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GOP Plans to Wage War Against Vote Fraud

Saturday, 23 October 2004 12:00 AM

In a Page One story in the New York Times Saturday, the paper said the Republican Party in Ohio alone has identified about 35,000 new voters who they believe to be fraudulent or questionable.

The Republicans claimed that 35,000 new voters were mailed notices confirming their registrations and in every case the U.S. Post Office returned the notice as "undeliverable."

In the Democratic bastion of Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) alone, Republicans discovered more than 14,000 questionable registrations.

To combat the possibility of massive vote fraud the Republicans plan to deploy thousands of operatives to challenge questionable new voters on Election Day.

The Times quoted Ohio officials as saying the Republican effort is one of the largest they have ever seen.

But the Republican Party's moves are defensive. The Times has reported that Ohio Democrats have out-registered Republicans by a ratio of 5 to 1.

Democrat 527 groups have reportedly been spending $150 million to $300 million this year on voter registration and turn-out efforts.

Apparently those monies have helped create a wave of fraudulent registration programs.

For example, in Ohio election officials are reviewing the voter registration of Jive Turkey Sr., who was among 1,284 suspicious applications that Cuyahoga County, Ohio, election officials will turn over to prosecutors to investigate for potential fraud.

Last week, officials in Defiance County, Ohio, questioned the voter registration applications of Dick Tracy, Mary Poppins and Michael Jordan.

The police said the man who created these registrations claimed he was paid in crack cocaine for his registration efforts by a representative of the NAACP.

The GOP's watchdog plan has local voting officials in Ohio ramping up for unprecedented disruptions in the voting process and others crying racial foul because the Republicans have targeted areas with high numbers of minority voters.

But Robert Bennett, the state GOP chairman, says the demographic issues are moot. "I'm not going to play this game of suppression and intimidation," he said. "Voter fraud is voter fraud, no matter where it occurs."

Democratic Party operatives insist, however, that the GOP effort is nothing short of class warfare. "Their whole goal is to try to lessen the voter rank and file," Jimmy Dimora, head of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, told the Plain Dealer.

The Republicans are facing an increasingly ominous situation. They could actually win the election but end up having it stolen during the ballot process.

Anecdotal and empirical evidence suggests that vote fraud is teetering on massive proportions, including these reports:

But Ohio may be the most critical swing state. President Bush won the state by just 30,000 votes in 2000, and both candidates believe they must win there to take the White House.

Republicans and Democrats have formally filed lists of challengers across the state who will patrol the polls on Election Day. These designated representatives may challenge individual voters – as well as watch each other.

What they will be canvassing for: a voter who is not a resident of the precinct or who is not a citizen or 18 years old.

Adding to the mix are so-called "provisional ballots" given to voters who show up at the wrong polling place. Even at this late hour, how these ballots will be issued and counted remains an undecided issue. A legal wrangle between Ohio Democrats and Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, a Republican, is now before a federal appeals court.

One election official told the Cincinnati Enquirer that in his opinion Ohio has never seen what's about to happen.

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