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Official questions voter rolls (outrageous blatant vote fraud exposed)
Nashville City Paper ^ | June 22,2004 | Craig Boerner

Posted on 06/24/2004 11:56:39 AM PDT by tdadams

How can more than 50 active voters in Davidson County share the same non-residential address - a parking lot on 7th Avenue South?

Election Commission board member Lynn Greer asked that and several other questions at Monday's board meeting in scrutinizing the address verification program overseen by staff employee Kathy Deshotels.

Greer's probing sent Deshotels out of the room in tears after he told fellow board members that his analysis raised a "number of very serious questions concerning the integrity of the data and the completeness of the address verification program," which is required by state and federal election laws.

"Much to my dismay, I have concluded that the Davidson County Election Commission database of registered voters continues to be a ticking time bomb rife with nearly 40,000 opportunities for vote fraud that could lead to legal challenges in close election contests," Greer said.

Metro Legal attorney Lora Barkenbus Fox issued an opinion to commissioners that explains requirements for a person to establish a residence to vote. Fox concludes that a person may register by providing an address or a description of the location where he/she lives, "even if this location is a homeless shelter or a vacant lot. If he or she also gives a mailing address, it should be to an address that will accept mail on his/her behalf."

State law does not require a mailing address and Fox's legal recommendation is that the "address where you live" portion of a voter registration form must be filled out so the voter's precinct can be determined but the "address where you get your mail" can be left blank.

Greer presented several "findings" and questions for the office staff to consider before the July 21 meeting.

Deshotels' boss, Administrator of Elections Michael McDonald, said the appropriate personnel will go through Greer's document in a comprehensive line-by-line, street-by-street format to prepare a response.

"I have not had a chance to go through it to the extent that I had planned to," McDonald said. "I plan to go through it and meet with the appropriate personnel and provide a formal response."

Election Commission Chair Betty Nixon said Greer's presentation was unexpected and the board and staff had not had time to examine the information or prepare a response.

Deshotels' attorney, Ted Carey of Barrett, Johnston & Parsley, said it is his understanding that Greer's report was an "ambush" because Deshotels wasn't given an opportunity to see the material before the meeting.

"[Monday's] Election Commission meeting included what appeared to be a partisan attempt to publicly embarrass or humiliate an employee of the Election Commission," Carey said. "The Election Commission appears to be sinking into a partisan abyss. Commissioner Greer appears to be, at best, misinformed about the facts regarding which he was inquiring."

One of Greer's findings alleges that the voter database appears to be missing over 25,000 inactive voters.

Another finding questions why 11,111 returned address verification cards were not entered into the voter database.

He also claims as a separate finding that the database contains nearly 40,000 voters classified 'active' that should be 'inactive' because they failed to vote or update their registration cards for a period of two consecutive November elections.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: ballots; cheaters; elections; vote; votefraud; votes; voting
If you are the complacent type that thinks vote fraud isn't really that big of a problem, read this. Then extrapolate that this is surely going on in every major city in America.
1 posted on 06/24/2004 11:56:39 AM PDT by tdadams
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To: tdadams
Another finding questions why 11,111 returned address verification cards were not entered into the voter database.

I'll take a wild stab at this one; It was that little "R" on the corner of each card.

2 posted on 06/24/2004 11:59:06 AM PDT by Fixit
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To: Fixit

How did 320 votes get tallied in one St. Louis polling place after 15 residents voted in the first hour ?


3 posted on 06/24/2004 12:02:58 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (STAGMIRE !)
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To: Fixit

"...11,111 returned ... cards..."

Fear of binary numbers is to blame. (What a strange number that is to be "actual").


4 posted on 06/24/2004 12:05:08 PM PDT by Socratic (Yes, there is method in the madness.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Uh, gee I don't know, maybe, um, vote fraud?


5 posted on 06/24/2004 12:07:17 PM PDT by coloradan (Hence, etc.)
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To: tdadams

Must be registered as Democrats, or the press would have told us the affiliation.


6 posted on 06/24/2004 12:08:00 PM PDT by aimhigh
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To: tdadams
"50 active voters in Davidson County share the same non-residential address - a parking lot on 7th Avenue South"

The article doesn't mention the party affiliation of those voters. I'd like to know.

And when is JJ going to fly into town complaining that those voters are being disenfranchised?

7 posted on 06/24/2004 12:09:46 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: tdadams
"[Monday's] Election Commission meeting included what appeared to be a partisan attempt to publicly embarrass or humiliate an employee of the Election Commission," Carey said. "The Election Commission appears to be sinking into a partisan abyss.

Typical of Dems, when you get caught with your hand in the cookie jar (or since the Clinton era maybe I should say, with your pants down) go on the attack and excoriate those pointing out your misdeeds with accusations of partisanship.

8 posted on 06/24/2004 12:09:56 PM PDT by tdadams (If there were no problems, politicians would have to invent them... wait, they already do.)
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To: tdadams
Greer's probing sent Deshotels out of the room in tears......

You really have to pay attention to what these "journalists" write.
9 posted on 06/24/2004 12:14:16 PM PDT by PeterPrinciple
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To: tdadams

Geez, and this is a state where pre-registration seems to be required. We can register at the polling place & then vote there, right away, at the same time. I don't think party affiliation is even asked, as we have open primary.


10 posted on 06/24/2004 12:14:21 PM PDT by GoLightly
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Somebody musta known the "intent" of some "voters" who couldn't make it that day.


11 posted on 06/24/2004 12:16:36 PM PDT by GoLightly
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To: GoLightly
We can register at the polling place & then vote there

Really? That's a no-go in Arizona, and was the focus of a heated discussion at a recent school bond override election at my neighborhood precinct...

The lady checking voters against the rolls was going to let an unregistered newcomer vote, but the person sitting at the far end of the table informed that wasn't allowed.

13 posted on 06/24/2004 12:20:44 PM PDT by HiJinx (The Left has never been constrained by the truth.)
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To: tdadams
Nashville Scene

JANUARY 1 - 7, 2004 -- OUT OF COMMISSION

Out of Commission
Election Commission to be subject of additional employee lawsuit

The lawsuits keep on flooding out of the Metro Election Commission, mired in a two-month-long partisan feud that shows no sign of abating.

Republican poll worker Sharon Wood is suing the body's five commissioners and colleague Kathy Deshotels, among others, after Deshotels secretly copied Wood's computer files and turned them over to their boss, Election Administrator Michael McDonald.

"Our fear is that not only has Miss Deshotels been harassing Miss Wood, but she will step up her efforts," says Wood's attorney, Jim Roberts.

Last month, Deshotels turned the commission into a political battleground when she logged on to Wood's computer after she says she was told to do so by Democratic commissioner Eddie Bryan. Bryan believed that Wood was engaging in partisan activity on the job. Deshotels did uncover various Republican-related documents on Wood's computer, including information about a local Republican membership drive.

Still, Wood's supervisors quickly cleared her because her responsibilities for recruiting Republicans to man the polls provided a ready explanation as to what she saved on her computer. (State law requires that members of both parties man the polls during elections.) "My job is to identify, recruit, hire and train Republicans," Wood told the Scene. "The only way I know how to do that is to participate in Republican functions."

Deshotels was later fired, then reinstated after she filed a wrongful termination lawsuit. But the drama only escalated last week when three Democratic commissioners met privately with Metro attorneys to discuss a settlement on the Deshotels litigation. The two Republican commissioners refused to participate, decrying the secret nature of the meeting. "I didn't want to meet with them because they didn't want to meet in public," says Republican Commissioner Lynn Greer. "If it was that important, then we should have met in the open."

Which brings us to the latest chapter in this ongoing saga: Wood's imminent lawsuit, which is expected to be filed early this week. In a draft of her complaint, Wood says that the oft-repeated claim that Bryan asked Deshotels to target her computer is, in fact, reversed. It was Deshotels who took the initiative to snoop on Wood.

When the scandal broke in early November, Bryan claimed that a Republican buddy of his joked about receiving a partisan letter prepared by Wood at the election commission office. An official with the Tennessee AFL-CIO and long-time Democratic operative, Bryan says he was very concerned about the existence of this letter. That's why when he couldn't get in touch with McDonald, the commission's top official, he immediately had Deshotels check out Wood's files. But according to Wood's complaint, Wood had worked on the letter on her own time and had not sent it out to anyone. So the only way Bryan could have known about its existence was if Deshotels had already been secretly downloading information off her computer and then leaking it to Bryan in a vast left-wing conspiracy.

Bryan denies that version of events and maintains his original story. "I found out about the letter and then I asked Miss Deshotels to ask about it."

The Wood camp is not impressed. "We don't believe Eddie Bryan," says Roberts, the attorney.

Roberts says he plans to ask for a temporary restraining order preventing Metro from settling the Deshotels lawsuit that would permanently reinstate her. In addition to the five members of the election commission, other people to be named in the lawsuit include McDonald, state coordinator for elections Brook Thompson and Bryan and Deshotels individually.



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14 posted on 06/24/2004 12:26:30 PM PDT by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: aimhigh
Must be registered as Democrats, or the press would have told us the affiliation.

My thoughts exactly, and the first sentence would have been this.

How can more than 50 active REPULICAN voters in Davidson County share the same non-residential address - a parking lot on 7th Avenue South?

15 posted on 06/24/2004 12:26:50 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (It is not Bush's fault... it is the media's fault!)
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To: tdadams

same thing is probably going on in Memphis


16 posted on 06/24/2004 12:36:59 PM PDT by GailA (hanoi john kerry, I'm for the death penalty, before I impose a moratorium on it.)
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To: tdadams
"Deshotels' attorney, Ted Carey of Barrett, Johnston & Parsley, said it is his understanding that Greer's report was an "ambush" because Deshotels wasn't given an opportunity to see the material before the meeting."

Why would you take your attorney to a regular meeting if you didn't suspect that you were likely to be charged with something? Obviously, this woman is actively involved in voter fraud.

17 posted on 06/24/2004 12:40:38 PM PDT by Grammy
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To: tdadams

OH my dead mom can vote in at least three precincts because they refuse to purge the poll and they won't remove her from the other polls because I am not here....and no her death certificate didn't count...The woman ran crying from the room...give me a break. That's why people don't want to hire women...I don't cry at the job...no matter what


18 posted on 06/24/2004 12:41:59 PM PDT by jnarcus
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To: Ditto

Kathy Deshotels seems to be quite a scumbag.


19 posted on 06/24/2004 12:48:08 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Fixit

Tennessee doesn't require or allow party affiliation on voter cards.


20 posted on 06/24/2004 12:48:28 PM PDT by Old Professer (Interests in common are commonly abused.)
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To: tdadams
We're headed into another big fight this year. Here in Michigan all kinds of problems were exposed on caucus night. Moving polling places, polling places that never opened etc.

As far as I know nothing has been done to correct the problems. Personally I think the democratic party has a vested interest in keeping this mess just the way it is. If the election is anywhere near close in Mi. i fully expect it to go to court.
21 posted on 06/24/2004 12:49:12 PM PDT by cripplecreek (you tell em i'm commin.... and hells commin with me.)
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To: tdadams

"Then extrapolate that this is surely going on in every major city in America."

This indeed is a HUGE PROBLEM.


22 posted on 06/24/2004 12:51:54 PM PDT by BluSky (“Don’t make me come down there.”)
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To: Dog Gone
Looks like it to me. A true party hack who will break any law necessary to keep Rats in office. People like her both infuriate me, and frankly, frighten me more than some propagandist like Moore or Franken or screwy politicians like Kerry. We've had many of them and survived them all. But our system only works if it remains open and honest. Once corruption reaches a certain level, it will collapse into anarchy followed by dictatorship.

People who would cheat and pervert the election process are the lowest form of scum possible. They are the deadly enemy to people on both sides of the political divide who believe in representative government, and should be treated as such regardless of party affiliation.

The right to vote is sacred. Anyone who cheats at the process denies other their rightful say. IMHO, that is the ultimate societal sin.

23 posted on 06/24/2004 1:03:12 PM PDT by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: HiJinx
Yes, Wisconsin has had it this way for quite some time. I think they started it back in the 70's, but don't quote me. There's a registration table at the polling place. You stop there, show them some ID, including a utility bill & they register you on the spot.

When I first heard other states debating motor voter it baffled me. When you've registered at your new polling place after you've moved for decades, "easing" registration by allowing registration when applying for a driver license sounded strange & not exactly easier than I was used to doing. lol
24 posted on 06/24/2004 1:06:59 PM PDT by GoLightly
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To: Ditto

I have to agree with everything you said. They are the enemies of democracy.


25 posted on 06/24/2004 1:08:49 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Ditto

Thanks for that. It really fleshes out the story. Whole lot of chicanery going on there.


26 posted on 06/24/2004 1:35:34 PM PDT by Bahbah
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