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Ohio Sheriff Confirms Link to NAACP, Voter Registration Fraud in Ohio
The Abrams Report, MSNBC ^ | October 19, 2004 | Dan Abrams

Posted on 10/20/2004 7:34:42 AM PDT by kerrywearsbotox

MSNBC's DAN ABRAMS: We`re back. Who would have thought that Mary Poppins, Michael Jackson and George Foreman all lived in the same tiny little voting district in Ohio, not Beverly Hills, California. Officials in Defiance, Ohio, uncovered a number of voter registration forms with familiar names like Dick Tracy and Janet Jackson all with the addresses in the same Ohio block.

The town sheriff, whom we`ll talk to in a moment, did some investigating and arrested a man who allegedly filled out more than 100 fake voter registration forms, but that`s not all. It wasn`t a spoonful of sugar that got Mary Poppins to register a vote. A spoonful of something else might have been responsible.

Authorities say Chad Staton may have been paid with drugs, crack cocaine, for his efforts. Who paid him? Authorities say a woman named Georgianna Pitts confessed to just that. She says she was working with the NAACP Voter Fund in Toledo as a volunteer.

Authorities say Pitts hired Staton to get people to fill out the voter registration forms and in return, Pitts gave Staton crack. Police raided Pitts` home and found drug paraphernalia, marijuana, voter registration forms. She`s now facing drug charges. Not surprisingly, her neighbors were a little surprised to hear the news.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She doesn`t appear to be the type of person that would do that type of thing or even be interested enough in politics. (END VIDEO CLIP)

ABRAMS: Yes, you`ve got two problems. She apparently, according to the neighbor, didn`t seem like a drug dealer and wasn`t interested in politics. We called the NAACP. They would not come on the program. They did give us this statement. Quote -- The NAACP National Voter Fund is shocked by the stories swirling in Ohio regarding a Defiance man who has allegedly filled in over 100 fraudulent voter registration forms in exchange for cocaine. The NAACP National Voter Fund has detailed guidelines outlining procedures that should be followed by volunteers. The individual arrested is not a volunteer on record with our organization. Any person who walks -- works on behalf of NVF is required to abide by these guidelines and all applicable federal and state law. Joining me now is the man who arrested the man for faking the voter registration forms, Defiance County Ohio Sheriff David Westrick. Sheriff, thanks very much for taking the time to come on the program. We appreciate it.


ABRAMS: Tell me how you found out about this. I mean, you know, first you find out about fake voter registration forms. Does it all come together at one time or did it come in sort of point-by-point?

WESTRICK: Well, we were contacted by our Board of Elections here in Defiance County and stated that they had received over 100 voter registrations from Cuyahoga County and that they didn`t look right. And so we went over and picked them up and we started to look at all of them. And when we saw that Janet Jackson and Dick Tracy had signed up to vote in Defiance County, we thought that to be suspicious. And through looking at all of those, we came up with a common denominator and that was Chad Staton.

ABRAMS: So, you found that all the handwriting seems to match, et cetera. You get this group of forms together, and then what happened? How do you find out that at least this woman says she was paying -- she admits that she was paying him crack to fill out these voter registration forms?

WESTRICK: She was helpful to law enforcement. Chad stated that he was given a choice of crack or money and he chose to be paid with crack cocaine. And with -- along with the help of the Toledo Police Department, we did a search warrant of her home and came up with some paraphernalia and also some voter registrations and she was also cooperative with law enforcement.

ABRAMS: So, again, so let`s be clear. Neither of them are denying the allegations that you are laying out, is that correct?

WESTRICK: That`s correct. Neither are denying that.

ABRAMS: And how does this woman explain -- I mean she is supposedly volunteering her time working to get people registered to vote. How does she explain her thinking process in giving this guy crack to fill out the voter registration forms?

WESTRICK: Well, she stated she was paid $2 for each voter registration form that she could get for Thaddeus Jackson who works for the NAACP.

ABRAMS: And they deny that, correct?

WESTRICK: And -- well, no, Thaddeus Jackson works for the NAACP and Georgianna Pitts was working for the NVF, and that isn`t denied. That...

ABRAMS: What about the $2 though, the $2 per, is that -- do they admit that they were paying her $2?

WESTRICK: Well, our calls to the NAACP have gone unanswered, but we had receipts there that showed where they had paid her $2 to get people to register to vote.

ABRAMS: Is that legal?

WESTRICK: I believe it is.

ABRAMS: Yes. OK. So that`s not the problem here as a legal matter, right? The legal problem...

WESTRICK: No, the problem...

ABRAMS: Yes. Go ahead. I`m sorry.

WESTRICK: ... is that Georgianna Pitts paid Staton with crack cocaine for the 100-plus registrations he took to her.

ABRAMS: And again, any, you know, any indication from her as to how she decided, you know what, I really am interested in getting, you know, the vote out in this election and you know I`m thinking of a good way might be to pay this guy with crack. She give you any sense of what led her to come up with that solution?

WESTRICK: Well, Georgianne thought what she was doing was very important getting people to register. It was just her way of paying for it is a way out of the ordinary.

ABRAMS: Yes, to say the least. All right. Sheriff, finally, one other question. Sheriff, just to state for the purpose of disclosure, you are Republican-elected -- is that true?

WESTRICK: That`s correct.

ABRAMS: And to those who say this is political, you would say what?

WESTRICK: They don`t know me very well.

ABRAMS: Sheriff Westrick, thanks for coming on the program. Appreciate it.

WESTRICK: Thank you.

ABRAMS: Good to see you. From now until Election Day, we`re going to keep on top of all the legal issues that could impact the election. You can get more information on NBC`s Making Your Vote Count project on our Web site, While you`re there, sign up for our newsletter. Jamie will keep you up to date on what`s going on. She is writing these great newsletters. You`ll know ahead of time what stories we`re covering each day.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: cocaine; crack; democrats; voters
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To: jer2911tx

Ohio does not require ID to vote.

21 posted on 10/20/2004 9:06:53 AM PDT by Dizzy Lizzy
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To: kerrywearsbotox

the more i hear of provisional ballots and some other things going on,in many states,the amount of new voters.i am begining to fear the outcome

22 posted on 10/20/2004 9:23:15 AM PDT by rang1995
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To: kerrywearsbotox
Now if only this could get as much or even a fraction as much coverage at Abu Graib people might wake up. My front page had no mention of it while flu shot lines got huge color photo.
23 posted on 10/20/2004 9:26:10 AM PDT by Notasoccermom
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To: mewzilla

I posted this before. I watched blowjaw to see how covered this story, but I had to goto the bathroom, and must have missed the coverage. I asked for someone to tell me what was said, but nobody replied....

24 posted on 10/20/2004 1:02:43 PM PDT by grounhog ( grounhog)
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To: mewzilla

I posted this before. I watched blowjaw to see how covered this story, but I had to goto the bathroom, and must have missed the coverage. I asked for someone to tell me what was said, but nobody replied....

25 posted on 10/20/2004 1:02:45 PM PDT by grounhog ( grounhog)
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To: grounhog

FWIW, bet Brokaw didn't touch it. Just another reason the MSM is circling the bowl.

26 posted on 10/20/2004 1:03:59 PM PDT by mewzilla
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To: Fruitbat
It's more like, "Heh heh heh, those little scoundrels. They're so cute when they get up to their hijinks! Boys will be boys, I guess." The whole tone of what "reporting" is being done makes complete light of this, as if democrats engaging in widespread voter fraud are the equivalent of frat boys getting busted conducting a panty raid.

Does anyone doubt if these were Republican groups, we would already have widespread demands for arrests and for President Bush's resignation, and statements such as "This makes Watergate look like small potatoes!"?

27 posted on 10/20/2004 1:10:01 PM PDT by CFC__VRWC
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To: cake_crumb

It really is hard for the stars to vote. There are all perfectly reasonable explainations for all this.

Mary Poppins left when the wind changed.
Dick Tracy has gone undercover.
Who knows?
The Shadow knows, but no one has seen him,
nor the Invisible Man.
Superman died, just last week,
and according to one apartment manager,
Elvis has left the building.

Thank you.
Thank you very much.

28 posted on 10/21/2004 5:26:23 AM PDT by Qout
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To: kerrywearsbotox

I am shocked. Shocked.

Michael M. Bates: My Side of the Swamp

29 posted on 10/21/2004 5:28:46 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Just in time for your Halloween gift giving needs: THE book.)
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To: kerrywearsbotox

This should be posted at the DU site =^)

30 posted on 12/14/2004 12:12:28 PM PST by Tempest (Click on my name for a long list of press contacts)
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To: cake_crumb

As a Freeper gal at least THAT registration would not be fraudulent :^)

31 posted on 12/14/2004 12:20:19 PM PST by justshutupandtakeit (Public Enemy #1, the RATmedia.)
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To: justshutupandtakeit

Yo update this story, Georgianna Pitts was found dead in her apartment last week, supposedly from a drug overdose.

32 posted on 12/14/2004 12:29:19 PM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Miss Marple
I believe the technical term for her mode of death is Arkancide.
33 posted on 12/14/2004 12:33:03 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Miss Marple

Thanks, now that you mention it I vaguely recall that.

34 posted on 12/14/2004 12:55:36 PM PST by justshutupandtakeit (Public Enemy #1, the RATmedia.)
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