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Comrade Crapski 09-21-2012 12:03 AM

3 illegals charged with voter fraud
It's only 3, but it's a start...

3 Council Bluffs Noncitizens Charged with Voter Fraud

By Rod Boshart, Reporter

DES MOINES, Iowa – Three people were charged with felony counts of voter fraud in Pottawattamie County Thursday as a result of an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation probe initiated last month in conjunction with the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office.

Class D first-degree election misconduct charges were brought against Albert Harte-Maxwell, 52; Linda Harte-Maxwell, 49; and Maria Ayon-Fernandez, 40, all of Council Bluffs. All three individuals were booked into the Pottawattamie County Jail on Thursday and released on their own recognizance, according to a DCI statement. The investigation was conducted by the DCI and Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office.

According to criminal complaints filed in the case, Albert Harte-Maxwell, Linda Harte-Maxwell, and Maria Ayon-Fernandez are all non-U.S. citizens who registered to vote in Pottawattamie County. Albert Harte-Maxwell voted in the 2010 general election and 2011 city election; Linda Harte-Maxwell voted in the 2011 city election; and Maria Ayon-Fernandez voted in the 2010 general election, according to the complaint and affidavit. The Harte-Maxwells are citizens of Canada and Ayon-Fernandez is a citizen of Mexico, court records indicate.

Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz, who also serves as the state’s commissioner of election, praised the work of investigators for uncovering the election crimes allegedly perpetrated by three foreign nationals who are accused of participating in Iowa elections even though they are not U.S. citizens.

A Salt Weapon 09-21-2012 07:13 AM

This can't be true, I thought all illegal aliens were a benefit to this country.

Oh, they probably voted for a Republican, that's why.
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La literatura 09-21-2012 07:15 AM


Originally Posted by A Salt Weapon (Post 8932554)
This can't be true, I thought all illegal aliens were a benefit to this country.

Illegal aliens?

La literatura 09-21-2012 07:24 AM

If these people were under the impression that they could vote, and registered to vote, and did vote, this might not be punishable voter fraud, which I believe requires knowingly fraudulent behavior.

vailpass 09-21-2012 07:28 AM


Originally Posted by Literature (Post 8932556)
Illegal aliens?

Which part do you not understand?

La literatura 09-21-2012 07:32 AM


Originally Posted by vailpass (Post 8932570)
Which part do you not understand?

I'm questioning the poster's implication that the people in the article are illegal aliens.

vailpass 09-21-2012 07:37 AM


Originally Posted by Literature (Post 8932573)
I'm questioning the poster's implication that the people in the article are illegal aliens.

Oh, I see. Can't tell from the article whether they are here legally or not but I'm pretty sure you understood that he meant non-citizen and fraudulent voter.

La literatura 09-21-2012 07:39 AM


Originally Posted by vailpass (Post 8932579)
Oh, I see. Can't tell from the article whether they are here legally or not but I'm pretty sure you understood that he meant non-citizen and fraudulent voter.

No, I'm not convinced he or many people know that there's a difference between non-citizen and illegal alien.

vailpass 09-21-2012 07:46 AM


Originally Posted by Literature (Post 8932581)
No, I'm not convinced he or many people know that there's a difference between non-citizen and illegal alien.

I hate that you have been offended by the general public's inability to measure up to your standards on this one.

FD 09-21-2012 07:46 AM

Stinking Canadians.

vailpass 09-21-2012 07:47 AM


Originally Posted by FD (Post 8932591)
Stinking Canadians.

Terrance and Phillip are good people.

Donger 09-21-2012 07:52 AM


Originally Posted by Literature (Post 8932556)
Illegal aliens?

Possibly before, yes. Certainly now.

patteeu 09-21-2012 09:09 AM

The jig is up, Direckshun.

Comrade Crapski 10-21-2012 09:17 AM

Three felons - including one man convicted of multiple counts of forgery - have had their status revoked as voter registration workers in Milwaukee and have been referred to county prosecutors after the Journal Sentinel flagged their criminal backgrounds to city officials.

The three men had been authorized by the Milwaukee Election Commission as so-called special registration deputies, a role that state election officials say is off-limits to felons under state law.

Checks by the newspaper turned up 11 people in all with apparent criminal convictions ranging from misdemeanor sexual assault to felony drug possession who have been authorized to register voters in Milwaukee. A person convicted of a misdemeanor is not automatically disqualified from serving as a special registration deputy.

The newspaper turned up the names by matching a database of convicted criminals against voter registration workers in the city with the same address and same full name, including middle initial.

Neil Albrecht, executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission, stressed that there is no public evidence that any fraud in registering voters has been committed, let alone any evidence that fraudulent votes are being planned. Albrecht said his agency does not run criminal background checks on deputies when they are signed up but had law enforcement confirm the newspaper's finding after being contacted by the newspaper.

"Our course of action will be terminate the (deputies) based on these findings. We're going to examine our future processes for engaging people in this line of work," Albrecht said.

In addition, the Milwaukee County district attorney's office is looking at three more voter registration workers after city election commission officials raised a red flag about them because of their own separate concerns. Two of these three men work for the Community Voters Project, a group that employed several workers who in 2008 were charged and later convicted with falsely registering voters to meet quotas and keep their jobs.

Wednesday was the last day when registration workers could sign up new voters, but the public still has an interest in knowing that the names gathered were accurate and no other problems came up.

The number of convicted voter registration workers identified by the Journal Sentinel is less than 1% of the total number of such workers in the city. Albrecht said in many cases the workers are volunteers seeking to do civic good. These deputies work for private groups, not the city itself.

Felons, even those no longer under state supervision, cannot serve as registration deputies because the state constitution forbids felons to serve in any "office of trust," and the state Government Accountability Board has found that registration deputies hold such an office. Albrecht said he follows that finding, though the question hasn't been tried in court and he has some reservations about it.

"It's sort of contrary to the whole idea of rehabilitation," he said.

At the same time, any voters giving personal information to Mark L. Johnson, 51, wouldn't have necessarily known that in 2000 he was convicted of three counts of felony forgery, according to online court records. Johnson was the first of the three felons that the city election commission terminated as registration deputies.

As part of legislation requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls, Republican legislators and Gov. Scott Walker last year changed state law to make it harder for voter registration workers to move between communities in Wisconsin. But that same change also makes it harder for watchdogs such as the Journal Sentinel to easily gather information about who is now doing voter registration work.

Previously, a volunteer or worker seeking to register voters in more than one community could simply get training from the state Government Accountability Board and be certified to register voters across the entire state rather than in a single community. Now these workers don't have that option and have to go to clerks or election officials in each of Wisconsin's roughly 1,800 municipalities to work in those jurisdictions, no matter how small.

That scatters the records on who is serving as registration deputies in clerk's offices around the state and makes it harder to run checks on them as the newspaper did in 2010.

In its checks of Milwaukee registration deputies, the newspaper found Andrew L. Shepherd, 32, who has a 2000 felony conviction for second-degree recklessly endangering safety as well as a 2007 felony marijuana conviction and two misdemeanors. Shepherd also has a bench warrant that was issued in February in an open case on charges of second-offense drunken driving, according to online court records.

Terry P. Conn, 54, had two felony convictions in 2004, one for bail jumping and one for maintaining commercial gambling supplies, as well as three misdemeanor convictions. Conn and Shepherd were terminated as registration deputies along with Johnson.

The newspaper's review also turned up Robert Quesada, 61, whose contacts with the courts include convictions for misdemeanor fourth-degree sexual assault and two counts of misdemeanor prostitution in 2004.

Many of the convictions for other registration deputies were for misdemeanors such as disorderly conduct, resisting arrest or drug possession.

Johnson and the other three men named above could not be reached for comment.

Albrecht, of the city election commission, said the three cases his agency referred on its own to the district attorney's office had undisclosed "irregularities" needing investigation but may well turn out to be innocent. Albrecht said his office does its own thorough reviews and the overall number of problems being found so far is fewer than in 2008, when they garnered wide attention.

The two workers from the Community Voters Project now under scrutiny were both let go by the group for unspecified reasons, said Brad Martin, a national spokesman for the group. The Community Voters Project employs and trains temporary workers to register African-American and Latino voters in swing states such as Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio, Colorado, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

"We identified both these two individuals not just to the (Milwaukee) Election Commission but also the district attorney's office because we had concerns. . . . We take this work extremely seriously," Martin said.

The third registration worker referred to the district attorney's office didn't list himself as working for an organization. The Journal Sentinel is not naming the three workers because so far they have not been accused publicly of any crime.

In Wisconsin, Community Voters operates just in Milwaukee. The group does not pay its workers by the number of signatures gathered but does require workers to meet daily targets for signatures, Martin said.

Three former Community Voters workers in Milwaukee for the 2008 election pleaded guilty to falsifying scores of voter registrations. At least one of them made up names because she said she could not meet her daily quota.

banyon 10-21-2012 09:23 AM

So these 3 people are the justification for disenfranchising millions through the new voter id laws?
How did requiring id help at all? Looks like they were able to figure it out without ids?

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