Thursday, October 16, 2008

200,000 Newly Registered Voters in Ohio Have Discrepancies

Two-hundred-thousand (200,000) newly registered voters in Ohio have discrepancies. That is roughly one-third (1/3) of all the newly registered voters. Not all are necessarily fraudulent as some could be typographical errors. Still, two-hundred-thousand! Voter fraud was a frighting possibility back when we were talking about a few thousand. I am not sure there is an appropriate word to describe the new level that has now been reached. As mentioned in a post yesterday (Berman Post: Voter Fraud vs Voter Registration Fraud - Who Cares), voter registration fraud leads to voter fraud. Anyone with political knowledge of the last decade knows that it does not take much to swing an election. This has the potential to threaten the fundamental legitimacy of our presidential election. Something must be done to prevent that now.

"Close to one in every three newly registered Ohio voters will end up on court-ordered lists being sent to county election boards because they have some discrepancy in their records, an elections spokesman said Wednesday.

Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner estimated that an initial review found that about 200,000 newly registered voters reported information that did not match motor-vehicle or Social Security records, Brunner spokesman Kevin Kidder said. Some discrepancies could be as simple as a misspelling, while others could be more significant.

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