Tilting elections

| Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009

With voter registration fraud alone no guarantee of Democrat wins, far-left elements are working to elect sympathetic secretaries of state across the nation. So contends Matthew Vadum, senior editor at Washington's Capital Research Center.

On the American Spectator's Web site ( spectator.org ), he describes the Secretary of State Project as a "below-the-radar non-federal '527' group" with funding from anti-capitalist billionaire George Soros and a co-founder from MoveOn.org. It already has proven effective.

In 2006, for example, the group endorsed ACORN favorite Mark Ritchie. Elected Minnesota secretary of state, he helped Democrat Al Franken prevail over Republican Norm Coleman in last year's battle for a U.S. Senate seat.

Mr. Ritchie has Secretary of State Project support for his 2010 re-election bid. So does California's Debra Bowen, another ACORN favorite. But Mr. Vadum says the group's biggest goal is "to steal the 2012 election for President Obama and congressional Democrats."

It's an insidiously clever strategy -- positioning far-left sympathizers to wield for Democrats' benefit the ordinarily little-noticed powers exercised by secretaries of state over voting rules and procedures. Fortunately, Americans have been warned.

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