Two years ago in Washington state, the unthinkable happened. The Republican gubernatorial candidate won, but by only a thousand or so votes. Some counties conducted re-counts to ensure the accuracy of their totals. King County, Seattle, conducted two or three re-counts, each time finding more and more votes for the Democratic candidate. Eventually, the Democratic candidate won by 120 votes.
Obviously, the losing party challenged votes and investigated for fraud, etc. More than 500 votes were found to have been cast illegally, but the various city, state and federal prosecutors refrained from conducting any serious investigations.
In protest of the callous indifference displayed by King County election officials (who ideologically sided with the Democratic winner), Jane K. Balogh, a 66 year old Federal Way resident, registered Duncan M. McDonald, her Australian shepherd-terrier mix to vote using a mail-in form last April.
Duncan was mailed a ballot in November and she returned it with “VOID” written across the face and signed with a paw print.
Election officials noticed the odd ballot and called Jane who admitted to the scheme, but Duncan remained a registered voter and was sent another ballot for an election in May.
Duncan was finally removed from the voter rolls three weeks after Jane was charged in King County Superior Court for “making a false or misleading statement to a public servant,” which is a misdemeanor, and “for filling out the false voter registration.”
A county investigator said the owner contended that Duncan was eligible because
He is an American citizen,
Was born in the United States,
Is over 18 years old (in dog years) and
Has never been convicted of a felony.
“The county prosecutor’s office offered to charge Balogh only with a misdemeanor and to agree to a sentencing recommendation of a one-year deferred sentence, a year of probation, 10 hours of community service and a $250 fine if she pleads guilty. If she doesn’t, the prosecutor’s office will charge her with a felony.”
After vigorously prosecuting this 66-year old, the county prosecutor should investigate ACORN for submitting 1,800 apparently fraudulent registrations after the registration deadline. The registrations contained forged signatures and often identical addresses.