Monday, May 21, 2012

Scott Walker expresses concerns on voter fraud, claims need to win 53% of the vote, claims that voter fraud responsible for 1-2 points

This is from a long, pro-Walker piece by Stephen Hayes in the Weekly Standard, which does a great job of painting the charged scene. Hayes notes that 3 in 10 Wisconsinites have ended relationships because of the recall. From a tactical point of view, I have to question the discussion on the Democrats ignoring collective bargaining. While it is definitely accurate, the race is now being fought over a small percentage of the undecided population. They probably don't care about collective bargaining issues, but can be persuaded on jobs and the John Doe corruption issue.

Not a great moment in math education here -- (first citing 53%, then 1-2% potentially), but, hey I've been there on an interview. However, I'm sorry if this offends your chosen political position, but the assertion on voter fraud would be flat out laughable if it wasn't another attempt (by both sides of the political spectrum) to cast aspersions on the political process:

Walker is concerned about the likelihood of voter fraud. The Wisconsin legislature passed, and he signed, a voter ID law to prevent such fraud. But a circuit court judge in Dane County issued an injunction blocking the law, so Wisconsin’s liberal voting laws will prevail on June 5. “I’ve always thought in this state, close elections, presidential elections, it means you probably have to win with at least 53 percent of the vote to account for fraud. One or two points, potentially.”

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