Republican Party voter registration worker: ‘I don’t get credit for Democrats’

By David Edwards
Thursday, October 11, 2012 14:01 EDT
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Nevada man claims to be registering voters for the Republican Party
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A man registering voters in Nevada may have implicated the Republican Party in a felony when was caught on video recently telling potential voters to register “non-partisan” because “I don’t get credit for Democrats.”

Nevada television station KOLO obtained cell phone video of a man, who claimed he worked for the Republican Party, revealing that he was paid by the number of voters he registers, but only if they were not Democrats.

“Could you do me a favor?” the man asked a potential voter. “Mark non-partisan on there. I’ll get credit for it. I don’t get credit for Democrats.”

“I am a Democrat,” he added. “So I still do Democrats if I have to, but I’m working for the Republican Party. I have to get two an hour and I don’t get credit for Democrats.”

According to the Nevada Revised Statutes, “It is unlawful for a person to provide compensation for registering voters that is based upon: (a) The total number of voters a person registers; or (b) The total number of voters a person registers in a particular political party.”

Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, a Democrat, told KOLO that he prosecuted ACORN in 2008 for paying bonuses based on the number of registrations, but enforcing the law might not be possible in this case because there was no clear violation.

“It is alarming that he was making some suggestion that he wouldn’t be credited for a registration if it came under a particular party affiliation, but there’s no explanation what that meant,” Miller said.

A spokesperson for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said that he was not aware of any paid workers registering voters on behalf of the campaign when that video was recorded last Friday, the station reported.

Watch this video from KOLO, broadcast Oct. 10, 2012.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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