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Friday, March 11, 2005

Election Flashback: How the Cheaters Fared

Posted by: Hammer / 3:23 PM

Cheater #1: Chad Staton. Staton, a coke addict in Ohio, filled out false voter registrations in exchange for crack. The woman who paid him, Georgianne Pitts, died in December from a drug overdose. Staton's election crime involved filling out voter registrations for dead and imaginary people: Mary Poppins, Dick Tracy, and Jeffrey Dahmer, among others. As a result of his crime, no one lost the right to vote and no one cast extra votes.

Cheater #2: Nathan Sproul. Leading up to the 2004 election, Sproul's organizations were accused of destroying Democratic voter registrations. According to this report:

Another eyewitness has come forward with allegations of improprieties in voter registration. This witness says she worked directly for the Republican party.

Unlike the allegations leveled earlier this week by another former field registrar, this source, Patricia Parker, does not claim to have seen registration forms torn up or tossed away. But she says she and others were told to do exactly that by their Republican employers.

"The person I went out with each day, her and I talked about it. Why throw them away? Why can't we just register them?" asked Patricia Parker.

She says she worked for less than two weeks as a voter registrar for the state Republican Party. She and others walked neighborhoods to sign up voters, but only Republican voters. She says her supervisors at the party, two women named Monica and Drea, told the employees what they should do with any registrations they received from Democrats.

"Just do whatever you want to with it. Dispose of it or bring it back here and we will dispose of it," Parker said.

Parker says she never did it and never saw it done but knows that Democratic forms were returned to the office. She says she wasn't a disgruntled employee but did feel guilty about what she was doing.

Sproul himself is a former head of the Arizona Republican Party. Sproul & Associates received over $500,000 from the Republican National Committee in 2004 to get out the right vote. Sproul & Associates gave the money to Voters Outreach of America which did the actual disposal of Democratic registrations.

As a result of Sproul's activities, thousands of people were denied the right to vote because their registrations were illegally destroyed.

Sproul continues to work as a Republican consultant.


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