NM dog becomes registered voter
posted at 12:52 pm on March 1, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
This is perfect. Buddy can help shore up the quadruped vote by throwing his support behind Hank the cat.
Station KOB in Albuquerque reports that a man has successfully registered his dog, a black Lab, to vote in New Mexico’s Bernalillo County. The owner, whose name for obvious reasons is not mentioned in the news report (although his face is plainly visible), claims his goal was to demonstrate that the system is broken.
He explains that he passed a voter registration booth on the University of New Mexico’s campus several few weeks ago and decided to see how easy it would be to register his dog to vote. The answer, as is it turned out, was “very.”
“I made up a birth date, and I made up a social security number,” he told reporters, “and I had a voter registration card in my hand for Buddy two weeks later.”
Reporters from the station contacted the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office about this incident. The response they received was—how you say?—confusing. They were told on the one hand that the office strictly examines applications from third-party registration agencies before sending out registration cards. Yet, at the same time, the state does not mandate that the county independently verify social security numbers, dates of birth, or even names that are submitted. With a system like that in place, what could possibly go wrong?
Alert readers may be aware that this is not the first time a dog’s name has appeared on the voter rolls in New Mexico. In 2010, another black Lab mix, this one named Tuckup, was successfully registered. The dog’s owner, Don Pizzolato, was charged with voter fraud, which is felony, and sentenced to nine months’ probation. The case was later dropped—but Tuckup’s name remained in the active file. Several months before the midterm elections the pooch received information on where to go to cast his vote.
As for Buddy, his owner gives assurances that he has no intention of voting under the dog’s name. My question is whether the Democrats are willing to the make the same promise.
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