Friday, September 24, 2004
Cleveland.com: Search Hugh Hewitt's book, "If It's Not Close They Can't Cheat" should be required reading for Lake County Republicans. "1,000 cases of suspicious voter registrations Lake, Summit officials intend to investigate Friday, September 24, 2004 Steve Luttner and Michael Scott Plain Dealer Reporters More than 1,000 voter registration forms and absentee ballot requests may be fraudulent in Lake and Summit counties, where investigations of irregularities are broadening. ... Lake election and law enforcement officials said their investigation is centered on absentee registration attempts by the nonpartisan NAACP's National Voter Fund and an anti-Bush, nonprofit group called Americans Coming Together, or ACT Ohio. ... Bryan Williams, director of the Summit County Board of Elections, said high interest in this year's presidential election has resulted in unprecedented numbers of voter registrations, absentee ballot requests and irregular voter applications. Williams said the suspect voter registration applications include some with nonexistent addresses while others from the same street all have the street identically misspelled. Williams said the suspect voter registration applications include some with nonexistent addresses while others from the same street all have the street identically misspelled. Williams said that usually people applying to vote fill out their own cards before signing them, drawing attention to the odd fact that the street name is not spelled correctly. Still other voter registration cards bear strikingly similar handwriting, suggesting one person submitted a group of fraudulent voter registration cards. "We are not certified handwriting experts, but we believe that these were common looking signatures," Williams said. " NAACP and ACT nonpartisan? Riiiiight, as Bill Cosby used to say. The Democrats and their allies want to stuff the ballot boxes on 11/2. Lake County was one of the only counties in Northeast Ohio to vote for Bush in 2000. The region has been battered by the shift away from a manufacturing economy, and Cleveland (next door) has the dubious distinction of having the highest poverty rate of any large city in America. The Democrats have means and motive, though they appear to have been caught. Watch for a slew of letters to the editor denouncing "brazen attempts by right-wing partisans to strip the poor, elderly, and minorities of their voting rights." Riiiight.