More GOP election fraud


Palm Beach, Fla., elections supervisor received 108 potentially fraudulent voter reg forms from firm w ties to RNC nbcnews.to/QXMDdr

Of course, voter ID laws won’t touch this stuff, so the GOP tries to run with it until they get caught.

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11 Responses to More GOP election fraud

  1. JamesK says:

    Lets look at the record of the company in Florida that’s at the center of the GOP election fraud:

    – In Oregon and Nevada, Lincoln Strategies — then known as Sproul and Associates — was investigated for destrоying Democratic voter registration forms. The Bush-Cheney 2004 presidential campaign paid Sproul $7.4 million for campaign work. [CNN, 10/14/04; KGW News, 10/13/04; East Valley Tribune, 09/07/06]

    – In Nevada, people who registered as Democrats with Lincoln Strategies — then known as Sproul and Associates — found their names absent from the voter registration rolls. [Reno Gazette-Journal, 10/29/04]

    – During the 2006 midterm elections, Wal-Mart banned Lincoln Strategies for partisan voter registration efforts in Tennessee. The Republican National Committee had hired the firm. [Associated Press, 08/24/06]

    – In Arizona, Lincoln Strategies employed a variety of deceptive tactics — including systematically lying about the bill — to push a ballot initiative to evіscerate the state’s clean elections law. [Salon, 10/21/04]

    – Lincoln Strategies, then employed by the Republican Party, was behind efforts to place Ralph Nader on the ballot in states such as Arizona. [American Prospect, 06/25/04]

    Gee..that company seems to have a record going back at least 8 years of engaging in election fraud. And the Republicans have a record of employing that company time after time even after that company gets in trouble for its practices……

    So, Morgan, when will it be time to shut down Lincoln Strategies and enshrine laws designed to prevent such election fraud?

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  2. JamesK says:

    A brief history of the United States when it comes to voting:

    Early 19th century: Must show proof of property to vote
    Early 20th century: Must be literate to vote
    Mid 20th century: Must pay full poll tax to vote
    Today: Must show “Proper Photo ID” to vote

    It would be appear the neanderthals in the conservative branch of politics never learn and never give up trying to ensure that only the “right” people vote.

    The “right” people being white males..especially white rich males.

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  3. JamesK says:

    And yet more GOP election fraud:

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-ohio-voting-fight-20120927,0,811761.story

    Lori Monroe, a 40-year-old Democrat who lives in central Ohio, was startled a few weeks ago to open a letter that said a stranger was challenging her right to vote in the presidential election.

    Monroe, who was recovering from cancer surgery, called the local election board to protest. A local tea party leader was trying to strike Monroe from the voter rolls for a reason that made no sense: Her apartment building in Lancaster was listed as a commercial property.

    “I’m like, really? Seriously?” Monroe said. “I’ve lived here seven years, and now I’m getting challenged?”

    Monroe’s is one of at least 2,100 names that tea party groups have sought to remove from Ohio’s voter rosters.

    The groups and their allies describe it as a citizen movement to prevent ballot fraud, although the Republican secretary of state said in an interview that he knew of no evidence that any more than a handful of illegal votes had been cast in Ohio in the last few presidential elections.

    “We’re all about election integrity — making sure everyone who votes is registered and qualified voters,” said Mary Siegel, one of the leaders of the Ohio effort.

    Some Democrats see it as a targeted vote-suppression drive. The names selected for purging include hundreds of college students, trailer park residents, homeless people and African Americans in counties President Obama won in 2008. […]

    The tea party groups, scattered around the state, have joined forces under the banner of the Ohio Voter Integrity Project. It is an offshoot of True the Vote, a Texas organization that has recruited volunteers nationwide to challenge voter rosters and work as poll watchers.

    True the Vote was founded by Catherine and Bryan Engelbrecht, a couple who run an oil field equipment manufacturing firm in Rosenberg, Texas.

    In Ohio, election records show, one of the project’s top priorities has been to remove college students from the voter rolls for failure to specify dorm room numbers. (As a group, college students are strongly in Obama’s camp.)

    Voters challenged include 284 students at the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, 110 at Oberlin College, 88 at College of Wooster, 38 at Kent State — and dozens more from the University of Cincinnati, Miami University, Lake Erie College, Walsh University, Hiram College, John Carroll University and Telshe Yeshiva, a rabbinical college near Cleveland.

    So far, every county election board that has reviewed the dorm challenges found them invalid.

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  4. JamesK says:

    So, Republicans, if your party is so worried about ensuring the integrity of elections then why doesn’t it come up with laws dealing with the examples that Ed and I have repeatedly given?

    Because it’s kind of curious your party’s sole “attempt” is “Voter ID” which won’t stop any fraud at all.

    Or are you willing to admit that your party is nakedly attempting to rig elections in this country?

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  5. JamesK says:

    To quote:
    So fraud does happen?

    Yeah..election fraud happens. Voter Fraud not even close. And Voter ID will not stop Election fraud. But if you feel like it..explain to me how Voter ID would stop this:

    Who was it that was supposed to be committing voter fraud again?

    by Chris Clarke

    Here’s some news on a representative bit of Republican Party slime from Riverside County, California, home to some of the slimiest Republicans in known space. From California Watch:

    In a complaint filed last week with the county registrar of voters, the Democrats presented affidavits from 133 Democratic voters who said they had been re-registered as Republicans without their consent after they encountered petition circulators outside welfare offices and stores.

    One voter complained that his registration was changed to Republican after he signed what he thought was a petition to legalize marijuana. Another said he was told he was signing a petition to lower the price of gasoline, according to the affidavits.

    Others said they were offered free cigarettes or a “job at the polls” if they signed some paperwork.

    Also among the Democrats who said they were involuntarily re-registered as Republicans: two aides to retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Richard Roth, a Democrat locked in a tight race with Republican Assemblyman Jeff Miller for a state Senate seat.

    According to Democratic Party spokespeople, thousands of people might have been fraudulently re-registered with a Republican Party affiliation. Riverside County is getting slightly more liberal each year for a number of demographic reasons, and yet the county’s Republican Party reported an upswing of 35,000 new Republican voters in the county.

    Oh, and here’s a shocker from the California Watch report:

    Many of the complainants were Latino or African American.

    http://californiawatch.org/node/18134

    Riverside County Democrats claim fraud in voter outreach project

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    September 26, 2012 | Lance Williams

    UPDATE, Sept. 26, 2012: The Golden State Voter Participation Project gave additional perspective.

    Republican voter registration in California is in a long downward spiral. Still, in 31 of the state’s 58 counties, the GOP still holds sway.

    Then there’s Riverside County, where Democratic activists claim that a Republican voter outreach project has employed an unusual fraud scheme to build a 51,000-voter registration advantage.

    In a complaint filed last week with the county registrar of voters, the Democrats presented affidavits from 133 Democratic voters who said they had been re-registered as Republicans without their consent after they encountered petition circulators outside welfare offices and stores.

    One voter complained that his registration was changed to Republican after he signed what he thought was a petition to legalize marijuana. Another said he was told he was signing a petition to lower the price of gasoline, according to the affidavits.

    Others said they were offered free cigarettes or a “job at the polls” if they signed some paperwork.

    Also among the Democrats who said they were involuntarily re-registered as Republicans: two aides to retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Richard Roth, a Democrat locked in a tight race with Republican Assemblyman Jeff Miller for a state Senate seat.

    Many of the complainants were Latino or African American.

    Steve Maviglio, a spokesman for the Democratic Party’s voter registration efforts, said Republican signature collectors might have improperly re-registered thousands of Riverside County Democrats. Maviglio blamed a GOP registration committee, the Golden State Voter Participation Project.

    Spokeswoman Ashley Giovannettone said the voter participation project emphasizes legal and ethical conduct in registering voters and has “zero tolerance” for registration fraud.

    “Our canvassers are trained about the laws, the rules and how to conduct themselves, ” she said.

    “Registering Democrats as Republican doesn’t help our cause,” she continued.

    The GOP has reported a nearly 35,000-voter surge in registrations this year, according to county records. Records show the voter participation project has paid more than $200,000 to the firms that have been conducting GOP voter registration drives in Riverside County. Charles Munger, a Stanford University physicist and emerging GOP megadonor, gave the project $241,000.

    Maviglio contended that by padding their registration numbers, Republicans could get a fundraising boost because prospective donors would view local races as more winnable.

    Re-registering Democrats as Republicans also interferes with Democratic get-out-the-vote efforts, he said, because the party won’t contact a voter who is listed as a Republican.

    Some of the Democratic voters who filed complaints suggested another motive, noting that petition circulators said they were being paid $7 per signature.

    “Mavgilio’s conspiracy theories are pure fantasies,” said Giovannettone, spokeswoman for the Republican registration effort.

    Roth, the Democratic candidate, sought to raise the issue in his Senate campaign. He criticized his opponent, Miller, for voting against an Assembly measure that sought to ban “bounty hunter” registration drives – that is, ones in which collectors are paid a fee for each registration obtained. The practice has been linked repeatedly to fraud, proponents of the measure said. It failed.

    “I urge Assemblyman Miller to join me in calling on those special interest groups involved to immediately stop this inappropriate conduct,” Roth said in a statement.

    Miller’s campaign didn’t respond to a request for comment. He told The Press-Enterprise, which first reported on the controversy, that the registrar of voters and district attorney should investigate fraud reports. The surge in Republican registrations in the county reflects the party’s popularity, he said.

    In January, before the GOP ramped up its registration drive, Riverside Republicans held a 4.7-percentage-point registration advantage over Democrats.

    Nine months later, the county elections office reported that the Republicans’ advantage had increased to about 5.7 percentage points. Republican registrants had increased from about 337,000 to about 372,000. Democrats had increased from nearly 299,000 to almost 321,000.

    The controversy is playing out as a new report from the California secretary of state shows a continued decline in Republican registrations statewide.

    As the November election approaches, about 30 percent of California’s 17.2 million voters are registered Republicans. That’s a drop of more than 2 percentage points since 2008. Republicans trail the Democrats by 13 points and are almost 9 points ahead of those who choose “no party preference,” according to the report.

    Republicans outnumber Democrats in 31 counties, most of them in the Central Valley, the Sierra foothills and other rural areas. Democrats predominate in the coastal cities.

    Alameda County is California’s biggest Democratic stronghold, with 56 percent of registered voters. By contrast, Modoc County in the state’s northeastern corner reported 50.4 percent Republican registration. It’s the only county where Republicans are a majority.

    San Diego, long a Republican bastion, now is the most evenly divided county in the state, as the GOP edge over Democrats has dwindled to 22 voters. According to the secretary of state, 511,964 voters are registered as Democrats, while 511,986 are Republicans.

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  6. fatherkane says:

    Many humble thanks for the link. Even when President Obama is re-elected, this is going to be a huge problem in future elections.
    Who is qualified to vote.
    And anyone who thinks that politics won’t vastly effect the determination, is only fooling themselves.

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  7. Ed Darrell says:

    So fraud does happen?

    Wholesale election fraud more than voter fraud, but yes, it happens. Stunningly, much more often pulled by GOP campaign workers than any other group.

    So we do need ID when casting a vote- to guard against rampant voter registrations?

    No. No. No, not unless you want to cover up the fraud. Voter ID could not possibly catch registration fraud in any state, under any extant voter ID law. No, voter ID laws require “super ID,” but still leave untouched registration fraud — poll workers have no way of determining the registration is fraudulent, and the gun-carry permit says nothing about voter eligibility.

    Voter registration fraud needs to be dealt with before election day, in an office where there are resources to validate, like a County Recorder who has access to residence, rental, lease and property sales records, and vital statistics.

    One of my points all along has been that voter ID does not do anything about existing voter fraud. It is aimed at an imaginary problem, and it leaves existing problems alone. Do voting machines work? Is it true that Diebold machines always demonstrate a bias to the GOP? Has Diebold fixed that nasty problem that their machines are easily hackable? Is there massive fraud in counting the votes? Are there “scare the voter” campaigns like the one in Maryland, where blacks got robo-calls from the GOP (unidentified) telling them their polling places had been moved, and their polling date was the day AFTER the election? Or like the Florida campaign to scare poor people, saying the Highway Patrol would be checking for drunks, and warrants, traffic tickets and delinquent bills, at the polls?

    Voter ID cannot prevent the kind of frauds the GOP has been using. “Caveat suffragator”, not “Cavete suffragatricium vinceretur” (“Voter beware,” not “Beware of voter.”)

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  8. Squathole says:

    Caught with their paws in the honey pot. Even while they’re wing(nut)ing around warning about illegals registering to vote, they’re stuffing registration rolls with phony data of their own manufacture. The hypocrisy is second only to the ineptitude — did they think retaining a high profile pack of recidivists would go unnoticed? In PB County, no less, where the notorious butterfly ballot caused widespread mayhem a few years ago.

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  9. David xavier says:

    Errata:

    I meant to say “…rampant FRAUDULENT voter registrations….” in previous post. It was not a freudian slip.

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  10. David xavier says:

    So fraud does happen? So we do need ID when casting a vote- to guard against rampant voter registrations? Photo ID perhaps? Just like in Florida?

    Also , the operative word here is ‘potentially’ , so what the company allegedly did was potentially a crime, lets not over reach. Also the State enforces laws, not the GOP- so just like Acorn got prosecuted for massive voter registration fraud last election , this company may also be prosecuted…its called due process.

    I expect calls for strict ID requirements to emanate from this blog quick smart…..

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  11. JamesK says:

    So the GOP has supposedly cut ties to the company that provided those fraudulent forms.

    I wonder when the GOP is going to prosecute that company or come up with laws making what that company did a crime.

    Have an answer, morgan?

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