Government Investigators Launch Probes About Republican Registration Contractor
Prosecutors in California and Florida have launched investigations against Young Political Majors (YPM), a company contracted by the Republican Party to seek voter registrations. YPM is accused of fraudulently changing voter registrations and impermissibly registering voters as absentee.
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.
Between this issue and the issues surrounding ACORN, it’s clear that something needs to change with the way we register voters. A slip of paper that can be filled out by anybody as long as they have some information is clearly not a satisfactory method. What’s more, perfectly reasonable laws in this case can be exploited. For example, most states require that any registration card that is completely filled out has to be turned in, even if it’s obviously wrong–which is how “Mickey Mouse” gets registered.
Something’s gotta change here. I’m not sure I have any good suggestions, but the status quo is clearly a problem.
(link via Mark Kleiman)