Voter Fraud Election Protection

Katy Grimes: Election Protection, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection group, is preparing for an eventful election day tomorrow.

In a press release sent out today, Election Protection stated that it found that during the 2008 election, “many eligible voters across the country lost their right to vote because of inaccurate voter rolls, poorly trained poll workers and problems with voting machines.  In California alone, more than 10,000 incidents were reported to Election Protection with voters facing problems with registration, early voting, polling places and absentee ballot requests.”

Most interestingly however, is that according to Election Protection, “Nearly 13 percent of the nation’s absentee ballot problems came from California.”

The  Election Protection coalition, confirmed that there will be Election Protection representatives in and around California tomorrow.

The “campaign is advertising a free voter hotline (1-866-OUR-VOTE ), and encouraging voters to use it election day to seek free, confidential and nonpartisan advice on registration and voting, or if voters experience or observe voter fraud.

Election Protection offers 10 Ways to Prevent Voter Fraud, including verifying your polling place location, your registration, or taking advantage of casting a provisional ballot on election day if necessary.

If you need to locate your polling place, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE, or You may also contact the local county elections office for polling place information.

The website is, and Election Protection has a Twitter page.

I’ll be talking to Election Protection representatives in California tomorrow, and will provide updates. I also hope that there are few calls!

NOV. 1, 2010

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    DOVEABN 1 November, 2010, 22:16

    California is the latest state warning of suspected absentee ballot fraud.

    In Bakersfield, Kern County election officials caution voters not to give their absentee ballots to a third party. Officials say they should be mailed in, returned to the Elections Department in person, or turned in at any polling place on Election Day.

    A Democratic voter says two young men, maybe teenagers, knocked on her door with what appeared to be a bagful of absentee ballots that hadn’t been turned in yet and forcefully requested she turn hers over.

    The woman refused, and Chief Deputy Registrar Karen Rhea tells Fox News it is illegal in California for anybody other than a voter to send in an absentee ballot. The case is in the hands of prosecutors now. Officials do not know for whom the canvassers worked, or for which party.

    While local election officials, the F.B.I., and the U.S. Attorneys will be on the look-out for possible voter fraud, citizens groups are also active.

    In Minnesota, where Democratic Senator Al Franken’s controversial 312 vote victory over Republican Norm Coleman in 2008 still echoes with allegations that felons illegally voted, one group is taking voter fraud head on.

    Election Integrity Watch has plastered Minneapolis and St. Paul with bus ads and billboards warning about voter fraud and the group is offering $500 rewards for tips that lead to convictions of fraud organizers.

    Just this week, local prosecutors charged 47 more people with illegally voting in Minnesota in 2008, and additionally Minnesota Majority President Jeff Davis says they’ve uncovered 60 more cases of suspected fraud in the current election. Minnesota Majority is one of several groups that have formed the Election Integrity Watch coalition.

    “What worries me the most is that honest citizens are being robbed of their votes. That’s my big concern,” says Davis. “I mean, election integrity is a cornerstone of our Democratic republic. People have fought and died for our freedom to go out and cast a vote and elect officials to represent us in our government.”

    But some voters groups warn that poll watching by citizen watchdogs could lead to possible voter suppression. The N.Y.U. Brennan Center for Justice fears some citizens could go too far.

    “We are worried about voter intimidation, people being aggressive, people confronting voters directly, people hovering over them following them around in intimidating ways,” cautions the Brennan Center’s Wendy Weiser. “That’s certainly something that has been a problem in the past and we are worried about that this year. Discrimination is another concern.”

    But Davis counters that “we’re asking people to be mindful, watchful of what things to look for. Record the details. Immediately report any suspicious activity that they see, but not to directly confront voters.”

    “Our mission,” he says, “is to ensure fair and honest elections. We’ve concluded that it’s up to us, ‘we the people,’ to ensure the integrity of elections… I think the only people who should feel intimidated by what we’re doing are those people intent on committing voter fraud.”

    If you suspect voter fraud where you live, tell us. Our email address is [email protected]. We have received many e-mails from across the country dealing with absentee ballot issues. Some people tell us they have not received the ballots, some say multiple ballots are mailed to their homes, and others say they receive absentee ballots addressed to people who they don’t even know.

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