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Crack-for-Votes in Ohio  | e-mail post

I think the other cynical Barry Johnson (we're everywhere, don't you know) at Cynical Nation had the best headline "This gives 'Rock the Vote' a whole new meaning". From the Toledo Blade:
Voter fraud case traced to Defiance County registrations volunteer

124 registrations falsified, allegedly for crack cocaine

Mary Poppins. Jeffrey Dahmer. Janet Jackson. Chad Staton.

Defiance County elections officials were confident the first three hadn't moved to their small community. But the fourth one lived there, and - in exchange for crack cocaine - tried to falsely submit the first three names and more than 100 others onto the county's voter registration rolls, police said.

Now Mr. Staton, 22, of Defiance, faces a felony charge of false registration in a case that has quickly gained national attention as part of a hotly contested presidential battle that's attracted a flurry of new voter registrations across the country - and a flurry of complaints of voter registration fraud.

Defiance County Sheriff David Westrick said that Mr. Staton was working on behalf of a Toledo woman, Georgianne Pitts, to register new voters. She, in turn, was working on behalf of the NAACP National Voter Fund, which was formed by the NAACP in 2000 to register new voters.

Sheriff Westrick said that Pitts, 41, of Toledo, admitted she gave Mr. Staton crack cocaine in lieu of cash for supplying her with completed voter registration forms. The sheriff declined to say how much crack cocaine Pitts supplied Mr. Staton, or to say whether Pitts knew that the forms Mr. Staton gave her were falsified.

(continue to whole story at Blade website)
OK, one comment: unsurprisingly, no one has suggested a link between the crack-for-votes scandal and Ohio Republicans.

In related news, we have no idea if the Colorado woman who registed herself to vote 25 times, and some of her friends up to 40 times each is in fact, Eric Cartman's mother.

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