RICHMOND — Election officials in Prince William County this week asked the Commonwealth’s attorney to investigate one of their own.
They say Guy Anthony Guiffré, a member of the county electoral board, might have broken state and federal laws in his quest to determine whether someone improperly used technology to impersonate voters in last month’s election.
At issue is a state rule that says a voter can apply for an absentee ballot online using an electronic signature instead of the old-fashioned way — with paper and pen.
Guiffré, a Republican, says the system opens the door to fraud. To prove it, he recruited four friends — while the county’s registrar was away — to inspect 151 absentee ballot documents and registration records laden with Social Security numbers and other personal information. In doing so, Democrats say, he compromised the meticulous process used to handle ballots, usurped his authority and violated voter privacy.
“It’s my obligation as an individual electoral board member to make sure if I see something that looks extremely suspicious to do something about it,” he said.
State election officials, the two Democrats on the county’s electoral board and the registrar don’t see it that way.
Guiffre apparently went looking for cheaters.
Democrats accuse rogue elections official of compromising voter privacy – The Washington Post
In the meantime, Guiffré said he can’t understand what all the fuss is about when he’s simply seeking fairness.
After the Nov. 3 election, he made sure that absentee ballot envelopes were not sealed at the clerk of court’s office, per protocol, and instead kept separate in the county office, according to the state’s letter. About two weeks later, he and four Republicans, whom he had deputized using the same oath poll workers take, went to the office while the registrar was absent — a situation Guiffré calls a coincidence.
The group — who had no training in handwriting analysis — compared the envelopes with registration records and made photocopies. Then, Guiffré said, he told staff that an inch-and-a-half-thick stack of copies could be destroyed.
I guess I was spied on. The irony is, Jackson Miller sent out mass emailings that you could request an absentee ballot online now.
Great news. I never know if my gamey knee is going to work or not. If it isn’t working, there is no way I can struggle through a polling center. If it is working, I can walk right in. The thing is, I never know and this has been a bad summer and fall with this knee.
I wasn’t going to take any chances so I applied to vote absentee. I got my ballot a couple of days later and that was the name of that tune. I did nothing illegal or even questionable. I voted. I think all voters should have the option of voting absentee, as a matter of fact. It would be far cheaper that running those machines all day long.
So what was Guiffre looking for? I have no idea how to cheat on an absentee ballot. Can someone enlighten me? I expect my signature has changed since I registered to vote some ….ahem…cough..choke…sputter…years ago. I am sure it is worse.
Why do some people expect wrong-doing out of everyone? The sad thing is, there are too many people in this country who do not exercise their right to vote. Frankly, it often becomes too much of a pain in the tail, especially if you have to race home to get to the polls or hobble in on a bad knee or shout out your name and address, including dorky middle name in some cases, in front of lots of strangers.
I hope Tony Guiffre is embarrassed. He needs a good slap on the wrists for snooping when he wasn’t authorized to do so.