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Ok let’s not guess it's the Republicans in California.  You may or may not remember that the Republican Party has declared voter registration fraud to be one of the foremost menaces to democracy today.

While they were in power they were so into prosecuting it that they actually fired tenured Department of Justice Attorneys who were unable to find cases to press, against ACORN that is.

During the Presidential campaign both John McCain and Sarah Palin called for extensive investigations into the work of ACORN accusing them of vast frauds and improprieties.  The Republican Party launched a vendetta that has continued until this day which included the passage of an unconstitutional bill of attainder against ACORN late last year.

The Orange County Register reported last week that the Orange County District Attorney's office announced it would team up with the Secretary of State on the case, following a Register report that 99 written complaints were filed since March by voters who said they were registered as Republicans without their consent.

In a lengthy investigation published earlier this month, the paper pointed to an $8 "bounty" offered by the California Republican Party for each new registration as a cause for the problems. It identified multiple petitioners who work for vendors "with ties to the California Republican Party." Back in 2006, a similar scandal led to the convictions of several petitioners

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Link to the OC Register that broke this case

Ok here is where it gets great.  The bait these people were using to get people to unknowingly register as a Republican was A PETITION TO LEGALIZE IT!  That’s right these people were getting a bounty of 8 bucks per Republican signature, and rather than say sign up Mickey Mouse which is what people who defrauded ACORN were accused of, these people said you were signing a petition for legalizing pot, and oh no its not going to change you from being a registered Democrat or Independent to a registered Republican, but sorry it did.

Some voters told the Register they specifically remember marking themselves as something other than a Republican. Others say the petitioner told them they had to check Republican in order for their signature to count, or because Republicans were sponsoring their signature gathering or for some other vaguely official-sounding reason.
In some cases, voters were told marking Republican didn't change their actual voter registration. Others were told they could always change back. A few even said they didn't know they were signing official documents of any kind - they said the signature gatherers made off like they were students, collecting signatures for a class project.

Link to the TPM article also discussing it

Remember IOKIYAR, and Happy Confederate History Month Boycott Arizona!

Originally posted to An Adept's Journey on Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 09:00 AM PDT.

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