Some people, including liberals in Arkansas, deny that voter fraud happens enough to worry about, and argue that the chance of being affected by voter fraud is “less than being struck by lightning,” despite evidence to the contrary.
Well, now it seems that “lightning has struck” again. This time Maryland voters were the victims.
Wendy Rosen, the Democratic challenger to Republican Rep. Andy Harris in the 1st Congressional District, withdrew from the race Monday amid allegations that she voted in elections in both Maryland and Florida in 2006 and 2008.
Rosen, 57, a Cockeysville businesswoman and Maryland voter, told The Baltimore Sun that she registered to vote in Florida several years ago in order to support a “very close friend” running for the St. Petersburg City Council and to vote on local issues there.
Rosen said she was able to register in Florida because she owned property there.
Under Maryland law, a voter here may not maintain registration in a second state if it allows the voter to participate in state or federal elections there, according to Jared DeMarinis, director of candidacy and campaign finance at the State Board of Elections.
State Democratic Chairwoman Yvette Lewis said an examination of voting records in Maryland and Florida showed that Rosen participated in the 2006 general election and the 2008 primaries in both states.
When asked if she voted in both states, Rosen told The Sun she “didn’t remember how she voted.” Asked if she had voted twice in the 2008 presidential primaries, she declined to comment “due to possible litigation.” Ouch.
All of these “lightning strikes” are starting to make me think there’s some sort of imbalance in the atmosphere. Perhaps climate change and SUVs are to blame? Or, just maybe, it could be that voter fraud is a serious problem and the people who deny its existence are those who often benefit from it.
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