Purebred Breeders found this unique story today, Thomas Tolbert in New Mexico is now facing charges after registering this dog to vote! His intention was to expose flaws in the electoral system and it seems as if he achieved his purpose but not without a penalty. Buddy, a black Labrador Retriever received his voter’s registration card after his owner applied for one with a made-up birthday and social security number.
He registered the dog at a voter registration booth at the University of New Mexico and says that he was just curious as to how easy the process is, apparently, very. Tolbert says, “Somebody should have verified this information and somebody should have come out and took a look at exactly who it was. But I made up a birth date, and I made up a social security number and I had a voter registration card in my hand for Buddy two weeks later.”
Although he did prove a point, Purebred Breeders and officials do not recommend others following in this same path. Voter fraud on the individual level is apparently very rare but the punishment for voter fraud could be up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver said, “There’s absolutely nothing on the card that would red flag it for us. It’s complete, the questions were answered properly. There was a Social Security number that was unique; it doesn’t match any other social security number in our system.”
As this event demonstrated, there could potentially be many votes placed in this next election from persons who are not eligible or are not allowed to vote, diluting the validity of the results for some of us.
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