Republicans have been tearing up and throwing away Democrats’ voter registration forms.
Let’s start with Las Vegas, where "what happens there" will likely land in court:
Group accused of trashing Democrats’ registration forms
The FBI and state officials are reviewing comments by Eric Russell, a former employee of Voter Outreach of America, who claims to have witnessed supervisors throwing away Democrats’ voter registration forms.
Destruction of the forms is a federal crime, according to Clark County attorneys.
Russell, who was paid $8.50 an hour to register voters, said he was fired last month after protesting his supervisors’ destruction of Democratic forms.
"I didn’t think it was right to register Republicans when there are others out there that should also be allowed the opportunity to register," Russell said Wednesday. A supervisor "right in front of me was tearing up the Democratic registration forms."
A Chandler, Ariz., political consulting firm, Sproul & Associates, was hired by the Republican National Committee to register Republicans in Nevada, according to the Associated Press. In Nevada, a hotly contested swing state in the presidential election, Voter Outreach carried out the registration effort. [Las Vegas Review-Journal 10/14/2004]
This is serious, as they had up to 300 canvassers a day collecting signatures. And on November 2nd, many, many Democrats who signed up are going to find that they’re not registered to vote.
Sproul & Associates is run by Nathan Sproul, a former director of the Arizona Republican Party. He denies any wrong-doing, blaming a disgruntled employee, but it’s the same Republican Sproul that’s under investigation in Oregon for the same crimes:
Oregon opens criminal probe into charges that Democratic voter forms were thrown out
Oregon’s attorney general opened a criminal investigation Wednesday into allegations that Democratic voter registration forms were destroyed or discarded by a political consulting firm working for the Republican National Committee.
The allegations involve a voter registration drive conducted by Sproul & Associates.
Sproul has become entangled in controversial allegations in at least three states [including West Virginia] where his company was conducting registration drives paid for by the RNC. [LA Times 10/14/2004 Subscription]
Honest Republicans are, of course, outraged by these rogue Republicans trying to steal the election.
And I’m sure they’ll express that outrage as emphatically as they did in November 2000, when 75 right-wing thugs violently invaded Miami-Dade Country offices and stopped the recount.
Don’t you agree?
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