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How Elections Officials Work to Stop Voter Fraud

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, October 22, 2012

Today is the last day to register to vote in this year's election, and it's easier than ever…  But is it too easy?  And what's to stop someone from registering as someone they're not?

To find out, I went online to the California Secretary of State's website, clicked register to vote, and started typing.  Bob ObamaRomney Moffitt is the name, voter fraud's my game. 

No address -click, no driver's license -click, no social security number -click, submit and… oh…

If you don't present any of those things, you can't register online. You have to print out a form and mail it in.  And if you're willing to swear under penalty of perjury that everything you say is true, well that's where Heather Ditty with the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters will be waiting, "We're looking for things that could be fraudulent. Like if they wrote signed their name John Doe Smith, but they only signed John Doe. We're pulling that out."        

Ditty says she's flagged about ten forms so far this year.

Assistant Sacramento County Registrar of Voters Alice Jarboe says some cases are probably jokes, like the man who tried to register his bird, but others are serious, "We had a very large problem with a local petition company submitting hundreds of registration cards along with their petition and these registration cards did not look good, They had bad addresses."    

Both cases were referred to the Secretary of State's fraud unit.

You can still register to vote without an address, driver's license or a social security card.  But you will have to provide a verifiable name and birthdate and supply one of 30 documents or government-approved picture I.D.'s at your polling place.  

Jarboe says if you're going to try to commit voter fraud, you're probably going to have to commit some felonies to do it, "You would have to be able to get these different documents in your different identities in order to game the system, so to speak.  If you want to register 10 times, you need to have 10 different I.D.'s."

Sounds like too much work. I think Bob ObamaRomney Moffitt will be taking a rest now.

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