From Wisconsin to Oregon, Corporate Special Interests are Trying to Trick Voters

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One of the more interesting things to come out of last week’s recall elections in Wisconsin was an apparent attempt by Americans For Prosperity to sway the results… by tricking some voters into casting their absentee ballots two days after the election.

AFP—which is funded by the Koch Brothers and other corporate special interests—sent out mailers to Wisconsin voters telling them to return their applications for absentee ballots by August 11. The problem: The election was August 9.

Even worse, the address listed on the form wasn’t an official elections office, but rather a PO Box that has been used by other right-wing and anti-choice groups in the past.

What was AFP’s excuse for this scandal, which could very well have led to thousands of voters being disenfranchised? It was a typo.

In case you missed it, here’s Steven Colbert’s hilarious, razor-sharp take on this troubling stunt.

In Oregon, we’ve seen similar scams in past elections. In 2010, corporate lobbyist Mark Nelson was caught mailing out tens of thousands of “surveys” that were designed to look like fake ballots—at the same time that Oregonians were voting by mail on Measures 66 & 67.

Groups like League of Women Voters of Oregon voiced their deep concerns over the fake ballots, which likely confused an untold number of voters who thought the fake ballot was the real thing.

Here’s a clip of Nelson trying to dismiss the controversy, despite the reporter pointing out the obvious holes in his defense:

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