GOP Voter Registration Fraud Likened to ‘Organized Crime'

ProudProgressive 2012/05/07 16:49:36
GOP Voter Registration Fraud Likened to ‘Organized Crime'
By: Sarah Jones
May 7, 2012

How'd you like to find out that when you thought you were signing a petition to register sex offenders or get lower gas prices, you'd actually had your political party switched from Democrat to Republican? That's happening in California, again. Yes, again. This is a reoccurring problem for the Republican Party every election cycle. It's what's known as a "bounty hunt" – paid voter registration drives that lead to accusations of massive fraud.

This time it's Momentum Political Service in Sacramento, California, turning in thousands of invalid voter registration applications according to Sacramento County election officials. Over 3,100 voter registration cards have been turned over to the Secretary of State's election fraud investigation unit.

Naturally Monica Harris, the owner of Momentum Political Services, isn't speaking on camera per the advice of her lawyer, but she is suggesting that these accusations are (sing it with me before you scream ACORN), "politically motivated." She claims she's had to fire people (translation: "a few bad apples"), after it came out that she'd hired people with criminal backgrounds.

Harris says, "It's just not the standard in the industry" to do background checks. Ah. But, but, but… ACORN.

Contrast that with the Republicans screaming about one Mickey Mouse who was never actually registered to vote, and whose party affiliation was not changed on him.

News 10 broke the story:

State and federal campaign records show Momentum was paid some $49,000 by the Sacramento County Republican Party to boost GOP registration ranks in key battleground communities…

But a number of what election experts refer to as "bad" registration cards – ones that, for one reason or another, are invalid – have also been submitted during the drive. Sacramento County elections officials put the tally of invalid cards submitted by Momentum Political Services at more than 3,100.

In some instances, cards were submitted with street numbers or names that can't be found. In others, the voters themselves don't appear to exist, as formal county registration letters come back undeliverable. Officials said a number of cards were also submitted for individual voters who not only couldn't be located, but who also all had the same last four Social Security digits.

And in some instances, the voter's party affiliation appears to have been changed, by someone, to Republican.

You may have missed the long, sordid history the Republican Party has with voter registration fraud, but I'll bet you know all about ACORN. You can't turn on the news without still hearing about ACORN, which advocated for low- and moderate-income families by working on neighborhood safety, voter registration and affordable housing.

ACORN was never found guilty of leading to ONE fraudulent vote. Not one. Furthermore, ACORN was never hired by the Democratic Party to do voter registration and the Obama campaign did its own voter registration, rather than hire it out. Notably, the 2008 Obama campaign did not pay their volunteers, let alone pay per voter registration form.

However, the organizations hired by Republicans do pay per form, as did ACORN, although ACORN was a non-profit organization whereas the outlets hired by Republicans are for profit. This has led to massive voter registration fraud, described as "organized crime" and "bounty hunts."

Yes, charges coming from a known criminal will be picked up by the media and ran with, but charges against the California Republicans (repeated charges, I might add) are ignored. Even PolitFact found that the only charges that impacted voters were the students registered as Republicans falsely.

Misrepresentation, fraud, and trashing Democratic voter registrations – you'd think that would make the news, especially when it was proven to be a systemic problem far outweighing anything ACORN ever did. In fact, ACORN was cleared of charges by various Attorney Generals, who found that it had, in fact, not engaged in criminal activities and that the organization had managed its federal funding appropriately.

I worked on the Obama campaign's 2008 voter registration drive, and I happily registered Republicans and Democrats, because that's what a patriot does. A patriot recognizes the right and moral obligation of every citizen to vote. A patriot does not switch party registrations on unsuspecting voters (one reason Republicans keep doing this every year is they use those numbers to raise money, knowing that those folks aren't really Republicans). A patriotic party does not repeatedly hire known fraudsters to do their for profit voter registration, and a patriotic party does not vilify a non-profit voter registration organization that helps poor people register to vote.

A party of any consistent values does not knowingly, repeatedly hire companies investigated for massive voter registration fraud and then turn around and blame illegal immigrants for unproven voter fraud, while denying legal citizens the right to vote via Voter ID laws that do not pass the Voting Rights Act smell test. Yes, for profit voter registration and petition firms work for all kinds of outlets, including civil rights organizations. But it is Republicans who have hired them for voter registration drives, not the Democratic Party or President Obama.

ACORN? Try systemic voter registration fraud, courtesy of the Republican Party.

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  • t.eliot, topbard 2012/05/07 17:17:10
    t.eliot, topbard
    Great post. Way to shine light on a sadly ignored problem along with a coherent defense of the unjustly maligned ACORN.

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  • luvguins 2012/05/07 21:16:49
    Republicans know they cannot win on merit so they will try every dirty trick they can to keep people from voting for Democrats. False signs telling Democrats to vote on the wrong day, robo calls telling Democrats the election is decided and they don't need to go to the polls. Now it is changing party affiliations by paid for groups. All these actions need to be exposed, and the voter ID laws challenged in some GOP governed states. The public needs to know how wretched these people are.
  • jimih67 2012/05/07 17:17:12
    Voter fraud is wrong no matter who is doing it. But switching somebody's party does not force them to vote for the GOP candidate, so I really don't see what is to be gained. If somebody was misrepresenting a petition, it should be investigated. This is why I DON"T SIGN PETITIONS. I don't care what it is for, I don't sign 'em.
  • Shadow13 jimih67 2012/05/08 04:22:59
    What switching a person's party does is deny them the opportunity to vote for their party's candidate in their party's primary if it is a closed primary,
  • t.eliot, topbard 2012/05/07 17:17:10
    t.eliot, topbard
    Great post. Way to shine light on a sadly ignored problem along with a coherent defense of the unjustly maligned ACORN.
  • #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT... 2012/05/07 17:12:52
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    It never ceases to amaze me the underhanded, rotten tricks the GOP stoops to. AFAIC they are rotten to the core & should be tried for their criminal acts. Lock them up & throw away the key.
  • Shadow13 2012/05/07 17:06:41
    An excellent observation and statement of facts concerning "voter fraud."

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