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GOP Affiliate Accused of Duping Voters to Register as Republicans

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Posted on Oct 18, 2008
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The Los Angeles Times randomly contacted dozens of voters who were recently re-registered as Republicans and found that over 80 percent of them didn’t know they had joined the party’s ranks. How did this happen? Looks like a GOP contractor called Young Political Majors, or YPM, had something to do with it.

According to the Times, YPM deceived many voters, having them sign “what they believed were petitions for tougher penalties against child molesters”; actually they were adding their names to the YPM’s roster of new Republican recruits.

Update: The Brad Blog has more on the arrest of the head of the YPM.


Los Angeles Times:


It is a bait-and-switch scheme familiar to election experts. The firm hired by the California Republican Party—a small company called Young Political Majors, or YPM, which operates in several states—has been accused of using the tactic across the country.

Election officials and lawmakers have launched investigations into the activities of YPM workers in Florida and Massachusetts. In Arizona, the firm was recently a defendant in a civil rights lawsuit. Prosecutors in Los Angeles and Ventura counties say they are investigating complaints about the company.

The firm, which a Republican Party spokesman said is paid $7 to $12 for each registration it secures, has denied any wrongdoing and says it has never been charged with a crime.

The 70,000 voters YPM has registered for the Republican Party this year will help combat the public perception that it is struggling amid Democratic gains nationally, give a boost to fundraising efforts and bolster member support for party leaders, political strategists from both parties say.

Those who were formerly Democrats may stop receiving phone calls and literature from that party, perhaps affecting its get-out-the-vote efforts. They also will be given only a Republican ballot in the next primary election if they do not switch their registration back before then.

Some also report having their registration status changed to absentee without their permission; if they show up at the polls without a ballot they may be unable to vote.

The Times randomly interviewed 46 of the hundreds of voters whose election records show they were recently re-registered as Republicans by YPM, and 37 of them—more than 80%—said that they were misled into making the change or that it was done without their knowledge.

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By Grousefeather, October 19, 2008 at 4:16 pm Link to this comment
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There’s no surprise here. The republicans have been duping Americans into voting against their own best interests since Richard Nixon.

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By Louise, October 19, 2008 at 9:07 am Link to this comment

Young Political Majors, YPM. Actually stands for Yucky Poisonous Malignancy. Caused by a newly discovered virus. Which scientists believe developed when cells escaped from within RNC, (Radical Neuron Clusters) and attached themselves to GOP. (Globs Of Parasites)

This is potentially one of the first times the world of science has been able to difinetively connect a cancer to a virus.

The new cancer, YPM, threatens to be the coming pandemic, since scientists are unable to attack the disease without destroying the carriers, and nobody wants to do that.

Meanwhile, the World Health Association has issued an emergency warning:

“Avoid contact with a known Republican if at all possible. If you think you may have inadvertently been in contact with a Republican carrier, contact your physician immediately. While there is no known cure for this disease at the present time, preventive counseling will be provided for those at risk.”

“We have known about this disease for some time,” said Omar Garsh, spokesman for CCD. (Center for Catchable Disease) “We had hoped to have it contained by now. But it appears to be more deadly than even we had realized,” he added. “So in spite of the fact that it might cause a panic, we felt we had to go public,”

When asked if ALL republicans needed to be avoided, he responded, “No. We feel reasonably certain those republicans who have made a conscious choice to move away from republican control over the next several years are free of infection.”

Something Colin Powell fans will be happy to hear.

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By purplewolf, October 19, 2008 at 8:41 am Link to this comment

Leave it to the Repukelicans to twist things and deny any wrong doing. Maybe it is time they be fined for their voter fraud. I remember when they came up with the idea that if you voted R earlier this year and then changed to D in November, they wanted to jail and fine the voters who changed their minds, yet they came up with the scam of voting D early this year to throw the polls off and then change in Nov. to vote R, then they should also be fined a fraud according to their plans. What ever happened to a voter ballot with all names of those running on it? They had better not hand me a Rep ballot, as was done in Jan, this year when I go to the polls.

With all the hoopla about ACORN and the fraud that will not result in a valid vote anyway, I knew that the Repukelicans were up to more evil things pertaining to real voter fraud and are trying to hide it by accusing the other side as usual.

I always was of the belief that you could vote for whoever you wanted and were able to change your mind as more information came out about those running for office. Maybe you wanted a certain person who ended their run early and didn’t like the person who was left, are you not free to vote for whoever you wanted to? If you are not allowed to do so, then you are no longer a free people and America is no better than those other countries whose elections it condemns. If you cannot vote as you see fit, why bother?

I recently check my status-still valid-as Michigan has deleted many established voters as new ones were added, this takes away your right to vote. Those whose names were deleted were never notified of this. Another fine example of underhanded corruption running amok in government.

American politics makes me feel shame for my country. Intelligent people want the facts and possible solutions, not gossip and fabricated invalid lies that we see today.

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By PatrickHenry, October 19, 2008 at 7:08 am Link to this comment

Registering as a Republican doesn’t mean you have to vote as one.

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By elizabethe, October 18, 2008 at 9:28 pm Link to this comment

Bush walked out of office as soon as he entered it, he is not upholding the U.S. Constitution and he is not offering priorities for democracy for America.  He is spending egregious greed and corrupt red ink of taxes not earned, which is not allowed in the Constitution for military offenses which are illegal.

Obama likes it. Obama talks out of both sides of his mouth, he wants more military, which clearly is hideous red ink, and more ugliness instead of the lie tendered, “peace” in the name of the military offense of the U.S. against all proper balance, law, and sanity.

Nader is sincere, offering sanity, and offering a Harvard Law Degree which he applied for the proper results of a government ON TRACK.

Voters are supposed to vote the bad guys out, and both McCain and Obama are in the Senate and have not fixed the situation, they like it, they like the military as if that is this country, and they pretend they are America, they are not.

The powermongering corrupt have no place in democracy.  Polls that suggest voters do not want to oust the two parties are pure corruption in our faces.

How did Bush get in office?  Not on the merits.  51% was due to forced two party control with a system of LYING saying that the choice is between ONLY WHAT IS IN OFFICE and that voters cannot see the opposition, the fact that the two parties are registered at 36 million out of 167 million and the Republicans are 26 million out of 167 million voters.  82 million are registered in the 24 states that do not register party.  21.3 million CHOSE outside status, no party, which is non-partisan.  It means UNSTUCK at a majority level.  WE THE REGISTERED VOTERS ARE NOT IN THE TWO PARTIES AT A MAJORITY LEVEL OF 62%.  And the voters who chose those BOXES of forced unwanted “rule” by powermongers, those are at 38% in the COMBINED two parties, combined.  They cannot win, if a majority wants the two parties to end, and sanity restored, they will go, handily, if the voters use the majority power and vote for REAL and CREDIBLE change.

I say that is offered by Ralph Nader.  Maybe not his campaign, they keep looking at the two parties as if they are competition, they are not,they stink, and they affirmative vote for real change is DUE RALPH NADER against the corruption of democracy and for the restoration of policy for PEOPLE not corporate corruption that offends the world and the environment.

For those who do not know, Ralph Nader is the founder of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Freedom of Information Act, the Automobile Safety Act, and other very important huge impact for the public laws (also Clean water and Clean Air Act…)  Is this a man to trust?

Of course.

Are the ones in power offering more red ink and military unwanted offering peace and prosperity and America On Track?  NO, of course not.

They want you to vote for them, of course. THey are corrupt.

Vote them OUT not IN.  They might be impeachable if you vote for Nader for President by a majority and the remedial actions to put this country ON TRACK with a budget ON TRACK happens.

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By James Hall, October 18, 2008 at 8:03 pm Link to this comment
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“I just don’t like being lied to,” she said.
That’s proof she’s no Republican because Bush’s believers still can’t handle the truth.
Survey says: 81% of paid signature seekers would grow up to be Republicans if it weren’t for their upcoming felony convictions.

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By Purple Girl, October 18, 2008 at 6:26 pm Link to this comment

Granted the presidential will not be an issue- but as stated the future primary votes will be.
Thus this allegation of Registration fraud actually has Legs, Where ACORNS does Not. ACORNS, Like Sen Obama’s, does Not ask for a decision on Party affilation.
Seriously Repugs and their Minions need to be facing Long prison sentences. These tactics must be Stopped Immediately and the only way that is going to happen is IF People start facing HighCrimes charges. It is OUR most Fundemental Right as citizens of this Free Democracy…What could be more Treasonous than undermining that? although Treason does carry the Death penalty, Most should fall short of that sentence…maybe.Some have been at this game of Usurping Constitutional Rights for Decades and their punishment should Reflect the Seriousness of the Crime…Cheney.

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