A James Madison University student allegedly admitted to re-registering 19 dead Virginians to vote in the upcoming presidential election.
Virginia is considered a battleground or swing state that could go either way in the election, making every vote crucial.
According to the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and other news outlets, the individual involved is allegedly Andrew Spieles, reportedly a member of the Virginia Young Democrats and who was affiliated with a local Virginia voter registration organization called HarrisonburgVotes. The James Madison campus is located in Harrisonburg.
The HarrisonburgVotes webpage and Facebook page appear to have been taken offline as of this writing.
The FBI and police in Harrisonburg cops are reportedly looking into all registrations submitted by the HarrisonburgVotes project since February.
The Washington Post reports that a savvy clerk recognized one of the registrants as a local WWII veteran and retired school principal from a prominent family who passed away two years ago. The family was described as distraught and disgusted when they received a letter that congratulated the deceased man on his voter “registration.”
“HarrisonburgVotes co-founder Joe Fitzgerald identified the student as senior political science major Andrew Spieles. One of the sources close to the investigation confirmed the identity of the suspect. Fitzgerald said he fired the student immediately after the suspect confessed on Aug. 15, and contacted authorities the following day,” the Daily News-Record added.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the dead people are still “technically registered” but any absentee ballot received from them won’t be honored, and that the local registrar expects the Virginia Board of Elections to officially rule the registrations ineligible. She noted, however, that “applications using a deceased person’s real name and address but a false social security number would not be flagged in the voter system.”
Reacting to the Virginia vote fraud report, Virginia House Speaker William J. Stafford, a Republican, explained that “Oftentimes we hear our Democratic colleagues suggest that voter fraud doesn’t exist in Virginia, or it’s a myth. This is proof that voter fraud not only exists but is ongoing and is a threat to the integrity of our elections.”
“House Republicans fighting to protect Virginia’s voter ID law from an ongoing lawsuit said Thursday that the case explodes one of the most common criticisms of the law: That voter fraud doesn’t exist,” the Daily Press noted.
Added another GOP lawmaker in Virginia, “If we really mean one person, one vote, then we need to make sure that those votes aren’t diluted by people that are illegally or unlawfully voting,” ABC Harrisonburg affiliate WHSV reported.
About Spieles, HarrisonburgVotes’ Fitzgerald, a prominent Democrat who was the former mayor of the town, told local media that “He’s smart, and he understands the [political] process. Who the hell knows what his motivations were?”
“While we agree it’s difficult to be 100% sure about anyone’s motivations, we would be willing to put money on it having something to do with registering a bunch of dead people and then having them all vote for Hillary in November…just a hunch,” Zero Hedge theorized.
Authorities have yet to charge anyone in the incident.
“There is a missing piece here that suggests something a little bit more than a lone college kid playing eager beaver by registering dead people. How were those 19 people supposed to actually vote? Absentee ballots would be one way. The fraud would be harder to detect than if someone impersonating a dead person walked into a polling place and tried to cast a ballot,” PJ Media wondered about the Virginia vote fraud allegations.
Early voting started in Virginia on September 23.
Do you think that there are people in Virginia and/or around the country who are just “dying” to vote in the presidential election?
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Added: According to the Virginia Voters Alliance, about 1,000 illegal aliens are registered to vote in Virginia and “may just be the tip of the iceberg,” LifeZette detailed. “It’s a felony for non-citizens to vote in Virginia. But in Virginia, no proof of citizenship is required when voters register.”