Voter Fraud: It’s Not What They Say It Is
Republican legislatures across the country have been raising a stink about supposed voter fraud–the kind where a nefarious “Illegal” pretends to be a citizen who can vote, or where “dead people” turn up at polls.
This supposed threat to our electoral process has been the reason why these legislatures are passing “VOTER ID” rules… Rules that will disenfranchise thousands of voters who happen to be minorities, poor, students or elderly. … Voters who happen to vote Democratic.
The evidence is clear: That kind of IN PERSON VOTER FRAUD (where someone votes who isn’t supposed to) does NOT exist as a problem.
However, we are finding out now that there is another kind of voter fraud: and it’s bad.
from thinkprogress: The Republican National Committee is cutting ties to Strategic Allied Consulting, a voter registration firm under investigation for turning in fraudulent voter registration forms in Florida. The RNC hired the firm to do voter registration drives for $3.1 million this year.
The firm’s founder, Nathan Sproul, is a longtime Republican strategist whose reputation was tarred by widespread accusations of voter registration fraud and attempts to suppress Democratic voter turnout. George W. Bush’s campaign reportedly paid Sproul over $8 million for his work in the 2004 election. Sproul, now under new scrutiny, claims he started Strategic Allied Consulting because the RNC wanted to hide his past:
Sproul said he created Strategic Allied Consulting at the RNC’s request because the party wanted to avoid being publicly linked to the past allegations. The firm was set up at a Virginia address, and Sproul does not show up on the corporate paperwork.
“In order to be able to do the job that the state parties were hiring us to do, the [RNC] asked us to do it with a different company’s name, so as to not be a distraction from the false information put out in the Internet,” Sproul said.
The committee is now scrambling to distance itself from Sproul after Florida launched acriminal investigation into the company. Strategic Allied Consulting submitted 106 “questionable” voter registration forms to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, and several other counties have discovered fraudulent forms as well. The Florida GOP fired the firm on Tuesday night.
Republicans have launched relentless efforts to prevent in-person voter fraud, which isexceptionally rare, yet seem to have ignored the real threat of voter registration fraud by their own consultant. In a twist one Florida Supervisor of Elections called “ironic,” Sproul’s organization was in fact registering dead voters as Republicans, even as Republican lawmakers all over the country justified discriminatory voter purges with the threat of dead votersshowing up to the polls.
- The National Memo » Nationwide GOP Voter Registration Fraud Scandal Widens, Criminal Probe Opens in Florida – http://bit.ly/Slp1UY
- Capital Eye Opener, Oct. 1: Firm in Possible Voter Reg Fraud Tied to Many GOP Committees, and More – OpenSecrets Blog | OpenSecrets – http://bit.ly/SVo1Bu