Maryland Democrat exits congressional race due to allegations of voter fraud

posted at 5:21 pm on September 10, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Wendy Rosen, a small-business owner running as a Democrat for Maryland’s 1st Congressional district, quit the race today after her party reported to state officials that she is currently registered for, and has recently participated in, the elections of both Maryland and Florida. WaPo reports:

“Personal issues have made this the hardest decision that I have had to make,” Rosen said [in a statement.]

Rosen’s announcement came the same day the state Democratic party released a letter to state Attorney General Douglas Gansler and state prosecutors reporting the allegations against Rosen.

“The Maryland Democratic Party has discovered that Ms. Rosen has been registered to vote in both Florida and Maryland since at least 2006; that she in fact voted in the 2006 general election both in Florida and Maryland; and that she voted in the presidential preference primaries held in both Florida and Maryland in 2008,” wrote Yvette Lewis, the state party chair. “This information is based on an examination of the voter files from both states. We believe that this is a clear violation of Maryland law and urge the appropriate office to conduct a full investigation.”

Apparently, the state party found out about the voter-fraud stain on her record and pressured her to resign. She spoke with the Baltimore Sun on Monday, claiming that she just can’t remember whether she voted twice — in the elections of two different states — or not.

Rosen, a Cockeysville businesswoman who is registered to vote in Maryland, told The Baltimore Sun on Monday that she also registered in Florida, where she owned land, in order to support a “very close friend” running for the St. Petersburg City Council and to vote on local issues there.

Rosen, asked by The Sun whether she voted twice in the 2008 presidential primary, said she did not remember how she voted.

Mm hmm. Nobody seems to have been forecasting that Rosen would have won the race — against Republican freshman Rep. Andy Harris — anyways, as the recently redrawn district has been growing increasingly Republican-leaning. But, I’m just left wondering — and correct me if I’m wrong here — did Democrats just admit that voter fraud exists? Because I thought we were supposed to believe that voter fraud isn’t a real thing, and isn’t something we should waste our time worrying about nor “suppressing” people’s votes with voter ID laws, or something?


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