Twenty dead people just mysteriously registered to vote in Virginia, indicating one of two frightening things: we should all invest in a good machete, or voter fraud is not the non-issue the liberal media makes it out to be.
The Richmond Times Dispatch reported late Thursday that an investigation has been opened in Harrisonburg, Va., after it turned up that the names of 18 and 20 deceased Virginians were found on a voter registration list. From the report:
Harrisonburg officials and the FBI are investigating allegations of voter registration fraud after officials say almost 20 voter applications were turned in under the names of dead people.
Harrisonburg Registrar Debbie Logan said Thursday that investigators have found from 18 to 20 potentially fraudulent registrations. The Rockingham County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office confirmed Thursday that an investigation is underway, but offered no additional details on the case.
The applications were turned in by a voter registration group called HarrisonburgVOTES, officials said. The group’s representatives could not be reached for comment Thursday. No charges have been filed.
According to the website for HarrisonburgVOTES, the group pledged to raise the number of registered Harrisonburg voters from 17,000 to at least 25,000.
Guess that’s one way to do it.
According to the Times Dispatch, the potentially fraudulent applications in question were turned in by a student at James Madison University who was working for HarrisonburgVOTES. An employee at the local registrar noticed something was up when they recognized a name on the list of submitted applications – that of the father of a well-known local judge who died in 2014, the Times Dispatch explained.
As it turns out, that might’ve been the only way these applications were caught, as the report noted that “applications using a deceased person’s real name and address but a false social security number would not be flagged in the voter system.” The Times Dispatch continued:
The fraudulent voters are still technically registered as the investigation continues, Logan said, but if her office receives an absentee ballot from one of the dead voters, it would react appropriately. Logan said she expects the State Board of Elections and her local electoral board will allow her to cancel the registrations before the Nov. 8 election.
However, one Democratic Virginia delegate poo-pooed the idea that these submitted applications were actually an effort by someone to cast votes illegally. Because it makes total sense to just assume that.
Del. Marcus B. Simon, D-Fairfax, said it’s “very disingenuous” to suggest the applications were part of a large-scale fraud, because votes would have to be cast either in person by elderly impostors or through absentee ballots sent to real home addresses.
“There’s no way any reasonable person could conclude that this was part of an effort to actually cast votes for people that aren’t able to cast votes,” Simon said.
Well, since you say so.