And by "illegal voters", I mean people who don't actually cast an illegal vote but just wanted to point out how flawed the system is.
From today's Seattle Times:
Woman registers her dog to vote; prosecutors growlMemo to Dan, the dog did not vote and never intended to vote.... unlike say the thousands of illegal votes documented by Stefan Sharkansky @ Sound Politics that nobody seems interested in looking at.
Jane Balogh had a pretty good idea who was calling when the phone rang and the caller asked for Duncan M. MacDonald.
Duncan is the dog Balogh registered as a voter seven months before the November 2006 election.
After making her point — how easy it is for a voter to register illegally — Balogh will be arraigned in King County Superior Court on Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge of making a false statement to a public official.
If she accepts the plea deal offered by prosecutors, they won't ask for jail time but will recommend she be sentenced to 10 hours of community service, pay a $250 fine and commit no other crimes for a year.
Acting Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg says his office "can't simply look the other way. They say you should let sleeping dogs lie, but you can't let voting dogs vote."
So I called the Prosecuting Attorney's office to ask if they had finished prosecuting all of those people who DID illegally vote and could not reach a human so I sent an email and got this reply:
Out of Office AutoReply: Question
Prosecuting, Attorney [Prosecuting.Attorney@METROKC.GOV]
This mailbox is not monitored on a daily basis. If you require immediate assistance please contact:
Criminal: (206) 296-9000
Family Support: (206) 296-9020
Civil: (206) 296-9015
Fraud: (206) 296-9010
Otherwise, we will resturn your message as soon as we can. Thank you.
I will anxiously away the "resturn" message.
I got an email reply from the "Acting King County Prosecuting Attorney". Mostly background on the law, what she did was a felony, voter role integrity, etc. Here is the money quote:
Following the 2004 election we prosecuted 10 people for voting more than once in the general election.
10... WOW... that is 1 more than 9. That has got to be, what, close to half of 1 percent of those who appear to have actually voted illegally in the 2004 election.
King County Elections... keeping the voter rolls dog free.