In the home of one of the leading vote fraud deniers, the Brennan Center, a week ago a massive vote fraud scheme was brought to trial. The Brennan Center spent months wailing about massive mythical disenfranchisement of voters by voter ID in Texas, yet remains silent about actual disenfranchisement in their own neighborhood.
Hector Ramirez was arrested Tuesday on massive voter fraud charges in his failed 2014 Assembly bid.
Ramirez and his allies went door-to-door in his west Bronx district duping voters into letting the veteran pol’s campaign staff vote on their behalf, a prosecutor charged as the 242-count indictment was unsealed.
“Victim after victim after victim testified to the grand jury that members of the Ramirez campaign knocked on their door, including Hector Ramirez himself, and said ‘Hey, you don’t have to go to the polls for this election, just sign here,” Assistant District Attorney Pishoy Yacoub said in Bronx Supreme Court.
The Brennan Center and other vote fraud deniers will no doubt argue that Mr. Ramirez sill lost the election so what does it matter? However, that argument fails for two reasons. The lesser of the two reasons is the fact the election was just two votes away from an alleged criminal being elected is hardly comforting. If he was just a slightly better cheat, he would have won.
However, the bigger reason is that it disenfranchised voters and entire ballots.
Those voters never got their ballots back, Yacoub said.
Unlike the mythical claims of voter ID disenfranchising people, this really did happen. They lost their votes. The Brennan Center is silent. Is it because they don’t care about disenfranchisement? It seems likely. The Brennan Center and other vote fraud deniers focus on issues such as voter ID to scare and fundraise off rather than issues such as vote fraud that actually disenfranchise voters.