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Missouri counties with more than 100 percent voter registration (in red)
 
Missouri counties with more than 100 percent voter registration (in red)
  
* [[SunshineReview:Reynolds County, Missouri|Reynolds County]], 125.8 percent
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* [[Reynolds County, Missouri|Reynolds County]], 125.8 percent
* [[SunshineReview:Putnam County, Missouri|Putnam County]], 109.9 percent
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* [[Putnam County, Missouri|Putnam County]], 109.9 percent
* [[SunshineReview:Butler County, Missouri|Butler County]], 104.3 percent
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* [[Butler County, Missouri|Butler County]], 104.3 percent
* [[SunshineReview:Gentry County, Missouri|Gentry County]], 103.9 percent
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* [[Gentry County, Missouri|Gentry County]], 103.9 percent
* [[SunshineReview:Mercer County, Missouri|Mercer County]], 103.6 percent
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* [[Mercer County, Missouri|Mercer County]], 103.6 percent
* [[SunshineReview:Shelby County, Missouri|Shelby County]], 103.2 percent
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* [[Shelby County, Missouri|Shelby County]], 103.2 percent
* [[SunshineReview:Schuyler County, Missouri|Schuyler County]], 101.6 percent
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* [[Schuyler County, Missouri|Schuyler County]], 101.6 percent
* [[SunshineReview:Carter County, Missouri|Carter County]], 101.5 percent
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* [[Carter County, Missouri|Carter County]], 101.5 percent
* [[SunshineReview:Worth County, Missouri|Worth County]], 101.4 percent
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* [[Worth County, Missouri|Worth County]], 101.4 percent
* [[SunshineReview:Ozark County, Missouri|Ozark County]], 100.8 percent
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* [[Ozark County, Missouri|Ozark County]], 100.8 percent
* [[SunshineReview:Dade County, Missouri|Dade County]], 100.7 percent
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* [[Dade County, Missouri|Dade County]], 100.7 percent
* [[SunshineReview:Holt County, Missouri|Holt County]], 100.6 percent
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* [[Holt County, Missouri|Holt County]], 100.6 percent
* [[SunshineReview:Pemiscot County, Missouri|Pemiscot County]], 100.6 percent
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* [[Pemiscot County, Missouri|Pemiscot County]], 100.6 percent
* [[SunshineReview:Howard County, Missouri|Howard County]], 100.4 percent
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* [[Howard County, Missouri|Howard County]], 100.4 percent
* [[SunshineReview:Ralls County, Missouri|Ralls County]], 100.1 percent
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* [[Ralls County, Missouri|Ralls County]], 100.1 percent
  
 
Twelve of these counties also had more than 100 percent registration in 2008.<ref>[http://missouri.watchdog.org/5822/fifteen-missouri-counties-have-more-voters-than-census-population/ "Fifteen Missouri counties have more voters than census population," ''Missouri Watchdog'', October 26, 2010]</ref>
 
Twelve of these counties also had more than 100 percent registration in 2008.<ref>[http://missouri.watchdog.org/5822/fifteen-missouri-counties-have-more-voters-than-census-population/ "Fifteen Missouri counties have more voters than census population," ''Missouri Watchdog'', October 26, 2010]</ref>

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2010

Missouri District 40

Royster v. Rizzo

On May 13th 2013, John Moretina pleaded guilty in a United States Federal District Court to voter fraud and other voter irregularities in a 2010 democratic primary for then Missouri District 40; now Missouri's 19th District. It appears that Mr. Moretina and possibly his wife and daughter, all relatives of democratic candidate turned Missouri State Representative John Joseph Rizzo, illegally registered to vote and cast at least one illegal ballot from the residence next door to Rep. Rizzo. [1]

According to The Kansas City Star, The fraudulent vote(s) changed the outcome of the election as John Joseph Rizzo was declared winner over Will Royster by a margin of just 1 vote (Rizzo 664-Royster 663)[2]. The Kansas City Star on May 13th wrote "The wrong candidate was declared winner of democratic primary in Missouri's 19th District" (2010 MO-40). [3]

Other voter fraud allegations such as group voting, electioneering, ballot stuffing and forced voting have been made in this race. [4] Despite the testimony in October 2010 of multiple bipartisan election judges and volunteers supporting Royster's claims of voter fraud [5], Judge Stephen Nixon denied Will Royster's appeal. Two months later Judge Stephen Nixon was appointed County Counselor by Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders [6]. The appointment of Nixon was confirmed by The Jackson County Legislature; which was chaired by Henry Rizzo, father of Rep. John Joseph Rizzo. [7] Henry Rizzo himself was elected Missouri State Representative in 1985 [8]. In 1991, Henry Rizzo, was charged with 16 counts of check-kiting but pleaded to reduced charges in order to keep his seat as State Representative. [9]

On June 28th, 2013 both John Moretina and his wife Clara Moretina, Uncle and Aunt of Missouri State Representative and Minority Whip John Joseph Rizzo, were charged with voter fraud directly related to the 2010 Royster - Rizzo Democratic primary election. That now makes two voter fraud convictions in this election. The Moretina's votes directly changed the outcome of an election decided by 1 vote in favor of their nephew now Representative John Joseph "J.J." Rizzo. Both John and Clara Moretina have been permanently barred from voting in the State of Missouri. Rizzo immediately put out a statement refusing to step down. Will Royster the candidate disenfranchised in this election has asked for an investigation and either the resignation or removal of Rizzo from elected office. [10]

Fifteen counties

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)

Twelve of these counties also had more than 100 percent registration in 2008.[11]

2008

The FBI in Kansas City investigated 600 to 800 "questionable" voter registrations from 19,000 submitted by ACORN in Kansas City.[12]

2007

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.[13]

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.[14]

2006

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.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17]

The Kanas City Election board found suspicious forms, including a voter application from a dead man, and one person filing seven applications.[18]

U.S. Attorneys

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.[19] 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."[20]

2005

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.[21]

2004

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.[22]

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.[23]

2001

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.[24]

1936

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.[25]

References

  1. [http://www.kansascity.com/2013/05/13/4233705/missouri-lawmakers-uncle-pleads.html "Missour lawmaker's uncle pleads guilty KC vote fraud case" by "Kansas City Star, May 14, 2013
  2. [http://www.courts.mo.gov/file.jsp?id=41678 "Royster v. Rizzo" by Missouri Court of Appeals, October 13, 2010]
  3. "Yes, the Rizzo-Royster race turned on voter fraud" Kansas City Star, May 13, 2013
  4. "Potential voter fraud in Missouri primary election" by Missouri Watchdog, October 4, 2010
  5. [http://www.courts.mo.gov/file.jsp?id=41678 "Royster v. Rizzo" by Missouri Court of Appeals, October 13, 2010]
  6. "Presiding Judge Nixon Appointed County Counselor" by Jacksongov.org, December 7, 2010
  7. [http://www.jacksongov.org/content/3275/5750.aspx "Henry Rizzo To Serve As Legislative Chairman" by Jacksongov.org, January 5, 2010]
  8. "Representative Henry C. Rizzo" by House.Mo.Gov
  9. [http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2199&dat=19910319&id=9DAyAAAAIBAJ&sjid=2uUFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4238,5394583 "Legislator's trial ends with plea" by Lawrence Journal-World March 19th, 1991
  10. "Missouri Rep. John Joseph Rizzo's Relatives Admit To Voter Fraud" Kansas City Star, June 29, 2013
  11. "Fifteen Missouri counties have more voters than census population," Missouri Watchdog, October 26, 2010
  12. Kansas City Star: FBI investigating ACORN voter registrations in KC, Oct. 17, 2008.
  13. St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Omnipresent voter fraud watchdog is suddenly MIA, June 14, 2007.
  14. Kansas City Star: Attorney denies politics had role - Schlozman says the pursuit of voter fraud indictments against ACORN was proper, June 6, 2007.
  15. StLtoday: Voter registration workers admit fraud, Apr 2, 2008.
  16. Dept. of Justice Press Release: ACORN employee indicted for election fraud, indentity theft, Jan 5, 2007.
  17. Kansas City Star: Voter fraud defendant sentenced, Sept 6, 2007.
  18. KMBC: ACORN Workers Indicted For Alleged Voter Fraud, Nov 1, 2006.
  19. Salon: How U.S. attorneys were used to spread voter-fraud fears, Mar. 21, 2007.
  20. Kansas City Star: Missouri Voter lawsuit was justified, AG Gonzales insists to Congress, May 10, 2007.
  21. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Possible fraud stops recall drive, Dec. 31, 2005].
  22. Kansas City Star: One person, one vote? Not necessarily -- Some cast two ballots in a single election, Sept. 5, 2004.
  23. Kansas City Star: Vote once and stop, Sept 8, 2004.
  24. St. Louis Post-Distpatch: Furor centers on naming names, Nov 16, 2003.
  25. St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Reporters uncovered 46,000 ghost voter; Stories led to firing of election board, Dec 14, 2003.

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