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Cross Dressers and Voter Fraud in Rhode Island

By on 8.23.12 | 12:38PM

Among the many individuals who impersonated voters in Rhode Island during the 2010 election cycle, there was one that really stood out.

That was the year Democratic Mayor David Cicilline of Providence, Rhode Island, ran for and won the seat congressional seat vacated by Rep. Patrick Kennedy.

A key witness who claims she was hired by Cicilline in 2010 alleges in sworn statement that several individuals impersonated actual voters, and voted in disguise. Here is where it gets very creative.

"That afternoon I identified individuals who had voted in disguise, including cross-gender clothing, earlier in the day," the witness said. "This included a currently powerful leader in the Rhode Island House of Representatives."

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline's political campaigns benefitted from a highly organized voter-fraud effort dating back to 2002, his Democratic primary opponent alleged in a press conference yesterday.

Anthony Gemma, who is running against Cicilline in the September 11 primary, told reporters in Providence that a private investigation agency he retained uncovered evidence that demonstrates how fraudulent activity conducted in Cicilline's name "compromises the very core of the electoral process."

Since this one involves all Democrats, it will be interesting to see how the Brennan Center For Justice, the Advancement Project, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and other voter fraud deniers spin this one.

Full report from the is available here.

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