Romney Voter Fraud?

I’d say this story from Thomas Burr of the Salt Lake Tribune needs to be remembered next time we are dealing with some GOP attempt to treat errors by voters or election officials as meriting the loss of voting privileges:

Mitt Romney, whose name keeps popping up as a possible three-time presidential candidate, would be wise to read legally binding documents before signing them, as demonstrated by a Utah voter-registration gaffe that appeared to have him shunning his Republican Party for independent status and using a home address he couldn’t legally claim since 2009….

It turns out Romney, who is moving to Utah as a full-time resident, strolled into a driver license office in late August to obtain his Utah license and filled out paperwork to register to vote at his under-construction home in Holladay, a suburb of Salt Lake City. But, apparently because of outdated information in the agency’s database, the pre-printed form listed Romney’s former Park City address on Rising Star Lane and with no party affiliation. Romney signed it.

And get this:

A copy of the form shows Romney’s signature with his old address listed in two places beside warnings that providing false information on the registration document is a misdemeanor violation of Utah law.

Voter fraud! Voter fraud!

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.