Voter Fraud Watch: Key Voter Fraud Cases That Could Plague 2012 Election
In the lead-up to Election Day, Fox News Channel has brought you the latest updates on possible instances of voter fraud or other potential problems at the polls. Check back for updates throughout Election Day.
Here are the latest stories from Fox News:
UPDATE, 10:30p ET: Eric Shawn just reported the latest illegal voting issues arising in the battleground state of Ohio:
Update: In Virginia, officials have said voters are having to wait on extremely long lines in order to get to the voting booth. In one area of the state, voters reported standing on line for five hours before casting their ballot.
A polling site in Philadelphia apparently had a mural of President Obama emblazoned on the wall directly behind the voting machines. The mural, at a local school being used as a polling site, contained the words "change!" and "hope," along with a quote from the president.
Republicans were drawing attention to the image Tuesday morning, with one Mitt Romney spokesman tweeting: "Voters in Philly's Ward 35 are being forced to cast their ballots next to this."
Pennsylvania election law states "no person within a polling place may electioneer or solicit votes for any political party, political body, or candidate, nor may any unauthorized written or printed materials be posted within the polling place."
A Pennsylvania judge is issuing an order to reinstate Republican election officials across Philadelphia who allegedly were ejected or refused entry by on-site Democratic voting chief judges, GOP officials tell Fox News.
One Republican official claimed that "just under 70" Republican election officials were blocked from Philadelphia polling sites Tuesday morning by Democrats on site. One of them, the official claimed, "was shoved out of the polling place."
"For this many inspectors to be ejected from polling places is rare, even for Philadelphia," the official told FoxNews.com.
Read more at FoxNews.com.
A North Carolina-based group announced it will file a complaint with the Nevada Secretary of State. The group, ALIPAC, claims unions in Nevada are registering illegal immigrants to vote, then pressuring them to cast ballots. Read more from FoxNews.com, here.
William La Jeunesse reported this morning on voters' concerns in the swing state of Colorado, including with touch screens casting votes for the wrong candidate.
The picture below, taken outside a Philadelphia polling site this morning, calls to mind the scene four years ago, where two members of the New Black Panther Party were accused of trying to intimidate voters.
The group says it plans to send out members to monitor the vote today, as it did in 2008. There have also been reports of New Black Panther Party members at a polling location in Cleveland.
Four years ago, Fox News caught two members of the New Black Panther Party on tape outside a Philadelphia polling place. They appeared as though they were trying to intimidate voters.
A retired Navy captain, Ben Brink, is trying to make sure nothing like that happens this election. Brink has mobilized a group of former and retired veterans and SEALs to keep an eye out for signs of voter intimidation.
Watch the full interview:
2012 Election Links:
- PHOTOS: VP Candidate Paul Ryan Votes in Wisconsin
- PHOTOS: Gov. Romney and Wife, Ann, Vote in Massachusetts
- Sen. Marco Rubio on Why He Thinks President Obama Will Lose in Florida
- How Many Electoral Votes Does Each Swing State Have?
Senior correspondent Eric Shawn reported over the weekend from Mansfield, Ohio about potentially fraudulent voter registration forms. The name Adolf Hitler appeared on a voter registration card and is among 200 names that officials in Hamilton County, Ohio believe are forged, fraudulent or duplicates.
The name was flagged by the company that submitted these names, Fieldworks. It’s a company based out of Washington D.C. that conducts voter registration and ballot drives across the country. They describe themselves as primarily working for Democratic and progressive causes.
Just last month, a 21-year-old man working for Fieldworks pleaded guilty by reason of insanity on charges that he forged signatures on ballot petitions. Three Fieldworks employees have also been fired in Cleveland and there is another case going on in Cincinnati.
Watch Shawn's report:
Federal authorities are investigating fake letters sent to Republicans across the key swing state of Florida in recent weeks, apparently aiming to dissuade them from voting.
The letters, which appeared official at first glance, pretended to be from the office of the Florida supervisor of elections. They stated that the recipient’s citizenship is in question, and must be cleared up in person before Election Day.
The letter also stated, "A non-registered voter who casts a vote in the state of Florida may be subject to arrest, imprisonment and/or other criminal sanctions."
It’s believed that the intention was to give the recipient a false impression that they are not eligible to vote or to create confusion among voters. The phony letters were postmarked in Seattle and did not include a return address.
Nine people were charged last month with voter fraud in a district in Arkansas after a scheme was uncovered in which half-pint bottles of vodka were used to buy votes.
Three of those charged have pleaded guilty, including Democratic State Representative Hudson Hallum who has since resigned. Hallum had allegedly told a local city councilman — who is now a co-defendant — that they "need to use that black limo and buy a couple of cases of some cheap vodka and whiskey to get people to vote.”
Check out more voter fraud-related posts, here.