The chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee in Arizona says he used to wonder about whether ballot-box stuffing and other voting offenses actually happened, but no longer.
“America used to be a nation of laws where one person had one vote,” he said in a report in the Arizona Daily Independent. “I’m sad to say not anymore.”
His comments came after he reported witnessing a man stuffing hundreds of ballots in a ballot box during the Aug. 26 primary election in Arizona.
A.J. LaFaro said in the report he had been at the Maricopa County Elections Department for several days as the representative for the Republican Party.
On Aug. 25, workers running early ballots through scanners were caught up with their work and officials decided to allow an extended lunch break from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
“So I decided to relax and read my Wall Street Journal out in the main foyer area,” he told the newspaper.
Suddenly he heard a thud, and he saw “a person wearing a Citizens for a Better Arizona T-shirt” who had dropped a box of “hundreds of early ballots” and was stuffing them in the ballot box.
Watch the surveillance video:
LaFaro told the newspaper the unidentified man challenged him with, “What’s your problem?”
He said he responded, “I don’t have a problem.”
The rest of the exchange, from LaFaro:
CBA T-shirt: “Stop watching me. You’re annoying me.”
LaFaro, who continued watching: “One of your ballots isn’t sealed”
CBA T-shirt: “It’s none of your business. What’s your name?”
LaFaro: “I’m the chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party. What’s yours?”
CBA T-shirt: “Go **** yourself. I don’t have to tell you who I am.”
LaFaro said the man was “a vulgar, disrespectful, violent thug that has no respect for our laws.”
“I would have followed him to the parking lot to take down his tag number but I feared for my life,” he said.
“I believe it’s inconceivable, unacceptable and should be illegal for groups to collect hundreds, if not thousands, of voter’s ballots and return them to the elections offices or poling locations,” said LaFaro.
One reader comment on the Daily Independent site noted it legal in Arizona for someone to give another person their ballot to deliver to a polling place. But another said: “The fact that some creep convinces old people or whoever to hand over their ballots is not illegal but it sure is unethical.”
According to the Independent Journal Review, LaFaro followed up and obtained surveillance video.
The incident already has sparked an online conversation about vote fraud, on which WND has reported extensively. For example, WND reported several weeks ago on Indiana’s plans to launch a program to verify voter addresses.
The move prompted the dismissal of a lawsuit over the issue.
At the time, the nonprofit government watchdog Judicial Watch said the results ended two years of litigation it brought on behalf of the group True the Vote.
Indiana officials admitted at least one in eight voter registrations contains inaccurate information.
In response, a postcard campaign was launched with messages to 4.4 million registered voters to “identify outdated and inaccurate voter registration information to improve the accuracy and integrity of Indiana’s voter registration list.”
A second mailing will follow if needed, state officials said.
Because of that, and other changes, the lawsuit over voting procedures was dismissed.
Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote, said that “despite the length of time this litigation took to come to an acceptable close, Indiana voters can now rest assured that common-sense voter roll maintenance procedures are in place and working in the interests of all.”
Earlier, WND reported on a wide range of allegations of voter fraud over recent years, including a claim by a poll watcher in Pennsylvania that votes reverted to Obama by default, no matter who the voter selected.
The incident took place in the state where officials claimed regarding the 2012 presidential election Obama received a total of 19,605 votes in 59 voting divisions to zero for Mitt Romney and not far from the 100 precincts in Ohio in which Obama got 99 percent of the vote.
With evidence mounting that the vote tabulation did not reflect the true choices of voters, talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh declared: “Third-World, tin-horn dictators don’t get [these percentages]. I mean, the last guy that got this percentage of the vote was Saddam Hussein, and the people that didn’t vote for him got shot. This just doesn’t happen. Even Hugo Chavez [of Venezuela] doesn’t get 100 percent or 99 percent of the vote.”
It was in Upper Macungie Township, near Allentown, Pennsylvania, where an auditor, Robert Ashcroft, was dispatched by Republicans to monitor the vote on Election Day 2012. He said the software he observed would “change the selection back to default – to Obama.”
But Fitton said instead of voter fraud cases being pursued, then-Attorney General Eric Holder and his allies were “fanatically focused on attacking commonsense election integrity measures such as voter ID.”
“What a disgrace it is that Judicial Watch and True the Vote [are] required to do basic law enforcement work to clean up elections that the Eric Holder’s Justice Department won’t do because of the administration’s misguided racial politics and radical ideology,” he said “The Obama Justice Department is a clear and present danger to the integrity of our nation’s elections.”
Pew has reported that nearly 2 million dead people are registered to cast ballots across America, and there are 3 million eligible to vote in two or more states.
WND columnist Barry Farber wrote that a “single fraudulent vote is an ‘attack’ on our democratic system.”
“Massive voter fraud is a massive attack. The website Watchdog.com tells us that a group known as the Virginia Voters Alliance counted 44,000 voters registered in Maryland as well as Virginia. An additional 40 to 60 thousand dead voters were found to be on the active voters list in that one state of Virginia, according to the Social Security Administration. It’s not just Chicago anymore,” he wrote.
He related a joke about voting rolls and procedures.
“In the days before voter fraud became unfunny, they told about the two men from a Democratic clubhouse in Chicago out in a graveyard late one night copying names from tombstones for voting purposes. One of the men noticed the other was falling row after row behind. ‘Hurry it up, pal,’ he said. ‘What’s wrong?’
“His buddy replied, ‘This is one of those tough Polish names. I’ve got to figure it out.’
“‘Forget about that one,’ stage-whispered his friend. ‘Just skip it and move on to the next one,'” Farber wrote.
“‘Whaddaya mean, ‘Move on’?’ he answered indignantly. ‘This guy has as much right to vote as all the rest in here!'”