Four years after Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and several other fictitious names that ACORN workers attempted to register to vote, John Adolf Hitler has turned up on a voter registration form in Cincinnati, Ohio.
"It's certainly not a joke. In Ohio, that kind of activity is a felony," says Alex Triantafilou, an Elections Board member.
"Any person who would engage in that kind of conduct with something as serious to our democracy as voting," he continued, "is highly irresponsible and potentially criminal...We have someone doctoring registrations, and the next step would be a serious move toward fraudulent voting. We are worried about it.”
The person who registered listed his name as "Adolf Hitler, John" and address as "666 Heltz" in Los Angeles.
It was part of a batch of roughly 200 voter registrations that election officials say were flagged as possibly fraudulent, forged, or duplicated by the group that collected them, FieldWorks, a private Washington, D.C. based firm.
FieldWorks, says it works largely with Democratic candidates, causes and progressive organizations collecting signatures for voter registration or ballot initiatives across the country.
“We have a zero tolerance for fraud," FieldWorks co-owner Chris Gallaway told Fox News, defending his firm.
"Not only is the employee committing fraud, but he is stealing from us.”
The case echoes multiple voter registration fraud allegations against the now defunct community-organizing group ACORN, and FieldWorks says it has fired two workers in Cincinnati whom they suspect may have been forging cards.
Gallaway told Fox News that it was his firm that first brought the registration of " Hitler" to the attention of election authorities.
"I like to think that we do a lot of good work," Gallaway told us. "A lot of people have gotten a black eye. We've seen the stories out of Florida, on ACORN...we want to make these operations, which in the past have not been great, to focus on quality control."
Gallaway says that his firm scrutinizes every form, even giving workers GPS cell phones to make sure they are not just sitting at home forging forms. Of course that does not necessarily mean that makes their system perfect, but does ensure that the people are not like one ACORN worker in Seattle that said that they found it too difficult to get signatures so they went home, smoked pot and filled out fraudulent forms.
While FieldWorks pointed out the Hitler form, they have not been without their own charges of fraud. Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Deputy Chairman Pat McDonald said, "We found multiple individuals where it looked like it was the same signature from the circulator who was circulating the petitions...we want to make sure there is no potential fraud in any entity of elections administration."
Here's the thing though, if a voter was to take advantage of a canvasser, guess who would get in trouble? It wouldn't be the voter, but the canvasser. That's right. Gallaway says, "if a canvasser did no wrong, and was really taken advantage of by a voter, I feel sorry for the canvasser. From our perspective, we can't distinguish that, and any issues of fraud causes us to terminate the employee."
Now doesn't that sound like an incentive to be a voter registration canvasser? Here's the thing, if people want to vote, they should know how to get registered to vote and then this whole process with voter canvassers disappears. In my state you can simply do this when you get your driver's license which makes the most sense because you are providing clear identification of who you are.
While there may be safeguards in place, as long as there are those in the system that want to cheat, there will always be problems and always be fraud. Rest assured that when Tuesday comes there will be lots of fraud taking place in the elections. Count on it.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.