Thursday, October 14, 2004

voter registration, dems need not apply

several instances of registration fraud, all facilitated by organizations tied directly to the rnc, have recently come to light in at least three different states.

one quick thinking librarian in oregon discovered that sproul & associates was not affiliated with the non-partisan america votes! group, as first claimed. the jackson co. mail tribune:

a local librarian checking on a company’s request to set up a voter registration booth in the library discovered the company was not affiliated with a non-partisan national group as it claimed.

sproul & associates, inc. of phoenix, ariz., phoned and mailed the library in september, saying it had been hired by america votes.

that came as news to america votes.

"this organization (sproul) absolutely has nothing to do with america votes," said kevin looper, the state organizing director for america votes…

libraries in oregon and other states have been contacted by sproul. looper said attorneys at america votes’ washington, d.c. headquarters have taken over.

"we are in the process of pursuing all of our legal options to pursue (an order to) cease and desist."
well, what difference does it make what they call themselves, you may ask? as long as they register people to vote, it's all good, right? that depends on whether they tear up the forms belonging to democrats or not. the asspress tells us:

[oregon] secretary of state bill bradbury and attorney general hardy myers plan to investigate allegations that a paid canvasser might have destroyed voter registration forms.

"there have been allegations made that someone threw out some voter registration forms that had been submitted to them," bradbury told the associated press late tuesday. "this is a violation of the law and i will meet with the attorney general in the morning to talk about what we can do to pursue this, and to make sure it doesn't happen again."

bradbury learned of the conduct from kgw-tv, which interviewed mike johnson, 20, a canvasser who said he was instructed to only accept republican registration forms. he told the tv reporter that he "might" destroy forms turned in by democrats.

"i have never in my five years as secretary of state ever seen an allegation like the one that came up tonight — ever," bradbury said. "i mean, frankly, it just totally offends me that someone would take someone else's registration and throw it out."
and it's not just oregon. in nevada, a witness saw employees of a voter registration company actually destroy democratic applications. klas-tv in las vegas:

the i-team has 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 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.

"we caught her taking democrats out of my pile, handed them to her assistant and he ripped them up right in front of us. i grabbed some of them out of the garbage and she tells her assisatnt to get those from me," said eric russell, former voters outreach employee.

eric russell managed to retrieve a pile of shredded paperwork including signed voter registration forms, all from democrats. we took them to the clark county election department and confirmed that they had not, in fact, been filed with the county as required by law.
kesq in palm springs links the company directly to the rnc:

las vegas t-v station k-l-a-s reported last night that an organization called voters' outreach of america destroyed registration forms filled out by democrats.

and a classified ad in the reno gazette-journal said the company was hiring workers to register voters "in support of the g-o-p."

the ad says it was paid for by the republican national committee.

as drudge says, developing...

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