On November 7, 2007, The Press of Atlantic City published an article on ballot fraud in Atlantic City. The article is titled Absentee Ballot Tossed out by Election Board.
The Atlantic County Board of Elections voted unanimously to throw out an absentee ballot collected here earlier this week after a formal challenge came by Atlantic County Republican Chairman Keith Davis, officials confirmed Tuesday night. The ballot, which will be sent to the Superintendent of Elections for a complete investigation and could be forwarded later to the county Prosecutor’s Office, was not counted after board members confirmed that the voter had never requested a ballot, according to board member Paula Dunn.
Davis had alleged that Marcus Wilson, an Atlantic City resident and longtime Democratic ballot collector, delivered two ballots to residents who had not requested them, filled the ballots out himself and forced the voters to sign them. The second challenge was not accepted by the board, which voted unanimously to accept and count the ballot. The voters names were not released.
Marcus R. Wilson has a business named VOTER EDUCATION/VOTER REGISTRATION 2011. The purpose of his business is laudable, to encourage people to register, and to encourage them to vote. I have no problem with that; what I do take serious issue with is his history of delivering fraudulent ballots, and his methods recently in Millville. Apparently he is on somebody’s payroll.
On October 19, 2011, the Cumberland County Clerk’s Office received 565 Applications for Vote By Mail Ballots, all with Marcus Wilson’s signature and stamp in the “Assistor” block. The purpose of absentee ballots was to always permit people that would otherwise be unable to make it to the polls on election day to vote. There were restrictions on absentee ballot applications until recently. Before the reform, the only valid reasons to apply for an absentee ballot were that you would be out of town on election day, your employment prevented you from getting to the polls, or that you were physically disabled or elderly.
After reform, anybody can request an absentee ballot for any reason. Anybody can fill out the request and mail it in, having an assistor is not mandatory. It is there so that disabled or illiterate individuals will not be disenfranchised. However, Marcus Wilson has made a career out of getting paid by the Democratic party to to so-called get out the vote drives.
On his drives, he hires individuals to set up tables in public areas, public events, etc and asks people if they are registered. if not, they provide the paperwork and assistance to get qualified people registered. October 18 was the deadline this year to register.
Marcus apparently takes it one step further by coercing people that are registered into applying for the vote by mail ballots. And therein lies the problem. Marcus and his crew come prepared,they have a list of qualified voters in the county. When they interview a prospect, they first ensure the person is in fact registered, and then offer to set them up with a vote by mail ballot application. There is nothing wrong with this. There is nothing wrong, even though they target people that are likely to vote Democrat.
What is wrong, however, is when they attempt to slip in applications for people that are absolutely not qualified to vote. What is even more egregious are the forged signatures on applications when the people they interview refuse to sign the application.
Marcus Wilson attempts to assist a 14-Year Old Boy to get a Vote by Mail Ballot
Out of the 565 ballots that Marcus delivered to the Cumberland County Clerk, 19 were immediately disqualified. One was for a fourteen year old male.Yes, Marcus Wilson attempted to defraud the voters, and hoped that the County Clerk would send a fourteen year old boy an absentee ballot.
Convicted felons, another key voting block for the County Democrats
Another ballot was for a convicted felon still on parole or probation, and thus ineligible to vote in New Jersey. Another person wasn’t even registered. Wilson has a list of registered voters, and is able to ascertain if a voter is eligible for an absentee ballot. He ignored this, and attempted to defraud the election with that ballot application. Yet another application was for a resident of Woodbine, Cape May County. I have to wonder if Wilson submitted an application for this guy in Cape May, also? You know how the saying goes, “vote early and vote often“! And yet another was for a resident of Newark, NJ. That’s not even the same end of the state!
Many of the ballots signatures were obviously not matched to the signatures on file at the clerk’s office. When our investigative team followed up, we discovered that the majority of the phone numbers supplied on these ballots were either out-of-service, disconnected, or outright false. two applications I have viewed used the same telephone number for two different applicants, living at two different addresses. The handwriting on both apps was the same.
We contacted two people listed on the ballots. We we discovered was astounding – and it is outright fraud. We have verified that Marcus falsified at least two of the applications.
One man stated that he was leaving the barbershop and two females at a table asked him if he was registered to vote. He told us that the girls were real cute, so he stayed around and flirted and talked to them. He had moved here from Salem County eight months ago, he told them, and immediately registered. The girls checked their voter registration list and confirmed that yes, he was registered. They then filled out an application for vote by mail ballot, and told him he “had to sign, otherwise he would lose his right to vote”.
He told them “no thank you” and that he had a voter registration card, and would vote at the polls in person. The girls became insistent, and finally he stopped arguing and just walked away. At this point one of the girls chased after him, yelling at him that he “had to sign” the application to protect “our people” and that if he didn’t, he would lose his right to vote. He refused, and never signed the application. Somehow it ended up at the clerks office, with a signature.
Another person we contacted, a woman, said she was approached as she was leaving the grocery store. The girl asked her to sign the application, and she said, “no”, and that she only votes during presidential elections. The girl became belligerent, and this woman just walked away.
Again, an application where the person adamantly refused to sign ended up at the clerks office. This is outright fraud, and an absolute abuse of the election system. This woman is working with authorities, and will be following up. She wants to know just who forged her signature on the application.
So the question begs, who is paying Marcus Wilson? Surprise, surprise, surprise! The Whelan, Dunkins, and Surace campaigns gave $2000, $2000, and $1500, respectively, to Marcus Allen on 10/11, 9/15, and 10/11, respectively.