|08-25-2004, 08:00 PM||#1|
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Southern New Joisey
Democrat voter fraud.. What else is new?
Double registration for voting uncovered
By RUSS BUETTNER
New York Daily News
NEW YORK - With debate over the 2000 election still raging, thousands of people illegally register in both New York City and Florida, which could swing an election.
Some 46,000 New Yorkers are registered to vote in both the city and Florida, a finding that exposes both states to potential abuses that could alter the outcome of elections, a New York Daily News investigation shows.
Registering in two places is illegal in both states, but doing so goes undetected because election officials, following longstanding practice, don't check rolls across state lines.
The finding is even more stunning given the pivotal role Florida played in the 2000 presidential election, when a margin there of 537 votes tipped a victory to George W. Bush.
Computer records analyzed by the News don't allow for an exact count of how many people vote in both places, because millions of names are regularly purged between elections.
But the News found that between 400 and 1,000 registered voters have voted twice in at least one election, a federal offense punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Officials in both states acknowledge that voting in multiple states is something of a perfect crime, one officials don't have the means to catch.
"I can't imagine how the supervisors would have access to that information," said Jenny Nash, spokeswoman for the Florida secretary of state. "As far as I know, cross-state registry has not been discussed."
The News' investigation also found:
Of the 46,000 people registered in both states, 68 percent are Democrats, 12 percent are Republicans and 16 percent didn't claim a party.
Nearly 1,700 of those registered in both states requested that absentee ballots be mailed to their home in the other state, where they are also registered. But that doesn't raise red flags with officials in either place.
Efforts to prevent people from registering and voting in more than one state rely mostly on the honor system.
New registrants are required to supply a prior address, which kicks in a notification process to election officials in the other jurisdiction. Officials also cross-check change-of-address records from the U.S. Postal Service.
Both procedures largely count on the honesty of the person registering.[COLOR=DimGray]If we have to rely on the honesty of democrats with respect to elections the GOP is sunk And neither would catch people who have homes in both places - including the thousands of snowbirds, the term for Northerners who winter in Southern climes.
"There's no extensive investigation normally on a voter registration form," said Steven Richman, general counsel for the city Board of Elections. "We accept it at its face value."
Eliminating the potential to vote in multiple states would require creating a national voter registration system with federally assigned voter ID numbers, said Allan Lichtman, a history professor at American University in Washington and a voting rights expert.
"I don't think the country is ready for that," Lichtman said. "It may well be that a few hundred people spilling over and voting twice may be an inevitable friction within the system."
The Help America Vote Act of 2002, passed in response to the 2000 election debacle, requires all states to create statewide voter registration databases by Jan. 1, 2006.
Florida already has created the statewide registry, though it doesn't yet fully comply with the new law.
In Albany, a bill needed to implement the federal law is stalled in the Legislature, so even the federal money already received can't be spent.
There are no plans to match the registries across states.
|08-25-2004, 08:07 PM||#2|
Angling in the Deep
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Texas Riviera, Southern Mountains
Your red highlight didn't come out. I'm registered in 2 states but that's because I moved this year. I only plan on voting in one state though.....unless it looks really tight then I'll request my absentee ballot.
Last edited by Bronco_Beerslug; 08-25-2004 at 08:10 PM..
|08-25-2004, 11:21 PM||#3|
Don't Argue With Me
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Austin, TX
By the way, Michael Moore is registered to vote in both New York and Michigan. And I expect he will consider it his civic duty to vote in both. After all, he's as big as two voters.
|08-26-2004, 07:20 AM||#4|
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Twixt Hell & Highwater
Damn. Thanks guys. I almost forgot to send in for my Florida absentee ballot. whew!