We tend to associate people taking multiple opportunities to vote with old gangster stories. Surely, we tell ourselves, something like that couldn't happen in today's world--not with our sophisticated computer systems.
Apparently not so much.
The New York Daily News
has a story out about voters in New York and Florida
being registered to vote and actually voting in both states. Some interesting things from the story..
One was Norman Siegel, 84, who is registered as a Republican in both Pinellas Park, Fla., and Briarwood, Queens. Siegel has voted twice in seven elections, including the last four presidential races, records show.
The article also went on to say this:
- Of the 46,000 registered in both states, 68% are Democrats, 12% are Republicans and 16% didn't claim a party.
- Nearly 1,700 of those registered in both states requested that absentee ballots be mailed to their home in the other state, where they are also registered. But that doesn't raise red flags with officials in either place.
Scary to think that in our "modern" time where this type of thing shouldn't happen, that is still does. And that it's referred to as a seemingly "perfect crime" in the story. And it's also disheartening to see that the story refers to Florida, a state that was at the center of a national controversy last time the presidential election came around.
Sure, it's not images of guys in bad suits and tommy guns, but it's still disheartening that two months before the election, this type of fraud is a huge possibility in the upcoming election.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 8/25/2004 11:51:00 AM