Sunday, April 7, 2013

Do 164,000 Virginians Vote in Other States?

Mind-boggling. Who would have guessed that 164,000 people are registered to vote in Virginia and in another state at the same time? Since 21 states are reportedly involved in this, I'm guessing that this is primarily a clerical error--states have not routinely purged a voter from one state's record whenever s/he registers in another state, as it might be after moving, so a lot of these people had no idea that they were still on the voter rolls in one or more places where they used to live.

If anybody out there has been exploiting clerical errors and voting twice, you are hereby reminded that continuing to do this is now a felony. You could go to jail! Pick a state and vote in it. If you want to support candidates on both sides of the state line, you can still display campaign signs, transport people to the polls, and host after-vote parties in the state where you're not registered to vote. Just don't try to vote there.

This statistic comes from Rob Bell's e-mail:

Dear Friend,
Great news!
Governor’s McDonnell’s amendments passed the General Assembly, so my voter fraud measure, House Bill 2331, will now become law. This will empower Virginia’s Attorney General to investigate and prosecute voter fraud in Virginia. (Previously, the Attorney General’s office had to be invited before looking into these cases.)
The Assembly also passed amendments to my HB 2269. This law will ensure that child pornographers and certain other offenders who receive multiple mandatory minimum sentences serve their full sentences.
Of course, there were plenty of other bills. There were various amendments proposed for the transportation tax package; it is still a large tax increase and I oppose it. Changes were proposed to the Medicaid commission that would have the power to expand Medicaid in Virginia. I continue to oppose this measure and have additional concerns about its Constitutionality, as expressed by Attorney General Cuccinelli in his official opinion.
Last, the Assembly passed the Governor's Amendment to limit abortion coverage under the Obamacare exchanges. While it passed the House easily (I voted yes), it passed the Senate by only one vote.
Rob Bell
Delegate, 58th District
P.S. – The State Board of Elections has found 164,000 people who are registered to vote in Virginia and at least one other state. Virginia was only able to cross-reference 21 states at this time, so the actually number likely is much higher. I am hopeful that one of the new voter fraud laws (from my House Bill 1764, passed this year) will help clean this up.

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Rob Bell
2309 Finch Court
Charlottesville, VA 22911

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