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Voter Suppression’s “Launderette” Tale Crumpling Under Scrutiny

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 31, 2012

Once again, Sally Jo Sorensen spots something nobody else in journalism does — namely, that there are serious problems with the Launderette Story, the favorite anecdote used by voter suppression advocates to “prove” the need for the Voter Suppression Amendment.

For starters, the date of the Launderette Story keeps changing, from 2006 to 2008 to 2010:

Representative Cornish and Mr Fults ask readers to to amend our constitution based on an incident that occurred in 2010. Or 2008. Or 2006, when Mary Kiffmeyer was Secretary of State. The incident turned up in legislative testimony and in a so-far unsuccessful lawsuit.

Unfortunately, Smission didn’t fill out the challenge form that would have triggered an official investigation back in 2006.

And the lawsuit in which the original story features was dismissed, if not outright laughed out of court.

Check it out.
It’s simply unbelieveable that sketchy tales like this can influence our public discourse.

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