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Roxanne Rubin, Nevada Republican, Accepts Plea Deal After Committing Voter Fraud

2:13 pm - 01/30/2013
Roxanne Rubin, Nevada Republican, Accepts Plea Deal After Committing Voter Fraud

A Nevada Republican arrested for voter fraud in the 2012 election, after claiming she was trying to test the system's integrity, pled guilty and accepted a plea deal Thursday, forcing her to pay almost $2,500 and promise to stay out of trouble.

Roxanne Rubin, 56, a casino worker on the Las Vegas Strip, was arrested on Nov. 3, 2012 after trying to vote twice, once at her poling site in Henderson and then at a second site in Las Vegas. The poll workers at the second site said that she had already voted, but Rubin said that she hadn't and insisted on casting a ballot, which the poll workers refused to allow her to do.

Rubin said that she was trying to show how easy it would be to commit voter fraud with just a signature. "This has always been an issue with me. I just feel the system is flawed," she told the AP Thursday. "If we’re showing ID for everything else, why wouldn’t we show our ID in order to vote?”

Rubin, like many Republicans, claim that the threat from voter fraud -- which is close to non-existent -- is why voter ID laws need to be in place. But Nevada has no voter ID law -- other than for first-time voters who didn't show ID when they registered to vote -- and she was caught anyway.

The prosecutor in the case said he knew of no other voters in Nevada or elsewhere arrested for voter fraud.

Democratic Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, who has called for a photo ID law, slammed Rubin in a statement. "If Ms. Rubin was trying to demonstrate how easy it is to commit voter fraud, she clearly failed and proved just the opposite," he said.

Rubin's deal requires her to pay $2,481 to the state in restitution, complete 100 hours of community service, stay out of trouble and complete an impulse control course.

CORRECTION: This article originally misidentified the party affiliation of Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller. He is a Democrat.

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layweed 31st-Jan-2013 02:40 am (UTC)
good job testing the system
tabaqui 31st-Jan-2013 03:19 am (UTC)
You tested the system, and it works! So take a friggin' chill pill and quit trying to bring back Jim Crow laws.
hinoema 31st-Jan-2013 04:48 am (UTC)
This simultaneously proves that one, voter fraud (like the Republicans constantly wring their hands about) is nearly impossible and two, only they try to pull shit like this then weasel out of it.
alexvdl 31st-Jan-2013 04:49 am (UTC)
ONE incident proves that only Republicans try to pull shit like this? ONE?
illusivevenstar 31st-Jan-2013 06:04 am (UTC)
Lol. You mad.
alexvdl 31st-Jan-2013 06:13 am (UTC)
Oh yeah. ToTeS mAd!!!!!1!one!

If I got pissed off every time someone said something ridiculous on the internet, when would I have time to do anything else?
hinoema 31st-Jan-2013 07:18 am (UTC)
If you'd been here for more than five minutes, you'd know what I'm referring to.
alexvdl 31st-Jan-2013 07:20 am (UTC)
Oooh, mysterious.

If you have further data, share with the class. But to make a statement like "only (Republicans) try to pull shit like this then weasel out of it." based on one data point is absurd.
abiding 31st-Jan-2013 04:49 am (UTC)
Excellent job testing the system. You have educated us all!

anaralia 31st-Jan-2013 06:03 am (UTC)
"If we’re showing ID for everything else, why wouldn’t we show our ID in order to vote?”

Ain't nobody saying otherwise. The problem was when all these restrictive laws were getting pushed through at the last minute before the election, and targeting people likely to vote for Obama (like students). Stop listening to right wing radio.
skellington1 31st-Jan-2013 09:45 pm (UTC)
Actually, there are people saying otherwise. Last minute targeting was the big problem in this past election, but A) Voting is a constitutionally guaranteed right, and B) ID costs money. Therefore any ID requirement beyond voter registration cards (which don't cost money) are a de facto pay-to-vote requirement -- even if that amount is very little. So it IS problematic in more ways than one.
anaralia 31st-Jan-2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
Ok that's fair enough. I've heard very few people argue this angle, but that doesn't mean it's not valid, and it mostly reflects my news sources.
furrygreen 1st-Feb-2013 07:27 am (UTC)
It's historically "valid" and has been a technique used for over a hundred years. It's one of those darn Jim Crowe "laws". ;P Interestingly enough, it costs about the same as getting an ID does today (price adjusted, naturally.)
moonshaz 1st-Feb-2013 09:28 am (UTC)
Yep, they used to call it a "poll tax"!
maladaptive 31st-Jan-2013 01:24 pm (UTC)
"If we’re showing ID for everything else, why wouldn’t we show our ID in order to vote?”

Let's see. The "everything else" she's referring to probably isn't a constitutionally guaranteed right....
bnmc2005 31st-Jan-2013 06:10 pm (UTC)

CORRECTION: This article originally misidentified the party affiliation of Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller. He is a Democrat.


( ORLY???? I'm side-eyeing this correction. The person is citing talking points from Republicans .... wonder how this correction came about. Is there a way to check someone's party other than just asking them? )
skellington1 31st-Jan-2013 09:48 pm (UTC)
He's a democrat (you can find it mentioned in articles all over). He's just a right-leaning democrat. I think the entire state tends towards blue dog territory, as a whole -- lot of registered dems who vote republican.

Edited at 2013-01-31 09:48 pm (UTC)
bnmc2005 1st-Feb-2013 01:42 am (UTC)
ok that's interesting. I wonder why they presumed he was a Republican in the first place. I mean, I know I would, but journalists are supposed to report fac— oh wait.
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