An organization that sought to register new voters in Hampton may be rethinking its incentive package for canvassers.
According to this story from the Daily Press, the nonprofit group paid young workers to sign up new voters, but only if the workers turned in at least 15 registration forms a day. Three of those workers are now charged with making up names in order to meet the voter quota.
Police say 60 to 80 phony names were submitted to the registrar, and the investigation is continuing.
Maybe the canvassers were hampered by prohibitions on political activities like those imposed in the public housing developments of Bristol, Va., as described by the Bristol Herald Courier last week.
Nevertheless, voter registration fraud is a felony. As Barney Fife proclaimed, “You might believe in falsifying, but I don’t believe in falsifying!”
By Peter Vieth