Chris Simcox, president and founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, is marshaling his forces to participate in Operation Poll Watch 2008, “a national muster to make sure legal U.S. residents and registered voters are allowed to vote.”
“The right to vote is precious and the future of our democracy hangs in the balance,” Simcox said at a news conference Thursday at Minuteman headquarters in Peoria, Ariz.
He cited the example of Arizona, where 56 percent of the voters passed Proposition 200 in 2004 to require proof of citizenship or legal residency to vote.
“Arizona voters value the sanctity of the voting process by protecting the system from fraud such as we are now hearing is rampant, and that sanctity is being undermined by Obama support groups like ACORN,” Simcox said.
In Arizona, the state-issued driver’s license is required to prove legal residency in the state. In almost every other state, millions of voters are not required to show proof of citizenship and barely are required to prove they are who they say they are, he said.
Simcox urged Minutemen to arm themselves with video cameras and spend a few hours at their local polling places to document anything that may be out of the ordinary or suspicious, especially the busloads of people expected to arrive at many locations around the country.
In 2004, Simcox said, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now registered illegal immigrant Nuradin Abdi, the suspected shopping mall bomb plotter from Somalia, in the battleground state of Ohio, the Columbus Dispatch reported.
“There are many more documented accounts of rampant voter fraud from Wisconsin to Florida, but thankfully not here in Arizona,” Simcox said. “Voters made sure of that by passing prop 200 in 2004.”
In many other states, fraud actually is encouraged and many organizations probably will aggressively oppose basic ID requirements at the polls, Simcox said.
“They have legions of attorneys standing by to protect people potentially voting illegally from election officials who ask for proof of ID who will be accused of harassment and intimidation,” he said.
“They will be accused of disenfranchising the poor and the minorities — never mind the damaging effect of unchecked voter fraud on law, order, and the integrity of our electoral system.”
The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, with chapters in nearly every state, says it has aided the U.S. Border Patrol in the apprehension of thousands of would-be illegal immigrants during its five years of border wat
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