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ON HIGH ALERT: Monitors on the Lookout for Election Day Voter Fraud

With Election Day polls set to open in mere hours, those monitoring the vote  for fraud and funny business are already on high alert.

Late last month, the state of Florida raised flags after strange letters  started to go out telling voters that their citizenship was being questioned and  that voting could expose them to possible jail time.

Then in Ohio, Nevada and other battlegrounds, reports surfaced of voters  trying to make their choice for president on touch-screen machines only to see  the machine register a different candidate. Typically, they voted for Mitt  Romney and the machine marked President Obama.

Among the latest allegations is that NAACP workers showed up at a polling  site in Houston “electioneering” for Obama and refused to leave — though the  NAACP adamantly denies it.

The incident was detailed by a poll watcher for the group True the Vote. In a  written statement, monitor Eve Rockford claimed NAACP representatives arrived at  the Houston site Friday afternoon “with probably 50 cases of bottled water” and  began handing them out to voters.

“They were talking to them about flying to Ohio to promote Barack Obama. They  were stirring the crowd,” Rockford said.

Bill Ouren, national elections director with True the Vote, told FoxNews.com  this constitutes “electioneering discussion inside the polls,” which is against  Texas law. Electioneering is not allowed within 100 feet of a polling  site.

Rockford said that the NAACP representatives also were moving people to the  front of the line, angering others at the polling site. But she said the judges  on site were unable to stop them. “The NAACP basically ran this poll location  and the judges did nothing about it,” she said.

Ouren said the judges did ask the NAACP representatives at one point to turn  their NAACP shirts inside-out. They initially refused but eventually complied,  he said.

But Gary Bledsoe, president of the Texas NAACP, challenged virtually every  one of those claims.

“The NAACP folks didn’t do anything at all that was wrong,” he told  FoxNews.com. Bledsoe said the representatives were merely helping move elderly  and disabled residents who were standing outside in the heat to the inside of  the building. “They did not cut them in line,” he said.

Further, Bledsoe said nobody with the state NAACP discussed going to help  Obama — because “they’re going to be here on Election Day. They’re not going to  Ohio.”

Sgt. Grady Castleberry with the local sheriff’s department backed up Bledsoe,  saying he was there and never heard them say anything about either candidate. He  said somebody else on the site not affiliated with the NAACP, though, was  potentially giving inappropriate advice by urging people to vote “straight  ticket.” Castleberry said the issue at the polling site was not the NAACP at  all, but how elderly and disabled voters were being treated.

Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart, though, told FoxNews.com the NAACP  representatives “were in there illegally” despite their intentions. He also  acknowledged that the election judges on site didn’t “really take control.”

There are reports elsewhere of potential voter fraud and other  irregularities.

In Iowa, officials have opened a voter registration and absentee ballot  investigation that reports say involves complaints about Democratic campaign  workers and allegations of false signatures.

The Republican National Committee claims “it appears to be illegal activity  involving Democratic and Obama campaign operatives engaged in absentee ballot  canvassing.”

One man says this happened to his 75-year-old mother.

Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz, a Republican, is investigating, and a  spokesman told Fox News “we take all allegations of voter fraud seriously —  that is why we have hired a Department of Criminal Investigation investigator to  handle all of the allegations of voter fraud in Iowa.

The Iowa Democratic Party has not returned requests for comment.

Meanwhile, in Oregon, there is a ballot-tampering investigation. Reports say  a county clerk may have filled in the names of Republican candidates that voters  left blank. And outside Cincinnati, there are concerns that voters registered at  a vacant lot could be used for voter-fraud purposes. Eighteen people are  registered to vote there, even though the trailer park that was once there was  removed three years ago.

The Ohio Voter Integrity Project is challenging the names to prevent possible  voter fraud.

“It makes me feel angry, that somebody hasn’t done anything about this,” said  Denise Mayer, of the Ohio Voter Integrity Project. “And the more that we bring  it to people’s attention, the more they want to talk about disenfranchising the  voter, which is ridiculous.”

Ohio elections officials say they will be on the look-out for any possible  fraud or election problems.

“If they see some untoward activity taking place, there’s going to be a  polling location coordinator there,” said Jeff Hastings, director of the  Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Ohio. “They can advise that person who’s  responsible for making sure that doesn’t happen there. Obviously if they  see anything else they can call our board and law enforcement.”

And in Las Vegas, a woman — a registered Republican — has been charged with  trying to vote twice.

Perhaps the most memorable incident of voter intimidation — or at least the  most controversial — from the 2008 election was the appearance by New Black  Panther Party members at a Philadelphia polling site. One of them was holding a  billy club — it resulted in a federal case, though the local leaders faced no  serious punishment.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, New Black Panthers leader Malik  Zulu Shabazz has said the group will “consider” whether to monitor polling  places again this year. Shabazz said on WABC Radio that the group wants to watch  for “intimidation against our people,” but said nobody will have any weapons on  them this time.

Source: Fox News

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