Elections board to deal with voters with invalid addresses

Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 6:29 PM
Last updated Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 4:53 AM
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The Richmond County Board of Elections will take up the cases of voters who don’t live where they say they do, at its monthly meeting tonight.

Last month, board members asked Executive Director Lynn Bailey to look into several cases of registered voters whose home addresses appeared to be vacant lots, abandoned houses or businesses.

Bailey is expected to present a report on her findings today when the board convenes at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building on Greene Street. Bailey said she also expects to have a plan of action on how to address the issue and improve the county voting rolls’ accuracy.

The board’s action was prompted by stories in The Augusta Chronicle that uncovered dozens of voters with ineligible addresses – some at vacant lots and others registered at business addresses.

The Chronicle’s investigation used Augusta government databases and matched them with voter registration data to find lists of voters with suspect addresses. Georgia law requires voters to register at their place of residence.

Some of the voters interviewed admitted to living in other counties or even outside the state.

Bailey, who began some initial inquiries in November, told board members last month that she was able to confirm that several of the voters on the newspaper’s list were registered and voted from addresses that turned out to be vacant lots. She said a few of those voters have updated their addresses in recent months, but most have not.

Bailey said she also found several others with ineligible addresses, including some voters listed as living on property now used as parking lots by the Augusta National Golf Club off Berckmans Road.

Bailey said voters whose addresses are determined to be invalid can be stricken from the rolls, or if there appears to be an intent to defraud, their cases can be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office.

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just an opinion
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just an opinion 01/13/13 - 09:46 pm
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We want names!

This is voter fraud! Someone tell me how I can get these? Is is public information?

KSL
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KSL 01/14/13 - 06:02 am
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"Several"? In real speak that

"Several"? In real speak that probably means a whole lot of people, but not as many as it would have meant if GA had been a swing state.

Techfan
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Techfan 01/14/13 - 06:08 am
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Here's one you can go after:

In 2010, Mitt Romney claimed to live in his son's 720 square foot, unfinished basement instead of one of his mansions. Unfinished, no furniture, no one in the neighborhood ever saw him, no one ever saw him at local chapel or temple, and Ann told people they lived in California. Definitely voter fraud. The public information is there. Go get him!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/14/13 - 07:43 am
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On a positive note

At least we know Romney is a legal citizen.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 01/14/13 - 07:57 am
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no different than...

Hillary running as a New York senator when she lived in the White House. There are cases on both sides...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/14/13 - 08:51 am
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Calm Down

This address thing is important, but let's not blow it out of proportion.

Suppose a person lives in a home in Columbia County, owns a building that houses a business he manages in Richmond County, and owns a condominium on Sullivan's Island he visits three times a year, including a month-long vacation every summer. In my opinion, that person should be able to choose which one of those locations he registers to vote. It makes perfectly good sense for the person to register at the business address, since the person may feel that Richmond County's politics have more impact on his economic bottom line than the other two do.

Former president George H. W. Bush famously has residences in Texas and in Maine. He should be able to choose which one he votes from.

Even a vacant lot would be okay with me as long as the person votes only once. You need some serious I.D. verification to assure that.

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MarinerMan 01/14/13 - 08:51 am
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This is Voter Fraud
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If the person that owns multiple properties only votes once, then I'm cool. If they vote multiple times, then that is voter fraud, plain and simple. If it can be determined that they abused the system, then they should spend a little time in a cell to contemplate life.

KSL
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KSL 01/14/13 - 02:17 pm
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Old news

Techfan.

KSL
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KSL 01/14/13 - 02:20 pm
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The key, LL, is the choice

The key, LL, is the choice thing, and the proclaimed choice. And the one vote because you chose which place.

KSL
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KSL 01/14/13 - 02:25 pm
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Techfan

Do I recall correctly that you are a land owner? I know from your comments that you do not think owning extra land and paying more taxes give your vote more potency with those land holdings

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Riverman1 01/14/13 - 06:32 pm
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Honestly, what I believe

Honestly, what I believe happens is people who used to live at a certain address continue to use that address even if they go stay with relatives or become homeless. Using that old address gets to be a lifelong way of keeping their roots. Some of those addresses are now empty because the house has been removed. That happens in most cities.

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