At a time when Gov. Rick Scott is gearing up for his 2014 re-election bid, and the Secretary of State is trimming illegal voters from the rolls, a Texas-based watchdog group is giving them a heads-up on voter fraud.
True the Vote, dedicated to preserving voter integrity, identified 173 cases in which individuals double-voted in both Florida and Maryland, according to the group’s website.
“These 173 cases represent True the Vote’s continued effort to expose the fragility of our absentee voting systems,” True the Vote President, Catherine Engelbrecht said in a statement. “Last year Pew Research found that 2.75 million Americans were registered to vote in more than one state. We are unfortunately continuing to see the consequences of that startling statistic. True the Vote calls on Florida, Maryland and federal officials to investigate our latest research.”
Those Florida counties where the double-voting occurred most often were Escambia, with 28 cases, Clay with 10, and Duval, Pinellas and Volusia with 9 reported instances each.
Voting in two states amounts to voter fraud in both states.
The issue of double-voting in both Florida and Maryland came up in the 2012 general election, when The Washington Post reported on the case of Maryland Democratic congressional candidate Wendy Rosen. When the state party leaders were informed of Rosen’s voter fraud, they urged her to resign from the race, and issued the following statement, according to the Post:
The Maryland Democratic Party has discovered that Ms. Rosen has been registered to vote in both Florida and Maryland since at least 2006; that she in fact voted in the 2006 general election both in Florida and Maryland; and that she voted in the presidential preference primaries held in both Florida and Maryland in 2008,” wrote Yvette Lewis, the state party chair. “This information is based on an examination of the voter files from both states. We believe that this is a clear violation of Maryland law and urge the appropriate office to conduct a full investigation.
True the Vote describes itself as “a nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots organization focused on preserving election integrity is operated by citizens for citizens, to inspire and equip volunteers for involvement at every stage of our electoral process. TTV empowers organizations and individuals across the nation to actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation.”
The watchdog group was one of the many conservative organizations targeted by the Internal Revenue Service seeking tax-exempt status.