By Michael Bryan
According to a Federal indictment and local news outlets, a Green Valley couple, James and Karen Marshall, voted once too often in the recent Presidential election. They re-registered as permanent Arizona citizens and voted here, but also voted in their old domiciliary state of Kansas. The couple claim it was a mistake, of course. I guess all those GOP accusations of ineligible voters hitting the polls are true.
Of course, I find this interesting only as yet another example of how the pot calls every other vessel in the kitchen (other than fellow pots) black. Odd how the Republicans always accuse liberal organizations and those dirty lower socio-economic class voters (who happen to be disproportionately voting Democratic) of individual voter fraud, but it always turns out to be affluent, highly mobile folks like the Marshalls and Ann Coulter who are actually caught doing such things.
Oh, didn't I mention that? Yes, the Marshalls are registered Republicans. I can't say for certain who they cast their four votes for, but I have a good guess.
So if you want to see the real face of individual voter fraud, show up at U.S. District Court in Tucson, on August 6, 2009 at 11:00 a.m., coincidentally in the court of U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Marshall, where the Marshalls are set to be arraigned. They face a maximum penalty of $250,000 and up to 5 years in prison.
Amazingly, I don't find any political contributions by either Karen or James during the 2008 cycle. You'd think that if they were passionate enough to risk their freedom to vote illegally they would pony up a few bucks to their favored candidates. After all, some well placed donations can likely have a much more profound impact on most races than an extra vote.