The Snowbird Factor

This is interesting:

Scandal of Double Voters
By Russ Buettner
The New York Daily News | August 24, 2004

Some 46,000 New Yorkers are registered to vote in both the city and Florida, a shocking finding that exposes both states to potential abuses that could alter the outcome of elections, a Daily News investigation shows.

Registering in two places is illegal in both states, but the massive snowbird scandal goes undetected because election officials don’t check rolls across state lines.

The finding is even more stunning given the pivotal role Florida played in the 2000 presidential election, when a margin there of 537 votes tipped a victory to George W. Bush.

Computer records analyzed by The News don’t allow for an exact count of how many people vote in both places, because millions of names are regularly purged between elections.

But The News found that between 400 and 1,000 registered voters have voted twice in at least one election, a federal offense punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. …

The News’ investigation also found:

# Of the 46,000 registered in both states, 68% are Democrats, 12% are Republicans and 16% didn’t claim a party.

# Nearly 1,700 of those registered in both states requested that absentee ballots be mailed to their home in the other state, where they are also registered. But that doesn’t raise red flags with officials in either place.

Efforts to prevent people from registering and voting in more than one state rely mostly on the honor system.

Let’s see. Up to 1,000 New York voters also voted at least once in Florida. 68% are Democrats, meaning a possible 680 extra votes (to maybe 120 extra Republican votes).

Hmm. Can we please stop the whining about how the Republican Party stole the 2000 presidential election?

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