Yet another illustration of the voter fraud that is actually happening (as opposed to the fiction that Scott Brown and right wing promote with their Voter ID scam) is reported on the front page of the Metro section in this morning’s Globe:
The district attorney in Hampden County is investigating whether a Republican candidate for state representative orchestrated an illegal scheme to cast absentee ballots on behalf of hundreds of voters in hope of winning a primary election.
State election officials were tipped off to the potential voter fraud when a suspiciously large number of residents of the Springfield suburb of East Longmeadow suddenly changed party registration from Democrat to independent, making them eligible to vote in the upcoming Republican primary.
When contacted, several of the voters said they had not changed party affiliations, raising concern that someone had switched their party in an attempt to cast fraudulent absentee ballots on their behalf.
Lest anyone fear that this is some sort of Democratic Party witch-hunt, the facts in the case seem reasonably clear (emphasis mine):
Angelides detected the possible fraud while gathering information from the town clerk’s office about Republicans who requested absentee ballots for the Sept. 6 primary. When campaign workers began calling the voters, they discovered that the residents had not requested absentee ballots and were not even Republicans.
The Angelides campaign workers had expected about 50 requests for Republican absentee ballots, but they found about 450 requests, according to Spencer H. Kimball, Angelides’s attorney. The absentee ballot requests were not scattered either, but were concentrated on certain streets and in certain neighborhoods. Also, many of the voters were age 60 or older.
Finally, in a stunning display of incompetence that seems to be the hallmark of everything the Massachusetts GOP attempts, the final tip-off was the identity of those requesting absentee (Republican) ballots:
“We recognized there may be a problem,” [Kimball] said since some of those listed as requesting Republican absentee ballots were “hard-core Democrats, including members of the Town Democratic Committee and a retired judge.”
At that point, Kimball contacted Secretary of State Galvin’s office. “Something was really wrong,” he said.
“Something was really wrong” — indeed. Something is really wrong with the entire Massachusetts GOP.
Sadly, this episode exemplifies the truth about Massachusetts voter fraud — and the GOP’s role in it.