Friday, October 10, 2008

Why Accurate Poll Books Matter - Indianapolis' 105% Registration Rate

Some of my fellow bloggers and the Marion County Clerk's Office have suggested that the 105% Indianapolis registration rate is not a matter to be concerned about because the Indianapolis' voter registration rolls include a number of "inactive" voters who are deceased or who have moved out of county (and quite possibly registered at their new address), and therefore they wouldn't be eligible to vote. That is in fact is the very point I was making.

The poll registration book election clerks receive on Election Day are supposed to be the voters ELIGIBLE to vote in that precinct. When you have voter registration lists that include people who are deceased voters and voters who have moved, you have a major potential for fraud. How do you check the ID of these "inactive" voters should they cast an absentee ballot? What about those precincts on Election Day where there are not a Republican and Democrat working diligently checking IDs? In those precincts, what is to stop someone from going in and casting a vote in the name of those voters? For all the grief Republicans were given about the photo ID requirement, it suddenly looks like a critical protection from in-person fraudulent votes being cast on Election Day.

There is no list of active voters and inactive voters. There is one list...a list of supposedly eligible voters. When 30% to 35% of those names on the voter registration list are people who have moved or deceased you have a problem. That's what we have. It's a problem that grows worse every election.

For this particular problem, the problem of the bloated voter registration lists due to deceased voters and those who moved, I wasn't really faulting the Marion County Clerk's Office. The problem is the ridiculous federal rules that originated with the Democrats' 1993 Motor Voter Bill which made it virtually impossible for states and counties to purge people for not voting even for long periods of time. Periodic purges were essential because it allowed us to cleanse the lists of people who were deceased or who had moved. I do note that the Indiana Secretary of State says that the Marion County Clerk did have the legal responsibility to do a purge of people who haven't voted since at least 2004 but simply didn't do it.

As a side note, people who are flat opposed to purges for non-voting (no matter how long it has been since the person cast a vote) do not realize how incredibly difficult it is to maintain a state voter registration list of around 4.4 million names. The feds only want states to use social security numbers as a last resort. When you have that many names you have numerous duplicate names and variations of names that could be duplicates. It is very difficult to sort those out, and identify people registered in more than one place or who are deceased. It is either make mistakes or leave the books filled with "inactive" voters. Even with the purges that took place this year, statewide registration numbers show about 93% of Hoosiers 18 and over are registered, not a realistic number.

There is a second problem with Marion County's registration. Even if the dead and moved voters, the so-called "inactive" voters, were purged, Indianapolis' registration would still be unbelievably high, around 92%. Anyone who has worked in grass roots politics knows how unrealistically high that number is. If 65% of the 18 or over population were registered, I'd be surprised. The 92% figure (subtracting out the registered "non)means that Marion County/Indianapolis has numerous duplicate registrations or people are registered at multiple addresses. Quite possibly a lot of these duplicates is due to ACORN. As I've said previously, the Marion County Clerk Beth White needs to come forward and speak to the reliability of those ACORN registrations and report any voter registration fraud to the Prosecutor's Office. CNN yesterday reported the Lake County Clerk's Office had already identified scores and scores of fraudulent ACORN registrations in that county. Lake County should not be leading Marion County in exposing voter registration fraud. That's embarassing.


Anonymous said...

The late Julia Carson machine was a master at voting people in select precincts to run up the vote totals for herself and other democrat candidates throughoutCenter Township. It was common knowledge that she used paid street people to go into select precinct polls and vote in place of the deceased and inactive voters. Usually, the democrat clerk and judge were paid to look the other way and allow these persons to vote during the last 2 hours of the day [4-6 PM].

The Democrat Party knew this was going on and denied any knowledge that individuals were driven in vans to these precincts and allowed to vote in place of the ones listed in the poll book.

Example: In a close race what is
5-10 extra votes in 50 - 100 precincts [250, 500, 1000 votes]. Do the math, in a district or countywide race an opponent loses an election.

The democrat clerk then would sign the names of the registered voters in the book.
When challenged after an election, these acts were considered "honest mistakes" or just voting irregularities which could not be proven.

Voter ID will limit illegal voting in person, only if the precinct election boards check a voter's identification. It does not stop voter fraud by absentee ballot.

Note to the Obama supporters, don't get caught cheating!

Anonymous said...

It seems democrats across the country are planning to steal this election in the black community for Obama.

October 10, 2008: Rep. John Lewis Says Georgia’s Massive Voter ID Checks are Harassment
Today voting rights groups filed a suit against the Georgia Secretary of State charging that the voting rights of a Cherokee County citizen had been violated. This suit comes one day after serious concerns were lodged by the U.S. Department of Justice that Georgia’s attempts to verify voter identity violated the Voting Rights Act, a federal law which mandates states with a history of discrimination clear any voting procedures with the Department of Justice before they are implemented during an election. The Social Security Administration has also raised questions about the number of Georgia’s requests. Georgia has asked to verify the identities of 2 million voters. Rep. John Lewis, a symbol of the struggle for voting rights in America, made this statement in response to these events: