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Frederick Alleges Voter Fraud

Tim Craig

Is there "widespread" voter fraud occurring across Virginia or is the state Republican Party trying to suppress efforts by Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) and the Democrats to register more people to vote?

In a conference call this morning, Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick (R-Prince William), the chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, seized on recent news reports that three people in Hampton Roads have been charged with submitting false names on voter registration applications. The three canvassers worked for the Community Voters Project, a program of The Fund for the Public Interest.

"There appears to be a coordinated and widespread effort in Virginia to commit voter fraud," said Frederick, who added the state party is also in possession of affidavit from someone alleging their social security number was fraudulently used to try to register someone else to vote. "These are just two known and documented examples of known voter fraud, and what we believe to be a widespread problem across Virginia."

Frederick is calling on Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) and Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell (R) to launch an investigation. Frederick is also urging residents to avoid giving their names or social security numbers to canvassers seeking to register voters.

"Identity theft is widespread problem in Virginia," Frederick said. "Today, I am encouraging voters who have filed out any of these voter registration forms to immediately contact their registrars, and Virginians should exercise caution when approached by a stranger who asks them for their information."

Frederick's warning comes as Obama is deploying volunteers across Virginia to try to register 151,000 new voters by the Oct 6 deadline. Various non-profit organizations are also trying to register new voters, especially African-Americans.

"Any voter registration work done by the party will be done with vigorous controls," said Jared Leopold, a spokesman for the Virginia Democratic Party. "Clearly this is a local problem that Jeff Frederick is trying to blow up into a statewide issue. We have real questions about his motivation in doing so. It seems he is trying to scare away people from legally registering to vote...What is Jeff Frederick so afraid of with legally registering new voters?"

Under fierce questioning from journalists, including a lengthy sparring match with a Washington-area radio reporter, Frederick defended his assertion of "widespread" voter fraud.

"We are just trying to make sure people are aware of these potential problems, so people take the appropriate precautions" Frederick said. "This is stuff is happening all over Hampton Roads and all over Richmond."

But at times, Frederick appeared to be breaking the state into two groups: those who are registered and those who are not.

"We are not looking for trouble," Frederick said. "Everyday we hear all these people are getting registered to vote, but we are trying to look out for the voters of Virginia and trying to look at the integrity of the process here in Virginia."

By Tim Craig  |  July 28, 2008; 12:18 PM ET
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I have never heard of someone using their SSN to register to vote. Generally it's an ID and some evidence of residency, such as a utility bill. (I'm fine with voter ID laws, providing there is a free, non-driver's ID made available.) The claim of fraudulent use of an SSN makes me suspect an attempt to tie the issue to illegal immigration. Demagogue? C'est moi?

BB

Posted by: Fairlington Blade | July 28, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

A social security number is required to register to vote in Virginia. See the official form at http://www.arlingtonva.us/Departments/VoterRegistration/forms/VirginiaVoterRegistrationAppl.pdf.

Nonetheless, jumping from three alleged problems in one place to "widespread" statewide fraud really is a stretch. But then the Virginia GOP is not known to favor enabling more people to vote.

Posted by: cjohnson1 | July 28, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

The laws that govern voter registration in VA and MD sound archaic, with no response to the massive influx of illegal migrants who are involved in identity fraud or being encouraged to vote by activists. It's ridiculous. Voter I.D. is long overdue, no matter what the vicious liberals say.

Posted by: mclovin | July 28, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting that they didn't make an issue of actual voter fraud in Wise County -

http://www.tricities.com/tri/news/local/article/grand_jury_to_rule_on_st_paul_voter_fraud_case/11907

But then again, why would Fredericks make a stink about it in a jurisdiction which voted 60% for George Bush in 2004....

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

i have been registered to vote since i was 12...

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

It is so humorous to see Republicans still trying to play out of Karl Rove's discredited playbook.

Having lost the confidence of the people on every basis -- budget, ethics, foreign affairs -- the only trick left in the bag is to claim voter fraud.

The actual frauds - GOP officials -- are leaving government in droves, and will be voted out if they don't retire.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

It is so humorous to see Republicans still trying to play out of Karl Rove's discredited playbook.

Having lost the confidence of the people on every basis -- budget, ethics, foreign affairs -- the only trick left in the bag is to claim voter fraud.

The actual frauds - GOP officials -- are leaving government in droves, and will be voted out if they don't retire.

Posted by: David G. | July 28, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

This wouldn't be the first time the Democrats were caught cheating. So for the Democratic spokesperson Jared Leopold to assert that we should just trust them, all I can say is Jefferson, Yes the DEMOCRAT caught with 90,000.00 in a TV Diner box in his freezer. Sure I won't. I put nothing past Osama,

Posted by: askgees | July 28, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I was registering voters recently in VA. The reason he doesn't want people to give their SSNs, is because the State Board THROWS OUT applications without a SSN on it. When you register people, you also have to provide them with a receipt letting them know who took their information. He knows VA is a swing state and is using scare tactics to discourage people from registering at all. Figures

Posted by: yem | July 28, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I was registering voters recently in VA. The reason he doesn't want people to give their SSNs, is because the State Board THROWS OUT applications without a SSN on it. When you register people, you also have to provide them with a receipt letting them know who took their information. He knows VA is a swing state and is using scare tactics to discourage people from registering at all. Figures.

Posted by: yem | July 28, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but THREE instances cause Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick to categorically state that there "...appears to be a coordinated and widespread effort in Virginia to commit voter fraud" as a fact? Little wonder the GOP is in trouble in Virginia. Or, to be correct, at least Northern Virginia where the 21st Century has been in effect for several years.

This is the sort of tactic that Karl Rove has long advocated as a means to justify no end of, to be polite, questionable tactics to disenfranchise those the GOP wants to stay home. It would have been nice if Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick could have provided sufficient documentation to substantiate his assertions. However, when the DoJ and others finally got around to actually looking into this, it found that there was very little in the way of such fraud, indeed, certainly not enough to warrant the attention paid to it during the 2004 campaign in 2004.

So, I guess we should take this as advance warning that what happened in Florida and Ohio, in 2002 and 2004 respectively, is on tap for Virginia in 2008 by the GOP.

Posted by: cappshd | July 28, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

as cjohnson1 stated, it's hard to get from 3 instances to "widespread".

Of course, the GOP made "Weapons of Mass Destruction" out of firecrackers.

Death to the GOP!

Posted by: Tim from Silver Spring | July 28, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I signed to vote. My family at home signed to vote. We vote. Si, cue puedo.

Posted by: Hector | July 28, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

that reminds me of when marshall coleman lost to doug wilder. he claimed "wide spread voter fraud". the recount found no evidence of fraud & doug wilder was governor.

Posted by: quark | July 28, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

It will be a terrible couple of years for our GOP in VA. The shame is that our up and coming young leaders like Jeff will not make things better. They are more dogmatic and polarizing than our parents(those of us in our 30's like Jeff).

This maybe a good lesson for the GOP. Let Jeff fight the windmills for the time being.

Posted by: Publius | July 28, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

What a great slip by askgees: "I put nothing past Osama."
The racism and reaction of the Virginia Republicans knows no bounds.

Posted by: hgfmd | July 28, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

The whole "identity theft" angle is just a smokescreen for scaring new voters from registering. The GOP is shameless.

Posted by: Joe Momma | July 28, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

My error. I simply didn't remember being required to have that information. Can't say if it's a Virginia thing or not. Then again, I was registering my son at the dentist and they asked for my SSN. Uh-huh.

BB

Posted by: Fairlington Blade | July 28, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is in favor of enabling QUALIFIED residents to vote.

It is not the GOP which is fighting for identity-less voting. It is the left who wishes for anybody and everybody - regardless of eligibility or citizenship to vote - predictably because enticing those who are not eligible or who are not citizens will be lured by their traditional promises of other people's money. It is the left who is fighting for felons to vote.

If you are on the left, you really have to look hard at your base, don't you. But then you have always been good at attracting the downtrodden - and keeping them there.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

i really think this all depends on the stock market

Posted by: I'm Billy | July 28, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Jeff, Jeff, Jeff....

You really, really must be scared. I registered 8 voters last weekend IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD myself for the Obama campaign. There is no fraud going on by the Democratic Party or organizations seeking to increase CITIZEN participation in our democratic elections.

The FRAUD is in GOP officials irresponsibly leveraged scurrious charges based on 2-3 individual cases that have NOTHING to do with the Democratic Party, the Obama campaign, or anything related.

Jeff, you should be scared. Because when I walk my neighborhood registering people to vote, and especially among long-disaffected populations, they come searching me out to register, you know there is a real thirst for change, and government that actually wants to help improve our collective lots, rather than government that wants to concentrate the benefit for those who need it the least.

Posted by: Doug in Mount Vernon | July 28, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

How come republicans dont complain about potential voter fraud when they are winning elections? Now their is a possibility that democrats will gain some ground in VA the republicans cry voter fraud. BTW no party has a lock on the illegal immigrant vote. So if thats his reason for alleging voter fraud its a weak one. Do Va residence want their tax dollars spent on voter fraud investigations based on political maneuvering?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Correction: Should have read "irresponsibly leveraging scurrilous"

Be afraid Jeff, be very afraid.

Posted by: Doug in Mount Vernon | July 28, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

The GOP and Qualified voters?

as a GOP voter it seems to me that it is easier to get the GOP out to vote. Much more difficult to get DEMS out. Dems have to work harder to get their crowd out. It is shameless never the less to cry foul when you're getting beat. That is the bottom with my delegate. He is flatly what Jeff is doing. Insinuating that common irregularities is a "left wing" conspiracy. My neighbors in Prince William and Jeff's constituancy have even encouraged us to carry our passports to the voting booth to prove our citizenship. I passed on that but I was tempted just in case someone wondered about the brown people in line.

Posted by: Publius | July 28, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

"BTW no party has a lock on the illegal immigrant vote." True, because illegal immigrants aren't allowed to vote.

Posted by: Jake | July 28, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

If republicans want to know why they are losing elections just look at some of your post. Its always an us against them mentality usually ending with ugly divisive language. People are tired of voting based on who they hate. People in Va want to vote based on what will better their own lives not based on what group of people to hate every election year. Last election republicans had their based voting based on hatred of gays. This election it will be based on hatred of the latino community via illegal immigration. Is Virginia really for lovers? Lovers of hate perhaps within the GOP.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Jake

Yes, jake it was a trick posting and you figured it out. Illegals dont vote. Tell him what he has won Bob.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

askgees

Lets trust bush and cheney some more. How about that Tom Delay and Jack Abornoff. Paul Wolforitz who paid his girlfriend at the state department more money than the secretary of state makes and Paul Bremmer who cant account for a plane load of money shipped to Iraq and lost. Yes the republicans are all honest people. Its only democrats that cheat and steal. If your that dogmatic and divisive politically I can only imagine your lack of social diversity.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Publius

Its easier for the GOP to get voter turn out when they can give the GOP voters a common enemy to be against. Thus they have to create in your minds that their is a connect between illegals and democrats. Illegal immigration is what will fire up the voters in PWC but in order to get them to vote against democrats is to somehow tie voter fraud and illegal immigration together, then tie both to democrats. Your right, thats a lot harder to do and I don't think they can pull that one off.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

VOTER FRAUD, GOP Presidential Race battle cry to justify actions to reduce Democratic voter registrations and to prevent Democratic voters from reaching the poles. They seem to avoid irregularities related to ballots or machines as in Florida.....hopefully Virginia can avoid any/all political/mechanical difficulties....

Posted by: sjosephs | July 28, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

The Community Voters Project is just a clone of ACORN, the corrupt group that has been convicted of submitting falsified names for voter registration.

And guess where they have their roots?

Good guess - Chicago, the bastion of political corruption and the obamessiah's home base.

Nawwww - - no corruption going on here.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

askgees,

i did not mean that the GOP is better able to fire up its base on issues (though it is quite capable). In general, the demographics (age, income, edu, etc) of GOP voters are more responsive and more likely to vote.

Posted by: Publius | July 28, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

It is only Fraud when the Reps. do it, the Dems seem to get away with any thing they do, thanks to the Press. ie Post.

Posted by: RH | July 28, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Jeff Frederick is a loser and so is the rest of the Virginia Republican Party. They aren't offering any new ideas, which is why educated Northern Virginia voters have been rejecting Republican candidates en masse since 2001. Instead of trying to craft a cohesive platform since John McCain lacks one, the party is obsessed with voter fraud in 3 cases? Wow. I wonder why they weren't more concerned about voter fraud in Southwest Virginia. Oh I forgot. That's conservative territory. Voting fraud is OK for electing Republicans. Got it.

Posted by: Jon | July 28, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

"The Community Voters Project is just a clone of ACORN, the corrupt group that has been convicted of submitting falsified names for voter registration.

And guess where they have their roots?

Good guess - Chicago, the bastion of political corruption and the obamessiah's home base.

Nawwww - - no corruption going on here."

YOUR IGNORANCE KNOWS NO BOUNDS.

Barack Obama himself led an organization that registered 150,000+ new citizen voters. He has nothing to do with this organization, and to try to associate the two because there both from Chicago is going to fly about as well as that Weapons of Mass Destruction and They Did 9-11 stuff did.

When will Republicans learn that they've already fooled fooled us, at least twice, and they are down for the count?

Get ready for a lashing, GOP, you're truly pathetic.

The lack of patriotism alone in trying to prevent eligible citizens from registering and voting, no matter who they are, is despicable.

They don't want good government, they want to run government into the ground.

Burn, GOP, burn. Only after you sift through your ashes can you hope to rebuild anything honorable.

Posted by: Doug in Mount Vernon | July 28, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm afraid any of you who think askgees' reference to "Osama" was a "slip" is giving one of our VA GOP friends too much credit. In their world, this is an acceptable misstatement. Its shows both their contempt for the candidate, and their views on race, creed, color, and national origin. Its simply Rush-speak, VA style.

As for Mr. Frederick's antics, its classic GOP voter suppression, pure and simple. They know that 90% of new voters in VA will either be Democrats (as the growing party) or individuals inclined to vote for Obama, if not Democrats generally. They view their only hope as (1) keeping the voter pool unchanged before Election Day, and then (2) throwing as many wrenches in the works on Election Day as possible to minimize voter participation. Watch out for November, it'll be bad. With any luck, public minded citizens will prevail and every citizen who wants to vote will be allowed to vote. But that might just be the naive, sunny optimist in me.

Posted by: sad | July 28, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

When republicans win elections, the people have spoken, when democrats win it must be voter fraud. When Obama has a brother governing a state that has the last say so in a recount in that state that decides an presidential election come back and tell us about widespread voter fraud within the democratic party.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

The Community Voters Project is just a clone of ACORN, the corrupt group that has been convicted of submitting falsified names for voter registration.

And guess where they have their roots?

Good guess - Chicago, the bastion of political corruption and the obamessiah's home base.

Nawwww - - no corruption going on here.


And Obama is a radical muslim, his wife is unpatriotic and his mother is a marxist. Did I leave any GOP BS out? Karl Rove is dead. You cant trick your way into winning elections any time soon. Republicans had the whole Cake and dropped it in front of the entire country. Your party is damaged goods right now. You lack fiscal responsibility, integrity, and commitment to the people who voted for you and you took an oath to serve. You don't deserve another shot at the Presidency or majority in congress until you repair your party by getting rid of these corrupt greedy people who currently lead your party and replace them with people who are committed to the values that you claim to stand for. You wont get their by bashing obama or making up stories about him. People are tired of that kind of politics because in the end you get leaders who are worse than the ones they told you to avoid. Whats good for the GOP isn't always good for the country. Its time the GOP learns that lesson.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

It is only Fraud when the Reps. do it, the Dems seem to get away with any thing they do, thanks to the Press. ie Post.

Posted by: RH | July 28, 2008 4:42 PM

Yes those poor poor republicans being picked on by that mean old main stream media thats mostly owned by Ruppard Murdock. Is this the part when democrats are suppose to apologize? Those poor republican, after seven years of bad governing the media has the nerve to report it. Telling us how many soldiers have died in the iraq war and giving their names. The media needs to shut up and let the republicans run things their way. Why should the media talk about soring gas prices, and the condition in Iraq and Afghanistan or release reports of corruption of republican members of congress and their constituents. If you dont have any good news to report you shouldn't report any news. Maybe there should only be one station reporting the news. Fox and one paper, the wall street journal. Then the republicans would feel the media is giving them a fair shake. Poor republicans, leave them alone MSM.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 28, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Of course there is ongoing fraud in Va. especially in NOVA where the power base of the illegal voters and their subordinate crime ridden groups like Meche, La Raza, and Casa. How can we forget the total illegalities of these groups? This isn't about Democrat or Republican this is about everybody should prove by ID that they are legally allowed to vote. Everytime i have voted i have had to show my ID. Is there a double standard for illegals and liberals? LOL

Posted by: chris c | July 28, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

▁▂▃▄▅▆▇█ OBAMA - LEAHY '08 █▇▆▅▄▃▂▁

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 28, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Its strange to me that this organization who is trying to register a traditionally underserved demographic is being targeted by the Republicans for having committed fraud. Are they worried about what will happen if people have actively tried to level the playing field and allow everyone access to voting? Its ridiculous that on some level Freddy is blaming a non-governmental organization for using SSN's when it is a state, and NOT an organizational regulation. The voter registration form should be revised to not require the use of the number. Then, we could all happily participate in this democracy instead of being intimidated by a party not willing to give up their lead roles willingly and instead feel the need to instill fear in its local community. Time to move over Republicans, a new wave is coming.

Posted by: kate | July 29, 2008 7:09 AM | Report abuse

I vote. Mea family vote. There no such thing as illegal and Presidente Obama know that. Si, cue puedo.

Posted by: Hector | July 29, 2008 7:53 AM | Report abuse

hector- are u trying to mimic French or Italian?

Posted by: ssam | July 29, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

"Voter fraud" is committed when a person votes twice. This rarely occurs: see http://projectvote.org/index.php?id=169. You are more likely to be hit by lightning than have your vote canceled by voter fraud.

Posted by: Sarah | July 29, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse


I guess the New York Times isn't as easily duped by partisan tactics as the Washington Post blogger team. Check out this NYT article which exposes in-person voter fraud as a myth:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/13/opinion/13tue1.html?_r=1&ref=opinion&oref=slogin

An extensive Department of Justice investigation FAILED TO TURN UP WIDESPREAD VOTER FRAUD IN THE US. (As the above NYT piece points out, the last thing illegal immigrants do is try to vote. They usually seek to keep a low profile, make money, and send it back to their families abroad.)

I commend real investigative journalism, rather than reporters who trumpet political party scare tactics. Of course a Virginia Republican in a swing state is going to try to create barriers to voter registration: Republican voters are likely to have time and money on their hands to jump through hoops on their way to the ballot box, and Democrats aren't. What's newsworthy in these partisan rants?

From Arlington, Virginia.
ML

Posted by: ML | July 29, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Frederick's claims that "There appears to be a coordinated and widespread effort in Virginia to commit voter fraud" is literally slanderous, and I hope to see it prosecuted as such. I worked for the organization for awhile, and the managers always told us how important it was to be accurate and never make things up - they wouldn't even let me check the gender box on a form, since it had already been signed and returned to the office. I do have misgivings about quota systems, but that is an overall problem of principle and not a specific fault of the Community Voters Project. The kids who were caught falsifying were just cheaters with bad personal ethics, and the CVP even helped turn them in. Make no mistake, the GOP wants to suppress voter registration because they think more registrations help Democrats.

See http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2008_07/014189.php for good discussion thread about all this.

Posted by: Neil ☼ | July 29, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The only voter fraud I can remember recently is when Ann Coulter voted twice in the 2006 election. Funny how a noted Republican't Putsch fluffer can get away with that sort of thing, isn't it? Almost as funny as a bunch of bedwetting chickenhawks lining up for the fainting couch. Too bad your Scaife money couldn't buy all of the media and the truth has managed to get out there despite all of the Republican't slime and deflect tactics.

Hey! I've got an idea! Why don't you get Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, Beck, Savage, and the rest of the high priced talent in the conservative mainstream media, and tell those Reich wingnut followers to start killing even more liberals! Then we'd get even more crazed crackers shooting up churches that they though were a little too liberal...

Posted by: (: Tom :) | July 29, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

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