Voter Fraud Indictments In Brooks County

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State officials launched an investigation after an unusually high number of absentee ballots were cast in the July 2010 primary election. “As a result of their grand jury findings 12 individuals were indicted in that particular matter and we will be trying that case in a court of judicial law instead of a court of public opinion so that will be pending this next year,” said District Attorney Joe Mulholland.

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    • Harry says:

      This is an interesting question. It is probably because the Democratic party has a legacy of being tied to unions and ward walkers in the north and good old boy courthouse types in the south. Both are sort of dependent on the public largesse, with direct skin in the game — thus there is more motivation to do whatever is necessary to retain power.

  1. Herb says:

    We need to bring the election officials presiding over the 2000 Florida Presidential election and the 2004 Ohio Presidential election to justice.

      • You probably can’t. But I think gapolitico’s point is that 99.999999999999999999% of election fraud is not based on an individual voting when or where they shouldn’t, but comes from the people running the election perpetrating a fraud.

        In other words, the only time the ID or registration or whatever isn’t honored is when the election official chooses not to because they are committing fraud.

        Think about it – if you are trying to steal an election, would it be easier to corrupt one or two election officials or give 1,000 Hispanics fake utility bills or (nowadays) drivers licenses. Election fraud is like bank robbery, if someone really wants to do it, the best you can do is prosecute. Good thing we spent years arguing about prevention that doesn’t prevent anything but a few lawful voters from being able to vote as easily as they used to be able to.

        Coming from Dodge County, I would think you would know that a photo ID requirement wouldn’t cut down on election fraud any better than a photo ID requirement cuts down on underaged drinking.

        • Doug Grammer says:

          Actually, I think a photo ID does cut down on underage drinking. It doesn’t stop it completely, but it does cut it down.

          • True I guess the better point is photo ID only cuts down to the extent that the person asking for the ID cares to ask/verify.

            With underage drinking the incentive to make a fake ID is pretty clear – the person who gets the fake ID gets to drink and will derive some satisfaction out of that.

            With voting though, I suppose some people might get some satisfaction out of adding 1 more vote to the millions that are already cast by making a fake ID and joining in, but generally illegal voters are tools in a larger conspiracy and didn’t really get anything out of the act themselves – it was usually the conspirator(s) who generally work for or control the registrar that are gaining.

            The irony, if you read the 11 alive comments, is that they are mostly conservative conspiracy theorists who think Obama stole the 2008 election with voter fraud. In a high turnout election it would be almost impossible to move the needle with any significance using fraud (there are just too many votes). The case referenced here (low turnout primary, local level) is where this stuff is generally going to happen. 1 – there are a small enough number of votes that you can affect the outcome with minor amounts of fraud and 2 – there are enough legitimate voters that you can “vote” to get the job done.

            I’m sorry but a Presidential election isn’t where this is going to happen. And I know you Doug weren’t making that point I just thought I would add it. And to Harry – you can’t. Because at some level you’re trusting people to be honest and not every person is going to be honest every time. You can only make sharp penalties and prosecute after the fact.

            • Harry says:

              One way to prevent absentee ballot fraud is to prohibit ballots to be mailed to a third party rather than directly to the registered voters. What do you suppose is the practice in many counties in Georgia?

        • Ken says:

          Chris,

          We have 16 precincts and if voter ID isn’t checked, there are people here who would vote 16 times. Being from Dodge County, I’m convinced that checking voter ID does help, Is it a panacea? No, but it does help and there is no evidence to show that it hurts.

          Only two-tenths of one percent of ballots cast were provisional and about half of those voters showed up within 2 days to verify their IDs. No legally registered voter in Georgia has come forward to claim that they were disenfranchised because of the new voter ID law.

  2. Bulldog1 says:

    It is time to end Absentee Voting in Georgia as we know it. Georgia now has early voting which negates the need for absentees except for those that are deployed over seas or those who are in nursing homes, etc.

    As far as a deterrent, it is NOT especially in Dodge County where the largest case ever of voter fraud was prosecuted in 1996. Fraud occurred again in 2008 with thousands and thousands of dollars and hours of investigative work done by the FBI, GBI, and Secretary of State’s Office. The 2008 case only saw 2 go to Federal Prison. One for 6 months and one for 18 months. A, so called, “Special State Prosecutor” was named out of the Brunswick Circuit to convene a Special Grand Jury for State Charges on the other co-conspirators and suspects named in the investigation. The Special Prosecutor never convened the Grand Jury and now the statute of limitations has run on most of those charges with no action by the State.

    Dodge County recently saw vote buying in the local E.M.C. Board Elections with the same “vote buying” players hauling in the voters. Those same players were recently camped out around the Rhine City Hall in their recent City Elections. The one Secretary of State Agent present stopped by once or twice and took a picture and left.

    The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office needs resources, cooperation from prosecutors, and tougher penalties for voter fraud in order for it to be a deterrent.

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