DAMN DEMOCRATS ARE CONTINUALLY AT IT. Not just again, but still. Ever onward and downward. I know that there must be some honest Democrats out there (we have 2 right here).
Friday, 10/17/08, 9:30 PM: A few hours ago, Nashville’s syndicated radio talk show host Phil Valentine took a phone call from Lynn Greer, one of the two Republican members of the five-member Davidson County Election Commission. Mr. Greer was so angry he could barely control himself. (For the benefit of readers who aren’t familiar with Middle Tennessee, Nashville/Davidson County is a Metro area, in which the city and county governments are combined.)
He informed Phil and his listeners that earlier today, someone was bringing in vanloads of non-English-speaking Mexicans with no identification to one of the Nashville early voting locations. Along with the non-English speaking individuals came a bilingual woman to act as their interpreter. She informed the election personnel that she would accompany the voters into the booth, read the ballot for them, and insure that their vote was cast for the candidates of their choice.
The Davidson County Election Commission, including its Democrat members, decided that the individuals would not be allowed to vote on the grounds that since they were unable to speak, understand, or read English, they could not possibly be citizens, and therefore were not qualified to vote. In addition, Mr. Greer mentioned that these people were unable even to request the assistance of a translator themselves. Accordingly, Ray Barrett, Davidson County Administrator of Elections, instructed his employees to refuse to allow any of these individuals to vote.
However, someone prevailed upon Mr. Barrett to call the state in order to verify the Commission’s decision. Brook Thompson, the Tennessee State Election Coordinator, then ordered Mr. Barrett and the Davidson County Election Commission to allow these non-English-speaking individuals to vote through their bilingual interpreter despite their lack of any sort of identification and total unfamiliarity with the English language.
Phil and Mr. Greer briefly discussed what could be done. They agreed that the only possible remedy would be for the Tennessee Republican Party to file suit in a Federal court. He told Phil that while he intended to urge the state GOP to make the effort, in view of the recent refusal of a Federal court to grant relief to State Sen. Rosalyn Kurita (whose legitimate Democrat primary win was overturned by the big shots of her party in revenge for her vote in favor of a Republican Lt. Governor), he held out little hope that it would be successful. He also noted that even if a court should decide that the votes of these people were illegal, there is no mechanism for withdrawing them. These are not provisional ballots. Once cast, they are inviolate.
There were several more phone calls in quick succession.
First, Brook Thompson himself called up. He told Phil that Federal law requires that these people be allowed to vote with the help of an interpreter if they wish. He pointed out that in some jurisdictions with a higher percentage of non-English-speaking individuals, the Feds require that ballots and registration materials be printed in four or five languages. Therefore, he insisted that he had no choice but to allow these people to vote.
Phil asked him about the requirement that prospective voters must be able to produce valid identification, and Thompson admitted that this is correct. However, he shifted the burden for enforcement back to the Davidson County Election Commission. When Phil asked him if he intended to send someone down to investigate why the ID requirement was not being enforced, Thompson began to stammer and splutter a bit, and finally gave a noncommittal answer to the effect that he’d look into it.
The next phone call was from a woman identified only as Barbara, who is apparently an officer in the Republican Women’s organization. She informed Phil that aside from the identification requirement, Brook Thompson is ignoring another legal mandate of which he is definitely aware. She insisted that the law requires that a prospective voter who desires the assistance of an interpreter must personally request such assistance. In other words, the interpreter is not permitted to go up to the election officials and inform them that she intends to go into the booth and help the voter. She explained that the law includes that provision as protection for the voter against coercion and other forms of voter fraud. Unquestionably, Barbara was accusing Brook Thompson of deliberately ignoring that provision of the law, and thus allowing illegals to vote.
Within a few minutes, a man called up who informed Phil that he had been involved in Tennessee elections for 20 years, and was intimately familiar with the applicable laws. He agreed with Barbara, and added that Brook Thompson is not an attorney, and is not an authority on election law, but is a political appointee – appointed by Democrats. This gentleman disputed Thompson’s assertion that Federal law mandates that voters be permitted to use an interpreter. According to him, elections are governed by state law, which plainly requires that any voter who wishes to use an interpreter must personally request permission to do so from the election personnel. He vehemently disagreed with Thompson’s decision allowing these non-English-speaking people with no valid identification to vote in a Tennessee election.
The caller also informed Phil and his listeners that any voter has the right to challenge any other voter’s qualifications. He advised all of us not to depend solely upon the election personnel, but to take the initiative and inform them of any questionable or suspicious activity which we observe at a polling place.
That’s where the matter ended for today. Since it’s now Friday evening, it is unlikely that there will be any new developments until Monday, 10/20.
Wednesday, 10/22/08, 5:00 AM: As of yesterday afternoon, there have been no further developments. Phil Valentine reported that he has spoken to various law enforcement authorities, and none have been willing to look into this egregious violation of election laws.
During yesterday’s program, Phil spoke by phone with Quin Hillyer, Associate Editorial Page Editor of the Washington Examiner. Quin’s paper just published his column Quin-essential cases: No Righting Voting Wrongs in Ohio covering similar voting irregularities in Ohio.
When Phil informed Quin of these recent occurrences in Nashville, his first reaction was a gasp of surprise. He then remarked, “This election is being stolen right from under our noses.”
Phil is now trying to formulate a plan for some sort of direct action designed to force the relevant authorities to do their jobs. He’s been successful in such efforts in the past. For instance, he was responsible for the famous 2001 horn-blowing mass demonstration at the Tennessee State Capitol which resulted in the defeat of then-Gov. Don Sundquist’s proposed income tax. Whether he’ll be able to devise a successful strategy this time remains to be seen, but if I were a betting man, I’d be putting my money on Phil.
Wednesday, 10/22/08, 2:10 PM: Welcome, Instapundit readers. I learned just a few minutes ago that Phil’s aware of this post, and has verified that it is entirely correct. I’ll update you whenever new information becomes available.
Barlycorn , John said…
In 2000, I lived in Palm Beach County, FL. On that election day there were large air conditioned buses picking up “migrant” workers who normally are transported in old school buses without either shock absorbers or air, in South Florida. Which is why, when libs say that the R’s stole Florida, I can only laugh and shake my head in disbelief.
Tiny Bunch said…
I’d be curious to see where the bus went next. Another polling place?
Garey Wheatley said…
If these folks had no ID at all, why not call INS to check for identity. It may sound racist (as everything is called today), but if they are indeed Spanish speaking, they may be illegal. They should have their ID (Green Card) on their person.
Donald Sensing said…
When nothing matter except gaining power, any means is justified by the end. Understand that on page 56 of the official DNC platform document, available online, it says explicitly that the Democrat party goal is to eliminate any identification requirements for either voting registration or voting itself.
Not a sheep said…
Shocking, absolutely shocking. I have linked to your post and reproduced it on my blog.
If true, this needs spreading far and wide, as it does indeed look as though the US election is being stolen by the Democrats. To any Brits looking at this blog I would like to say – what the Democrats are doing in the US, the Labour party are likely to try to do in the UK at the next general election and our media is even more pro-Labour than the US media is pro-Obama.
Oh wait, did I say McCain supporters? I don’t believe these people were being directed to vote for Republicans: Inoculated: Vote Fraud in Nashville.
Via Instapundit: vanloads of illegal aliens driven to the polls in Nashville with the state’s blessing? Outrageous. If Obama wins several states like this, his legitimacy as President will be close to zero.
I heard just a snip of Phil Valentine’s radio program while in the car Friday where voter fraud in Davidson County was being outed. I didn’t catch it all but thankfully Inoculcated did and provides the details. …