Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Nevada Voter Fraud

It turns out that a private get out the vote company may be guilty of fraud in the state of Nevada. It seems their interest was in only registering Republicans and that people who registered to vote with the company that declared they were Democrats had their registration torn up. Those registrations of course did not make it to the election department thus leaving some voters believing they will be ready to vote on election day and will be instead be told that they are not registered.

The KLASTV had obtained information about an alleged widespread pattern of potential registration fraud aimed at democrats. The focus of the story is a private registration company called Voters Outreach of America, AKA America Votes.

The out-of-state firm has been in Las Vegas and Reno for the past few months, registering voters. It employed up to 300 part-time workers and collected hundreds of registrations per day, but former employees of the company say that Voters Outreach of America only wanted Republican registrations. Two former workers say they personally witnessed company supervisors rip up and trash registration forms signed by Democrats.

After doing their dirty work in Nevada, Voters Outreach left the state and headed to Oregon to do the same dirty work.

This should be a crime with huge penalties, jail time, and this should include any large funders of this organization. The company has been largely, if not entirely funded, by the Republican National Committee. This type of voter fraud must be stopped. Certainly organizations like this should probably be made illegal and some simple ways of registering voters without political party bias should be created. If not then these organizations need to be giving receipts to those that sign up as a proof of registration for the voter.

Now, I'm not going to say that this might not happen in the opposite political wind. A Democratic Party get out the vote organization may be doing similar frauds. It is not beyond the possibility. And what of voters that register as alternate political parties such as Libertarian or Green, are their registrations being tossed as well?

These types of voter frauds perpetrated on voters is a part of the reason so many Americans are so cynical about elections.
A person believes they are doing what they are supposed to do, register to vote and then come election day they will be told they are not registered. Most of those people won't fight it, thinking it was themselves that made the mistake or chalk it up to "you can't fight city hall." Certainly these people will be given another reason to feel that elections are a waste of time.

In the days that follow election day, you can bet that in many states across America we will be hearing all sorts of cases like this. I think it is time for the burden of proof be on the states. They need to prove they run clean elections. Anyone caught denying a vote because of partisan politics should be thrown in jail.


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