Skip to comments.Three charged in voting fraud (Up to 5 years and $250,000 fine)
Posted on 10/22/2004 8:00:23 PM PDT by Diva Betsy Ross
Posted on Thu, Oct. 21, 2004
Three charged in voting fraud
By GREGORY S. REEVES
The Kansas City Star
U.S. Attorneys Todd Graves of Western Missouri and Eric Melgren of Kansas announced federal vote-fraud charges today against three Kansas City area residents:
James D. Scherzer, 68, an attorney, who acknowledged in an interview with The Kansas City Star last month that he cast ballots in Kansas City and Kansas City, Kan., in four elections since August 2000.
Lorraine Goodrich, 39, a Johnson County businesswoman who told The Star she crossed the state line to vote in Kansas City for Bartle Hall improvements in 2002.
Leslie McIntosh, 67, a retired railroad worker and owner of a barber shop/pool hall, who told The Star he owned property in Kansas City and Kansas City, Kan., and therefore had the right to vote in both places.
The three were charged under federal voting-rights enforcement laws with providing false information about their residences. The offense is punishable by up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
McIntosh was charged in Kansas because he was a Missouri resident who registered to vote illegally in Kansas, Melgren said. Scherzer and Goodrich were charged in Missouri because they lived in Kansas, but voted illegally in Missouri, Graves said.
Election fraud and voting rights abuses dilute the worth of votes honestly cast, Melgren said. He urged anyone who sees possible vote fraud to report it.
Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh, who also appeared at today's news conference, said election officials face a challenge in preventing fraud without making security so tight it hampers voting.
We have to make sure we find that accurate balance, Thornburgh said.
The FBI investigated the three who were charged after The Star uncovered several hundred cases of apparent double-voting in an analysis of Missouri and Kansas statewide voter registration databases.
Many of those cases, however, turned out to be errors in the state databases. The rest about 50 cases occurred in St. Louis, where election officials are still examining those records at the newspaper's request.
Also appearing at today's news conference were Attorney General Phill Kline, and election commissioners Pat Rahija of Wyandotte County and Connie Schmidt of Johnson County.
For more on this story read tomorrow's Star.
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Do we know the political affiliations of these people?
Shot across the bow...people are watching and I'm guessing some people will be going to jail.
hope they do more of this every where
What a bunch of idiots. I wonder how many people are commiting votig fraud?
Go to jail? That's where they're voting from.
This needs to get out. Maybe stop some people this year from doulble voting.
Someone with no sense of smell should go over to DU and post this article.
Good deal. I hope they throw the book at them, but that is probably wishful thinking.
"Do we know the political affiliations of these people?"
of course we do...
I am sure we will catch a few of them over here with it.
Well, the article doesn't say, and it isn't being screamed on national news. What would your suspicion be? I could be wrong and I don't know, but...
It doesn't matter to me. I hope they get jail time and I hope this is widely publicized so that all those snow birds in NC, GA and FL don't get any funny ideas.
A real DUH award there!!!!
It's the Kansas City Star , so I would guess they are DemonicRats!!!!
Let's keep bumping this -- thanks Diva.
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