Alabama Republicans say voter fraud found after offering reward

Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:22pm EDT

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(Reuters) - Alabama Republicans, who offered a $1,000 reward for substantiated reports of voter fraud in this month's primary elections, said on Thursday they plan to forward credible evidence of wrongdoing to state prosecutors.

Republicans argue that voter fraud is a central problem in U.S. elections. Democrats say Republican complaints about voter fraud are a smokescreen for Republican efforts to put in place measures like strict voter identification laws intended to make it unduly difficult for voters who tend to vote Democratic like minorities, young people and the elderly to cast ballots.

"It's not just a rumor or a wives' tale, it is actually happening," said Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead. "Anyone talking advantage and creating fraud at a polling place needs to be prosecuted."

The allegations collected by Alabama Republicans include a candidate improperly offering to assist voters in filling out their ballots, a woman who was wrongly told she had signed up to vote absentee and could only cast a provisional ballot in person and cases in which voters were told they could only vote for Democratic candidates, Armistead said.

Armistead declined to say how many cases of alleged fraud had been reported to his party after it erected lawn signs urging reports of wrongdoing near polling sites, but said his office was in the process of compiling evidence in the most serious instances to forward to the state's attorney general.

The signs, which provided a hotline to call in reports of fraud and offered a reward, did not indicate any affiliation with the Republican Party. Most of those calling in were Democrats, Armistead said.

Justin Levitt, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said that while the cases of alleged fraud merit investigation, more information was needed before passing judgment on them.

"It’s a good thing to be investigating all these cases," Levitt said. "I would want to see whether they are actually supported by anything or based on a hunch."

(Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky; Editing by Edith Honan and Will Dunham)

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SunnyDaySam wrote:
So, how many of these alleged, ‘voter fraud’ things happened? Last election, the only proven voter fraud was by Republican’ts.,d.cGU&psig=AFQjCNE0SWojtFY1PxND6buhb9P1lWVq0A&ust=1402699207441233

Jun 12, 2014 6:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
The black woman in OH who voted numerous times and used mail-in ballots from other family members and friends was a Democrat poll worker and served jail time. SORRY BUT YOU”RE WRONG!

Jun 12, 2014 7:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
REnninga wrote:
Quoting the article: “Republicans argue that voter fraud is a central problem in U.S. elections.”

In actuality the “central problem in U.S. elections” for Republicans is that U.S. citizens who are the ‘wrong color’, the ‘wrong ethnicity’, the ‘wrong religious faith’, and those Americans with more than a 5th-grade education, all want to exercise their constitutional right to vote. And this is bad news for the contemporary Republican Party.

And unless the contemporary Republican party refocuses on sowing a platform of inclusion, and equanimity, and fertilizes what they plant with the earnest expression of tolerance, creative ideas and bipartisan solutions which mainstream, moderate Americans can support — instead of spending all of their energies cynically gerrymandering congressional districts and writing laws intended to suppress and prevent demographic groups of Americans from voting — then the Republican Party’s harvest yield on election day is going to be disappointing to them.

“You reap what you sow.”

Jun 12, 2014 8:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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