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Kaine Enters Dispute Over Vote Fraud Allegations

Tim Craig

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) slammed Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick, the chairman of the Virginia Republican Party, this morning for saying on Monday that groups trying to register new voters are engaged in "a coordinated and widespread effort to commit voter fraud."

In an interview on WTOP radio, Kaine called Frederick's (Prince William) assertion "ridiculous."

"I think that is slandering the reputation of hardworking Virginians who care about elections and who want people to care about this process," Kaine said. "You know, I don't like to see folks doing things in the heat of a tough election to suggest they are trying to winnow down turnout and that is what I view (Frederick's) effort as."

Gerry Scimeca, a spokesman for the Virginia Republican Party, responded in an interview by rhetorically asking Kaine if he is "against people breaking the law," referring to the arrests last week of three canvassers in Hampton Roads charged with submitting false names on voter registration forms.

"All we are saying is, with the spotlight on Virginia in this election, we need added scrutiny for some of these voter registration projects that we have," Scimeca said. "With increased activity, comes increased opportunity for fraud and mischief."

Scimeca added, "I would think the Democrats would agree with us that the elections should be free of fraud and criminal activity - by any party."

As the debate continues, Frederick and the Republicans are not only ones raising questions about potential mischief when it comes to registering new voters.

Last week, J. Kirk Showalter, the general registrar in Richmond, sent a letter to elections officials saying she was "very concerned about how some of these drives that are paying people to do voter registration are conducting business."

"To date, we have identified 18 applications taken since June 11 where the address given was a fictitious address," Showalter said in the email, which was obtained by the Washington Post.

Showalter also mentioned that her office recently discovered that a 16-year-old high school student almost made it onto the voter rolls because he stated on his registration form that he was 18.

But Rokey Suleman, Fairfax's general registrar of voters, said the irregularities do not appear to be widespread, at least not in his county.

"Whenever you have a large voter registration drive, you are always going to see some voter registration cards that are not authentic," Suleman said. "But for the most part, registrars and the boards of elections catch those before they ever make them onto the books, so the system works."

By Tim Craig  |  July 29, 2008; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/Local , Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Tim Craig  
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I'm assuming that registrants must provide some type of identification in order to fill out the Registration form. Aren't there checks in the system to catch those people who may intentionally enter false data in their Registration form, in an attempt to embarrass the opposition party?

Posted by: Don Garrison | July 29, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

A truly bad thing about this would be if Frederick actually believed it.

Posted by: NoVA | July 30, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Don, yes of course there are--including validation of all data against the SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION databases to verify age, citizenship, etc. Hence the requirement to provide a SSN on a voter registration form, and the need to safeguard and protect that information and the process.

Frederick's insinuation is preposterous. He is saying to people that good involved citizens who are out doing voter registration to improve and enhance the electoral process (most of who are volunteers btw, not paid!) are not to be trusted.

Well, yeah, I don't think I'd trust a Republican who asked me to register to vote, after all, they are the ones who've been caught in the past throwing out registrations they've received because the registrant was not a Republican. They've also been the ones consistently for the last 8 years who have always been caught trying to undermine voter enfrachisement in almost every voter fraud and repression scheme uncovered, including some here in Virginia where they were caught calling recently registered voters in NoVA who had moved into town from other states--usually in the northeast--and telling them that if they were caught voting in VA while still registered in their old state that they would be prosecuted--whether or not that person provided the old registration to the electoral board to be taken off the rolls in their old state! Even if they hadn't been removed from the rolls in their old state of residence, misinforming voters like that is now a CRIME! Thanks to VA Democrats.

They are guilty of voter supression in just about every way you can imagine!

Frederick is a huge hypocrite!

Posted by: Doug in Mount Vernon | July 31, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I commend the Republicans for trying to stop the voter fraud. Don, you're right there should be some form of check in our system. But they are going to make sure this does not continue as it did in the Democratic primary. Democratic voters have complained to DNC national and local officials officials to only have the issue silenced and to have them called whiners and sore losers. So much so there is a documentary that will be released giving factual proof of the corruption this primary season by Senator Obama campaign? 10 min teaser attched, still in production. Will be updated weekly.

Posted by: tlatexaspuma | August 3, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

What a switch. In 2000, the Republicans scammed the state of Florida, in 2004 it was Illinois. Now the Democrats have stolen the Republican playbook are have added a new page; enroll NEW voters. Offer freebies, check cemetary names, whatever works. And if the voter is voting for your opponant, offer to deliver the ballot to the precinct for him/her.

Posted by: Lynn | August 3, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

There's not much difference between the Democrats and the Republicans anymore. I might as well vote for McCain in November!



Posted by: Carol in Atl | August 4, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

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