#1 Now Here's a Switch ,Voter Registration Fraud Alleged by Democrats
09-17-2008, 12:35 PM
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Voter Registration Fraud Alleged by Democrats
Democrats complained of Fraudulently registering voters as Republican
San Bernardino County Democrats, who have been working aggressively to register new members accused paid signature gatherers Tuesday of fraudulently registering voters as Republican.
Democrats said they complained Friday to the voter registrar after interviewing 27 people who said their registration was switched to Republican against their will.
Registrar of Voters Kari Verjil said Tuesday she has no evidence of fraud but forwarded the information to the secretary of state and to the San Bernardino County district attorney. Doing so is standard practice, Verjil said, since those agencies investigate voter fraud.
Susan Mickey, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Mike Ramos, said the office still is evaluating the material.
Democrats also sent their complaint to the state attorney general's office, which confirmed Tuesday it had received the letter.
A San Bernardino County Republican Party representative said the signature gatherers were not working for them.
The Democrats' allegations come amid a massive voter-registration drive by San Bernardino County Democrats intent on flipping the county from red to blue. Democrats have been saying they expect to outnumber Republicans by the end of the month and even have an Oct. 11 party scheduled to celebrate.
Earlier this month, they had closed to within 500 voters, with 302,091 Democrats registered in the county compared to 302,556 Republicans, according to the registrar's office.
But in a report issued Monday, the registrar's office put Republicans at 307,132 compared to 303,531 Democrats. That's a 3,600-voter advantage for the GOP.
Voter registration statistics offer donors and political handicappers a way to predict a race's outcome, which is key for Democratic candidates who are trying to get more support for their underdog campaigns in the Republican-ruled Inland area.
When Republicans have the edge, "it makes it harder for Democratic candidates to raise money, and it makes it easier for Republican candidates to raise money," said Carol Robb, chairwoman of the San Bernardino County Democratic Party. "It's all about money."
The voters signed petitions circulated by a firm called Young Political Majors, which gathers signatures under a contract with Arno Political Consultants, Democrats said.
A phone call to Arno's Sacramento office went unanswered, and no one from Young Political Majors could be reached.
Verjil confirmed that voter registration forms were issued to Young Political Majors. She said the firm, as required by the registrar's office, filled out an application, and the company employees attended a class on how to properly fill out the forms and on the rules for voter registration.
Mark Kirk, a Republican Party executive committee member, said Tuesday that unpaid volunteers are leading the party's current voter registration efforts.
Kirk said the local party this year was slow to ramp up voter registration efforts.
But to suggest the latest Republican surge is a result of fraud fails to take into account volunteers' hard work and the excitement about the GOP's presidential ticket, Kirk said.
"We certainly didn't scream and holler when they were making progress," he said.
"More than anything, (Democrats) might have to cancel or postpone their party celebrating the county turning blue," Kirk said.
09-17-2008, 12:37 PM
I heard there is a new ACORN scandal in New Mexico but can't find the article.This is bigger than presidential politics. This is a battle for America.
09-17-2008, 12:52 PM
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ACORN Watch: Voter fraud and mortgage scams on your dime
Barack Obama’s taxpayer-subsidized old friends at ACORN have been very, very busy lately. And ACORN Watch is here to give you the rundown on all the latest shenanigans on your dime.
* In Milwaukee, election officials are investigating fake names registered by ACORN workers– a favorite voter fraud 101 ploy of ACORN workers. No word on whether anyone used “Fruto Boy Crispila:”
In New Mexico, it’s the same old story of ACORN using criminals to lead voter registration drives.
ANDERSON (Anchor): If you registered to vote outside a supermarket, at a fair or even on a college campus, your information may have been collected by a criminal.
MICHAEL HERZENBERG (Reporter): The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now or, ACORN, does not go door to door. But in public places they admit at times they employ criminals. They say like law abiding citizens they employ make great workers. Audrey Padilla works for the non profit organization ACORN registering people to vote.
AUDREY PADILLA: I think it’s a really powerful thing to vote.
HERZENBERG: The information she gathers on this form can be powerful if criminals get their hands on it and they have. Jeffrey Mahaffey did and he was convicted with 2 counts of raping a child, a habitual offender who stole a car. Yvonne Chacon did too – she pleaded no contest to 2 counts of forgery, 7 more counts are pending and so are 3 counts of credit card fraud. Michelle Rael also collected voter information for ACORN while under the supervision of probation and parole for drug possession and 1 count of identity theft.
RAY SCHUTLZ (APD Police Chief): It’s very alarming and very concerning to me.
HERZENBERG: We showed Albuquerque police chief Ray Shultz the records of nine people accused or convicted of crimes who collected voter registration information for ACORN.
SCHULTZ: This information in, you know, the hands of the wrong person could be devastating.
ACORN: I find it interesting. I do understand that it would draw some concerns.
HERZENBERG: ACORN spokeswoman Stephanie Blackwell says the nine people no longer work for ACORN but they lasted at most 8 days
HERZENBERG: How much personal information did they get?
ACORN: I don’t know exact numbers in terms of how many cards per person that they collected. I do know, so far, total throughout the state, we’ve registered over 60,000 voters. :eek:
09-18-2008, 07:51 AM
NM has suspect voter registration cards (1:19 p.m.)
By The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE — The Bernalillo County clerk has notified prosecutors that some 1,100 possibly fraudulent voter registration cards have been turned in to her office.
Some cards in New Mexico's most populous county have the same name as a voter who's already registered, but carry a different birth date or Social Security number; some list someone else's Social Security number; some have addresses that don't exist, Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver said Wednesday.
In one case, a series of about nine cards appears to have been taken directly from the phone book, she said.
"Those are sort of the big red flags," Toulouse Oliver said.n 2004, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, ACORN, came under scrutiny for paying workers to sign up voters and offering bonuses for turning in more than 24 registrations a day.
Before the 2004 presidential race, then-Bernalillo County Clerk Mary Herrera — now secretary of state — said her office found 3,000 registration cards with problems that invalidated them. Those included faulty addresses, no addresses, bad signatures or no Social Security numbers. The Postal Service returned 400 cards as undeliverable.This is bigger than presidential politics. This is a battle for America.
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