usually enough ambiguity so he can float outlandish but unsubstantiated rumors.He has been laying the groundwork for refusing to concede for some time. Speaking in September to Mark Levin, the talk radio and Fox News host, Mr. Trump suggested that some voters were receiving multiple ballots in the mail. He said: “People are saying, ‘Hey, what’s going on? I just got a whole batch of ballots.’” In reality, elections officials across the country, representing both parties, said there was no evidence that fraud had played any role in determining the election outcome this year. The most common claims of voter fraud — reports of ballots cast by someone voting twice, or by a dead person or someone who is otherwise ineligible — can almost always be traced back to a misunderstanding like a typo, a clerical error or a false assumption that two people with a common name are actually the same person, according to the Brennan Center.Still, the topic has been a staple of coverage on Fox News going back to the 2000s, when hosts like Bill O’Reilly spread exaggerated stories about immigrants who were voting illegally, campaigns that paid people for their votes and community groups like ACORN whose employees had submitted fraudulent voter registrations. (The ACORN employees, who were also the subject of an attack ad that John McCain’s campaign ran against Barack Obama in 2008, did not appear to be attempting to influence voting, but rather to get paid for voter registration work they hadn’t actually done.)Claims of voter fraud have often involved absurd and far-fetched scenarios — dead people, dogs, busloads of people of color — which is another way they live on in the public imagination. In recent years, conservative activists have pushed unverified reports that buses full of illegal voters showed up at polling places from California to Wisconsin. As a news story, it is sensational and often irresistible. The Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law examined its enduring appeal in a 2007 report, observing that ballot fraud has “the feel of a bank heist caper: roundly condemned but technically fascinating, and sufficiently lurid to grab and hold headlines.”The subject’s prevalence in the conservative news media, where it is treated as a more widespread problem than the facts show, may help explain how Mr. Trump, a ravenous consumer of cable news, came to be so fixated.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Voter fraud is one of the oldest charges a politician can level in American elections — though no president in modern times has done so with such frequency, and so little evidence, as President Trump. In the 1941 Orson Welles epic “Citizen Kane,” newspapermen huddle near the printing press on election night as it becomes clear that the results won’t be good news for their boss, the publishing mogul Charles Foster Kane.One of them holds up a front page with the headline they had hoped for: “Kane Elected.” He then lowers his head and nods toward the version they have to go with instead. “Fraud at Polls!” it declares. – Advertisement –last_img read more

IMCA Modified features get top billing for Canyon’s holiday weekend show

first_imgPEORIA, Ariz. (Aug. 27) – A pair of $1,000 to win IMCA Modified features are on the docket for Canyon Speedway Park’s Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1 and 2 Labor Day Weekend special.Both 25-lap events are qualifiers for the 2019 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot and pay a minimum of $100 to start. Entry fee each night is $25.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars race 20 laps for $500 to win with a $20 entry fee on Saturday while Sunday’s 100-lap marathon pays $1,000 to win and has a $50 entry fee.The 20-lap IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature on Saturday pays $250 to win with a $20 pill draw; Sunday’s 30-lapper pays $500 to win with a $25 pill draw.Both shows are draw/redraw and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Arizona State and track points will be awarded each night.Pit gates will be open all day and cleared around 3:30 p.m. The drivers’ meeting is at 5:30 p.m. with the grandstand opening at 5 p.m. and packing and hot laps preceding racing at 7 p.m. both nights.Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 60 and over and military with ID, and free for kids 11 and under. Pit passes both nights are $35 for adults, children ages 7 to 11 are $20, and under six are free.Minors must have a minor release form signed and notarized by the child’s parents or guardians.  It is available on the track website at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.More information is also available by calling 602 258-7223.Practice night will be Friday, Aug. 31 starting at 7 p.m.  Pit passes are $20, with 11 and under free with a signed minor release form.last_img read more

Oshae Brissett to reportedly test NBA Draft process

first_img Published on March 28, 2019 at 6:30 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 View this post on Instagram Oshae Brissett will test the NBA Draft process, per Stadium. Tyus Battle has already been reported as leaving Syracuse for the NBA Draft.www.instagram.com/p/BvkIos6JKkk/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_medium=loading&utm_campaign=embed_locale_test” data-instgrm-version=”12″ style=” background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:500px; min-width:326px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% – 2px); width:calc(100% – 2px);”> A year ago, Battle entered and went through the NBA Draft process before withdrawing. Since Brissett hasn’t signed with an agent, he can compete in the NBA Draft Combine from May 14-19 in Chicago and has until 5 p.m. on June 10 to withdraw his name from the draft. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBrissett shone down the stretch of the 2017-18 season as a freshman at Syracuse, becoming one of Orange’s best offensive players player by the time the season turned to March. But he declined in a few ways as a sophomore, including dropping more than two points per game off his scoring average. The 6-foot-8 native of Canada didn’t refine his shooting stroke and couldn’t find consistency. In mock drafts for last year’s NBA Draft, Brissett pushed himself into late-first round consideration. But throughout the entirety of his sophomore year, he’s rarely been listed as being drafted by numerous websites. He and SU head coach Jim Boeheim both lamented his finishing at the rim, at times, which doesn’t bode well for a forward who struggles as a perimeter shooter.The last time Syracuse had two players leave early to enter the NBA Draft was 2014. That year, Tyler Ennis left after his freshman season and Jerami Grant departed after his sophomore campaign.Syracuse will be reportedly without Battle and departing seniors Frank Howard and Paschal Chukwu next season. If Brissett kept his name in the draft, he’d be the fourth SU starter not back next year. And if Brissett doesn’t return, his final shot in a Syracuse uniform would be a missed righty finger roll in the NCAA Tournament loss to Baylor. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+ A post shared by Oshae Brissett (@obrissy) on Mar 28, 2019 at 12:59pm PDTlast_img read more