Skip to comments.Election Watchdog Hands Florida 173 Cases of Alleged Voter Fraud
Posted on 08/17/2013 3:54:44 AM PDT by Jacquerie
A Texas-based watchdog known as True the Vote is staying one step ahead of Floridas elections officials.
The organization has identified 173 cases of alleged interstate voter fraud, or double voting, in Florida and Maryland, the group announced Monday.
Each case represents a single person voting in both states during the same federal election cycle, dating to 2006.
The 173 cases does not mean 173 illegal votes, said Logan Churchwell, communications director for True the Vote, a nonpartisan voters rights and election integrity group. It means at least double that.
The group used updated 2012 voting data to cross-reference Florida and Maryland registration lists. Maryland is the latest state under review in what Churchwell described as the snowbird project.
Using names, dates of birth, residential addresses and federal voting information, True the Vote has already identified potential double voting abuses in Florida by way of Ohio (534 cases), New York (32) and Rhode Island (2), as of October last year.
True the Vote submits its findings to the U.S. Department of Justice and state elections officials for further investigation.
Florida Watchdog contacted the Florida Department of State Division of Elections for comment but did not receive an immediate response.
Voter fraud is a third-degree felony in Florida and carries a maximum penalty of $5,000 and five years in prison.
In a news release, Catherine Engelbrecht, president of True the Vote, said double voting is attributable to the fragility of our absentee voting systems.
For various reasons, including convenience, absentee ballot voting has increased in Florida in recent years, though proper safeguards are still being debated.
Voter ID cant do anything against an absentee ballot fraud case because its all done in the mail, said Churchwell.
As previously reported, absentee balloting, or vote by mail, was the focus of a grand jury report led by Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle after irregularities were found in the areas 2012 elections.
The report highlighted several clear violations and the rise of absentee ballot voting in general in Miami-Dade County -- 27 percent of the total 885,067 votes in November, as opposed to 7 percent in 2000.
True the Votes recent findings show the highest instances of absentee ballot interstate fraud occurring in Escambia, Clay, Duval, Pinellas and Volusia counties.
According to Pew Research, 2.75 million Americans were registered to vote in more than one state last year. But that does not mean they committed fraud.
Still, for those like Wendy Rosen, the temptation to double vote could be hard to resist.
Rosen ran for a seat in Marylands 1st Congressional District last year but ended her campaign less than two months before the general election when it became known the Maryland resident also voted in Florida.
Churchwell said True the Vote will continue to offer Florida and other states assistance even if they dont get credit. Its a bipartisan issue, and the absentee voting system is only as good as the list maintenance process is, he said.
Updated as of 5:07 p.m. A spokesman for the Division of Elections said in an email that,The division is reviewing the files.
Still we hear the sounds of crickets on the national level, none of these cowards will step forward
ERIC WILL GET RIGHT ON IT!
People who vote in both states should lose their right to vote in any state.
This is not a thing that is done by mistake. It is a deliberate act, and treasonous.
What they should do is identify these people, but keep quite for now. The next time there is an election (2014), these people should be followed and secretly filmed. The results (filmed voting in two places) should be posted on the Internet for all to see. After they vote the second time, they should be confronted and questioned about what they did - on camera. These people should also be publicly identified - with name, address, phone number, party affiliation.
This is a huge problem in Florida.
This state goes blue on some elections ONLY because of voter fraud .
absentee ballots - northerners who vote here while here only in the winter - illegals who vote
Multiply that figure by 100,000 and you have around the correct number.
They SHOULD go to prison for a minimum of FIVE years, but nothing will happen to them...no one cares. You can bet your *ss there were thousands more double-voters like this, as well...especially Florida/New York.
The temptation to BREAK THE LAW was too hard to resist. These people all deserve an eternity in hell.
I’m for the purple finger vote and ID. This article made me chuckle - like Eric Holder is going to do something about voter fraud. ROFLMAO.
That is why I intend to donate to Boehner’s democrat opponent next year.
I’d say hang them. We don’t care where they go after that.
Heck no. they already have enough on them to fine and jail them. Fullest extent of the law.
Sometimes, people don’t know they voted twice. In some precincts, people vote for you.
When no photo ID is required there is no way to know how much fraud there really is.
I know for a fact that our local poll workers are forbidden from challenging a prospective voter on the basis of a non-matching signature.
Even when the signatures are obviously from two different people.
Even when the prospective voter can barely scrawl the name, doesn’t know how to spell “his” name, and can’t speak a word of English.
I doubt fraud matters much to people in FL, MD, NY, or just about any other place. So long as liberals prevail anyway
2. The Democrat Line is that vote fraud doesn't exist and measures to secure the ballot are racist, homophobic, anti-semitic, etc., yawn, etc.
3. See this video, where one of Obama's top campaign managers, Stephanie Cutler, complains that requiring an ID is voter supression, she of the mob that suppressed Tea Party votes.
They’re not voting in person in many cases. The ability to vote by absentee ballot and mail in your vote facilitates this form of fraud.
That is a distinct possibility and also the best defense to a charge of double voting. "That wasn't me. Prove that I was the one who cast that ballot."
I agree with you, but sometimes the registered voter is not the one at fault.
When our son graduated college, he moved to the city and re-registered there. The city is in a different county from our (former) suburb.
When we went to vote, his name was still on the list. We told the volunteer poll worker about son's re-registration and his eyes lit up, but he did not line off the name. We argued and I finally threatened to turn him in if he did not line through our son's name. He finally did so, grudgingly.
Our son would never have voted both places, but I'm certain that skank volunteer made a note of the name and voted for him... I called our son and told him to contact our county to remove his name from our list. Actually, given that it was CA, the county probably would also have made a note of it and put it on a list for the Rats.
The difference in registering in two states at the same time like snowbirds might do is different as that is obviously a choice. Our county in AZ removes people who move or die and the county parties are informed so they can update their own lists. Our county is extremely Republican. I wouldn't count on honest updates from the counties that are run by Rats.
Damn right! Our free vote is one of the pillars of our liberty, vote fraud is plain and simple treason and should be accorded SOP for treason.
The only way we are to overcome this basic voter fraud is to require State issued Voter Photo ID and severe punishment for anyone convicted of vote fraud. Otherwise the dems, who are happy to practice “The end justifies the means”, will continue to maintain a slim majority controlling in politics.
If we ever get a Full House (Congress and POTUS) more than 2 years, I would like to see 1. Term Limits instituted and 2. a law restricting the vote, at least for House and Senate, for anyone accepting unearned money, goods or support from the government.
We had Bush and Co. for six years in the House and Senate but they were to
scared to do anything because they feared the Liberal/Socialist MSM.
They could have set the power of Gov back 40 years but refused to even consider it.
Harvard grads have priorities, each other.
Maybe I was in some daze, but I do not remember GOP having majority in House, Senate for 6 years during W’s POTUS.
I wonder what the breakout percentage of fraud is by political party is...?
It would not surprise me in the least....if was 100 % to “0”.....
Looked it up, GOP had House from 95 to 2007, but The Senate from really only from 03 to 07 (didn’t count Dole or Lott’s times).
You were partially correct, but the Speaker being numbnuts Hastert during most of the time really held back anything tough getting done AND not to mention recovering from 911. There was many lost opportunities during that time, but GOPe was definitely in control except for a few years of Newt).
If we conservatives, Tea Party or whatever don’t get the Majority in 2014, it’ll all be over except the shouting and the only way to save America then will be SHTF.