Rush Limbaugh Pushes Conspiracy that Voter Fraud Might Be the Reason Why Democrats Keep the Senate



You know how often I heard the term “voter fraud” prior to 2008? Practically never. You know why that phrase was rarely uttered? Because voter fraud isn’t – and has never been – an issue. And no matter how much Republicans try to act like it is, it’s just not. There’s absolutely zero evidence anywhere showing that voter fraud is a problem.

None. 

In fact, a study found that over a 12 year period (2000-2012) there were 2,068 cases of alleged voter fraud. Not convicted, just alleged. 

So, out of literally hundreds of millions of votes cast over a 12-year period, a fraction of a percent of those votes were alleged to be fraudulent.

To put it into perspective, let’s look at just the amount of votes cast in the presidential elections since 2000 and we’ll just say that every single one of these 2,068 cases were isolated to presidential races. They’re weren’t, but we’ll say they were as a hypothetical just to show the true absurdity of this myth of rampant voter fraud.

During the presidential elections between 2000-2012, roughly 478 million votes were cast. So, that means even if the only votes we focus on during that 12-year span are the 478 million votes casts during four different presidential elections, only 0.00044% of those votes would have been alleged to be fraudulent. And that’s not including all the votes cast for congressional, state and local elections. So that 0.00044% is actually a high estimate considering I didn’t include any votes outside of those cast for presidential candidates.

In other words, voter fraud is not an issue.

But like with most everything else Republican related, reality isn’t what’s important. It’s what they want to believe. But when it comes to these voter ID laws, reduction of early voting times and other neat little “tricks” Republican legislatures have been using to make it more difficult for Democratic voters to vote curb fraudulent voting, it’s not even about being right on this issue.

Because they know they’re trying to rig elections. And the worst part is, most conservative voters really don’t care. They damn well know voter fraud is some b.s. propaganda being pushed by the right much in the same way they’re trying to claim “women’s safety” when passing these new strict anti-abortion laws.


So, when Rush Limbaugh (who was recently chosen as the least trusted source for news in the country) suggested that if Democrats keep power in the Senate this November it could be because of voter fraud, you know it’s absolute and complete nonsense.

And despite the fact that there’s been absolutely zero credible evidence anywhere showing “rampant voter fraud,” Limbaugh said, “That kind of stuff is happening all over the country, I’m convinced of it.” 

He’s “convinced” of it. And one of the reasons why he believes voter fraud is an issue – cable ratings.

“They don’t have any audience on their cable news shows,” he said of liberals. “They’re not these rock star, popular, admirable figures that people run around emulating and wish they were like.”

Let’s look at a reality as to why Fox News crushes every other network in ratings.

First, because it’s the only channel conservatives will trust. And when a news network panders to its viewers, as opposed to simply reporting factual information, of course it’s going to get higher ratings.

Second, liberals don’t just go to one source for our information. We’re splintered throughout several news channels and sources at any given moment.

Let’s not ignore the fact that conservatives are often older and far less tech savvy. I rarely watch cable news. I get most of my information through websites, blogs, videos, various streaming news services, Facebook, Twitter and a host of other more “high-tech” ways. Why waste 3-4 hours a night watching a bunch of commercials and filler segments when I can get the news I need, or want, practically whenever I want?


Liberals aren’t typically traditional sit at home and watch cable news all evening people. We’re a smartphone owning, tablet using, tech savvy bunch. We’ve realized that technology has afforded us the ability to not sit at home all evening watching news. We can get it on the go, whenever we want, from whatever source we choose.

So this ridiculous argument that Fox News it the “best news source” simply because their ratings are high is complete nonsense.

Fox News is nothing but an entertainment network, masquerading as a news channel, pandering to conservative voters by telling them what they want to hear instead of what’s actually factual – then they’re calling that “news.”

But all this rhetoric is just a plot by conservatives to continually push this idea that voter fraud is rampant and Democrats winning in some of these closely contested races is “proof” that voter fraud is costing Republicans elections.

And Republicans will believe it, not because there’s any evidence to support any of this propaganda, but because they want to believe that their delusion about rampant voter fraud is real. Even if reality undoubtedly proves that it’s not.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Steve Brains

    Corruption on the grandest scale is accomplished with the “Purest of False Intentions”. Just package it like a noble cause, and the sheep will accept it. Look @ the NFL keeping 3 Billion a year in Taxes out of the Treasury. Stadiums are the hugest fraud in American history. Except of course for the manufactured War For Oil under Dictator Cheney and His henchman Bush and Rumsfeld. Those guys will die unpunished, pardoned by Obama on Day one in office.

    Taxing ALL the sports Franchises as the money making businesses they are, for every thing, concessions, TV rights, Advertising, Merchandising, tickets… MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL, NASCAR all of them… would PAY for all the sports programs n American schools. Freeing up property tax and lottery monies for paying teachers decent wages and providing the materials to teach with so teachers don’t take FOOD off their own kids table for pencils and paper.

    • Teresa Groves

      Steve – you should send this to EVERY newspaper in the country – as a letter to the editor or a guest editorial.

      • Steve Brains

        Thank you. I have a few small papers who print my ideas, but Major Media ignores Me. I do NOT believe that one can actually email ANYONE @ MSNBC. No one @ NPR has ever responded to Me either. Forget the rest as they are ALL RIGHT PROPAMEDIA outlets. Look at all the anti Obama press. A neutral network would not allow such overly biased and unrepentent misinformation to be broadcast on their logo.

      • Masmani

        “but Major Media ignores Me”. Because they want to stay in business.

      • Steve Brains

        because I haven’t solicited them.

      • Masmani

        Yeah, yeah..ok, sure.

    • Crysta

      Don’t forget the fraud of organized religion… Easily trillions in those pockets…

      • Steve Brains

        Divine intentions are NO exempt from corruption.

  • Will

    Voter fraud is impossible to quantify when there no method in place to verify if the person voting is eligible. It’s a ridiculous statement to claim that it does not exist. How could any know or claim to know the number of non-citzens who vote in this country.

    • erik thorne

      Will, Then how can the Republicans claim it is such a problem?

      • Steve Brains

        hehehe TOUCHE`.

      • Masmani

        Read the Washington Post article “”Could non-citizens decide the November election?” from October 24th. This is not coming from the Republicans or the right wing.

        “Our best guess, based upon extrapolations from the portion of the sample with a verified vote, is that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008 and 2.2 percent of non-citizens voted in 2010.” That’s a huge number, especially in a close election.

      • erik thorne

        Poorly researched paper. Would never get published in a peer reviewed publication. By the way what non-citizens do you think they are referring to?

      • Masmani

        Geez, I didn’t know you were the go to authority for the Washington Post. I guess they forgot to call you on this one. Losers always deny the evidence.

      • Steve Brains

        Thnk those 90,000 CHILDREN are gonna make a difference in the TEXAS screwoff?

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        See my previous reply to your challenge.

    • ziggywiggy

      why in any sane world would a “non-citizen” try to vote when they risk being arrested and tossed out of the country?

      • Steve Brains

        SERIOUSLY!!!!!

    • Teresa Groves

      Will: which type of photo ID is the best/easiest to use? Your driver’s license, right? Does your show citizenship? No, mine doesn’t either. Photo ID proves NOTHING.

      • Steve Brains

        Absolutely. EXCEPT, in Colorado, if you are NOT a citizen, you get a special notation on the license. If you are an illegal alien… you can’t get a license because you need a GREEN CARD to get one.

    • Daddycool67

      Will …Why do you suppose we require people to be registered to vote? Is it so that we will NOT have a method in place to verify if a person is eligible??

      The most likely place for fraud in the whole process is right here at registration. It would take participation by someone who is processing the registration. It would take a highly coordinated syndicate to process a large number of fraudulent registrations.
      And it simply doesn’t happen. If it did, we would all know about it.
      This is where all efforts to prevent voter fraud (which doesn’t exist) should be focused. Registration.

      At the polling place they don’t let unregistered voters come in and have their own special slot to vote in. They would need to be able to successfully masquerade as somebody who IS already registered.
      The only way for fraud to occur is for one person to pretend they are another registered voter. (And somehow get away with it.)
      But then when the real person shows up he/she won’t be allowed to vote because someone else has already voted under their name.
      I think we would have heard about this during every election if it was actually taking place.

      And how would a fraudster get away with it? Even if ID is not required … how would they know that they have arrived at the polling place before the REAL voter has already voted? How would they know which registered voter they should “pretend” to be?

      Then there is the fraud of voting several times from different addresses thing, Which IS fraud, and should have been caught.
      It’s a clerical mistake whenever someone is allowed to register more than once. I’m not thinking that enough clerical mistakes are being made to change the outcome of an election. Maybe you have evidence to the contrary.

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        Actually, fraud at registration does happen.
        .
        Recall the 2012 GOP operative who dumped voter registration forms in a dumpster in Virginia.
        .
        Recall the various voter registration operations run by GOP operative Nathan Sproul which, over the years, have been accused of destroying registrations when the person indicates on the form that they are a Democrat.
        .
        Recall the fraudulent registrations turned in by a Sproul firm hired by the Florida GOP in 2012 which caused the FL GOP to fire that firm.
        .
        So, yes Daddycool, to perpetrate voter registration fraud on a large scale would take a conspiracy; but don’t think that such conspiracies do not happen.

      • Steve Brains

        That was PRIVATE CONTRACTOR hired by the RNC and it happened to almost 250,000 registrations in SEVEN states, most notably Florida. I do NOT believe that ANY jail time was ever given in these swing states with Significant RED legislatures.

      • Steve Brains

        Let’s talk about the DIEBOLD contract in Ohio…

      • Steve Brains

        Registration is the same for guns. To see if the person is qualified to vote THE FIRST TIME. after that, they are presumably QUALIFIED. Court records of felony convictions are scrutinized to rule out Felons.

        But in Florida, Governor SCOTT ordered that Democratic voter registrations be purged from the voter rolls a month before (and after the reregistration deadline) WITHOUT corroboration. Many names and addresses were forged and falsified intentionally to eliminate almost 75,000 votes.

        Texas did the same game and Greg Abbott was responsible.

      • Masmani

        No Stevie. Guns are WAY harder to get if you’re legal. Lawbreakers can just buy them on the street. The same way illegal immigrants vote.

      • Steve Brains

        But illegal immigrants NEVER vote.

        SHOW Me ONE SINGLE HISTORICAL CASE to support your blog fraud!!

      • Masmani

        Steve, Read the Washington Post article. Non citizens freely admitted to voting.

      • Steve Brains

        How many? WHOM? And what happened?

        The WP is a proven PULITZER Prize winning FRAUD.

      • Steve Brains

        YEAH!!! KNEW you had no FACTS!!

      • Steve Brains

        2? BARRRRRF!

      • Steve Brains

        And WHO paid then to SAY that?

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        It took me a while to find the WaPo BLOG post at www. washingtonpost. com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/10/24/could-non-citizens-decide-the-november-election/

        There is another blog post at electionlawblog. org/?p=67451

      • Steve Brains

        ONE ACTUAL CASE!!!

      • Steve Brains

        But NEVER has one been PROVEN GUILTY in ANY American court. SO until a jury or a deal/plea says they’re guilty, they are ALL INNOCENT!

      • Crysta

        And lax gun regulations will keep funneling guns to the streets…

        If people actually had to be responsible for their guns, we could almost entirely eliminate illegal guns!

      • Masmani

        Crysta, Do me a favor. Go get a license to carry a concealed weapon and then go buy a gun and come back and tell me how “easy” it is.

      • Crysta

        Concealed Carry license is unnecessary… And not overly hard if you have help…

        Buying a weapon, is as simple as having a pc, wifi, and $100 or so in cash. If you know where…

        You can have your gun, in 12-24 hours! No questions asked… They might even give you some ammo!

      • Masmani

        Everything you just referenced is 100% illegal. How will more gun laws help? How does taking away the deers antlers help to protect them from the wolves. You don’t have all the answers. Don’t forget, the worst school shooting of all time was at Wounded Knee and the perpetrator was the U.S. Government. The Indians had given up their guns because the government swore to protect them. You liberals love to rail against the natural right of self protection. Where will you find the guns to protect yourself from a government gone afoul once you have given all the guns to the government?

    • Steve Brains

      It is 200,000 times MORE impossible to quantify and 200,000 more times more ridiculous to CLAIM massive voter fraud WITHOUT a SHRED OF EVIDENCE.

    • Masmani

      Read the Washington Post article
      “Could non-citizens decide the November election?”
      from October 24

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        See my previous response to your challenge.

  • Nick Wride

    Does anyone with an IQ over room temperature really care what the Bloated Junkie has to say?

    • Eg Kbbs

      I don’t directly care. But I have a strong suspicion that Limbaugh is one member of those coordinating the echo chamber. So I feel it pays me to know what he is up to.

      Plus being in rural MO, there are so many true-believers in the sainthood and infallible nature of Limbaugh, I know that in the next few days I will hear be in conversations repeating his narcotic and hate -induced drivel.

    • Steve Brains

      yes! I think it’s a bellweather of Republicans thought, policy, idiotology and purpose. He shows you what the McConnell’s and Boehner’s REALLY think in private but are to political to say out loud.

  • Teresa Groves

    There was an actual case of voter fraud in my State during the last election for Governor … a registered REPUBLICAN voted several times using different addresses. Hmmm – maybe he was voting for Democrats! Ooops! What else you got, rush?

    • Eg Kbbs

      To ask the obvious, what kind of state is it that the gov doesn’t know that they only get to vote once ??

      Or what kind of state is it that the people would accept any excuse the gov may have offered? And the law enforcement didn’t follow up with a suitable investigation ?

      • Steve Brains

        Texas. Florida. Ohio. Pennsylvania. Kansas. Oklahoma. North Carolina. …

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        Eg, I think you need to re-read Teresa’s statement.

    • Steve Brains

      out od those 2000+ ACCUSATIONS, 87 were brought to trial and only 3 or 12 (I forget the source) were convictions.

  • Eg Kbbs

    Rove-ian theme of attacking your enemy on your own weakest point ? (you gerrmander, enact laws to disenfranchise voters, etc. and then claim that THEY are committing fraud).

    Psychological projection and transferrence ?

    • Steve Brains

      Absolutely.

  • Daddycool67

    They’re taking people’s constitutional right to vote away.
    Even conservatives will be able to see that with election day media coverage.

    So OF COURSE they’re going to keep pushing the fallacy that there’s really a valid reason for doing it. They pretty much don’t have any choice now. They’ve gone all in.
    Besides, what else are they gonna do? Tell people the TRUTH?

  • Steve Brains

    YOu forgot the BIGGEST reason. Fox MANUFACTURES it’s own RED AGENDA stories. Just like Bush MANUFACTURED his own WMD justification for 10,000 American deaths.

    • Masmani

      Hey Stevie boy. Have you read the NY Times lately. Seems like a little article on 10/14 confirms there WERE WMD in Iraq after all. I’m just trying to help you be factual. You’re welcome

      • Steve Brains

        But they were NOT the imaginary one’s Bush sold Congress to get permission to bilk the taxpayers and commit war atrocities with were they.

        The are all decommissioned and useless, yet toxic where they were BURIED. THEY NEVER could have been used as weapons.

      • Masmani

        Over 5000 warheads found doesn’t sound like nothing to me. And if they were so harmless why were soldiers injured? Why did the Pentagon want to keep their location from the enemy?

      • Steve Brains

        USE FUL ? NO? = no THiNG of value.

      • Steve Brains

        BARRRRRF!?

      • Steve Brains

        Walk though any landfill. YUCK in spades!!
        CAn say the same thing about Abu Grabe AND the 100 other SECRET TORURE HOLES in 70 allied countries.

      • Steve Brains

        OH!!! BTW!!!!! IF this were VICTORY!!!!!????

        Wouldn’t Dubya the INTERNATIONAL WAR CRIMINAL WANTED IN 17 NATIONS…
        wanna take a NOTHER Victory lap in an F-14 off the Abe Lincoln just to CONFIRM

        “MISSION FUCKED UP!”

        ??????????????????

      • Steve Brains

        They were not only KNOWN by Bush in 2002, they were BURIED BY his FATHER!

      • Steve Brains

        The LAST question is just TOO STOOPID to answer!!!

      • Masmani

        See Stevie, this is what you do everytime. You can’t address facts so you start getting frustrated. You can’t formulate one, cohesive logical answer and you start spewing multiple, short, twitter like, non-related outbursts. Focus and try and come back with a logical argument instead of spewing rorschach like, free association hateful retorts..

      • Steve Brains

        nope, I am very well know for epically snnotated gut ripping refutations of your best work.

        But this time, you are just TOO STOOPID to answer.

      • Masmani

        See Stevie, you’re about as stable as an isotope of Uranium. Once you get frustrated your sentences become choppy, lack syntax and your replies are twitter like mush. There have been many guilty cases of voter fraud. As a matter of fact one of President Obola’s supporters in Ohio was convicted of voting for him 6 times. Stop denying it.

      • Steve Brains

        Most isotopes ARE more stable than the original.

      • Steve Brains

        Who, when and where in ohio?

        that would have been headline FOX/CNN/CBS/NBC news for 3 weeks.

        Dig up ONE story on it from any credible NON BLOG source.

      • Masmani

        Melowese Richardson. 2009, 2011, 2012. Cincinnati. She was convicted along with 4 other cases. I’m not surprised you never heard of it. I’m sure your main source of news is Pravda on the Potomac throne sniffers who are addicted to the smell of rainbow farts.

      • Steve Brains

        OH MY GODDDDDD!!!!!! A FUC**ng EPIDEMIC!!!!! Quarantine!!! Close the borders!!! EBOLAGHAZI!!!!!

        Almost like that Electronic, 4 million vote FLIP FLOP caught on live TV in 2004, when Bush should have been writing his concession WHINE.

        But I am proud you had an actual FACT!!!! but you sTILL nee to wipe your mouth. You have Bullshit on your lips!

      • Steve Brains

        So the REAL VOTER FRAUD, two cases of misguided old people voting for dead people and two corrupt poll workers…. out of the 3000 odd allegations over all that time…

        is REASON ENOUGH, to close early voting locations, limit voting times and days, create a confusing chart to “help” people get registered…to discard 140,000 REGISTRATIONS (in Georgia), To PAT a Colorado company to attempt destruction of 250,000 voting Applications in 7 states and finally and most recently..

        the Most powerful Republican in office today, Mitch McConnell Sending out 10’s of THOUSANDS of election fraud letters to deceive the voters in Kentucky by accusing them of voter fraud BEFORE THEY VOTE!!!

        8 cases in a decade JUSTIFIES all that the REDS have done to DENY MORE THAN $25 MILLION VOTERs their constitutional RIGHT to VOTE in the last 4 elections.

        I am sure you are proud of yourself.

      • Masmani

        Steve, Al Franken was elected by 350 votes of felons who weren’t supposed to vote. Either the franchise is discrete and sacrosanct or it’s $hit! Statists like to cheat as much as possible because they have no honor and they’re Machiavelian.

      • Steve Brains

        Name them all and I’ll let you lick My balls.

      • Masmani

        I don’t like raisins, thanks!

      • Steve Brains

        So YOU DO like testicles on your tongue!!! Just not the “squishy” ones
        ???

      • Steve Brains

        But you CAN’T name ONE can you?

      • Masmani

        So you’re gay bashing now. Not a very “liberal” thing to do. But you leftists have never really been liberals. You’re iron-fisted statists trying cloak yourselves as caring and accepting and welcoming diversity. You’re hateful and full of venom. You are a total fraud!

      • Steve Brains

        Bullshit Granny.

      • Masmani

        No BS Steve. You tried to insinuate a gay sex act to ridicule and shame me. Shame on you for your prejudice and homophobia! It’s there for everyone to see. You need to apologize for your hateful attitude towards gays!

      • Steve Brains

        You shouldn’t be ASHAMED of your preferences. I don’t care WHAT your mother says your Priest did.

      • Masmani

        Never said they were my preferences Steve. You need to apologize for your hate and move on.

      • Steve Brains

        I DON’T HATE you for being in the closet, I just think you should be PROUD of your capable throat and comfortable anus.

        if you EVER wanna have a REAL debate, you would do LESS antagionizing and actually put up a factual argument. i have never SEEN one from you, but I think you SHOULD be comfortable and capable with that as well.

        Pardon the pun, but the balls are in your hands.

      • Masmani

        Steve, You’re a total waste of time. You will listen to no facts that don’t agree with your leftist, statist, sit on your a$$ and collect from the government philosophy. Just go away!

      • Steve Brains

        NEVER!! FP is My LIFE!!! Your mouth still watering from that poolside vision I gave ya?

      • Steve Brains

        If I am not ashamed by your oral talents, how is THAT hate. I fact, you probably are so desperate for a taste you would choke on it in your zeal and desire, and go sown deeper than a whale in the deep Pacific blue!

      • Masmani

        Steve, Your lack of argumentative skills and use of sophomoric attempts at ridicule are truly embarrassing for you and those who have to read them. If you had a valid argument you would use it. I don’t get arguments and logic from you. Just venom and 5th grade level attempts at ridicule. Only those who have truly lost the argument attempt to use these devices. Stop embarrassing yourself.

      • Steve Brains

        Blah Blah Blah. you WANT Me!!

      • Steve Brains

        See above.

      • Steve Brains

        You are perfectly excellent at ridiculing your self. The SHAME is something to thank your parents and Pastors for.

      • Steve Brains

        Poor loser, missing out on the real ‘meat’ under the table @ dinner. Makes you ACHE doesn’t it?

  • Masmani

    Even the right wing nut Washington Post admits voting fraud has been a huge influence in tight races and will probably decide many future races

    • Steve Brains

      THE FRAUD OF “VOTER FRAUD” has influenced elections.

      Just like Ebola and ISIS..

      And 6% unemployment
      AND 225% stock values
      AANNDD REDUNIST obstructionism.

    • FuzzyBunnyFeet

      Your characterization of the Monkey Cage blog post is not accurate.

      • Masmani

        I don’t suppose sarcasm a new concept for you?

      • FuzzyBunnyFeet

        Sarcasm is not a new concept for me.

        And, your comments on this article give me no reason to believe that your comment above was sarcastic.

  • Masmani

    Voting is a right. No ID required.
    2nd amendment is a right, but………

    • Crysta

      Are you part of a militia? They get the rights…

      • Masmani

        Crysta, you obviously have an issue with punctuation.

  • Masmani

    Hey Allen Clifton, seems like you’re ignoring The Washington Post. And all the old liberals and conservatives I know have a smart phone so stop the “more tech savvy than thou” hype.

    • FuzzyBunnyFeet

      Hmm, Alan’s post came out the day after the WaPo Monkey Cage blog post. Could it be, Allan did not know of the blog post at the time he wrote his article.
      Could it also be that the Monkey Cage blog post is not really relevant to what Alan wrote?

  • He should be allowed out until he helps Mr. Rove count up all of Ohio’s votes for the last Presidential Election.

    • Steve Brains

      With an Abacus!!

  • Jeff Pender

    Zero evidence of voter fraud? You and these other commenters are either (a) delusional (b) from another planet or (c) a liar. I live in Illinois, home of so much fraud that is just accepted, with jokes about it. 2010 governors’ race for example. Fact, when there are hundreds to thousands more votes in a precinct or state than there are registered voters, that, by default, is fraud. I refer to Washington’s governor’s race, Ohio’s general election of 2012, and Nevada’s last senatorial race. There were no convictions, you are correct. But to claim voter fraud doesn’t exist is ludicrous. The only humorous aspect of this is that with liberals claiming they represent the majority of the country, they feel they have to steal elections to win. By the way, I was living in New York City in 1982 and saw where indigents were bussed from precinct to precinct having them vote multiple times. Again, no investigation, as there was no “proof”.

    • FuzzyBunnyFeet

      I’d have to research the others, but I know about the Ohio case. That was a deliberate misrepresentation of some data on one precincts web page.

      • Steve Brains

        Which is Republican BUSINESS AS USUAL!!

  • Kato

    Rush Limbaugh is nothing but A FAT, RACIST, DRUG ADDICT, IGNORAMUS

  • StereoCultureSociety

    So, translation, Rush is feeling the heat of the Dems closing in the GOP. He’s already preparing himself for the worst. Good. He should.