Voter Fraud Is Rare – and in This Cycle, It's All Been Committed by Republicans
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No charges were brought here.
A judge set a $10,000 cash bail for Enrico "Jack" Villamaino, after after the former East Longmeadow selectman pleaded innocent to a 12-count election fraud indictment.
About 18 hours after being arrested at his job at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in Boston and spending the night in the East Longmeadow Police Department holding cell, Villamaino appeared for his arraignment in Hampden Superior Court on Wednesday morning.
Wearing a blue blazer, his hands cuffed behind his back, the 35-year-old Republican candidate for a state representative seat in the 2nd Hampden District showed no emotion as Hampden district attorney Mark Mastroianni outlined a complex ballot-tampering scheme that also involved Villamaino's new wife and co-defendant, Courtney Llewellyn.
Here's one that came to light this year. Houston Chronicle:
A Republican precinct chairman running for a seat on the Fort Bend County Commissioner's Court has cast ballots in both Texas and Pennsylvania in the last three federal elections, official records in both states show.
Bruce J. Fleming, a Sugar Land resident running for Precinct 1 commissioner, voted in person in Sugar Land in 2006, 2008 and 2010 and by mail in each of those years in Yardley, Pa., according to election records in both states.
A Pennsylvania man employed by a company working for the Republican Party of Virginia was arrested by investigators from the Rockingham County Sheriff’s office on Thursday and charged with destroying voter registration forms.
Colin Small, a 23-year-old resident of Phoenixville, Pa., worked for Pinpoint, a company hired to register voters on behalf of the Republican Party of Virginia. Prosecutors charged him with four counts of destruction of voter registration applications, eight counts of failing to disclose voter registration applications and one count of obstruction of justice.
That story has since expanded. The Raw Story:
A third instance of fraudulent voter registration has been uncovered in the important swing state of Virginia, where a Republican consultant has been arrested and thousands of discarded voter registration forms were recovered from a dumpster earlier this week. According to the Not Larry Sabato blog, a law student at James Madison University registered to vote on campus, but found when she tried to verify the change online, found that her form had never been submitted.
“She stopped to fill out a voter registration form to change her voting address from her parents house in Fairfax to her dorm address in Harrisonburg so she could vote in person on election day,” wrote [Not Larry Sabato blogger Ben] Trippett. ”On Wednesday night Lucy went online to check her voter registration status and found out she had not been registered in Harrisonburg- meaning whoever was collecting her form on campus had not turned it in.”
This makes James Madison the third Virginia location where operatives have collected voter registration forms and disposed of them. According to the blog, the registration forms recovered from the dumpster were completed at “a local street festival and a registration at the local community college.”
And is linked to what some are calling the “GOP's ACORN scandal” in Florida. Brad Friedman:
The Republican Party of Florida’s top recipient of 2012 expenditures, a firm by the name of Strategic Allied Consulting, was just fired on Tuesday night, after more than 100 apparently fraudulent voter registration forms were discovered to have been turned in by the group to the Palm Beach County, FL Supervisor of Elections.
The firm appears to be another shell company of Nathan Sproul, a longtime, notorious Republican operative, hired year after year by GOP Presidential campaigns, despite being accused of shredding Democratic voter registration forms in a number of states over several past elections.