by Robert Wilkinson
And it seems that the Republican Party is behind most of it!! This is a nationwide scandal that the mainstream media are trying to ignore, since it puts the Republican Party at the center of multistate criminal activity. Though they’re trying to dismiss it as “one bad apple,” it seems it’s a problem in more than a few states, with criminal activity directed by a Republican Party paid operative.
From the ever-great Bradblog, we find Nationwide GOP Voter Registration Fraud Scandal Widens, Becomes Criminal Matter in Florida, where we read that the notorious Natan Sproul, master of Republican voter registration dirty tricks in several past elections (which I blogged about at the time), has been indulging in more criminal behavior in Florida on behalf of the state and national Republican party. Though he’s been fired and disavowed, Sproul has a long history of these sorts of voter registration shenanigans.
You can find out more about this breaking scandal in the LA Times through the Sept 28, 2012 story More problematic GOP voter forms are found in Florida by Joseph Tanfani, Matea Gold and Melanie Mason.
From the story:
... Election officials in at least 11 Florida counties have uncovered potentially fraudulent voter registration forms submitted on behalf of the state GOP … By Friday, elections supervisors had found dozens of forms turned in by the party that had wrong birthdays or spellings of names that didn't match signatures. In other cases, multiple forms were filled out in the same handwriting. One voter in Palm Beach County was registered to an address that is a Land Rover dealership....
The controversy comes at an odd time for the GOP. Republican lawmakers across the country have proposed or enacted tough voter ID laws, arguing the legislation is needed to combat voter fraud. Democrats are battling the laws in the courts and say they are designed to discourage Democratic constituencies, such as African Americans, from voting.
The Florida GOP had contracted out its registration efforts to a newly formed company called Strategic Allied Consulting. The RNC had urged party organizations in seven swing states to hire the firm, directing at least $3.1 million in payments to it....
Strategic Allied is run by an Arizona-based consultant and Republican Party activist named Nathan Sproul, who has been dogged by charges in the past that his employees destroyed Democratic registration forms…. his reputation is such that Sproul said RNC officials requested that he set up a new firm so the party would not be publicly linked to the past allegations....
Other investigations are going on to find out whether Sproul is operating other companies under other names, as well as his affiliation with other Republican party operatives and his funding sources. We can only hope that the mainstream media will pick up on this and at least keep it somewhat in the public eye despite Republican efforts to kill the story.
This is a perfect example of hypocrisy! Republicans have been accusing Democratic organizations and others who try to register voters who are poor, elderly, disabled, and disadvantaged, of voter and voter registration fraud while indulging in those exact things themselves!! At least we are still able to have these things brought into the light.
It’s just another uncomfortable reminder of just how nasty the political process has become, and why it’s always good to be vigilant when it comes to our ability to vote for the candidates of our choice. If you live in the US and aren’t registered to vote, please do so, but make sure that when you do, you are registered with the party of your choice, and you are clear about where you are allowed to vote.
© Copyright 2012 Robert Wilkinson