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The Associated Press reported Friday that the New Mexico GOP found 28 people who voted fraudulently in Albuquerque during the June Democratic primary by absentee ballot. One of the ballots was cast from someone named "Duran-Duran" The GOP's review was conducted in House District 13 and only included 92 ballots. That means roughly a third of the ballots examined found by the GOP were fraudulent. The New Mexico GOP released 10 of their suspect ballots. They ballots did not contain required identification information such as Social Security numbers, drivers license numbers or birthdates. “This is a bombshell. We now have undeniable proof that a significant number of fraudulent voters were cast in Democrat primary races for the New Mexico state legislature as a result of ACORN’s voter registration fraud,” said State Representative Justine Fox Young (R.-Albuquerque). “No longer can ACORN argue that their phony voter registration forms don’t translate into fraudulent votes. They do and today we can prove it.”
Originally posted by Stormdancer777
WOW one third, I don't understand how this can happen.
There's an important difference between bogus voter registration applications and real, Election Day voter fraud.
"Registering over and over is not fraud," Bettencourt says. " ... it's just a bogus waste of time."
And the chances of the bogusness leading to Election Day fraud?
"The odds are higher than zero. That's really all you can say," Bettencourt says.
Of course, the duplicates and ineligible felons waste the time of the county employees who have to sift through them. And they waste taxpayer money that funds the employees' salaries. Bettencourt argues that ACORN could reduce its error rate if it used volunteer canvassers instead of paid ones. ACORN's Blue says using volunteers isn't a feasible option for a large-scale operation aimed at the most hard-to-register group: minority, low-income, historically disenfranchised voters.
But the errors are a waste of time, and money, for ACORN's privately funded campaign, too. "We have no interest in turning in bogus cards. Those folks aren't going to do us any good," Blue said. Blue says ACORN has quality control measures, such as calling three times to verify applications, to crack down on bogus applications, but the organization is legally required to turn in every card. When that happens, though, Blue says, "We turn it in with big, glaring, flashing lights all over it saying we suspect that this card is a problem."
Identification Required for Registration
Identification is required to register to vote in New Mexico if an applicant is registering for the first time in the state and if the registration form is submitted by mail.
The applicant must submit with the form a copy of:
* A current and valid photo identification or
* A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student identification card or other government document, including identification issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo that shows the name and current address of the applicant.
* If the applicant does not submit the required identification when registering, the applicant will be required to do so when voting in person or absentee.
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"This is all just one big head-fake," said Tova Wang of the government watchdog group Common Cause. "What silliness this is, at this point. It's all about creating this perception that there is a tremendous problem with voter fraud in this country, and it's not true."
Voter fraud is rare in the United States, according to a 2007 report by the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law. Based on reviews of voter fraud claims at the federal and state level, the center's report asserted most problems were caused by things like technological glitches, clerical errors or mistakes made by voters and by election officials.
"It is more likely that an individual will be struck by lightning than he will impersonate another voter at the polls," the report said.