LA Senator seeks voter fraud probe
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October 23, 2008
Over 50% of the 8,600 voter registrations turned in by the national group Voting Is Power (which has been associated with ACORN) were incomplete or incorrectly filled out. U.S. Senator David Vitter, R-Metairie, has asked the state's three U.S. attorneys and its FBI special agent in charge to launch investigations.
Multiple parishes experience problems
Ernie Roberson, Caddo Parish Registrar of Voters, said the group's registrations make up "better than 5 percent of the registered voter base in Caddo that just magically appeared in our office over a 10-day period." Many appeared to have names and addresses taken from the phone book, and information on them, such as ethnicity, Social Security numbers, dates of birth or signatures, were false, or in some cases came from people who have been dead for some time. "Of those cards, 5,600 — an astonishing 65 percent — were deemed invalid," said Vitter. "In Jefferson Parish, on the West Bank, VIP turned in 2,689 cards, of which 1,135 — or 42 percent — were invalid."
Bossier Parish Registrar of Voters Janet Burks and Ouachita Parish Registrar of Voters Christa Medaries both said they have not encountered anything suspicious, but Vitter says that's not the case in more populous parishes such as Caddo or Jefferson.
Introducing new legislation
Vitter said he intends to introduce legislation to put further safeguards in place to protect the integrity of the voter registration process. He said suggestions from Roberson and other elections officials will help him craft that legislation.