Campaign 2010

Oct 15, 2008

Pete Olsonís Voter Fraud Confirmed by Associated Press

The Associated Press reported that records obtained give even more reason to suspect that Republican candidate Pete Olson (TX-22) committed voter fraud by voting in both Virginia and Connecticut in 2003. 

 

On October 1 the Lone Star Project released documents showing that Olson, while registered to vote in Fairfax County, Virginia, voted in a special election in Newtown, Connecticut on August 12, 2003. They also showed that Olson voted in a primary election in Virginia on June 10, 2003 and the general election on November 4, 2003.

 

Reports from the Associated Press confirm Olson was indicated as having voted on the Newton, Connecticut voter log on August 12, 2003, and notes that "Newton required voters to show identification that included a photo, signature or an address, said Karin Aurelia and LeReine Frampton, Newton's voter registrars."

 

The Lone Star Project yesterday filed a formal report with Fairfax County, Virginia prosecutors and alerted the Virginia Attorney General, calling for an investigation of voter fraud by Texas Congressional District 22 Republican challenger Pete Olson. 

 

"The last thing that the voters of Texas' 22nd District need after Tom DeLay's scandal is another Representative who believes they are above the law," said Kyra Jennings, Southern Regional Press Secretary at the DCCC.  "If Pete Olson knowingly committed a felony by voting in this Connecticut election, he needs to come clean to the voters of the district and tell everyone why this 2003 election was so important that he needed to break the law to vote in it."

 

Background

 

  • From the Associated Press: "A page from a Newtown, Conn. log of voters who showed up at the polls that day has a line drawn through Olson's name, indicating a voter showed up with that name. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the log from the Newton registrar through an open government request.

 

"Records provided by Democrats show Olson also cast ballots in 2003 in the June primary and November general election as a registered voter in Fairfax County, Va. Fairfax County does not keep voting records for public or media review beyond four years, but sells its voting records each year to the political parties. Olson does not dispute the Virginia votes.

 

"Newton required voters to show identification that included a photo, signature or an address, said Karin Aurelia and LeReine Frampton, Newton's voter registrars." [Group claims House candidate voted in two states, Associated Press, 10/14/08]

 

  • Virginia election code states that any person who intentionally "registers to vote at more than one residence address at the same time, whether such registrations are in Virginia or in Virginia and any other state or territory of the United States . . . is guilty of a Class 6 felony." [Va. Code. Ann. § 24.2-1004(C)] Because Mr. Olson resided in Virginia and was registered to vote in Virginia, he should not have been qualified to vote in the August 12, 2003 election in Newton, Connecticut.

 

  • The Lone Star Project released voting records from the states of Virginia and Connecticut indicating that Pete Olson, while registered to vote in Fairfax County, Virginia, voted in a special election in Newtown, Connecticut on August 12, 2003. Olson voted in a primary election in Virginia on June 10, 2003 and the general election on November 4, 2003. [Lone Star Project]

 

  • The Lone Star Project filed a formal report with Fairfax County, Virginia prosecutors and alerted the Virginia Attorney General, calling for an investigation of voter fraud by Texas Congressional District 22 Republican challenger Pete Olson. Documents obtained by the Lone Star Project and provided to Virginia authorities show that Olson voted in both Virginia and Connecticut during 2003, which is a felony violation. [Lone Star Project]

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