Voter Registrations Possibly Trashed
George Knapp, Investigative Reporter
(Oct. 12) -- Employees of a private voter registration company allege that hundreds, perhaps thousands of voters who may think they are registered will be rudely surprised on election day. The company claims hundreds of registration forms were thrown in the trash.
Anyone who has recently registered or re-registered to vote outside a mall or grocery store or even government building may be affected.
[...] Two former workers say they personally witnessed company supervisors rip up and trash registration forms signed by Democrats.
"We caught her taking Democrats out of my pile, handed them to her assistant and he ripped them up right in front of us. I grabbed some of them out of the garbage and she tells her assistant to get those from me," said Eric Russell, former Voters Outreach employee.
Eric Russell managed to retrieve a pile of shredded paperwork including signed voter registration forms, all from Democrats. We took them to the Clark County Election Department and confirmed that they had not, in fact, been filed with the county as required by law.
[...] The company has been largely, if not entirely funded, by the Republican National Committee. Similar complaints have been received in Reno where the registrar has asked the FBI to investigate.
LIBRARIAN BARES POSSIBLE VOTER REGISTRATION DODGE
Company claiming affiliation with the non-partisan ‘America Votes’ group appears to represent the GOP
By MEG LANDERS
A local librarian checking on a company’s request to set up a voter registration booth in the library discovered the company was not affiliated with a non-partisan national group as it claimed.
Sproul & Associates, Inc. of Phoenix, Ariz., phoned and mailed the library in September, saying it had been hired by America Votes.
That came as news to America Votes.
"This organization (Sproul) absolutely has nothing to do with America Votes," said Kevin Looper, the state organizing director for America Votes.
[...] But the man behind the matter says it was an innocent mistake.
"We were not trying to copy their name," said Nathan Sproul, owner of the consulting and management company. "All we were trying to do is register people to vote."
In September, the Jackson County Library Services Central Library received a letter from Sproul & Associates, Inc. which began:
"Our firm has been contracted to help coordinate a national non-partisan voter registration drive, America Votes! in several states across the nation."
[...] Sproul & Associates, Inc. is a political consulting firm headed up by former Arizona state Republican Party executive director Nathan Sproul.
[...] She said she learned on the Internet that Sproul & Associates is actually a partisan political consulting firm, so the library cannot support them.
The toll-free number which librarians were given connects to an answering machine stating that if the caller is interested in canvassing neighborhoods in support of the GOP, he or she should leave a message with contact information.
Sproul said Monday the name selection was an honest mistake.
"You telling me that they even exist was really the first time I’d heard it," said Sproul. He said his company, hired by a number of clients to register voters, came up with what he believed was a generic name. He said he had not heard from the original America Votes.
Sproul said his company was just trying to get more people registered to vote and were not promoting any issue, candidate or party.
Can you believe the balls on these guys? This is organized fraud on a national scale. And this Sproul guy lying his ass off that he never heard of America Votes! is total shit. Even if I were willing to believe it, (which I'm not) they failed to exercise due diligence when forming their organization. And they still fraudulently claimed to be non-partisan!
So, let's get this straight... this is the former head of the Arizona Republican Party running a partisan consulting firm directly funded by the Republican National Committee, going around to swing states pretending to represent a non-partisan registration organization so that they can register voters in public buildings, that's bad enough and illegal. But--they're only turning in the Republican forms and destroying any Democratic registrations!!
Oh, this is also the same group that gathered questionable signatures for Nader. Why am I not fucking surprised?
It's too bad 60 Minutes' credibility is in the toilet, because this is a big story and deserves wide exposure. The RNC needs to pay some serious consequences for this, and I don't mean $75 per violation as Oregon law states--the RNC will happily write that check--I'm talking RICO charges, jailtime and permanent bans on these fucking crooks from ever being near the political process again. Ed Gillespie ought to be frying for this.
Kerry better start running away with this election, because if it's close at all, the Republicans are poised to steal the Presidency again.