Democratic-leaning Voter Participation Center Mailed Dogs, Dead People Voter Registration Forms
The voter registration form arrived in the mail last month with some
key information already filled in: Rosie Charlston's name was complete,
as was her Seattle address.
Problem is, Rosie was a black lab who died in 1998.
group called the Voter Participation Center has touted the distribution
of some 5 million registration forms in recent weeks, targeting
Democratic-leaning voting blocs such as unmarried women, blacks, Latinos
and young adults.
But residents and election administrators
around the country also have reported a series of bizarre and
questionable mailings addressed to animals, dead people, non-citizens and
people already registered to vote.
Brenda Charlston wasn't the
only person to get documents for her pet: A Virginia man said similar
documents arrived for his dead dog, Mozart, while a woman in the state
got forms for her cat, Scampers.
"On a serious note, I think it's
tampering with our voting system," Charlston said. "They're fishing for
votes: That's how I view it."
brings with it a variety of registration drives targeting people who
typically are underrepresented at the polls, and Republicans have long
seized on sloppy or questionable registrations as a sign of potential
fraud on the part of Democrats.
The mailings appear
official, arriving in privacy envelopes with the headline "VOTER
REGISTRATION DOCUMENTS ENCLOSED." Some information is already completed
on the voter registration papers, and recipients also get an envelope to
send completed forms to local elections officials.
Voter Participation Center works with a vendor that has access to
multiple commercial databases that could include people who subscribe to
magazines or junk mail using names of their pet, said Page Gardner, the
group's president. She said the nonprofit tries its best to target only
eligible and unregistered voters but that some other names inevitably
get on the final list.
Participation Center says it is trying to increase participation among
minorities, unmarried women and people under the age of 30, with Gardner
saying that those groups have historically been underrepresented in the
The group says it has helped register 1 million people since 2004 and some 300,000 people in the current election cycle. Voter fraud in the making!
The group says it has helped register 1 million people since 2004 and some 300,000 people in the current election cycle.
Voter fraud in the making!
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