Vote Watch 2004
Vote/Election fraud, vote suppression, voting irregularities, voter intimidation in Election 2004

 

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11/2/04 [Permalink]
Kerry/Edwards supporters' bus held up for 40 min for no reason at Nevada checkpoint by anti-Kerry state troopers

The Moderate Independent reports that:

The bus our reporter was on, which had a Kerry/Edwards sign on it, was stopped and held for 40 minutes for no reason whatsoever at a highway checkpoint that is virtually never open.  While the state troopers at the inspection station were checking the vehicle over, and over, and over, anti-Kerry comments were made repeatedly to the bus driver.
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As for whether tonight’s bus caravans of Kerry’s supporters will be harassed and stopped, Nevada Senator Harry Reid, upon learning about the situation, has taken action that he says will guarantee it does not happen again.

 

11/1/04 [Permalink]
Illegal (felon) and false voter registrations reported in Nevada

Via Votersunite, here is a story in the Chicago Tribune:

Shuttling frenetically from desk to desk, Clark County election official Catherine Smith was racking up another 12-hour day during Nevada's early voting last week as an investigator on the front lines of registration fraud in this year's presidential election.

This month alone, the elections supervisor found 805 felons who appeared to be illegal registrants, her second largest catch of possibly improper voters since 1994 changes in national election laws.

The discovery of possible illegal and fraudulent registration, coming on the heels of huge and expensive efforts by both parties to register voters, augurs a contentious aftermath to the election. That may be particularly true in swing states like Nevada, where attorneys for both parties are gathering and suggesting post-Election Day legal challenges.

Smith's inquiry led to the purging of the felons unless they could prove, as some did, that their civil rights had been restored in Nevada or their convictions were from a state with no voting restrictions on felons.

Make-or-break figures

Her computerized dragnet identified the 805 individuals this month and 63 more in September, a seemingly small number compared with the more than 800,000 voters in Clark County, but possibly a make-or-break figure in this year's presidential race. The margin of victory in 2000 came down to a few hundred votes, and this year appears just as close.

Despite Smith's efforts, there may be more felons on the rolls in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas.

A Chicago Tribune comparison of the county's voter rolls and a state database of those who have served time in the Nevada prison system over the past 18 months found 719 more felons who appeared to be illegally registered to vote.

They include people serving time in prison, those on parole, and those who have committed violent crimes and sex offenses. Such people, under state law, are banned from voting.

The analysis demonstrates challenges elections officials across the country face in identifying and dealing with possible illegal voters.

In Clark County, registration investigators like Smith struggle to keep up with the demands of running early elections and processing an avalanche of new registrations, which have amounted to 274,817 this year alone in the county, a figure that's more than the last three years combined, officials said.

Every month, Smith uses a list provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department of felons released from prison who took the initiative to register their status.

But that list doesn't include felons who don't abide by the requirement to file with police, election officials said.

The Clark County Election Department just doesn't have the staff to check those names, though it has recently considered plans to obtain felon lists from the state corrections, parole and probation departments, according to Smith and her boss, Registrar of Voters Harvard Lomax.

Officials noted that Nevada recently loosened laws prohibiting some felons from voting and said some of the 719 felons identified by the Tribune may now be eligible under those provisions or upon request by the felon for a reinstatement of voting rights.

Lomax said that for all his office's vigilance in weeding felons from the rolls, some will slip through the cracks, though such registrations are illegal.

"Well, with the database of 800,000-something registered voters, I'm sure we missed some," he said. "With all we have to deal with, it's not at the top of the priority list." The No.1 imperative is "making sure that we have an election where people can go out and vote," he said.

Of the 805 notices Smith mailed to felons, 118 were undeliverable, she said after counting a 6-inch stack of "return to sender" letters.

A little more than 200 of the felons responded and demonstrated to Smith that their voting rights should be restored.

That left just a little under 500 illegally registered felons who apparently got Smith's cancellation notice and hadn't responded as of last week.

Possible illegal registrations are one example of how electoral problems are rapidly emerging in several states. Lomax said his office this summer intercepted hundreds of other fraudulent registrations submitted by Democrat, Republican and non-partisan organizations conducting intensive voter recruitment campaigns.

Lomax said he found that canvassers returned stacks of 1,000 completed registration forms that often contained 30 to 50 applications filled out in the same handwriting. Lomax had no total figure for such fraudulent registrations.

He also found that canvassers registered the same individuals several times over the span of a week.

Some legitimately registered voters called to ask why they were getting registration forms--with their party affiliation changed, Lomax said. Apparently some canvassers went through the phone book and reregistered people without their consent, listing their parties incorrectly, Lomax said.

Paid per registration

Though registration drive organizers told Lomax's office that canvassers were paid by the hour, many canvassers told his staff and even provided pay stubs that showed they were paid $2 for every completed registration form they collected in malls, stores and neighborhoods, Lomax said.

"They were on both sides. It wasn't just Democrats, it wasn't just Republicans," Lomax said. "The money was clearly the root of all evil here. They were paying people to register the voters. And the people doing this were way down the economic scale, and they wanted their money and they were just filling in forms.

"This was back in June and July when these people started, and we got that stopped pretty quickly," he added. "We've never seen it before, but we certainly saw it this go-round."

One of the registered felons recently identified by elections supervisor Smith was a 41-year-old Las Vegas trucker who asked that his name not be printed. Once the truck driver received the notice his registration was canceled, he told Smith that he had a state certificate restoring his civil rights.

Smith then reinstated him as a voter, leading him to leave a thank-you message on her voicemail, which she said she saved.

 

10/21/04 [Permalink]
Nevada's GOP Secretary of State rightly declares the Nevada Republican Party's attempt to "challenge" voters using overly broad definition of law as wrong

Via Dailykos, we have this report in the Las Vegas Sun:

CARSON CITY -- Secretary of State Dean Heller has told the Nevada Republican Party that its interpretation of how election laws may be used to challenge voters during early voting was wrong.

Heller also said he was concerned about the possibility that the challenges might be abused to intimidate voters and prevent them from casting their ballots.

David O'Mara, state Election Day coordinator for the GOP,asked Heller for a clarification of the election laws regarding the challenges.

Heller, also a Republican, told O'Mara in a letter Friday that his interpretation of the law was wrong. And, Heller added, "This office is very concerned about any use of the election statutes in a manner that could result in the intimidation or discouragement of voters from going to the polls."

Heller said a challenge against a voter must be supported by a "good faith belief" that the person is not eligible to vote. He said a person is not subject to challenge merely because he or she has moved within the county, even if the move is across precinct lines.

In those cases, the voter is permitted to cast a ballot at his former precinct, Heller said.

O'Mara questioned a law that says a person applying to vote may be challenged by any registered voter of the precinct or district. But when it comes to early voting that started Saturday, the smallest voting area is the entire county.

 

10/12/04_2 [Permalink] UPDATED 10/27/04
Vote fraud in Nevada leads to destruction of Democratic voters' registrations; Republican state judge refuses to allow re-registration of people whose forms were shredded by the GOP-funded firm

CBS News in Las Vegas, NV is reporting (via DailyKos) that a GOP funded private vote registration firm is involved in destroying new Democratic voter registrations, potentially by the thousands [bold brown font is eRiposte emphasis]. It is unclear if this is going to throw Nevada into the Bush column in November given the very tight race in that state.

Note that it seems implausible that the organization involved in the registration shredding - "Voters Outreach of America" - is being referred to in this report as "AKA America Votes" - since America Votes appears to be a very different organization that is [either] pro-Democrat based on the groups that are part of it or non-partisan and does not list Voter Outreach of America as one of its members.

Indeed - via Lestatdelc in Dailykos, Max Blumenthal's article in The American Prospect states that "According to several sources, two of the contractors Sproul hired to oversee petition gathering for No Taxpayer Money For Politicians -- Aaron "A.J." James, who directs Voters' Outreach of America, and Diane Burns -- were also paid by Sproul to get as many signatures as possible for Nader." Who's Sproul you ask? A prominent Republican from Arizona who is GOP funded. Other information (below) shows that Voters Outreach of America are funded by the RNC.

George Knapp, Investigative Reporter
Voter Registrations Possibly Trashed

Employees of a private voter registration company allege that hundreds, perhaps thousands of voters who may think they are registered will be rudely surprised on election day. The company claims hundreds of registration forms were thrown in the trash.

Anyone who has recently registered or re-registered to vote outside a mall or grocery store or even government building may be affected.

The I-Team has obtained information about an alleged widespread pattern of potential registration fraud aimed at democrats. Thee focus of the story is a private registration company called Voters Outreach of America, AKA America Votes.

The out-of-state firm has been in Las Vegas for the past few months, registering voters. It employed up to 300 part-time workers and collected hundreds of registrations per day, but former employees of the company say that Voters Outreach of America only wanted Republican registrations.

Two former workers say they personally witnessed company supervisors rip up and trash registration forms signed by Democrats.

"We caught her taking Democrats out of my pile, handed them to her assistant and he ripped them up right in front of us. I grabbed some of them out of the garbage and she tells her assisatnt to get those from me," said Eric Russell, former Voters Outreach employee.

Eric Russell managed to retrieve a pile of shredded paperwork including signed voter registration forms, all from Democrats. We took them to the Clark County Election Department and confirmed that they had not, in fact, been filed with the county as required by law.

So the people on those forms who think they will be able to vote on Election Day are sadly mistaken. We attempted to speak to Voters Outreach but found that its office has been rented out to someone else.

The landlord says Voters Outreach was evicted for non-payment of rent. Another source said the company has now moved on to Oregon where it is once again registering voters.  It's unknown how many registrations may have been tossed out, but another ex-employee told Eyewitness News she had the same suspicions when she worked there.

It's going to take a while to sort all of this out, but the immediate concern for voters is to make sure you really are registered. 

Call the Clark County Election Department at 455-VOTE or click here to see if you are registered.

The company has been largely, if not entirely funded, by the Republican National Committee. Similar complaints have been received in Reno where the registrar has asked the FBI to investigate. 

A follow-up here [via Buzzflash]:

A company called Voters Outreach of America has been operating in Nevada for the past several months. The company is largely, if not exclusively, funded by the Republican National Committee. VOA has hired scores, perhaps hundreds, of temporary workers and has been paying them to go out and sign up new voters. But the company doesn't really want just any voters. It only wants Republicans.

Employees of the company say they were given special training in how to identify potential GOP voters, and how to avoid signing up any Democrats. Workers were told that if they signed up as many Democrats as Republicans, they would not be paid for the hours they spent in front of shopping malls, grocery stores or government offices. In a cold, harsh way, this makes sense. Why would the GOP put out a pile of cash to sign up Democrats? But it goes far beyond merely giving Democrats the brush-off.

Two employees of VOA say they personally witnessed the managers of the company removing and destroying the voter registration forms of those who signed up as Democrats. The registration forms of Democrats were ripped into shreds and tossed into the garbage. The employees managed to retrieve some of the shredded papers from the garbage and handed them over to this reporter. The forms were completely filled out and were signed by people who thought their registrations would be filed with the county Election Department. That didn't happen.

County election chief Larry Lomax confirmed that all three of the shredded registration forms I showed to him had never been filed with the county. What's more, the people who filled out and signed the forms were surprised and angry when informed that their registrations had been sent not to the Election Department, but to a wastepaper basket instead. In addition to the ripped forms, the employees showed me a dozen or more registration receipts that had been tossed away, instead of being handed over to the people who signed the forms. Without those receipts, the voters would show up at the polls on Election Day and would have no proof whatsoever that they had ever registered. They would not be allowed to vote, and it would be too late to do anything about it.

This is as low as it gets. We can't say for certain how many Clark County residents are going to be stripped of their most basic American right by this scheme, but it could easily number in the hundreds or thousands. After all, VOA has been up and running for a long time here and has employed an army of temporary registrars. But Clark County may not be alone in this.

The story didn't make much of a ripple in this end of the state, but a few weeks ago Washoe County Voter Registrar Dan Burk, who is a Republican by the way, told the Reno Gazette-Journal that he has asked the FBI to investigate a pattern of voter registration fraud, a pattern that he alleges is centered on private groups funded by the Republican National Committee. Burk took this action after receiving numerous complaints, including one from a potential voter who says a street-corner registrar advised her to leave blank the section that specifies a party preference.

Clark County's Lomax says he has received numerous complaints about VOA over the past few months, and that he contacted local Republican leaders to find out what was going on. Lomax says he was assured the registration drive in question was being directed by the National GOP, not by the locals.

Josh Marshall also points out that:

And here's a careerbuilder.com listing for the same company looking for door-to-door canvassers. Paid for by the GOP. And here it seems that the same outfit was doing work for Nader in Arizona.

Chigagoprogressive at Dailykos reports this:

I just got off the phone with the General manager of the firm in Vegas that was hired to outsource for Voter's Outreach, Inc by the RNC. Telephone number called was: 702-307-1320. The gentleman told me that they were hired by the GOP to "man" people for Voters Outreach, Inc. He is very upset about what happened. He also advised me that ALL OF THE REGISTRATIONS WERE TURNED OVER TO THE GOP. He gave me a number to contact "Voters Outreach Inc" in Arizona. He said it is a cell phone. Here is the number he provided: 623-205-9169

He also confirmed this advertisement that was placed on Career Builder:

SomeoneFound this on Career Builder:
 DESCRIPTION
$8.50/hr part-time,
$10.00/hr full-time
Canvassing Neighborhoods in Support of the GOP!
Voter's Outreach of America is hiring door-to-door canvassers asking people to register to vote. Must be at least 18 yrs of age, no felonies, registered to vote and have own transportation. Need good communication skills and professional appearance. Hours are 4pm to 8pm Monday-Friday and 8am to noon Saturday.

Call toll free 702-307-1320 for more information.

Paid for by the Republican National Committee. www.gop.com. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

Source - Reno Gazette Journal - Reno, NV

UPDATE 10/15/04
Josh Marshall also points out:

Nathan Sproul, it seems, is also a regional president of Voyager Expanded Learning Company, a company chock-full of Bush cronies currently supping at the No Child Left Behind act gravy-train. Also at Voyager is Jim Nelson, President Bush's education commissioner during his tenure in Texas. That was before the president appointed him as deputy education czar in Baghdad for a brief stint in 2003. This thread at Kos seems to provide a complete Sproularama.

UPDATE 10/18/04
Via Chigagoprogressive at Dailykos there's this distressing report:

A state judge refused Friday to reopen registration for Clark County residents whose voter applications might have been destroyed by a Republican-funded group.

Clark County District Court Judge Valerie Adair said she was presented with evidence of just two voters who might have been disenfranchised by having their registration forms ripped up, and said that did not justify reopening the registration process.

"While this court believes that each individual's vote is important and must be protected ... the court finds the requested relief is not warranted," she said.

Nevada Democratic Party spokesman Jon Summers said the party was considering its options on the lawsuit it originally filed Wednesday seeking to extend the registration deadline. Registration for the general election closed Tuesday.

The judge had said she was concerned about opening "floodgates" to manipulation of the voter rolls on the eve of early voting for the Nov. 2 election. The state allows voters to cast early ballots for 14 days beginning Saturday.

Lawyers for the state Democratic party and county had said they thought the number of voters affected might be in the dozens.

The judge said any voter who thinks they were wrongly denied the opportunity to vote can file a lawsuit. She noted that registration forms also contain a disclaimer advising registrants to submit their completed applications in person or by mail, or run the risk of not being registered if another person doesn't turn in the form properly.
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Nevada state law requires anyone registering voters to accept and submit forms regardless of a voter's party affiliation.

The lawsuit, alleging voter intimidation and fraud, sought to reopen registration in Clark County, where nearly 700,000 of the record 1.1 million registered voters have signed up to vote.

Here's a CBS report via Jim in Chicago at Dailykos about the judge:

On Friday, Judge Valerie Adair instructed the lawyers for the Clark County Election Department and the State Democratic Party to huddle together and bang out a compromise about whether voter registration could be opened up for a few hours to provide for those citizens who may have been disenfranchised by the alleged destruction of registration forms by a republican backed private company.

The judge told both sides to return at 4:30 p.m., at which time she might or might not rule. The deal worked out called for a three-hour window on Monday during which some voters could sign up again. But when the court reconvened Friday afternoon, there was no discussion of the plan.

The court informed both sides that there would be no comment at all, that the judge would read a statement. In her ruling, she turned down the request to reopen registration and said individual voters could file their own actions if they choose.

Democratic attorney Paul Larsen said in his 15 years of practice he's never had a judge ask for a deal and then tell him to keep quiet when he showed up to present it. The lack of input from the two sides caused some to question the judge's motives.

Sen. Dina Titus, (D) Clark County, said, "You never want to question a judge's ruling, but certainly in this case, which is so partisan and political to start with, you'd think she would have the common sense to disclose her partisan connection."

What is Adair's partisan connection? She's listed online as an active member in the National Federal of Republican Women. County records show she also owns a home with Tom Lozzi, who is listed on the website of the Clark County Republican Party as an officer in that group.

Lozzi is also related by marriage to Republican Senator John Ensign. Lozzi told the I-Team by phone that he had no idea the GOP website lists him as an officer because he is not active with the party, although he was a few years ago.

Judge Adair cannot comment, but a court spokesman says that she expected the lawyers in the case to submit the proposed compromise to her before the 4:30 hearing so she could review it.

Lawyer Paul Larsen says that's not the way he heard it, and even if so, he wonders why the judge didn't at least question the parties when they sat before her.

Dina Titus said, "That sounds like revisionist history. I think she decided she didn't want to hear the arguments; she had made up her mind and issued her opinion. She told them to work it out. Why in the world didn't she ask them, do you have a compromise? Both sides would have been willing to tell her, but they never had the opportunity."

The bottom line is that the questions are more than mere political sniping. They could provide yet another basis for post election challenges -- in court.

Mary Ann Miller of the D.A.'s office, who represents the election department, told the I-Team late Monday that she also thought the two sides were supposed to hand something into the judge before the 4:30 hearing, but she is unsure why the judge chose to ask no questions once the hearing began.

Another update via Hesiod (bold text is my emphasis):

Voter registration fraud has plagued Clark County since spring, but Lomax said early in the process it was money-driven. Some voter registration outfits were paying canvassers $3 per form submitted, not by the hour.

But former Voter's Outreach of America employee Eric Russell told KLAS-TV, Channel 8 a different story earlier this week. Russell said the Republican-backed organization paid only for Republican forms and tore up any Democratic registration forms.

"I have proof. I have a witness. It happened," said Russell, who was disappointed in Adair's ruling.

Two other former employees, Tyrone Mrasak and Ashlee Tims, have told similar stories about their experiences working for Voter's Outreach.

Chris Carr, executive director of the state Republican Party, said organizations tied to the Democrats are not innocent of political tricks against the GOP. On Friday, he presented three registration forms submitted by Moving America Forward that listed addresses that do not exist or are empty lots. Moving America Forward is a Democratic group linked to New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

"The Democrats have used selective outrage," Carr said. "This is nothing more than a thinly veiled, politically motivated effort to draw media attention away from the real issues just days prior to early voting."

Carr called a recent Channel 8 report that two Republican Party registration supervisors instructed a female employee to destroy Democratic forms "outrageous."

The woman who launched the allegations, Patricia Parker, was a Democrat who eventually switched parties, Carr said. The employees Parker accused of destroying Democratic forms work at party headquarters and are experienced and professional, he said. Parker could not be reached for comment.

Republicans outraged by the accusations said some party workers believe Democratic operatives are volunteering in their office under the guise of being Republicans and then using their employee status to add credibility to their unfounded claims.

When asked if he suspected the same, Carr responded: "Absolutely. That's going to cross your mind."

The controversy surrounding the validity of the Democrats' recent claims have reached Washington D.C., where representatives of both parties are accusing each other of trying to steal the heated presidential election.

During a rally Friday morning at the West Las Vegas Library, U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama of Illinois, who rose to political stardom with his rousing speech during the Democratic National Convention, expressed concerns about trickery.

"We get bamboozled sometimes, but not this time," he said.

Clark County Commissioner Yvonne Atkinson Gates, who is also chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee's Black Caucus, told the crowd of about 300 that Republicans have twice tried to pull "shenanigans."

She referenced the attempt to remove 17,000 Democratic voters from the rolls by a Republican and the recent allegations of Republican operatives destroying Democratic voter registration forms.

"They stole the election four years ago in Florida, and we're not going to tolerate it Nov. 2," Atkinson Gates said.

UPDATE 10/27/04

More on Mlasek (via CAP, a report in the Los Angeles Times):

Broke, disabled and living at the Daisy Motel in downtown Las Vegas, Tyrone Mrasek Sr. took a temporary job late this summer registering voters here.

The employer primarily wanted President Bush supporters, but they were not easy to find. So Mrasek handed out cigarettes to drunks and ex-felons at a homeless shelter in exchange for signatures. Later he found a stack of signed registrations for Democratic voters in a trash can outside the company's office, he recalled.
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Mrasek, who is disabled with emphysema, said he and his son spotted a newspaper ad for the Sproul group. The younger Mrasek, who also is disabled and lives with his father at the Daisy Motel, bowed out when he learned the emphasis was to register GOP voters.

His father took the Sproul job, which paid about $8 an hour and allowed workers to go home early with full pay on days they managed to register 18 Republicans.

Mrasek said he was given a written script to ask people whether they favored Bush or Sen. John F. Kerry. To those favoring the Massachusetts senator, Mrasek replied that he was just taking a poll and thanked them for stopping.

But for those who liked Bush, Mrasek offered to register them. "George Bush really needs your help this election," he said he was told to say.

In predominantly Democratic Las Vegas, however, Mrasek had a hard time finding unregistered Republicans, he said. One day, he registered himself and his son as Republicans to meet his quota, though he opposes Bush's Iraq policies and plans to vote for Kerry.

Eric Russell, another temporary employee for the project, also alleged that he saw Democratic Party registrations thrown in the trash. With legal assistance from the Democratic Party, he went to court and tried, unsuccessfully, to reopen registration.

Russell, a Republican who now plans to vote for Kerry, also gave authorities a copy of the written sales pitch, which said, in part, "Use your training to find likely Republicans."

CAP has more on Sproul:

LEAVE NO REPUBLICAN OPERATIVE BEHIND: Nathan Sproul doesn't just collect money from the RNC for running voter registration scams. As a director for Voyager Expanded Learning, he receives buckets of cash for selling the "Voyager reading curriculum" to schools attempting to comply with the No Child Left Behind Act.

SPROUL'S COMPANY USES CONNECTION TO BUSH TO GET CONTRACTS: The Public Advocate of the City of New York accused Voyager of using "politics to gain contracts," including close ties to Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. The Public Advocate notes, "as Texas Governor, George W. Bush pushed a proposal giving $25 million in state money to after school programs that would aid Voyager, which had contributed more than $45,000 to Bush and over $20,000 to Bush's lieutenant governor running mate."

SPROUL'S COMPANY MANIPULATES RESEARCH TO PUSH PRODUCT: There is controversy on the effectiveness of the Voyager reading curriculum. Most of the research that does exist has been conducted by people with "connections to, or financial interest in, the company." The research is described by university scholars who specialize in reading curriculum as "flimsy and unscientific."

ED DEPARTMENT PRESSURES SCHOOLS TO HIRE SPROUL'S COMPANY: Many education experts believe "the research used to justify Voyager's claims to success were unscientific and produced very little results." Nevertheless "the U.S Education Department led applicants for federal reading funds to believe that approval of their application would be speeded up if they indicated a preference for particular commercial programs, including Voyager."

 

10/12/04_1 [Permalink] UPDATED 10/15/04
Nevada GOP operative and former director of the Nevada GOP attempts to get about 17000 Democrats off the rolls in Nevada - but election officials rebuff his attempt

From the Nevada Democratic Party:

Dan Burdish, a Republican operative and former director of the Nevada Republican Party, told the Las Vegas Review Journal, “I'm looking to take Democrats off the voter rolls,” adding that his “motives were purely political”. [Las Vegas Review Journal, 10/10/04]

Late Friday afternoon Burdish filed tens of thousands of documents calling on the Clark County Registrar of Voters and the District Attorney to toss out the rights of 17,000 Clark County voters because they have changed addresses. In Nevada, citizens can still vote, even if they have moved to another part of the city.

During an interview on KCEP-FM on Saturday, Bush Campaign spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt denied Burdish’s activities took place, “Republicans are doing nothing of the sort.” Schmitt added, “Republicans have done nothing but encourage everyone to vote.”

During the interview, Schmitt maintained, “Nothing is more important to President Bush and nothing is more important to the Republican Party than making sure everyone, every single person has their God given right to get out there on Election Day…”

Now that it has become public that Ms. Schmitt’s comments on the radio were false, the Nevada State Democratic Party is calling on her to stand by her statement of making sure “every single person has their God given right to get out there on Election Day”. If Ms. Schmitt was being honest when she said that “nothing is more important to President Bush”, it is incumbent on her to make the Bush administration and campaign aware that this voter suppression tactic is taking place in Nevada and call for an end to this type of voter intimidation immediately. Anything short of that will expose her comments on behalf of the campaign as disingenuous at best.

UPDATE 10/15/04:
AP reports that:

Elections officials have rebuffed an attempt by a former GOP operative to purge about 17,000 Democrats from the voter rolls in the battleground state of Nevada, where the two presidential candidates are in a dead heat.

Larry Lomax, the Clark County registrar of voters, rejected the challenge filed by former state Republican Party Chair Dan Burdish last week that claimed the Democrats should be removed from the rolls because they were inactive voters.

Lomax said Burdish could only challenge voters in his precinct, and then only if he has personal knowledge that they are inactive.

"I don't think pulling names off a database equates to personal knowledge," Lomax said.

Under state law, voters are placed on "inactive status" if they move and don't update their addresses within 30 days of receiving notice to do so. Their registrations are then canceled if they don't vote in two consecutive federal elections.

Democrats have criticized Burdish for trying to influence the hotly contested congressional race between Republican Rep. Jon Porter and his Democratic challenger, former casino executive Tom Gallagher, in the 3rd District.

But Burdish denied trying to disenfranchise people, saying he only wants to prevent people from voting "in a local district they are not allowed to vote in."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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