• Republicans Develop Awesome New Legal Defense

    For months, Democrats have been arguing that voter suppression by Republican state legislatures and election officials represented a much greater threat to democracy than the non-existent problem of voter fraud. Unfortunately for liberals, Republicans have been doing a pretty good job of proving them wrong, by engaging in said voter fraud. In the process, they've developed a novel legal defense that, I believe, will transform the criminal justice system.

    In New Mexico, a GOP voter is under investigation for trying to cast two ballots: one for himself and one for his 18-year old son…

    Election workers originally raised suspicions of voter fraud after the man, who has silver hair, told them he was born in 1994…

    After he voted, workers followed the suspect, later identified as Thomas Pino, to his vehicle, wrote down his license plate, and called the clerk’s office. She quickly notified Secretary of State Diane Duran. Together, they learned that Pino was likely posing as his son. Both men are registered to the same address. Both are listed as Republicans. A few days later, Pino turned up at a different location to vote for himself.

    This seems to be a thing among New Mexico Republicans

    On Tuesday in New Mexico, a Republican poll watcher was taken into police custody after also apparently trying to test the system. According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, the man voted, then obtained a second provisional ballot and announced he was simply "testing the system to see if people could get away with voting twice."

    Though they're in Nevada as well…

    In Nevada, 56-year-old Roxanne Rubin, a Republican, was arrested on Nov. 2 for allegedly trying to vote twice, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. The newspaper quoted a report by an investigator with the Nevada Secretary of State's Office that said Rubin "was unhappy with the process; specifically in that her identification was not checked."

    "Testing the system" has to be the greatest excuse ever given by an alleged criminal. I highly recommend its use. Commit assault and battery? You were just trying to test the other guy's reflexes. Accused of burgling a house? No, you were only checking up on the locksmith's workmanship. Dine and dash from a restaurant? Just testing the cardiovascular capacity of the hostess. It's not crime, it's a public service.

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    Tags: Nevada, New Mexico, Republicans, Voter Fraud


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