A few days ago an article appeared on BC decrying alleged voter intimidation by Democrats. The word "alleged" is included in the previous sentence because the author presents only third-hand accounts of said intimidation, to wit:
In contrast, numerous incidents of abuse have been documented by poll workers. Poll watchers are certified by and may only represent a candidate or a party, but many who received their training from True the Vote are reporting shocking violations of law as well as harassment. These workers have filed hundreds of incident reports for unlawful activity in the polls.
Are there links to these incident reports? Are there links to videos or audio recordings or interviews of victims conducted by reputable news agencies? Is there anything in the article that gives credence to the accusations in the paragraph quoted above?
No. But please notice that in the reference provided by the author there was no allegation whatsoever of physical abuse (or even any proof as to who was committing said abuse in the first place)...but the author includes in his article this accusation:
In fact, poll watchers maintain that they have been physically attacked and intimidated by Democrat activists at the polling locations.
Not only is there no actual evidence of any abuse whatsoever in the reference provided, nor is there any evidence shown concerning who allegedly committed the abuse, but the author even added an accusation that was never a part of the accusatory article that he uses as a reference!
The "voter fraud" accusation has been a meme of the Right for decades...and it is largely unfounded. Two years ago I issued a still-unanswered challenge to the BC conservatives that for every fraudulent vote made by a Democrat or as a result of ACORN, I would provide evidence for a thousand people (always in majority-Democratic districts) who were disenfranchised due to GOP-supported voter caging efforts. "Voter caging," for those not familiar with the term, is:
...the practice of sending mail to addresses on the voter rolls, compiling a list of the mail that is returned undelivered, and using that list to purge or challenge voters' registrations on the grounds that the voters on the list do not legally reside at their registered addresses. Supporters of voter caging defend the practice as a means of preventing votes cast by ineligible voters. Voter caging, however, is notoriously unreliable. If it is treated (unjustifiably) as the sole basis for determining that a voter is ineligible or does not live at the address at which he or she registered, it can lead to the unwarranted purge or challenge of eligible voters. …Moreover, the practice has often been targeted at minority voters, making the effects even more pernicious. [Brennan Center, “ A Guide to Voter Caging” 6/29/07] (boldface mine)