By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
Two dozen left-leaning groups have written the state House Elections Committee in opposition to three bills aimed at preventing voter fraud.
Ironically, one of the April 8 letter’s two authors has multiple voter fraud convictions herself.
Amy Busefink, who signed the letter as the deputy director of Project Vote, was convicted in 2010 in Nevada on two gross misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to commit the crime of compensation for registration of voters.
Busefink was in charge of ACORN’s infamous 2008 voter registration drive, in which only 450,000 of some 1.3 million claimed registrations turned out to be legitimate new voters. A full 400,000 of those registrations were thrown out; the rest were duplicates or voters who’d moved.
Busefink and supporters such as the ACLU of Texas, the League of United Latin American Citizens, and Texas AFL-CIO, were writing in opposition to three bills. Two bills were sunk in committee — one to reduce early voting from 14 days to eight and another to install video cameras at polling stations. A third bill, Rep. Stephanie Klick’s HB 2372, would have Texas join 22 other states in cross-checking voter registrations to make sure voters aren’t registered in multiple states. It was reported favorably out of committee last week.
The cross-check system, which compares first and last names and dates of birth, has already found 308,579 potential duplicate registrants. Yet Busefink’s group argues that “the technology has not matured to a point where this program could be done without improperly removing otherwise eligible voters.”
Catherine Engelbrecht, president of True the Vote, said a recent study by the Pew Center for the States estimated that 2.75 million Americans are registered in more than one state.
“Amy Busefink represents organizations that violated Texas Election Codes against the proposals that could prevent similar illegal behavior in the future,” Engelbrecht said in a statement. “If you’ve ever wondered why voter ID and other integrity measures became so popular across all demographics, look no further.”
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