Yet another stunning example of widespread Republican vote fraud:
She may be smart enough to earn millions from her acidic political barbs, but when it comes to something as simple as voting in her tiny hometown, hard-core conservative pundit Ann Coulter is a tad confused.
Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections records show Coulter voted last week in Palm Beach’s council election. Problem is: She cast her ballot in a precinct 4 miles north of the precinct where she owns a home. […] Coulter, who owns a $1.8 million crib on Seabreeze Avenue, should have voted in Precinct 1198. It covers most homes on her street. Instead, records show, she voted in Precinct 1196, at the northern tip of the island.
According to the Palm Beach Post, Coulter registered (as a Republican) on June 24, three months after she moved from NYC to Palm Beach, but signed and certified as true the Indian Road address of her realtor rather than that of her Seabreeze Avenue home.
“She never lived here,” said Suzanne Frisbie, owner of the Indian Road home. “I’m Ann’s Realtor, and she used this address to forward mail when she moved from New York.”
The article implies that Coulter may have given a false address for privacy reasons… hell, if I were Coulter, I wouldn’t want people to know where I lived either. So I’m guessing she’ll probably get off with a warning or a token fine, despite the fact that Florida law makes it a third-degree felony to knowingly vote in the wrong precinct, and punishes lying on one’s voter registration by up to $5,000 and five years behind bars.
Meanwhile, over at the Way-Back Machine, our friend Stefan is still fighting WA’s 2004 gubernatorial election, arguing in part that incorrect registrations — similar to Coulter’s — are proof of widespread voter fraud, and a corrupt, inept King County elections department. To Stefan and his overlords in the state and local GOP, a duplicate registration equals a duplicate vote, and a voter registered at a wrong address is evidence of intentional voter fraud. And they continue to vilify KC elections director Dean Logan as an incompetent and a criminal who refuses to fix the county’s voter rolls.
Stefan likes to talk about public trust, but what he and his fellow travelers fail to comprehend — or at least, refuse to admit — is that nationwide, our whole voter registration system is based on trusting the public. So in case Stefan has missed this point every other time an experienced elections expert has made it, perhaps he should pay close attention to the closing paragraphs from the article on Coulter’s Florida foibles:
“We’re not a policing agency,” says Elections Chief Deputy Charmaine Kelly. “You do not have to show proof that you live at your address. But when you sign the registration application, you also take an oath that everything you wrote is the truth.
“If someone brings us proof that a person falsified a registration, we’ll check into it, then refer the matter to the state attorney’s office if necessary.”
When it comes to voter registration, Palm Beach County has nearly identical policies and procedures to King County… and nearly every other jurisdiction in the nation. And it is quite frankly mind boggling that after 16 months on his OCD-like electoral procedure jag, Stefan still doesn’t seem to have a clue as to how elections actually operate.
If Stefan and the state GOP want to argue that our current registration system results in widespread voter fraud, I say, show me the proof of widespread voter fraud. Don’t just show me the duplicate registrations… show me the duplicate votes. Go ahead, argue the case for making it dramatically more difficult to vote.
But to continue to excoriate Logan for failing to police registrations when it is clearly not his job to do so, is just plain dishonest.
It also intentionally destroys the public trust in elections that Stefan and his cohorts cynically claim they are trying to restore.