Too good to check. Dogs, dead, get voter reg forms

posted at 12:30 pm on July 15, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Call it a slow news weekend or just call it business as usual in politics. If this story is a spoof, it’s a fairly good one, since CBS and others picked up on it immediately.

A “non-profit group” seems to have mailed out a massive number of voter registration forms targeting likely Democratic leaning recipients. No problem so far. Nothing wrong with getting registration forms out to the public. They also took the extra step of filling in some of the information in advance. Now we’re getting a little dodgy, but if they don’t pre-fill the party registration or demographic details, it might still be OK. So… what could possibly go wrong?

The voter registration form arrived in the mail last month with some key information already filled in: Rosie Charlston’s name was complete, as was her Seattle address.

Problem is, Rosie was a black lab who died in 1998.

A group called the Voter Participation Center has touted the distribution of some 5 million registration forms in recent weeks, targeting Democratic-leaning voting blocs such as unmarried women, African-Americans, Latinos and young adults.

But residents and election administrators around the country also have reported a series of bizarre and questionable mailings addressed to animals, dead people, noncitizens and people already registered to vote.

Also on the list of recipients:

  • A dead dog named Mozart, belonging to a Virginia man
  • A cat named “scampers” who also lives in Virginia
  • Dead people
  • People who had moved to other states
  • People already registered to vote elsewhere

This story will doubtless cause the fur to fly (er… sorry) in the usual circles, but perhaps it will also cause people to think about voter registration and ID differently. This group is obviously using commercially available mailing lists from sources which have nothing to do with government registration and can contain some oddball entries, but they are transferring that data into the voting system.

I wonder if they sent any to Florida, where even now we learn that the recent check of registered voters is turning up people who are registered but admitted, upon being asked, that they are not eligible. And more importantly… how many of them were dogs?

UPDATE: (Jazz) I have been informed that the dog pictured on the front page for this article actually belongs to hilarious political satirist Frank Fleming of New York Post and PJ Media fame, among other places. He’s on Twitter (@IMAO_). The picture was taken by his wife Sarah.


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So Obama ate a potential voter…

Electrongod on July 15, 2012 at 12:32 PM

“Let me just say this,” Obama told a crowd of more than 3,000 packed into a four-block stretch of downtown Roanoke late Friday. “If I win Virginia, I’m going to get four more years. That I can say with some confidence.”

rogerb on July 15, 2012 at 12:32 PM

So Obama ate a potential voter…

Electrongod on July 15, 2012 at 12:32 PM

…no!…they’re the ones they KNOW he ate!

KOOLAID2 on July 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM

So, FLA is using DHS’s database for their voter purge of non-citizens?

Looks like we can add FLA to NC and IN for Romney. Now, what else do we need?

JohnGalt23 on July 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM

If I can’t beat him, I’ll eat him

/Obama on dogs as voters……

ted c on July 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM

…ACORN is back!

KOOLAID2 on July 15, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Maybe we should let cats vote. Independent, pro-hunting, not known for accepting a lot of bullcrap. Certainly I’d trust a bunch of cats at the polls than the young voters that proudly voted themselves into slavery in 2008.

Gingotts on July 15, 2012 at 12:35 PM

This isn’t my dog, Mr. Vote Monitor, this is my…..cousin. And if you even think of asking for his I.D. I will sue you into the ground.

Bishop on July 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM

How much is that doggie in the window? (arf! arf!)
The one with the waggley tail
How much is that doggie in the window? (arf! arf!)
I do hope that doggie’s for sale…

Well, his vote, anyway…

Kraken on July 15, 2012 at 12:38 PM

This isn’t my dog, Mr. Vote Monitor, this is my…..cousin. And if you even think of asking for his I.D. I will sue you into the ground.

Bishop on July 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Does your dog bite?

VegasRick on July 15, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Too good to check. Dogs, dead, get voter reg forms
POSTED AT 12:30 PM ON JULY 15, 2012 BY JAZZ SHAW

So it’s come to this? And we all thought this election would be close.

Uppereastside on July 15, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Does your dog bite?

VegasRick on July 15, 2012 at 12:38 PM

No…

JohnGalt23 on July 15, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Well in Texas the DOJ presented the court with a list of 1.5M people they claim have no photo ID. (hmmm, then where did the list come from?) Among the many people on the list that obviously had IDs were George H. Bush.

pat on July 15, 2012 at 12:41 PM

So it’s come to this? And we all thought this election would be close.

Uppereastside on July 15, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Well, at least the dogs are probably house trained… more than can be said for some of the “people” we allow to register with the Democratic Party.

JohnGalt23 on July 15, 2012 at 12:41 PM

‘I am a Rottweiler and I vote’.

DaveDief on July 15, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Al Capone started this initiative…He works for Eric Holder

workingclass artist on July 15, 2012 at 12:43 PM

So it’s come to this? And we all thought this election would be close.

Uppereastside on July 15, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Speak for yourself. I predict a landslide for Romney.

VegasRick on July 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM

We always joke that our dog is a democrat. All he does is sit around and wait for us to provide him with whatever he needs. Great picture btw.

Aggie85 on July 15, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Well in Texas the DOJ presented the court with a list of 1.5M people they claim have no photo ID. (hmmm, then where did the list come from?) Among the many people on the list that obviously had IDs were George H. Bush.

pat on July 15, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Texas offers free photo ID

workingclass artist on July 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Speak for yourself. I predict a landslide for Romney.

VegasRick on July 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM

agree.

workingclass artist on July 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Didn’t Seinfeld have a bit in the early 90′s about dogs having voting rights..?

affenhauer on July 15, 2012 at 12:48 PM

VegasRick on July 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Big-time. This is 1980 and Jimmah is screwed.

Southernblogger on July 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Dead people and dogs are very highly valued voting blocs for the Dim party.

Southernblogger on July 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM

My dog was born without a nose.

How does he smell?

Terrible.

Left Coast Right Mind on July 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM

I am troubled by the anti-dog bias at this site. Is there any evidence that human voters are any smarter than dogs?

Time Lord on July 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Big-time. This is 1980 and Jimmah is screwed.

Southernblogger on July 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM

The first time I was (barely) old enough to vote. I’ll never forget it.

VegasRick on July 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM

So now they’re after the DEAD pet vote too? It would be hilarious if it weren’t so serious.

joekenha on July 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Also, what’s wrong with dead people? For example, Abraham Lincoln is generally thought of as a pretty good president. Those who elected him — twice — are all dead.

Time Lord on July 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM

We always joke that our dog is a democrat. All he does is sit around and wait for us to provide him with whatever he needs. Great picture btw.

Aggie85 on July 15, 2012 at 12:46 PM

I think that way of my dog too but only because he eats cat poop and licks his own butt.

Bishop on July 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Black B!chez will always for Obama

burrata on July 15, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Gasp! You mean there might actually be a reason to ask people to show ID when voting?

Of course if such a system were in place nation-wide, Democrats would point to the results and say “See! NO voter fraud! We were right!”

GarandFan on July 15, 2012 at 12:57 PM

The good news is in Minnesota you can vouch that your dead dog is a resident of the state.

Dr Gymll on July 15, 2012 at 12:57 PM

I think that way of my dog too but only because he eats cat poop and licks his own butt.

Bishop on July 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM

dimocrat for sure.

VegasRick on July 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM

A dog would NEVER admit to being registered to vote elsewhere…

michaelo on July 15, 2012 at 1:02 PM

guy goes to a shrink, tells him he thinks he a dog…shrink tells him to lie down on the couch so they can discuss it…guy says “I’m not allowed on the couch”.

now if we can just get dogs trained to not vote…

teejk on July 15, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Black B!chez will always vote for Obama.
Also , people should check on their dogs and hide them if possible, now the mutt muncher knows where our dogs live :(

burrata on July 15, 2012 at 1:05 PM

How about dead dogs? Or as Obama calls them: appetizers.

JammieWearingFool on July 15, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Well, Rosie O’Donnell votes, doesn’t she? Why shouldn’t the rest of the dogs be allowed to vote?

Oh, and Sarah Jessica Parker looks like a horse.

The Reasonable Man on July 15, 2012 at 1:06 PM

I think that way of my dog too but only because he eats cat poop and licks his own butt.

Bishop on July 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM

:). We may have the same dog!

Aggie85 on July 15, 2012 at 1:08 PM

How about dead dogs? Or as Obama calls them: appetizers.

JammieWearingFool on July 15, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Rover Sole

VegasRick on July 15, 2012 at 1:09 PM

I think that way of my dog too but only because he eats cat poop and licks his own butt.

Bishop on July 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM

:). We may have the same dog!

Aggie85 on July 15, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Your dog licks Bishop’s dog’s butt?
/

VegasRick on July 15, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I wonder if they sent any to Florida, where even now we learn that the recent check of registered voters is turning up people who are registered but admitted, upon being asked, that they are not eligible. And more importantly… how many of them were dogs?

The thing about Florida polling places is that the workers are all sweet, elderly, trusting Church ladies and their husbands. My MIL does it every year. In 2008 there was genuine fear where she was working. She saw all sorts of shenanigans but all the workers were afraid of doing anything.

ACORN isn’t dead. It’s living in the WH.

Key West Reader on July 15, 2012 at 1:11 PM

So, it would be wrong if some of my imaginary friends wanted to vote republican?

trigon on July 15, 2012 at 1:14 PM

WOAI LOCAL NEWS: Texas Demolishes USDOJ’s Case Against Voter I.D.

Testimony has concluded in the trial of Texas ‘Voter I.D.’ law, after attorneys for the state demolished the main arguments raised against the law by the Obama Administration, and got the key witness for the Justice Department to admit he got his information from Wikipedia, 1200 WOAI news reports.

tetriskid on July 15, 2012 at 1:15 PM

So Obama ate a potential voter…

Electrongod on July 15, 2012 at 12:32 PM

if he only knew back then that every (canine) vote counts :-)..

jimver on July 15, 2012 at 1:16 PM

…but asking for ID to vote is raaaaaaacist…///

Sekhmet on July 15, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Parrots should be able to vote, too. They, at least, can talk.

“Polly want a cracker?”

“Obama!”

Liam on July 15, 2012 at 1:18 PM

“So what? The total amount of proven voter fraud in the US is infinitesimal, and any attempt to regulate voting is a form of Jim Crow. Requiring voters to show ID only proves that Mitt Romney hates dogs. Did we mention that he once strapped Seamus to the roof of his car?”

–liberal media

MidniteRambler on July 15, 2012 at 1:20 PM

So Obama ate a potential voter…

Electrongod on July 15, 2012 at 12:32 PM

COTD

MidniteRambler on July 15, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Testimony has concluded in the trial of Texas ‘Voter I.D.’ law, after attorneys for the state demolished the main arguments raised against the law by the Obama Administration, and got the key witness for the Justice Department to admit he got his information from Wikipedia, 1200 WOAI news reports.

tetriskid on July 15, 2012 at 1:15 PM

wiki founder Jimmy Wales would tell this guy he’s an Idiot.

Del Dolemonte on July 15, 2012 at 1:21 PM

aww, I have to register my nieces’s pug then…he’ll have to send an absentee ballot from France though…what, foreign dogs can’t vote in our elections???…how wacist…

jimver on July 15, 2012 at 1:21 PM

The first time I was (barely) old enough to vote. I’ll never forget it.

VegasRick on July 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM

I turned 18 that November, so I couldn’t vote. But I did spend the next six years serving in the USAF under Ronaldo Maximus. Good times.

I did vote for him in 1984, however, but I was in Thule, Greenland so my vote probably didn’t get counted.

Immolate on July 15, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Dogs voting for the top dog!

Schadenfreude on July 15, 2012 at 1:25 PM

It’s a dog vote for dog world!

Schadenfreude on July 15, 2012 at 1:27 PM

So it’s come to this? And we all thought this election would be close.

Uppereastside on July 15, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Do you actually have a brain? Note that I didn’t ask if it is functioning?

Schadenfreude on July 15, 2012 at 1:28 PM

If you cant beat them, eat them.

William Amos on July 15, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Aren’t dogs required to wear a license tag on their collar?

Has Eric Holder caught wind of this yet? Requiring dogs have IDs has to be unconstitutional too.

Standing by for DOJ presser.

fogw on July 15, 2012 at 1:29 PM

I think that way of my dog too but only because he eats cat poop and licks his own butt.

Bishop on July 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM

…and chases his own tail.

Schadenfreude on July 15, 2012 at 1:31 PM

ACLU on the case, pronto!

Schadenfreude on July 15, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Do dogs have to pay poll taxes?

Schadenfreude on July 15, 2012 at 1:33 PM

On the internet, no one knows you are a dog.

Apparently this is also true for the voting both.

Woof.

Grinch on July 15, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Soon they will be packaging new voters like this:

http://www.genpets.com/index.php

pedestrian on July 15, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Dogs voting for the top dog!

Schadenfreude on July 15, 2012 at 1:25 PM

it’s a dog’s world :-)

jimver on July 15, 2012 at 1:36 PM

What does Obama call a headstone on a pet’s grave ?
Voter information ;-)

burrata on July 15, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Well, I guess this is where the 50% who don’t pay taxes is from? ///

upinak on July 15, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Uppereastside

…barking again!

Dogs voting for the top dog!

Schadenfreude on July 15, 2012 at 1:25 PM

…yep!

KOOLAID2 on July 15, 2012 at 1:37 PM

So Obama ate a potential voter…

Electrongod on July 15, 2012 at 12:32 PM

RATS!!! You stole my thunder.

timberline on July 15, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Of course if such a system were in place nation-wide, Democrats would point to the results and say “See! NO voter fraud! We were right!”

GarandFan on July 15, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Nope, if such a system were in place nationwide, the Democrats would lose, obviously….

chai on July 15, 2012 at 1:39 PM

We always joke that our dog is a democrat. All he does is sit around and wait for us to provide him with whatever he needs. Great picture btw.

Aggie85 on July 15, 2012 at 12:46 PM

My dogs are definitely conservatives, not a democrat in the group. They’re all bird dogs or cattle dogs who work in return for their food and shelter and who can be trusted around children.

TXUS on July 15, 2012 at 1:43 PM

That dog’s face looks a little like Debbie Wasserperson-Schultz, except the dog has better hair.

petefrt on July 15, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Electrongod, KOOLAID2
I just hope Allah doesn’t get any voter registrations for his cats…………;-)

angrymike on July 15, 2012 at 1:45 PM

They will end up eating their own when all is said and done. Funny though!

Bmore on July 15, 2012 at 1:45 PM

I am troubled by the anti-dog bias at this site. Is there any evidence that human voters are any smarter than dogs?

Time Lord on July 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Not here in Illinois.

polarglen on July 15, 2012 at 1:46 PM

That dog’s face looks a little like Debbie Wasserperson-Schultz, except the dog has better hair.

petefrt on July 15, 2012 at 1:45 PM

does your dog bark with a lisp?

which brings up a good question…if one registers as a Democrat, do they then acquire the lisp?

or if they already have a lisp do they register as a Democrat?

a chicken/egg scenario.

teejk on July 15, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Uppereastside on July 15, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Do you actually have a brain? Note that I didn’t ask if it is functioning?

Schadenfreude on July 15, 2012 at 1:28 PM

…noooooooooo!…it’s a Banal Bainer!

KOOLAID2 on July 15, 2012 at 1:53 PM

I just hope Allah doesn’t get any voter registrations for his cats…………;-)

angrymike on July 15, 2012 at 1:45 PM

…they are prolly getting absentee ballots somewhere…I have two adopted older cats with chips…I bet they’re voting vets in Michigan!

KOOLAID2 on July 15, 2012 at 1:58 PM

I am troubled by the anti-dog bias at this site. Is there any evidence that human voters are any smarter than dogs?

Time Lord on July 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

No – see 2008.

Schadenfreude on July 15, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Holder has already said that no one thinks this is a serious problem.

Knott Buyinit on July 15, 2012 at 1:59 PM

That dog’s face looks a little like Debbie Wasserperson-Schultz, except the dog has better hair.

petefrt on July 15, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Nah, looks like Axelturd, on a good day. Mostly Axelrod looks like Adolph.

Schadenfreude on July 15, 2012 at 2:00 PM

…noooooooooo!…it’s a Banal Bainer!

KOOLAID2 on July 15, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Uppereast will vote for obambi. No brainer….

VegasRick on July 15, 2012 at 2:03 PM

petefrt
why, why would you say that about a good looking dog, the poor dog has never done anything to you, has it????……..;(

angrymike on July 15, 2012 at 2:03 PM

…noooooooooo!…it’s a Banal Bainer!
KOOLAID2 on July 15, 2012 at 1:53 PM

OK – help me out here: is it speller ‘Bainer’ or ‘Boehner’?
I get confused sometimes…

affenhauer on July 15, 2012 at 2:05 PM

KOOLAID2
I have a couple critters myself, But I refuse to implant chips, it’s such a hassle to get them to walk into the booth………….:-)

angrymike on July 15, 2012 at 2:07 PM

does your dog bark with a lisp?

teejk on July 15, 2012 at 1:53 PM

No, but he whistles and clips his words, speaks in cliches and is always using strawmen.

petefrt on July 15, 2012 at 2:08 PM

What does Obama call a headstone on a pet’s grave ?
Voter information ;-)

burrata on July 15, 2012 at 1:37 PM

:-)

jimver on July 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

This kind of stuff is good for a laugh and everything but we should be concerned. Forget about the dogs,that “massive” number of voter registration forms will translate into massive fraud. And you know how hard our spineless RINO leaders will fight it.

Alabama Infidel on July 15, 2012 at 2:12 PM

OK – help me out here: is it speller ‘Bainer’ or ‘Boehner’?
I get confused sometimes…

affenhauer on July 15, 2012 at 2:05 PM

touche’!

KOOLAID2 on July 15, 2012 at 2:20 PM

I’m down here in Texas and wrote about this a month ago (http://rhymeswithright.mu.nu/archives/330103.php and more recently http://rhymeswithright.mu.nu/archives/330929.php) — after voter registration forms for three fictitious names my wife uses when subscribing to magazines arrived in my mailbox.

RhymesWithRight on July 15, 2012 at 2:24 PM

…ACORN is back!

KOOLAID2 on July 15, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Seriously, if we look into the history of this organization, I will bet that it’s an ACORN group that was renamed after all their scandals.

slickwillie2001 on July 15, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Are there any polls out yet on how many of the dead and/or dogs are likely voters? How many are among the undecided? I suppose that being dead instantly qualifies you to register as a Democrat but I am certain that my black lab isn’t; he is so hyper he makes coffee nervous and he doesn’t sit around waiting for anything.

ghostwalker1 on July 15, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Let’s think like democratics folks.
Are the dogs likely to vote Republican? If so ignore this.
Are the dogs likely to vote democratic? Let’s shut it down.

slickwillie2001 on July 15, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Is this the 0 ate dog, 0 married a dog, or a dog voted for 0 thread? Oh well, no matter, I’m sure one of them will work here.

Bmore on July 15, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Looks like the dog Josey Wales spit tobacco juice on…

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 15, 2012 at 2:50 PM

my cats-including the dead ones-are noted libertarians who hate the vet and want to be left alone. (so you know they’re anti-obamacare.) they also don’t like it when stupid humons or other cats touch their stuff- no redistribution of kitteh’s scratching posts, cat nip mice, and carpeted stripper poles by commies! the Siberian-American in particular understands life under a totalitarian socialist regime…

i wish i had registered them all last time around. the cat vote alone would have swung the election juan mcpain’s way just to avoid the marxist who will force them to the vet whether they need it or not and will steal their kitty condos, giving them to unfixed, irresponsible shelter queens with litters of nip babies by numerous fathers.

mittens on July 15, 2012 at 2:50 PM

GrannyDee on July 15, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I bought the boxed set of those movies…GREAT entertainment I think (but in my house I watch them alone…nobody else appreciates them).

teejk on July 15, 2012 at 2:50 PM

I’ve been around for a long time and I have a whole slew of dogs that have passed on (loved each and every one of them). Can I get ballots for them? They’d love to vote for Romney.

RebeccaH on July 15, 2012 at 2:50 PM

So, FLA is using DHS’s database for their voter purge of non-citizens?

Looks like we can add FLA to NC and IN for Romney. Now, what else do we need?

JohnGalt23 on July 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM

It is just a compromise. Only those who are here legally, who have an alien number are being checked to see if they are registered to vote illegaly.

In short, if the person on the voter list has an Alien number they can ask for verification from the feds.

If they are illegally in Florida, they will not have that number and without the number on the form, the feds will not check it.

The illegal vote is all Holder is worried about since Obama needs those votes. He is sacrificing a few to save the many.

Franklyn on July 15, 2012 at 2:53 PM

A dead vote, is a dead vote, is a dead vote, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

listens2glenn on July 15, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Dogs are a key Democrat bloc, the question is which are the dogs? Let’s not leave out the Dead, always “around” to help both before and after, especially after, elections.

arand on July 15, 2012 at 3:05 PM

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