Breaking: Young Political Majors (YPM) Arrested for Voter Registration Fraud {GOP}

First how reliable is 'Brad Blog', not a follower of it but have seen references to it plenty of times and have visited.

If reliable it has a Breaking Press release about this Arrest that apparently was posted only an hour ago

You can find the brief writeup here with apparently more coming.

Below I'll place the press release:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kate Folmar

October 19, 2008 (916) 208-6521

Secretary of State Debra Bowen Announces

Arrest of Man Charged with Voter Registration Fraud

SACRAMENTO – The owner of a signature-gathering firm that works across California was arrested in Ontario today on suspicion of committing voter registration fraud, Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced.

Mark Anthony Jacoby, who owns the firm known as Young Political Majors (YPM), was arrested after allegedly registering himself to vote, once in 2006 and again in 2007, at an address where did not live. An investigation by the Secretary of State’s Election Fraud Investigation Unit revealed that Jacoby twice registered to vote at the address of a childhood home in Los Angeles although he no longer lived there.

The Secretary of State’s fraud unit and the Ontario Police Department arrested Jacoby near an Ontario hotel just before midnight Saturday. An arraignment date has not been scheduled yet.

“Voter registration fraud is a serious issue, which is why I vigorously investigate all allegations of elections fraud,” said Secretary Bowen, California’s chief elections officer. “Where there’s a case to be made, I will forward it to law enforcement for criminal prosecution.”

For his business, Jacoby traveled California and a number of other states collecting petition signatures and registering voters. Under state law, signature-gatherers must sign a declaration stating that they are either registered to vote in California or that they are eligible to do so. Jacoby allegedly registered to vote at his childhood address to meet this legal requirement.

Under California law, it is a felony punishable by up to three years in prison to register yourself when you are not entitled to vote and it is perjury to provide false information on a voter registration card.

On October 3, the Public Integrity Unit of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office charged Jacoby with four felonies: two counts of voter registration fraud and two counts of perjury. A warrant was issued for his arrest and bail was set at $50,000.

“This arrest wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of the Ontario Police Department and Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley’s office,” Secretary Bowen said. “I thank them both.”

The Secretary of State’s Election Fraud Investigation Unit helps maintain the integrity of the electoral process by investigating allegations of election and voter fraud in California. Potential Elections Code violations brought to the unit’s attention are thoroughly investigated and referred to law enforcement officials for prosecution when there is sufficient evidence of wrongdoing. The Secretary of State’s office does not disclose information about the status of ongoing criminal investigations, but the information from a case that results in a criminal complaint filed by a county or state prosecutor is a public record.

Anyone who has witnessed a violation of the California Elections Code is encouraged to contact the Secretary of State’s Election Fraud Investigation Unit at (800) 345-VOTE or Elections Fraud.

This is another source that's just breaking:

GOP voter registration fraud case leads to arrest

Mark Jacoby, who was arrested in Ontario and owns a firm hired by the California Republican Party, violated state registration laws, authorities say.

This follows, apparently, these very recent reports:

Report: Voters duped into joining GOP

And this one I placed in a couple of posts yesterday:

Tiffany Hofstetter is a student at California State University Northridge and a registered Democrat. But when she received her 2008 primary election absentee ballot while out of state, she was dismayed to find that she had been sent a Republican ballot.

"I didn't have time to get a new ballot, so my vote didn't count in the primary," Hofstetter said.

When she investigated with the county registrar's office, she found that her party affiliation had been switched.

"But when I looked at the registration form they had on file, it had all this wrong information," Hofstetter said. "My birth place was wrong, the last four digits of my Social Security number were wrong and the signature wasn't mine. Someone else had filed this registration form in my name."

The form had been filed by a voter registration organization called YPM, which stands for Young Political Major. Any time a voter reregisters with the county, whether because of an address change or a move to new party affiliation, the registrar's office is obligated by law to send out a notification to the registered voter. Hofstetter never received such notification and filed a complaint with the Secretary of State's office.

Meanwhile, YPM activities have been brought under scrutiny in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. San Bernardino County Democrats recently demanded an investigation by the local district attorney when they discovered in a poll that 27 of 33 formerly registered Democrats they contacted were "shocked" to find that their party affiliation had been switched to Republican, according to local news accounts.

Hector Barajas, spokesman for the California Republican Party, confirmed that YPM was hired to work for the GOP in California and had been issued thousands of voter registration forms. But he insisted that there are in place several verification procedures to ensure that any voter registrations filed are valid.

"All our volunteers wear T-shirts clearly indicating that they are Republicans," Barajas said. "And we send out post cards to new registrants, as well as follow up with a voice mail message to make sure they know they are registered with the Republican Party."

County Board of Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky expressed concern regarding Hofstetter's case.

"We take allegations of fraud in our voting system very seriously," Yaroslavsky said. "We've spoken to (county registrar) Dean Logan about this case and he is referring it to the District Attorney's Office."

Jane Robison, in District Attorney's Steve Cooley's office, confirmed that YPM is under investigation with the county Public Integrity Division.

There have been only a few posts about this GOP Voter Registration Contractor, YPM, that I have seen in the last couple of days, and that's a surprise, but it looks like the ACORN Crap may now disappear and this may Grow!

The reality is, if the reports coming from the registered voters are true, this group was Actually Practicing and Performing Voter Fraud!!

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hired by the Republicans got in trouble in several states in 2004. CBS News:

Officials in Oregon have launched a criminal investigation after receiving numerous complaints that a Republican-affiliated group was destroying registration forms filed by Democratic voters statewide, Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury told CBSNews.com.

Meanwhile, CBS affiliate KLAS-TV is reporting accusations of similar malfeasance in Nevada.

Both state's allegations are linked to a Phoenix political consulting firm called Sproul & Associates run by Nathan Sproul, former head of the Arizona Republican Party. Sproul & Associates has received nearly $500,000 from the Republican National Committee this election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Last year when we were doing a lot of work on the U.S. Attorney scandal, I tried to follow up to determine if there were any charges brought or prosecutions. Press Release from the Oregon DOJ (not to be confused with the US DOJ who has prosecuted individuals working for ACORN):

INVESTIGATION INTO VOTER REGISTRATION PROBLEMS ENDS WITHOUT CRIMINAL PROSECUTION

September 21, 2006

Officials Recommend Legislative Fix to Improve Registration Procedures

(Salem, OR) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reported to the Secretary of State's Elections Division that its investigation into multiple allegations of voter registration fraud has concluded. Although the investigation confirmed instances of wrongdoing by some persons involved in voter registration solicitation before the 2004 General Election, DOJ did not recommend that any person or organization involved in solicitation be criminally prosecuted.

"Our investigation was thorough and comprehensive and concludes that insufficient evidence exists to commence criminal prosecution against the organizations and individuals named in the complaints," stated Attorney General Hardy Myers. He added, "The problems that occurred in voter registration efforts across the state, however, confirms my belief that Oregonians would be served well by increased safeguards in this area."

In 2004, DOJ responded to a request by the Secretary of State to investigate complaints by 130 Oregon voters received by the Elections Division regarding potential violations of state election laws when they tried to register. The primary complaints of unlawful activity were that registration solicitors had destroyed or discarded completed registration cards, or simply failed to file them with the appropriate election office, and that solicitors had filed forged or altered registration cards. The complaints named individuals, as well as several organizations involved in voter registration, including two private companies – Sproul & Associates and Arno Political Consultants.

"Even though there were no prosecutions brought, the fact is that some altered and forged cards were found," said Secretary of State Bill Bradbury. "We need legislation that will extend the ban on paying per signature to voter registration cards so we cut out the incentive for fraud."

The Secretary of State and Attorney General believe that the potential for fraud in voter registration is a problem that warrants attention in the next legislative session. They will seek to enact legislation in 2007 to improve efficiency and accuracy in Oregon's voter registration process by banning the practice of paying per signature for voter registration cards.

And nobody would listen, but was noticed as they entered the White House, he isn't as smart as people made him or those like him out to be, before than and continuing they just tried what they knew was wrong, and to give them cover and continue till caught they would raise blame on the opposition, big time.

Never let up with the talking points to confuse.

As soon as they started with ACORN it was sure they were doing Exactly what they were blaming them of doing, only for real.

Same with Ayers, that took the heat off Palin and Hubby and the secessionists of Alaska, amoung others as well as Mac's connections.

Do We Need Change, You're Damn Right We Do, And The World Needs Us To Change, Now!!

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

is their name, projection is their game.