Even though Fox News would have you believe that every other Democrat voted under their dead grandpa’s name in Barack Obama’s last election, a recent study found that UFO sightings are more common than actual instances of voter fraud.
Given that fact, perhaps it is appropriate that the state which boasts the country’s most infamous UFO crash landing is also home to a real actual case of voter fraud. Oh, and it was committed by a Republican. Again.
68-year old Eugene Victor of Corrales pled no contest to voter fraud this week to avoid prosecution by Attorney General Hector Balderas. Victor was caught voting twice in last year’s general election: once under his own name and once under his son’s.
Victor says he did it to prove a point about New Mexico’s voter identification laws (yes, we have one, and it seems to work). The Republican voter proved a point alright, but not the one he intended. It seems he proved that persons who break the law by voting twice get caught and charged with felonies, for which they have to actually see a judge and can go to prison.
Multiple news sources report that Mr. Victor entered a no contest plea to felony false voting to avoid a trial on multiple felony voting charges. He will serve 18 months on probation.
That case is similar to the one negotiated by another New Mexico Republican who we outed for registering his dog to vote in 2012. Thomas Tolbert was caught in 2012 after announcing that he had tried to register his dog to vote, as a Democrat, to “test the system.” Choosing to register the dog as a Democrat was a nice touch that helped us trace Tolbert back to his wife who was a senior campaign official for Republican Congresswoman Heather Wilson’s campaign.
It turns out Republicans are more likely to believe voter fraud exists. According to the Washington Post:
Belief in voter impersonation is strongest among Republicans, echoing claims made by elites in their party. Thirty-six percent of Republicans think voter impersonation affects a few thousand or more votes, compared with 20 percent of independents and just 7 percent of Democrats.
Perhaps that’s because they seem to be so good at getting caught doing it?