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Dems Paid $12,000 to South Dakota Vote Fraud Figure
NewsMax ^ | 10/18/02 | Limbacher

Posted on 10/18/2002 9:55:47 AM PDT by Tumbleweed_Connection

Dems Paid $12,000 to South Dakota Vote Fraud Figure

The South Dakota Democratic Party reportedly paid the person at the center of a growing voter fraud investigation more than $12,000 in the last three months, according to the Rapid City (S.Dak.) Journal which revealed that the figure is shown in Federal Election Commission (FEC) records from July, August and September.

The FEC records revealed that Becky Red Earth-Villeda got 18 paychecks totaling $12,867 allegedly for administrative costs or voter drives. One of the checks in the amount of $3,500 was racked up as travel expenses.

Sarah Feinberg, indented by the Journal as a Democratic Party spokeswoman explained that contractors are paid by the number of voter registration cards and absentee ballots they collect.

State Attorney General Mark Barnett told the Journal he is not prepared to say there are widespread problems with voter registration in and around Indian reservations.

"It is too early to categorize it one way or another. My focus is on one person," Barnett said, referring to Red Earth-Villeda.

Barnett said the state Democratic Party has not been implicated in the suspicious documents, and that party officials have cooperated with the investigation.

The newest development in an expanding voter fraud investigation is only the latest in a the controversy over voter registration and absentee ballots in and around American Indian reservations in South Dakota, the Journal reported.

Sherrill Dryden, county auditor for Fall River County which handles voter registration for adjacent Shannon County, told the Journal that one out of every 10 new voter registrations in that county is being probed.

The incidents come out of an effort to boost voter turnout among South Dakota Indians in for the Nov. 5 election, crucial to Democrats in their effort to hold Senate Control by re-electing Democrat Sen. Tim Johnson now in a tight race with South Dakota Congressman John Thune.

The Journal explained that Shannon County constitutes almost half the area of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. According to Dryden more than 1,000 new registrations have come into her office from the reservation this fall. Some were from new voters and others from people who have not voted for a while and needed their registration updated.

"We had different birthdays and different signatures. Some of the middle initials were wrong," Dryden said. "We just got suspicious when we see a birthday that's a day or two off or a year or two off. It just sent up a red flag."

The state and the FBI have been asked to investigate, she said.

And Shannon County is not the first South Dakota county to report such problems. In other areas of the state, officials say duplication, registering dead people and forging of signatures have been reported.

According to the Journal, about 17,000 new registrations have been reported since the June 4 primary, and the level of absentee voting has exceeded that of a presidential election year.

The state Democratic Party fired Red Earth-Villeda, like Becky Red Earth-Villeda another contract employee, after registration and absentee ballot irregularities surfaced in Dewey and Ziebach counties.

Auditors in Jackson and Corson county also reported similar voter problems Thursday.

Jackson County Auditor Vickie Wilson told the Journal she turned over seven absentee ballot requests to local authorities this week. "I was fairly certain that someone other than the voter could have signed them," Wilson said. She said she also provided the FBI with a total of 20 absentee ballot requests for investigation.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is investigating the case.

Jackson County Sheriff Bruce Madsen told the Journal three people have told him that they did not sign the requests, and two others didn't remember signing them. Madsen said he only found one person so far who had confirmed signing a request.

He added that this is the first time in his 27 years in the sheriff's office that he has had to investigate suspicious voter signatures. "It sure is going to throw some doubt into the election," Madsen said.

Wilson said she had also received several incomplete registration cards in the past few months, but she did not consider them suspicious.

Corson County Auditor Dorothy Schuh told the Journal she had turned over a half dozen voter registrations and absentee ballot requests to authorities for investigation. The FBI and the South Dakota Attorney General's Office are looking into those requests. This is Schuh's first year as auditor, but she had been in the office for five years and hadn't experienced any suspicious voter documents prior to this year.

In a separate Indian voter program in Pennington County, two brothers are being investigated for forging signatures on voter registration documents. Pennington County Auditor Julie Pearson said authorities are looking into possible inaccuracies in 230 voter registration cards turned in there.

So far, four cards have been found with inaccuracies, Pennington County Sheriff Don Holloway said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dnc; sdakota; timjohnson; voterfraud

1 posted on 10/18/2002 9:55:48 AM PDT by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Fox News, 10-14-02

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Party officials blame an outside contractor, Becky Red Earth Villeda, also known as Maka Duta. Maka Duta has been unavailable for comment on the story.

...Maka is in deep KaKa.

2 posted on 10/18/2002 10:04:01 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
And once again, the liberal left media/newsprint will not report the story
3 posted on 10/18/2002 10:08:38 AM PDT by smiley
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To: Liz; Mudboy Slim; Miss Marple
Ping!
4 posted on 10/18/2002 10:20:20 AM PDT by Fracas
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To: Fracas; Libloather; Mudboy Slim; Miss Marple
.........the state Democratic Party has not been implicated in the suspicious document......party officials have cooperated with the investigation. ....

Whew. What a relief.

For awhile there it was touch and go.....I would have sworn on a stack of Bibles that the DemoRats were involved.

How wrong I was. (/sarcasm off)

5 posted on 10/18/2002 10:44:05 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
$$$$$$$$$$4 bump
6 posted on 10/18/2002 10:45:40 AM PDT by timestax
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To: Fracas
"Dems Paid $12,000 to South Dakota Vote Fraud Figure"

Methinx TwelveLarge is a DropInTheBucket!!

FReegards...MUD

7 posted on 10/18/2002 10:51:11 AM PDT by Mudboy Slim
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To: Liz
"I would have sworn on a stack of Bibles that the DemoRats were involved. How wrong I was." (/sarcasm off)

Osama bil Clinton is the Anti-Christ (or AT LEAST a very good FRiend of His)...MUD

8 posted on 10/18/2002 10:53:55 AM PDT by Mudboy Slim
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To: Mudboy Slim
Our GOP voter registration drives require donated time and long hours for no pay. Paying citizens to register other citizens is ugly. I carry registration cards in my vehicle.
I try to register every 18 yr. old. We have registration cards at every post office in our county and so do the
North and South Dakota people. Maybe the debate video tape thief from Texas is helping register voters in South Dakota?
9 posted on 10/18/2002 11:00:56 AM PDT by oldironsides
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Heck I thought RAT voter fraud experts did it for free!
10 posted on 10/18/2002 11:03:17 AM PDT by ladyinred
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To: ladyinred
"I thought RAT voter fraud experts did it for free!"

Heck no, they're all Whores to the highest bidder!!

FReegards...MUD

11 posted on 10/18/2002 11:06:42 AM PDT by Mudboy Slim
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To: Liz; Mudboy Slim
The Dems are experts at (im)Plausible Deniability.
12 posted on 10/18/2002 11:09:59 AM PDT by Fracas
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To: Fracas
"The Dems are experts at (im)Plausible Deniability."

Only if the RINO opposition refuses to call a RAT "A RAT!!"

Semper Fi...MUD

13 posted on 10/18/2002 11:14:05 AM PDT by Mudboy Slim
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The debil made me Duta!
14 posted on 10/18/2002 11:25:46 AM PDT by Lightnin
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To: Mudboy Slim
Mud, you don't want to get me started on THAT subject. LOL.
15 posted on 10/18/2002 11:28:11 AM PDT by Fracas
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To: Fracas
"...you don't want to get me started on THAT subject."

In all honesty, I have no idea how you stand on "THAT subject," but Americans must be FRee to speak out when they see Injustices being done by the Effete Elite!! Bill Clinton is amongst the Effete Elite...and he shall be exposed as the FRAUD he is...MUD

16 posted on 10/18/2002 11:34:07 AM PDT by Mudboy Slim
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To: Mudboy Slim
I'm of the Lee Atwater school of politics...in your face, call 'em on their lies, point out their hypocrisy, etc.

The only caveat I have in what you wrote is that I think people DO know that Clinton is a fraud - but the Dems have a lot of time and effort (not to mention money) invested in him and they're not going to dump him now.

The people who admire him do so because he's 'slick' - and many admire him because he outsmarted the Republicans. After the 1995 government shut-down, there was no looking back. He played hardball and won.

Right now, I can think of few things more egregious than the Dems blatant attempts at voter fraud.

17 posted on 10/18/2002 12:07:50 PM PDT by Fracas
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To: muggs
bump
18 posted on 10/18/2002 4:03:08 PM PDT by timestax
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Has the mainstream media picked up on this?
19 posted on 10/18/2002 8:58:28 PM PDT by no dems
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Every Fraudulent Vote Counts.
20 posted on 10/18/2002 9:04:36 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: timestax
bump
21 posted on 10/19/2002 8:33:46 AM PDT by timestax
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To: timestax
bump
22 posted on 10/19/2002 1:12:59 PM PDT by timestax
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I'm not as concerned as jailtime as I am with eliminating every fraudulent vote. Each fraudulent votes negates the vote of an opposing voter, who therefore has his vote stolen from him.

Investigators should be going over the roles with a fine-tooth comb to eliminate them.

23 posted on 10/19/2002 1:17:15 PM PDT by copycat
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