Stop Ballot Fraud

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Stop Ballot Fraud, also known as "Fraudbusters," is a website launched by the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC) in early 2008. The website purports to "use the initiative process as a tool for achieving policy goals" which, in this case, it does by listing allegations about petition circulators who are soliciting signatures on ballot measures that BISC identifies as conservative.

The strategy of the website is consistent with comments made in 2001, when a representative of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center encouraged unions at an AFL-CIO sponsored meeting in Oregon to run signature-blocking campaigns. These efforts, the representative said, "force your opposition to spend more money or volunteer hours gathering signatures."

Other presenters at that meeting suggested that "progressives take a more aggressive approach toward chronic right-wing ballot proponents ... by launching all out media, legal, and research assaults on their agenda, credibility, motives, and funders."[1]

Analysis of rhetoric on the Fraudbusters website

BISC is largely funded by Big Labor, and it uses a variety of hard-edged rhetorical gestures on the websites it sponsors--"Fraudbusters" among them.

Examples include:

  • When "Fraudbusters" refers to an initiative it dislikes, it typically refers to it as "the so-called" initiative, as in "the so called 'Colorado Civil Rights Initiative.'."
  • The website repetitively uses the words "lied to" and "deceived."
  • One typical rhetorical trope in common usage on BISC websites is "up to old tricks."

The website is similar to a precursor website in Oregon, the Voter Education Project. The websites deflect attention from the policy issues addressed in the initiatives they oppose.

Jessica Krivoy

"Stop Ballot Fraud" is updated by BISC associate Jessica Krivoy is BISC's Program Associate. Krivoy came to BISC from Our Oregon.

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