Vote fraud in Missouri
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Missouri district 40
An alleged voter fraud case has emerged in Missouri District 40 where it appears dead people registered to vote. A Missouri appellate panel will rule by Oct. 15 on allegations of voter fraud in a state house district primary.
There were 15 counties that showed more registered voters than people 18 and older for the 2010 election.
Missouri counties with more than 100 percent voter registration (in red)
- Reynolds County, 125.8 percent
- Putnam County, 109.9 percent
- Butler County, 104.3 percent
- Gentry County, 103.9 percent
- Mercer County, 103.6 percent
- Shelby County, 103.2 percent
- Schuyler County, 101.6 percent
- Carter County, 101.5 percent
- Worth County, 101.4 percent
- Ozark County, 100.8 percent
- Dade County, 100.7 percent
- Holt County, 100.6 percent
- Pemiscot County, 100.6 percent
- Howard County, 100.4 percent
- Ralls County, 100.1 percent
Twelve of these counties also had more than 100 percent registration in 2008.
The FBI in Kansas City investigated 600 to 800 "questionable" voter registrations from 19,000 submitted by ACORN in Kansas City.
Vote fraud watchdog group closes
The American Center for Voting Rights had been active in studies of potential voter fraud in Missouri, but all but disappered. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the Center's staff members cannot be found and its website is gone. The chief counsel for the center had been St. Louis-based lawyer Thor Hearne, a well-known Republican acttivist.
Former U.S. Attorney under fire
Bradley Schlozman, who had been the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri, faced hostile questions from Senators Pat Leahy (D-Vermont) and Charles Schumer (D-New York) over his investigations of voter fraud in Missouri. Leahy and Schumer claimed voter prosecutions of groups like ACORN should not have been done so close to an election in 2006. Schlozman said the investigations were proper since no voters were interviewed.
ACORN workers admit fraud
Eight workers for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) pleaded guilty to federal election fraud. The group had submitted false names, addresses and signatures, possibly motivated for higher pay for more false voter applications.
ACORN employee indicted for fraud
U.S. Attorney Bradley Scholozman announced federal grand jury indictment of Carmen R. Davis, also known as Latisha Reed. Davis used another person's Social Security number when she was employed by ACORN in 2006, and caused three false voter registrations in the name of the same person, but at three different addresses.
Voter fraud defendant sentenced
Kwaim A Stenson was sentenced to four years and five days for voter registration fraud. Critics complained the original charges brought on the eve of the 2006 elections had been politically motivated.
The Kanas City Election board found suspicious forms, including a voter application from a dead man, and one person filing seven applications.
Missouri Democrats claim that Todd Graves was forced from office in March 2006 as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, possibly becuase of Greaves' reluctance to purse voter fraud prosections in Missouri. The lawsuit pursued by Bradely Schlozman, the new U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, was thrown out in April for lack of evidence. U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales justified the action saying "We had an oblibation ... to purse voter fraud."
Possible fraud stops recall
There are questions of validity for about half of the 2700 signatures collected for the recall of Jeffrey Boyd, the alderman from the ST. Louis 22nd Ward. Officials said the list had suspected forgeries, duplicates, and signatures of dead people.
Voting in two states
A Kansas City Star investigation revealed "some cast two ballots in a single election." The Star named three voters registered in both Kansas and Missouri, who voted on both sides of the state line.
From the Kansas City Star:
The history of Missourians voting in Kansas dates to 1854. Hundreds of "settlers" moved west across the border to stuff ballot boxes, threaten judges and rig the election to have Kansas enter the union as a slave state. Free Staters rebelled, touching off years of violence.
Grand jury indicts nine
Indictments charge nine people with 134 counts of wrongdoing in a vote-fraud case. The charges were over 3800 fraudlent voter registration cards submitted before the 2001 city election.
46,000 ghost voters
A series of stories in the Post-Dispatch in 1936 concluded the list of voters in St. Louis had more than 46,000 bogus names, nearly 15% of the legitimate city registration.
- ↑ [http://missouri.watchdog.org/4818/court-to-rule-on-voter-fraud-case-by-oct-15/ "Court to rule on voter fraud case by Oct. 15," Missouri Watchdog, October 6, 2010]
- ↑ "Fifteen Missouri counties have more voters than census population," Missouri Watchdog, October 26, 2010
- ↑ Kansas City Star: FBI investigating ACORN voter registrations in KC, Oct. 17, 2008.
- ↑ St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Omnipresent voter fraud watchdog is suddenly MIA, June 14, 2007.
- ↑ Kansas City Star: Attorney denies politics had role - Schlozman says the pursuit of voter fraud indictments against ACORN was proper, June 6, 2007.
- ↑ StLtoday: Voter registration workers admit fraud, Apr 2, 2008.
- ↑ Dept. of Justice Press Release: ACORN employee indicted for election fraud, indentity theft, Jan 5, 2007.
- ↑ Kansas City Star: Voter fraud defendant sentenced, Sept 6, 2007.
- ↑ KMBC: ACORN Workers Indicted For Alleged Voter Fraud, Nov 1, 2006.
- ↑ Salon: How U.S. attorneys were used to spread voter-fraud fears, Mar. 21, 2007.
- ↑ Kansas City Star: Missouri Voter lawsuit was justified, AG Gonzales insists to Congress, May 10, 2007.
- ↑ [St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Possible fraud stops recall drive, Dec. 31, 2005].
- ↑ Kansas City Star: One person, one vote? Not necessarily -- Some cast two ballots in a single election, Sept. 5, 2004.
- ↑ Kansas City Star: Vote once and stop, Sept 8, 2004.
- ↑ St. Louis Post-Distpatch: Furor centers on naming names, Nov 16, 2003.
- ↑ St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Reporters uncovered 46,000 ghost voter; Stories led to firing of election board, Dec 14, 2003.