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Private Investiagation Justified

The Democrats in New Mexico who are responsible for prosecuting crimes (read: District Attorney and Attorney General) have turned a blind eye time and time again to voter fraud allegations. Not surprising considering that they’ll be the biggest beneficiaries on Election Day of creative uses of fraudulent voter registrations.

It seems that every election cycle the problem is worsening, and every election cycle the Democrats, and one Republican former U.S. Attorney, cite a lack of evidence as the reason for a failure to prosecute. So, it makes perfect sense that local attorney Pat Rogers would try and help round up the evidence that Democrats conveniently seem to be unwilling to gather for themselves (subscription).

An Albuquerque attorney who has been accused in a federal lawsuit of intimidating two voters in an attempt to interfere with their right to vote said Wednesday he has not violated any law.

Pat Rogers, who advises the state Republican Party, is accused of helping disseminate private information about two voters and hiring a private investigator, Al Romero, who allegedly went to their homes and confronted them about their eligibility to vote, the lawsuit said.

This accusation against Pat Rogers is ridiculous. First, let’s state the obvious… Someone’s voter information is not private. It’s public information available to anyone for a fee. Pay the County Clerk, and you too can get everyone’s complete voter profile – where they live, when they’ve voted, their age, etc.

Politicians and their volunteers who go door to door are in essence doing their own voter verification. This is not considered intimidation, why should knocking on someone’s door and verifying eligibility be considered intimidation? It shouldn’t.

Voter fraud is a problem, and it’s growing. The failure to prosecute is beginning to seriously undermining confidence in the system. Heck, people in New Mexico are now so confident that they won’t be prosecuted, they’re willing to admit registering their dog to vote (subscription):

Don Pizzolato didn’t expect his dog to end up registered to vote.

Sure, he filled out the paperwork after he was approached a few years ago at Wal-Mart. But the Social Security number and birth date Pizzolato made up for his dog were fake.

“I fully expected the form to be returned to me,” Pizzolato said Wednesday in an interview.

Instead, he received a voter registration card in the mail a few weeks later. Now, with all the debate over registration fraud, Pizzolato is going public with the tale of his dog, Tuckup Koepke.

“I just have one data point to go off of, but in my opinion, if it’s this easy to thwart the system, I’m sure it’s not an isolated case,” Pizzolato said.

Is it any wonder Pat Rogers decided to investigate the fraud? If Pat Rogers hadn’t, we would have never known about this story.