Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Operation Chaos v. Obama Crossover

As we know, Rush has been despartely trying to get his listeners to register as a Democrat and vote for Hillary Clinton is as many primaries as they can. He calls this "Operation Chaos" and is even selling coffee mugs, bumper stickers, T-shirts and pain killers sporting the the logo.

The question isn't whether or not he violates the law (he might be), but how much damage can be done by this.

Obama has been calling on people from all backgrounds, politcal affiliation etc... to cross-over and support him. He even had a commercial running in PA that was encouraging people to make they regsitered. TH will claim that he is doing that because he's trying to get the anti-Hillary voters out. He's not. He knows that some people might be crossing over so they can vote against Hillary, just as some people cross-over to vote against him. That will always happen. Obama wants to change the Purple states Blue and the Red states Purple. That shift has not happened since Reagan and then LBJ before that and both of those favored the GOP. Why can't TH allow this kind of realignment? Why? Because these typical old Dems see the GE as a map with 10-15 states. They will ignore the possibilty of winning typically Red or Purple states.

I digress...

What Rush is doing is different. He is encouraging them to join the Dems for the day, vote for Hillary and then change back. This is illegal and I'll throw a statute at you.

If you want the statutes, check

3503.011. Qualifications to vote in primary

At a primary election every qualified elector who is or will be on the day of the next general election eighteen or more years of age, and who is a member of or is affiliated with the political party whose primary election ballot he desires to vote, shall be entitled to vote such ballot at the primary election.
ORC Ann. 3513.19

(A) It is the duty of any judge of elections, whenever any judge of elections doubts that a person attempting to vote at a primary election is legally entitled to vote at that election, to challenge the right of that person to vote. The right of a person to vote at a primary election may be challenged upon the following grounds:
.... (3) That the person is not affiliated with or is not a member of the political party whose ballot the person desires to vote. Such party affiliation shall be determined by examining the elector's voting record for the current year and the immediately preceding two calendar years as shown on the voter's registration card....

...(B) When the right of a person to vote is challenged upon the ground set forth in division (A)(3) of this section, membership in or political affiliation with a political party shall be determined by the person's statement, made under penalty of election falsification, that the person desires to be affiliated with and supports the principles of the political party whose primary ballot the person desires to vote.

3513.20. Statement of challenged person; provisional ballot

Before any challenged person shall be allowed to vote at a primary election, the person shall make a statement, under penalty of election falsification, before one of the precinct officials, blanks for which shall be furnished by the board of elections, giving name, age, residence, length of residence in the precinct, county, and state; stating that the person desires to be affiliated with and supports the principles of the political party whose ballot the person desires to vote; and giving all other facts necessary to determine whether the person is entitled to vote in that primary election. ....
3599.11. False registration; election falsification

No person shall knowingly make any false statement on any form for registration or change of registration or upon any application or return envelope for an absent voter's ballot.
Whoever violates this division is guilty of a felony of the fifth degree.

Also, 3599.36. Election falsification (5th degree felony) and 3599.25. Inducing illegal voting and a few others.

First of all, Rush claims that this is legal and that Obama is doing it as well when he calls on voters to cross-over and join the Dem party. The difference is quite glaring of course.

Will he get in trouble? No.


Mom said...

As with so much in our country, there is not the man-power to guard the election process. Furthermore that polling places are worked by over 65 year olds...means who is going to take anyone on? Great thought and I am with you on this! Rush is a crazy man! Shouldn't the Republicans be proud?