Originally posted at The Brad Blog
Last year we spent quite a bit of time detailing what what we described, with much justification, as The Year of GOP Election Fraud.
From the three felony voter fraud convictions of Indiana Sec. of State Charlie White (R), to the admitted ballot petition fraud of the campaign of Newt Gingrich (R) and of the staff of U.S. House Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R) to the attempted voter fraud by right-wing propagandist James O’Keefe’s co-conspirators, to the registration fraud allegedly committed by employees of the firm hired by the RNC to carry out voter registration in seven key swing states, to the actual apparent voter fraud of the GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and beyond, it was another year in which the Republican Party pretended there was a massive Democratic voter fraud epidemic in order to institute new polling place voter suppression laws, even while carrying out their own crime spree, which largely went ignored by the very same media covering the GOP attempts to enact polling place photo ID restrictions.
But it wasn’t only the GOP superstars named above who attempted to game the system. Some of their gullible followers, who were distracted and conned into buying into the pretend “Democratic voter fraud” panic, decided to take matters into the their own hands by attempting to double-vote, claiming they were simply “testing the system.”
Two such cases in two different states led to voter fraud felony arrests last November. One of the cases, in Nevada, has now been settled with a guilty plea. The other appears to still be pending in New Mexico against a man who claims he thought his job as a Republican precinct challenger was to challenge the system itself.
Guilty Plea in Nevada
Last week, Roxanne Rubin, a 56-year-old casino worker from Las Vegas, pled guilty to attempting to vote twice. She agreed to pay nearly $2,500 in restitution to the state, to take an “impulse control counseling class”, perform 100 hours of community service and otherwise stay out of trouble for six months.
If all goes well for her, the felony charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct conviction.
Rubin, a Republican who appears to watch too much Fox “News,” told FBI investigators after her arrest that she simply “wanted to make a point” about the need for polling place Photo ID restrictions by testing the system. She voted once in Henderson, NV during early voting, and then attempted to do so later that same day at another early voting site. When she did, she was told she had already voted. She denied that she had, claiming that the database was wrong.
It wasn’t. Rubin says she was stunned when she was arrested by the FBI some days later at the Riviera hotel-casino where she worked.
She was “willing to risk the penalty in order to expose what she perceived as a weakness in the voting process,” according to investigators, because she “was unhappy with the process; specifically in that her identification was not checked.”
“If Ms. Rubin was trying to demonstrate how easy it is to commit voter fraud, she clearly failed and proved just the opposite,” Nevada’s Democratic Sec. of State Ross Miller said after Rubin’s guilty plea last week.
Jeffrey Segal, the deputy state attorney general who prosecuted the case, said that he knew of no other voters arrested in Nevada or nationally on a similar charge during the 2012 election.
Segal must not be a very good investigator…