'That's An Assault On Our Democracy': LAPD Busts Voter Fraud Scheme on Skid Row

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Posted: Nov 20, 2018 11:30 PM
'That's An Assault On Our Democracy': LAPD Busts Voter Fraud Scheme on Skid Row

 Did it cost anyone an election? No—but that doesn’t negate the fact that it’s still illegal—and that voter fraud does occur in the United States. This issue has been marginalized within the newsrooms of the liberal elite media and Democrats in general. It doesn’t happen often is their defense, though when they lose elections, like Georgia’s gubernatorial race, oh yes—you’re going to see charges that voter fraud cost them the race, not their straight trash views on public policy. In Los Angeles, the police said they busted a voter fraud ring that centered on voter registration and ballot initiatives. The LA Times reports that the accused would lure the homeless to forge signatures for ballot measures in exchange for cigarettes or a few dollars:

A forged signature swapped for $1 — or sometimes a cigarette.

The crude exchange played out hundreds of times on L.A.’s skid row during the 2016 election cycle and again this year, prosecutors said Tuesday as they announced criminal charges against nine people accused in a fraud scheme.

Using cash and cigarettes as lures, the defendants approached homeless people on skid row and asked them to forge signatures on state ballot measure petitions and voter registration forms, the district attorney’s office said. The defendants — some of whom were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday — face several criminal charges, including circulating a petition with fake names, voter fraud and registering a fictitious person.

The charges, which were filed three weeks ago but made public Tuesday, followed a Los Angeles Police Department crackdown on suspected election fraud on skid row earlier in the year.

“They paid individuals to sign the names,” Officer Deon Joseph, the senior lead officer on skid row, told The Times in September. “That’s an assault on our democracy.”

The LA elections chief, Dean Logan, told the publication that he’s confident his staff, which manually compares signatures, did not let the forgeries slip through. At the same time, he said any activity that shakes the trust of the voter in our system disturbs him. For more voter fraud stories, here are a few from Pennsylvania Texas, and Wisconsin.