Sunday, August 11, 2013

Voter fraud? Looks who's getting caught...

I came across a number of stories about who's racking up the most cases of voter fraud in the country, and surprise, it's coming from the party doing everything they can to prevent it. How odd is that. Here's a what they reported:
Raw Story: A Virginia Republican and supporter of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) pleaded guilty on Tuesday to perjury and 36 counts of voter fraud. The only other mainstream GOP candidate in 2011 to fail at signature gathering in Virginia was Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R). Nearly half of the 11,900 signatures his campaign turned in were unable to be verified by party officials. However, unlike Gingrich, none of Perry’s organizers have faced criminal charges. 

PolicyMic: With the recent arrest of former GOP candidate Jack Villamaino for felony charges voter fraud, it’s no wonder Republicans are so invested in voter fraud legislation. Given the zeal with which the GOP in state after state has gone after Joe Voter, it’s really a shocker that Republicans account for the majority of voter fraud: Adam Ward of Virginia (for Newt Gingrich, what a waste), Texas Governor Rick Perry, Indiana’s former Secretary of StateCharlie White, and now Jack Villamaino.

Here's a novel idea: Perhaps rather than working to repeal the voting rights of average citizens, the party willing to legislate morality for everyone else should be working on their own integrity, and maybe also spend some time on legislation that will actually address one of the many real problems the nation faces.

Addicting Info: Consider the following examples of voter fraud that have been committed over the past few years:
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has recently closed two cases involving Strategic Allied Consulting, a Republican hired vendor. Although investigators found at least 11 voter registration forms that were of questionable authenticity, no charges were filed due to lack of evidence. Strategic Allied Consulting is the subject of three ongoing cases in Florida. A FDLE spokesperson said that no details could be provided regarding those cases.

Last November two Republican voters in separate states decided to prove how easy it would be to vote illegally. Both were arrested and charged with voter fraud.

In February 2012 a jury found Indiana’s Republican secretary of state, Charlie White, guilty on six counts of voter fraud, theft, and perjury.

Four staffers of Republican congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) were indicted last August, charged with submitting over 1,500 “forged and falsified” signatures in what the Michigan attorney general, also a Republican, called a “blatant” and “disgraceful” attempt to qualify the congressman for last year’s ballot.
NOTE: “In person” fraud of the type that is targeted by voter ID laws is “virtually non-existent.”

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