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What Voter Fraud? Florida 2012

Remember, the Democrats against voter ID laws and supporters of IRS harassment of “True the Vote” say none of this exists:

The top staffer for Florida Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia resigned this weekend after being implicated in a voting-fraud scheme. Chief of Staff Jeffrey Garcia resigned Friday after taking responsibility for the plot and being asked by the congressman for his resignation.

Authorities are investigating a sophisticated scheme to manipulate last year’s primary elections by submitting hundreds of fraudulent absentee-ballot requests.

Isn’t it funny that nearly every incident involves one party in particular?

What Voter Fraud? Ohio 2012

Nothing to see here, keep moving. More voter fraud in all-important Hamilton County, Ohio:

Margaret Allen, 65, Ernestine Strickland, 75, and Andre Wilson, 50, are all indicted on 1 count of Illegal Voting (Felony 4) in violation of Ohio voting laws. If convicted of the charge, they face the possibility of 18 months in prison. Allen is charged with attempting to vote in the 2012 Ohio General Election by requesting an Absentee Voter Ballot even though she is a resident of Florida. She has not been an Ohio resident since 2009.

Strickland is charged with registering to vote and voting by Absentee Voter Ballot in the 2012 Ohio General Election even though she is a resident of Tennessee and has never lived in Ohio. Wilson is charged with registering to vote and voting by Absentee Voter Ballot in the 2012 Ohio General Election by using a fictitious Ohio address.

What Voter Fraud? (C. 2008)

This is just to remind everyone that voter fraud is neither new, limited in nature, nor a fabrication of the Right:

The trial is underway for a former Democratic official and a Board of Elections worker who are accused of being part of a plot that has raised questions over whether President Obama’s campaign — when he was a candidate in 2008 — submitted enough legitimate signatures to have legally qualified for the presidential primary ballot.

The two face charges of orchestrating an illegal scheme to fake the petitions that enabled then-candidates Obama, and Hillary Clinton, to qualify for the race in Indiana.

Former longtime St. Joseph County Democratic Party Chairman Butch Morgan Jr. faces multiple felony conspiracy counts to commit petition fraud, and former county Board of Elections worker Dustin Blythe is charged with nine felony forgery counts and one felony count of falsely making a petition of nomination. The proceedings began Monday in South Bend.

Morgan is accused of being the mastermind behind the plot, by allegedly ordering Democratic officials and workers to fake the names and signatures that Obama and Clinton needed to qualify for the presidential race. Blythe, then a Board of Elections employee and Democratic Party volunteer, has been accused of carrying out those orders by forging signatures on Obama’s petitions.

Two former Board of Elections officials have already pleaded guilty to charges related to the scheme and could testify against Morgan and Blythe.

Former board worker Beverly Shelton, who allegedly was assigned the task of forging the petitions for Hillary Clinton, pleaded guilty in March to charges of forgery and falsely making a petition. The board’s former Democratic head of voter registration, Pam Brunette, pleaded guilty in April to felony forgery, official misconduct, and falsifying a petition.

The alleged scheme was hatched in January of 2008, according to affidavits from investigators who cite former Board of Registration worker Lucas Burkett, who told them he was in on the plan at first, but then became uneasy and quit. He waited three years before telling authorities about it, but if revelations about any forgeries were raised during the election, the petitions could have been challenged during the contest. Any candidate who did not qualify with enough legitimate signatures at the time could have been bounced from the ballot.

The Indiana trial has raised questions about whether in 2008, candidate Obama actually submitted enough legitimate signatures to have legally qualified.

Under state law, presidential candidates need to qualify for the primary ballots with 500 signatures from each of the state’s nine congressional districts. Indiana election officials say that in St. Joseph County, which is the 2nd Congressional District, the Obama campaign qualified with 534 signatures; Clinton’s camp had 704.

Prosecutors say that in Obama’s case, nine of the petition pages were apparently forged. Each petition contains up to 10 names, making a possible total of 90 names, which, if faked, could have brought the Obama total below the legal limit required to qualify. Prosecutors say 13 Clinton petitions were apparently forged, meaning up to 130 possibly fake signatures. Even if 130 signatures had been challenged, it would have still left Clinton with enough signatures to meet the 500-person threshold.

An Indiana State Police investigator said in court papers that the agency examined the suspect Obama petitions and “selected names at random from each of the petition pages and contacted those people directly. We found at least one person (and often multiple people) from each page who confirmed that they had not signed” petitions “or given consent for their name and/or signature to appear.”  The case was charged citing 20 forgeries — not the total number of possible fake entries — because that was considered a sufficient amount to prosecute.

Numerous voters told Fox News that they never signed the petitions.

What voter fraud?

Remember all the opponents of photo ID laws say this doesn’t happen:

Milwaukee County prosecutors Thursday filed voter fraud charges against 10 people, including two accused of double voting in 2012 elections and two felons ineligible to vote.

Also among the fraud cases: a Milwaukee woman who is accused of signing a recall petition against Republican Gov. Scott Walker three times; and the petition circulator who collected those signatures.

Leonard K. Brown, 55, is charged with voting more than once, providing false information to an election official and four counts of voting as a disqualified person for ballots cast April 5, 2011; and Feb. 21, April 2, June 5 and Nov. 6, 2012. The double voting and false information counts relate to the November election.

According to the criminal complaint, Brown voted in person in Milwaukee on Nov. 6, and by absentee ballot for that election in West Milwaukee, and his several prior votes in West Milwaukee occurred when he was not qualified to vote there because he lived in Milwaukee. He faces up to 24 1/2 years in prison and $70,000 in fines, if convicted.

Do we even need to speculate which party they support?

What Voter Fraud?

This surprises exactly no one on the right:

Democrat Melowese Richardson has been an official poll worker for the last quarter century and registered thousands of people to vote last year. She candidly admitted to Cincinnati’s Channel 9 this week that she voted twice in the last election.

This is how Channel 9′s website summarized the case:

According to county documents, Richardson’s absentee ballot was accepted on Nov. 1, 2012 along with her signature. On Nov. 11, she told an official she also voted at a precinct because she was afraid her absentee ballot would not be counted in time. “There’s absolutely no intent on my part to commit voter fraud,” said Richardson. . . . The board’s documents also state that Richardson was allegedly disruptive and hid things from other poll workers on Election Day after another female worker reported she was intimidated by Richardson. . . . During the investigation it was also discovered that her granddaughter, India Richardson, who was a first time voter in the 2012 election, cast two ballots in November.

Richardson insists she has done nothing wrong and promises to contest the charges: “I’ll fight it for Mr. Obama and for Mr. Obama’s right to sit as president of the United States.”

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Update on Yesterday’s Wisconsin Voter Fraud Post

Yesterday I mocked the Left who routinely claim voter fraud does not exist despite the mountains of evidence to the contrary.  Well, yesterday’s story gets even richer with the woman convicted of voter fraud having worked for a community organizing  group opposed to Wisconsin’s Voter ID law:

A Florida woman charged Monday with two counts of election fraud in Milwaukee appears to have once worked for a community-organizing group that is fighting to stop Wisconsin from implementing its voter ID law. Yadira Colon, formerly of Wisconsin, pled no contest to charges that she illegally registered to vote in 2008 (lying about where she lived to election officials) and forged signatures on nominating petitions for then State Rep. Pedro Colon (D), no relation. Ms. Colon currently lives in Florida.

The Spanish Journal, a bilingual Milwaukee news source, is reporting that Ms. Colon apparently worked for Voces De La Frontera, a group known for championing liberal and pro-labor causes. Voces, as it is commonly called, is one of several groups that filed a lawsuit against Wisconsin’s newly passed voter ID law which requires voters to show a photo ID to confirm identity when they go to the polls. The lawsuit they filed successfully led to the law being suspended by a Dane County court.

Members of the Wisconsin Supreme Court have refused to hear the voter ID case before the November 6th election. This means that Wisconsin, a state known for examples of voter fraud, will not be protected by a piece of legislation that mirrors similar election integrity legislation in states like Indiana.

In one moment she’s actively opposing voter ID laws designed to stop voter fraud on bogus grounds of disenfranchisement and in the next moment she’s aggressively pursuing voter fraud in the exact same state. This is a perfect example of the Democrats lies over opposition to voter ID laws.  They don’t hate the laws because of any disenfranchisement as they claim.  They hate the laws because it hinders their efforts at rampant voter fraud.

What Voter Fraud? Wisconsin Edition

As I point out every time, one of the main arguments the Left uses against efforts to stop voter fraud is it largely does not exist so they go to great lengths to defund efforts at stopping this activity.  Without funding it is harder and harder to prove them wrong no matter how many incidents of fraud proponents site. James O’Keefe of Project Veritas is apparently sitting on a few blockbuster videos expected to be released soon but in the meantime, here is the latest voter fraud from Wisconsin:

A Florida woman pleaded no contest Monday to charges she committed election fraud in Milwaukee in 2009 and was sentenced probation and the time she’s already been in jaill. Yadira Colón, 45, was arrested in Florida this year on a warrant first issued in November 2009. She was charged with forging signatures on nomination papers for Pedro Colón, then a Democratic member of the Wisconsin Assembly from Milwaukee, and now a circuit judge. The two are not related. Yadira Colón was also charged with registering to vote in Milwaukee in 2008, by listing an address in the city when she in fact resided in Oshkosh at the time. She then cast an absentee ballot in Milwaukee, according to prosecutors. She had been scheduled for trial Monday when she entered the plea bargain. Prosecutors agreed to drop two charges, and Colón pleaded no contest to two others. Circuit Judge Dennis Moroney sentenced Colón to the 16 days she already spend in jail for one count, and to six months – suspended – on the second, with the condition of a year’s probation, which he allowed to be transferred to Florida.

What Voter Fraud? — Project Veritas

Remember every time Republicans try to clean up voter rolls to reduce incidents of fraud, Democrats take one of two lines of attack: the first is to say it is voter suppression; the second is to say incidence of fraud are so limited rendering them inconsequential on election outcomes.  They repeat this second line of attack no matter how many incidents of fraud you put in front of them.

James O’Keefe is at it again with his latest project identifying the Obama campaign participating and assisting in voter fraud attempts:

What Voter Fraud? Ohio Edition

I laugh when I read mainstream media articles about the lack of widespread voter fraud incidents as evidence it doesn’t exist.  If you don’t look for something you’ll never find it and that is the way media treats voter fraud. Many other people like John Fund do extensive work on the rampant voter fraud every election that largely goes ignored by the same media (and Democrats) who want to claim it doesn’t exist.  Even I had posts with extensive links to voter fraud nation-wide — strangely nearly always by one political party — when discussing attempts to purge illegal voters in Florida. Of course, Obama’s Department of Justice was on the case STOPPING the purge of illegal voters not assisting in the voter integrity initiative.

Now we see Ohio trying to tackle this behemoth and when Ohio tried to link in Obama’s Department of Justice to make certain they were not running afoul of Federal Guidelines the DOJ simply never returned the call.  But you can bet if Ohio undertook an extensive effort to purge these inactive and illegal voters, a DOJ SWAT team would be all over the Buckeye State right after they finished repealing the First Amendment rights of unsavory filmmakers. The Columbus Dispatch takes a deep dive at Ohio’s statewide bloated voter rolls problem:

More than one out of every five registered Ohio voters is probably ineligible to vote. In two counties, the number of registered voters actually exceeds the voting-age population: Northwestern Ohio’s Wood County shows 109 registered voters for every 100 eligible, while in Lawrence County along the Ohio River it’s a mere 104 registered per 100 eligible. Another 31 counties show registrations at more than 90 percent of those eligible, a rate regarded as unrealistic by most voting experts. The national average is a little more than 70 percent. In a close presidential election where every vote might count, which ones to count might become paramount on Election Day — and in possible legal battles afterward. Of the Buckeye State’s 7.8 million registered voters, nearly 1.6 million are regarded as “ inactive.” That generally means either they haven’t voted in at least four years or they apparently have moved.

Eric Holder asleep at the wheel

In a Feb. 10 letter, he asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for a personal meeting to discuss how to balance seemingly conflicting federal laws so he could pare Ohio’s dirty voter list without removing truly eligible voters. “Common sense says that the odds of voter fraud increase the longer these ineligible voters are allowed to populate our rolls,” Husted said. “I simply cannot accept that.” Holder’s office has never replied. When contacted last week by The Dispatch about Husted’s letter, a U.S. Department of Justice spokesman who did not wish to be identified by name said, “The department declines comment.” When asked to at least confirm whether anyone from Holder’s agency responded to Husted’s inquiry, the answer was, “No comment.” “As Ohio’s chief elections official, it is my responsibility to ensure the votes of every eligible voter are counted and ensure the integrity and accuracy of the results,” Husted said when he mailed the letter. “This is a difficult task when federal regulations limit Ohio’s ability to remove ineligible names, thereby increasing the chance for voter fraud.”

Judicial Watch spurring the clean-up

Husted’s letter came just four days after he was questioned about Ohio’s bulging voter rolls by Judicial Watch, which calls itself “a conservative, nonpartisan educational foundation (that) promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law.” Unhappy because Husted has not substantially pared the rolls since that early February contact, Judicial Watch sued the Republican secretary of state in federal court in Ohio on Aug. 30. “Those (inactive voters) are all potential names that could be used for voter fraud,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. “That’s a disaster, potentially. Certainly, it just shows that our lawsuit is right on target.” He said the group, which also is involved in similar lawsuits against Indiana and Florida, examined all 50 states and Ohio was among those that “bubbled to the top” as having the worst voter-registration records. “When you have a list that’s so wildly inaccurate, it undermines confidence in elections generally,” Fitton said. “Citizens in Ohio should be asking their elected officials what is going on here.”

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Democrats Losing One Advantage in Florida — Illegal Voters

Correcting voter rolls and ensuring ballot integrity has long been a priority for Republicans despite the protests of voter disenfranchisement from Democrats. Democrats aggressively attempt to minimize the amount of illegal voting that occurs despite volumes of evidence to the contrary (North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, etc).  Following substantial successes at the state level for the GOP in 2010 that flipped numerous state legislatures into GOP hands, we’re beginning to see the impact of such legislative control changeover.

This is a long-simmering, “back-burner” story with enormous implications that is slowly gaining national attention. Florida Governor Rick Scott signed numerous changes to Florida voting laws the most important of which is the effort to purge illegal or ineligible (felons and dead people) voters from the rolls. With massive population inflows into the state over the last few decades, much of it illegal immigration, Florida is making a concerted effort to clean up its lists of registered voters — much to the apoplectic cries of Democrats:

In an attempt to clear the voter rolls of noncitizens, a move that had set off criticism and a threatened lawsuit, Florida election officials decided on Thursday to use information from a federal database to check a list of 182,000 voters who they suspect are not citizens, officials said.

The state’s attempt to scrub registration rolls of illegal voters had come under fire because of the timing — less than seven months before a presidential election — and because the state itself could not guarantee the accuracy of its rolls. The move comes amid other efforts by Florida’s Republican-led Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott to tighten voter registration and reduce the number of early voting days, to combat potential voter fraud. Those measures, which were approved in 2011, have been challenged in court. Florida has more than 11 million registered voters.

The Division of Elections began the review of voters in April 2011 when it learned it had access to the driver’s license database and its citizenship information, Mr. Cate said. Since 2010, Floridians have been required to provide proof of citizenship or legal status when they apply for a driver’s license.

Democrats are beside themselves as years of efforts from nefarious groups like ACORN may now be undone and are trying every smear tactic imaginable to stop the cleaning up of ballot rolls. Apparently the idea that the ballot cleanup was started by the Governor (oh my!) is newsworthy as is the “controversy” that lists of the illegal voters are predominantly Hispanic/Latino (that also just so happen to vote Democrat) is part and parcel of the effort to discredit and stop these ballot integrity measures.