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Dead voters: Fox continues to push 'voter fraud' claims
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Monday June 9, 2008

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Fox News is continuing its crusade against what the New York Times pooh-poohs as "the myth of voter fraud," looking for the kind of evidence of widespread cheating that has already been used to justify disenfranchising mainly poor and elderly voters.

"We've been hearing for months now, record numbers of voters casting their ballots in the primary states," stated Fox's Gregg Jarrett. "Well, the only thing uncertain -- how many of them were dead?"

"In Connecticut," Jarrett continued, "a little legwork by a group of journalism students actually found thousands of folks still eligible to vote -- and in some cases, the votes of the dead people were actually being counted."

"They vote from beyond the grave, believe it or not," Fox's Eric Shawn chimed in. "An investigation by a group of University of Connecticut students found more than 8500 deceased people still on the rolls, and they say more than 300 of them had somehow been counted as casting ballots after they died."

"The system is vulnerable," journalism professor Marcel Dufresne, whose students conducted the investigation, told Fox. He went on to say, somewhat confusedly, "With a little cooperation here and there ... you could use this and get people to vote for people who have died."

However, Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz blames "clerical errors" for the results of the student survey, saying that any time a dead person seems to have voted it's because a poll worker checked off the wrong name on a voter list. "There was no voter fraud at all in the State of Connecticut," she told Fox. "I've been secretary of state for ten years and not one case of voter fraud has been prosecuted."

Despite Bysiewicz's denial, Fox is continuing to ask viewers to send in their voter fraud stories. "I hear about it all the time," Jarrett insisted. "You wonder if it's just a clerical error or something more nefarious."

BradBlog has taken a particular interest in Fox's "voter fraud" investigations, enthusiastically suggesting that readers "feel free to email them this link: documenting the no-uncertain-terms case of Ann Coulter having committed voter fraud in Palm Beach County, Florida!"

This video is from Fox's America's Newsroom, broadcast June 9, 2008.

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