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Real-Life Voter Fraud? Part 1


So… This is not a typical idealink-y story because there is no linking here. Simply a recounting of the true story of the lady in vijtable’s life (let’s call her vermontgirl). This is not technical or a gadgety story, and I’m not sure if it is voter fraud, but there are several suspicious pieces which lead me to believe as much.

Vermontgirl, back in 2004, submitted her New York state voter registration form, well in advance of the September 2006 primary. Then, back in 2005, she submitted a change-of-address form. She received confirmation of her new address, was registered, got the polling place, etc. In fact, she received repeated mailings from the Board of Elections reminding her about the upcoming primary election, verifying her address, and re-verifying the polling place. I will post these once I’m able to scan them in.

On the day of the primary, she went to her polling station after work. She went to the check-in table, and they had no registration on file. She was shuffled to different tables, including the table she was supposed to report to (122), and none of them had her name on file. Like she never registered. Finally, she filled out a provisional ballot and went home.

Then last week, she received a mailing from the Board of Elections – “Your [voter] registration has been reinstated and is effective immediately.”

More soon…

[EDIT: 8 Oct 2006, 22:45, added link to vermontgirl, corrected quote from the mailing]

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3 Responses

  1. Sieg's Daddy says:

    If you haven’t read it, I highly reccommend the following article:

    Was the 2004 Election Stolen?
    Rolling Stone, by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

    Kennedy details the vast array of methods used to disenfranchise voters in that election. These same things to some degree have probably happened before and will happen again. Lets hope it can be kept to a minimum.

    On a loosely related note, check out this Google Earth overlay that shows the most bizarrely shaped — and often highly Gerrymandered — electoral districts:

    http://www.ogleearth.com/2006/07/short_news_mini.html

    To be fair, here is an explanation for the Arizona district (a Hopi vs. Navajo thing):

    http://www.spatiallyadjusted.com/2006/07/23/using-gis-to-hide-behind-alterior-motives/

  2. Peter N says:

    So, would it be terribly conspiratory to guess that she is a registered Democrat? A very strange story it is anyhow. There is no doubt in my mind that there have been instances of unjust meddling of the voter system before both the 2000 and 2004 election. But this happened in 2006, or did I miss something?

  3. vijtable says:

    Yes, it happened this year. It is not terribly conspiratorial to believe that she registered as Democrat. It would also not be terribly conspiratorial to say that she is part of the voting bloc that has historically-low voter turnout in the US (18-30 year-olds), which, when it votes, votes for Democrats. I do have updates which I will post soon.

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