In yet another twist of irony, canvassers for Walker appear to be encouraging multiple voting, or, at least not making it clear to people that they’re signing up for an absentee ballot. Apparently their obsession with “voter fraud” is more of a self-reflective moment than anything else.
A man in Waukesha County was duped by a Walker canvasser into signing a request for an absentee ballot. The man had already cast an early ballot.
After election officials discovered he had cast one ballot and another had been mailed to him, Gresch contacted him.
The man said he did not recall applying for an absentee ballot. However, he said a couple of weeks ago a man came to his door and asked him to sign something, according to Gresch.
“(He) said he was asked to sign something with other people’s names on it, but he wasn’t really sure what he was signing and that it seemed weird,” Gresch said.
“The guy at the door handed him Walker information and told (the man) the more signatures he got, the more commission he made,” Gresch continued.
“(The man) said he has a hard time saying ‘no’ to people that ask for stuff when they come to his house, so that’s why he signed something,” Gresch added.
Gresch said the man later came to the clerk’s office and verified the card mailed to the clerk’s office was the same one he signed for the individual soliciting his signature.
A couple of points. First, here’s yet another example of how Voter ID would do nothing to prevent an incident of multiple voting or false identity voting. Second, this is why we need to improve our voter registration systems to prevent these incidents from happening in the first place. Fortunately, a sharp-eyed clerk noticed the discrepancy and acted appropriately. But we should’t have to rely on sharp-eyed clerks (cough, cough, Kathy Nickolaus… cough, cough) to catch these events. We need better registration safeguards.
And also, too – Paid to canvass? Really? Your Republican grass roots in action!