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    Their View: Voter fraud: New Mexico public wants the truth
    By Victor S. Contreras Jr./ For the Sun-News
    Posted: 07/03/2011 01:00:00 AM MDT

    When New Mexicans read that Secretary of State Dianna Duran had turned over 64,000 cases to Public Safety Director Gordon Eden to investigate for fraud, people cheered.
    I have been asked numerous times since the news of the investigation broke, "Who are the people criticizing this?"
    The critic I am most familiar with is Daniel Ivey-Soto. Ivey-Soto is a paid lobbyist for the New Mexico County Clerks Affiliate. Ivey Soto is quoted by the Sun-News as saying, "Why not ask the county clerks who are responsible for the integrity of elections for their help?"
    The answer is simple. When it comes to investigations, all entities should be excused from investigating themselves. Also, if the county clerks had the manpower to uncover problems they would have done it. One would think their representative would express gratitude for external agency help for something as important as uncovering voter fraud.
    I know about Mr. Ivey-Soto's stands because of his testimonies before the House Voters and Elections Committee. In 2009, Ivey-Soto told the committee that a bill sponsored by Rep. Dianne Hamilton, R-Silver City, requiring a photo ID to vote was problematic because it included absentee voting. He said it was an overhaul of our election system, and needed study. In 2011, Mr. Ivey-Soto told the same committee that a bill sponsored by Rep. Hamilton was problematic because it did not include absentee voters, which equated discrimination. Absentee voters cannot be treated differently from those who vote in person. But they already are. Some obvious differences:

    1) Absentee voters can vote earlier than anyone else.
    2) Absentee voters must pay postage.
    3) Absentee voters can vote at midnight in the nude.

    You get the idea.
    Ivey-Soto is a fan of a law that would allow people to register and vote on the same day during early voting. No photo ID required. Ivey-Soto has asserted that requiring citizens to produce a utility bill or bank statement is enough to safeguard our process against fraud. This is inane.
    Anyone can design a bill on a computer. Special interest groups could print out stacks of counterfeit statements, and their people would have nearly a month to cast fraudulent ballots before an election. It's hit and run voting, with no way to detect it. Such bills have been introduced in the past and labeled "election reform." New Mexicans are not stupid. Still, I'm sure during the next session we will see more of these smoke and mirror tricks.
    When it has been pointed out to Mr. Ivey-Soto that the opportunity for fraud would be profound under such a system, he has asserted that there is no solid evidence of fraud, and this would make voting much easier for our citizens.
    Now I believe voting should not be arduous, but surely there should be more to participating in our democracy than rolling out of bed, belching, and casting a ballot.
    Additionally, Ivey-Soto's current stand that there is no fraud contradicts a statement he made when he was the New Mexico Elections Director in 2007. He was asked at a meeting of the state's county clerks how same-day registration would not cause more voter fraud. The Albuquerque Tribune printed his response: "I can't ... but I can't guarantee there isn't fraud going on now. I know people who have gone on Election Day and voted multiple times because they knew people who weren't going to vote. I've never participated in that, but I know people who have."
    And with this knowledge he continues to support more lax election laws?
    Three bills were introduced this year for a photo ID requirement to vote. They called for free photo IDs to be given to citizens who don't have one. American Indians could provide a tribal identification card in lieu of a photo ID.
    Ivey-Soto, on behalf of the New Mexico County Clerk's Affiliate, opposed them all.
    I stand with Dianna Duran and Gordon Eden. Whatever they find, I'm sure many will criticize the results of their investigation. However, we, the people, want the truth.
    Victor S. Contreras Jr. is chairman of Hispanos Unidos, a grassroots organization in southern New Mexico whose mission is to safeguard the integrity of elections and root out government corruption. ... i_18400786

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    Mentally Disabled Man Forced To Vote For Obama. Voter Fraud For Obama.

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    Princeton University Exposes Diebold Flaws ... re=related

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    What is never trouble-free is the combination of computers and humans

    Four years ago in Yolo County, Calif., a system reversed results between the first- and last-place candidates in a City Council race.
    Someone had positioned two of the six candidates out of order when the computer was programmed.
    "The [actual] winner knew something was wrong," says County Clerk-Recorder Tony Bernhard, "when he got one vote in the precinct where his mother and father lived."

    Trouble with rolls
    Just as troubling is voter registration.
    Alaska has 38,209 more names on its rolls than it has voting age population. Virginia Breeze, spokeswoman for the state Division of Elections, says the rolls are hard to purge because people come and go. "Alaska has always been boom or bust."
    One of every five names on the Indiana rolls is bogus, according to Aristotle International, a Washington, D.C.-based firm that helps clean up registration rolls. Indiana officials dispute the number, but most agree it is somewhere between 10% and 20%.
    Aristotle representatives say six other states have rolls with bogus names of 20% or higher: Arizona, Idaho, Texas, Oklahoma, Utah and Wisconsin. Officials in those states too believe the figure is inflated, but none denies that his or her state has serious problems.
    In many cases, much of the blame rests with the so-called motor-voter law. Passed by Congress, its provisions were adopted by Indiana on Jan. 1, 1995. Under the law, Indiana makes it possible for voters to register by mail or by filling out a form at any of 3,000 state offices, including every branch of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
    During the five years since the beginning of Indiana's motor-voter program, the number of new registrations has increased by 1 million. Tens of thousands, however, are the names of people who have registered more than once. Others are people who no longer live in Indiana. Still others are in prison — or dead.
    To compound these troubles, Indiana makes it very difficult to remove voters from the rolls. One person might register six variations of his name. On the rolls, he would become six different people. Unless he got caught, he could vote six times.

    Votes for sale

    Voting repeatedly is one kind of election fraud. Another, says Jack Compton, police chief in Alice, Texas, is hiring a "vote hore" to help you win.
    While they prefer to be called political consultants or canvassers, vote hores are paid by campaigns to do favors for people in return for their absentee votes. "The last I heard," Compton says, "it was $20 a vote."
    Alice is where operatives stuffed Ballot Box 13 with 200 votes to save Lyndon B. Johnson's political career. The extra ballots were cast in alphabetical order and marked in the same handwriting and with the same dark ink. Johnson had planned to abandon politics if he lost his second campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1948, but Box 13 gave him enough votes to win. He went on to become vice president and finally president.
    Since the bad old days, much of Texas has gone straight, says Buck Wood, an Austin attorney who specializes in electoral law. But South Texas is distinctive, he says, because its vote hores are so integral to its political system. "They're generally elderly. They're retired. You can make $6,000 or $7,000 a year. Of course, they don't pay income tax on it. That's a lot of money. It's kind of like a little part-time job."
    Rick Sisson, an Alice businessman, pushed for a recent investigation. "They are paid to go out and solicit people for their mail-in ballots. [Sometimes] they actually pay people for these ballots...The political prostitute comes to me and says, 'I will pay you $3, $5. You put your signature, I vote it the way I want. Here's your money.' "
    Sometimes they steal votes outright. "My brother and a co-worker and a lady were stealing ballots from mailboxes to vote for [a candidate] i n 1986," says an Alice resident, who declines to be identified.
    "My brother wasn't being paid; he just wanted [the candidate] to win. So they would take the ballots and give them [to him]. They'd put them in the microwave. The heat would open the envelope. They'd make the vote for whoever they wanted...
    "[My brother] knew when the mailman was coming by. They stole hundreds of ballots. My brother told me about it. He said he was scared."
    One woman in the trade describes the people she solicits as "customers."
    The woman, who requested anonymity but agreed to be called Anita, says she actually cares about her customers and does many small kindnesses for them throughout the year. In return, they permit her to request mail-in ballots for them and let her tell them how to vote. Many, she says, also give her "gifts" of votes for the candidates of her choice.
    Anita says each of her candidates pays her $150 a week during the election season.
    "By the time the politics is over, you'll have $1,500. I have 167 people on my list.
    "There's a girl in my neighborhood that I bring beer to. I see her three times a year. She says, 'Oh, it's you! It must be election time.' I go to get her mail-in ballot request, and she says, 'Do you have any money?' When I say yes, she says, 'Go get me a quart of beer.'so I do, and then I'll request her ballot...
    "You keep up with obituaries. If somebody dies, you get a new person."
    Students are more straightforward. At Marquette University in Milwaukee, where the campus newspaper polled 1,000 of them, 174 said they voted two, three or four times.
    One told The Times he voted twice for Bush — once at a polling place on the Marquette campus and then by absentee ballot in Florida, where he would have been among those who gave Bush his whisper-thin margin.
    "It's easy to vote more than once," the student said. "No one seems to care."

    Preferred way to cheat is with mail-in ballots

    By most accounts, however, the preferred way to cheat is with mail-in ballots. And that makes Oregon a target, as well.
    This was the first presidential election in which all Oregon votes were cast by mail. The ease of send-in voting gave the state an 80% turnout — among the highest in the nation.
    Part of the concern is about possible intimidation from family or friends when voters mark their ballots at home — or at "ballot parties," where group leaders might pressure others to vote as instructed. But a bigger worry is about forged signatures.
    It is a felony to sign someone else's ballot. Workers try to match signatures on ballot envelopes with those on the voter rolls.
    "I don't have much faith in that process," says Melody Rose, an assistant professor of political science at Portland State University. "I can forge my husband's signature perfectly."
    In a pilot study, Rose gathered preliminary survey data this year on voters in Washington County, outside Portland. About 5% of 818 respondents said other people marked their ballots, and 2.4% said other people signed their ballot envelopes. Rose suspects the real number is higher, because people are reluctant to admit being party to a crime.
    If the trend holds, it could mean that more than 36,000 of Oregon's 1.5 million voters submitted illegal ballots.
    Bill Bradbury, the Oregon secretary of state, says it is troubling if some people are signing other people's ballots. But Bradbury maintains that he still has confidence in voting by mail.
    An Oregon practice that many consider foolhardy is allowing anyone, including campaign workers, to collect ballots. Political operatives go door-to-door to gather them. In the crush of election day, people walked away with ballots collected from cars pulling to the curb outside the county clerk's office in Portland.
    Vicki Ervin, the Multnomah County director of elections, says she has no idea where they were going, but she has no evidence of foul play.

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    County clerks worry homeless voter policy could lead to fraud

    Posted: Jul 05, 2011 7:15 PM MDT
    Updated: Jul 05, 2011 7:44 PM MDT
    By Kimberly Holmes Wiggins

    Kentucky election officials say there's been an increase in the number of voter registration forms from the homeless so they felt the need to clarify a few rules. However, some local county clerks say the policy could lead to voter fraud.

    Last week, State Board of Elections Executive Director Sarah Ball Johnson wrote all of the county clerks in Kentucky a memo, instructing them to approve all voter registration applications from people who are homeless -- even if clerks can't verify the addresses on the forms. The policy has been in place since 1998, but Johnson wanted to clarify it because of the number of applicants and newly elected county clerks.

    Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown received Johnson's memo on June 30, and immediately sprung into action. Brown said he called Board of Election members, state representatives, and lawyers to figure out if the policy was correct.

    "I try not to disenfranchise any truly homeless person," said Brown. "But the opportunity for fraud here is huge. There's got to be a way. A better way to solve this."

    At issue are the applications where "homeless" or "place to place" is written in the address box on a voter registration form. Brown is concerned that, in some cases, there is no way to verify where the applicant lives.

    Brown also says the problem is that voters who are homeless must be counted in the precinct of the county clerk's office. Brown added that the policy increases the potential for voters who don't live in a precinct to influence elections in that precinct, and he said that is illegal.

    "This procedure has no safeguards in place to stop an election from being influenced by voters who do not live in the precinct in which they would be voting. The policy is inconsistent with KY law," said Brown in a letter to State Board of Elections Members.

    Kenton County Clerk Gabrielle Summe agrees.

    "I don't want {men and women who are homeless} to not have the right to vote," said Summe. "But there has to be another way to really look at this issue and determine or define what is homeless. And is there a way to keep the right to vote for them without opening the door for people to question whether somebody's voted twice or if they are who they say they are and maybe had somebody else vote for them?"

    Johnson's memo did not disclose how many voter registration forms they had received from applicants who are homeless. Neither Brown or Summe had an exact number, either.

    But homeless advocates in Northern Kentucky disagreed with the clerk's concerns.

    David Hammers runs Fairhaven Rescue Mission in Covington. Volunteers and staff at the mission feed thousands of homeless people every month. Hammers said staff allow the homeless to put down the mission's address on his or her voter registration form; that's legal. ... d-to-fraud

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    Gerrymandering for legal & illegal Mexicans—creating a Hispanic majority district in NW Arkansas

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    For more info on Election Fraud and how to fight it go to:

    BECOME A POLL WATCHER OR AN ELECTION JUDGE: ... ersguide.p ... judges.pdf

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