Possible voter fraud shadows California primary

Siskiyou Co., Cali. — Days before California’s primary the state is forced to launch a series of voter fraud investigations in Siskiyou County.

Investigators, including District Attorney Kirk Andrus, launched an investigation last Tuesday into possible fraudulent election registrations.

“The county clerk will turn over information to us anytime she feels like there is a strong suspicion of fraudulent activity,” Andrus said.  “But this is far and away the biggest that we’ve had in the 11 plus years that I’ve been working here.”

Andrus said 200 registrations are in question.

“It is illegal under California law to register to vote under a place that is not your domicile,” he said.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office is helping with the investigation. Public information officer Kelly Giordano said controversial ballot measures “T” and “U” regarding commercial marijuana grows could explain why this is happening now, but said it’s unlikely to effect results.

“The 200 cases, if they do come up and are found to be fraudulent, they aren’t necessarily going to impact this election,” she said.

Although the primary is Tuesday Andrus said the investigation is far from over.

“If people who know that they’re fraudulently registered to vote follow through and fraudulently vote it becomes a whole new investigation,” he said.

Fraudulently registering to vote and fraudulently voting are both felonies that carry a three year prison sentence.


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