Via Daily Times VA
The chairman of Virginia’s Republican Party on Monday sought a statewide probe of what he claimed was voter registration fraud across a battleground state in this year’s presidential race.
Jeff Frederick decried a “widespread problem across the commonwealth” after the arrests in Hampton on election fraud charges of three people last week. He urged Democratic Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and Republican Attorney General Bob McDonnell to begin a statewide investigation.
The three were arrested on felony charges, and Frederick noted that the arrests triggered investigations in several other localities, including Richmond, Newport News and Norfolk.
But when pressed in an interview on his claim that registration fraud had been reported by local election registrars statewide, Frederick would not identify other affected jurisdictions, citing the advice of lawyers.
Nancy Rodrigues, executive secretary of the State Board of Elections, said the alleged fraud was based in Hampton, and listed eight other localities where victims could be involved.
With both parties battling this year over Virginia, a state that has not sided with a Democrat in a presidential election since 1964, voter registration drives are at unprecedented levels, Rodrigues and local registrars said.
Frederick rejected the suggestion that he exaggerated the scope of the alleged fraud to intimidate Democrats’ registration efforts.
“We don’t know who’s doing all of this, but I’m sure that it’s more than one group,” Frederick said in a telephone news conference. “There’s certainly — definitely, I think — a more widespread problem than just an isolated incident.”
Much of the amped-up registration activity involves block-by-block efforts by the campaign of presumed Democratic nominee Barack Obama to add tens of thousands of new young and minority voters to Virginia’s rolls.
**The three people arrested worked for the nonprofit Community Voters Project and to be paid, had to meet a daily quota of new registrations. Two were 18 and one was 22.
The CVP is affiliated with the Boston-based Fund for the Public Interest, which promotes progressive and environmentalist efforts but has no direct ties to Obama or the Democratic Party. The CVP first flagged the irregularities and made authorities aware of them.**According to local and state election officials, police investigators and prosecutors interviewed Monday, profit motivated the alleged cheating, not a desire to influence elections.
To cut corners, names from telephone directories of cities and counties in the region were written into applications along with made-up social security numbers and birth dates and submitted to election registrars.
Phyllis Nicastro, a James City County Police detective looking into questionable registration forms from her jurisdiction, said that people who tendered fraudulent registration forms could also face identity theft charges.
Investigators don’t yet know whether other groups are involved. Besides Hampton, Norfolk, Newport News and Richmond, authorities on Monday were looking into suspicious voter registration forms with ties to people from Falls Church, James City County, Isle of Wight County, Chesapeake and Chesterfield.
In many cases, names and telephone numbers were gleaned from telephone directories and written into the registration applications along with phony Social Security numbers and birth dates, then submitted.
In conducting rigorous cross-checks that state law requires, local registrars caught more irregularities, Rodrigues said.
Although few of Virginia’s 134 localities have reported problems, Rodrigues said, every registrar in the state has been advised to watch for fraud and forgeries.
Registration forms are checked against the SBE’s own massive database and those of the Virginia State Police. Once fishy forms are flagged, local election officials look up voters named in the forms to verify the information.This once again proves liberals will go to any lengths to steal elections and worse they even use teenagers to do their dirty work.
Please keep us posted where else voter fraud is taking place.
This also proves why all states need voters to show ID’s in order to vote.