Republican Candidate for A-G of Arkansas Kicked Off Voter Rolls For Registering in Multiple States

Leslie Rutledge

As of Tuesday, the Republican candidate for Attorney-General in Arkansas is no longer a registered Arkansas voter. It turns out that Leslie Rutledge registered to vote in Arkansas, DC and possibly Virginia.  Of course, Rutledge claims the Democrats did it’.  They’re targetting her! Republicans are being persecuted!

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette  Pulaski County Clerk, Larry Crane learned of Rutledge’s multiple registrations last week.  He decided to remove Gov. Huckabee’s former legal aid, from Arkansas voting rolls when he confirmed she registered in multiple places after she registered in Pulaski County in 2008.

Predictably, Rutledge claimed the decision was”politically motivated” and it’s all about trying to help her Democratic opponent.

In a statement, she released on Wednesday morning, Rutledge tried to place blame for her violation of election law everywhere, except where it belongs which is par for the course whenever a Republican gets caught violating the law.

She went on to say,

Taking a person’s right to vote away from them, as Democrat Larry Crane has done, is reprehensible and a desperate attempt to help the campaign of a Democratic candidate who lacks the experience and good judgment to protect the citizens of our great state. Who will Mr. Crane target next? Will Mr. Crane and his Democratic cronies now manipulate the voter file to remove more qualified Republican voters from the role?

To suggest that it is reprehensible to take a person’s vote away in the name of rigging an election is rich coming from a Republican.

Few would dispute that efforts to take a person’s vote away from them is reprehensible.  The fact is Republicans in Texas, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida and other states have done just that to hundreds of thousands of American voters in a systematic effort to disenfranchise minorities, women, the poor, seniors and students.  Yes, that is reprehensible!

Unlike Rutledge, these are people who registered to vote in one location.  They didn’t break any laws, but they have been targeted by Republican lawmakers for years in the name of helping Republicans win elections. But hey, when a Republican registers to vote in multiple places, they are being persecuted by Democrats who have the audacity to enforce election laws.

The fact that Rutledge is the second State Republican candidate found to be registered to vote in multiple locations is reprehensible.  Kathy Myalls was registered to vote in Illinois and in Wisconsin, simultaneously.  She admitted it.  Yet, Myalls remains a Republican candidate for Illinois’ General Assembly with blessings from the State Republican Party.

Rutledge is someone with a legal background, aspiring to be the Attorney-General of Arkansas.  Surely, she understands that when she registered to vote in multiple places she was breaking the law. The fact is her actions were deliberate.  Whether she registered on line or in person, she took multiple steps to register in places that were not her home state. More to the point, since Rutledge is no longer an eligible voter in Arkansas, it’s very possible that she is ineligible to run for the public office.

Attorney and Liberal Blogger, Matt Campbell,  refers to Article 19, section 3, of the Arkansas Constitution. ”No persons shall be elected to, or appointed to fill a vacancy in, any office who does not possess the qualifications of an elector.” He goes on to say “the qualifications of an elector” are defined in Article 3, section 1, and they include that the person must be “Lawfully registered to vote in the election. Which means, of course, that, if you aren’t lawfully registered to vote in the election, you cannot run for office in that election.

Rutledge could try to re-register.  However, Rutledge has other problems that won’t be resolved if she re-registers.

First, candidates must file an affidavit of eligibility at or before noon on the filing deadline. When Rutledge signed her eligibility affidavit she said she is eligible to hold the office of Attorney-General, when she was not.  That opens her up to the misdemeanor criminal charge of false swearing. It’s also a Class D felony for someone to “vote in any election in the state unless the person is a qualified elector in this state and has registered to vote in the manner provided by law.”  Moreover, anyone convicted of a voting related felony “shall be barred from holding public office or employment in any of the department of the state from the date of his or her conviction.”

This is one of those rare moments in which justice is both poetic and ironic.

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23 Replies to “Republican Candidate for A-G of Arkansas Kicked Off Voter Rolls For Registering in Multiple States”

  1. The party that is always screaming about voter fraud and implementing voter suppression laws at voters that don’t cheat, is the party commenting the voter fraud.

  2. Tip of the proverbial iceberg. The Justice dept. now has justification for reviewing ALL republican candidates for office, to be sure this isn’t a clear, coordinated pattern of willful illegality. Has she ever been to a Koch-funded retreat? How many others charged with voter fraud attended?

  3. Yes, it’s the Democrats fault that she willfully registered in multiple districts/states. The Democratic Chairman came down, himself, and held a gun to her head and FORCED her to register in DC as well as Arkansas, and possibly Virginia. TOTALLY believable.
    “Honestly officer, that dope isn’t mine! It must have been left in the ashtray by the last owner of this car!”

  4. Makes one wonder.

    Did she vote in all those places? (who knows?). Would Voter-ID have prevented that? (not on yer nellie).

  5. The average fraudulent voter in the eyes of the GOP is a poor black man. It’s totally inconceivable to them that non-poor white women could ever do it.

    In their minds it can only be explained as racial profiling or dirty political tricks by the Democrats.

    Kinda like salt calling sugar white. (I’m soooo tired of the racist pot/kettle comparison)

  6. At least she got caught. How many more of these cases are out there? When a party is actively trying to suppress the opponents potential voters in an underhanded way, what other underhanded and possibly illegal things are they up to? Vote in November everyone and get your friends and neighbors out to vote as well. Our democracy depends on it, especially in these dark times.

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    Exactly what does that have to do with the office of Attorney General unless you are trying to be the grand Inquisitor

  8. So she’s registered to vote in multiple places; she made a conscious decision to register, it’s not something automatically done.

    Therefore, how can she say this is some nefarious Democratic plot? SHE is the one who filled out the registration forms. SHE knew she was registered elsewhere and SHE still filled out the forms.

    Tell me no one is buying this line of bull from her please.

  9. Oh yeah, the Democrats did it. She really meant it’s Obama’s fault. When you’re caught with your drawers around your ankles, blame it on the next guy.

  10. Also UncaJoe if the fraudulent voter in the eyes of the GOP is a poor black person, How does that poor person ever get the finances to travel to more then one state to reg. to vote? Travel is expensive!
    Just more rethug lies.
    Like “I’m a Christian, Pro-life gun carrying, conservative” if that isn’t an oxymoron I don’t know what is!
    Poor little rethugs get picked on all the time.

  11. Q: Why are most “100% pro-life” conservatives also “pro death penalty” and “pro-war”?

    A: Because “100% pro-life” has absolutely nothing to do with life and everything to do with controlling women’s bodies.

  12. I wonder what state Scott Brown is registered in, he cannot make his mind where he lives. Also how about Palin – is it Alaska or Arizona, did she buy a home in Arizona?

  13. Are there any honest teahadist in the house?
    North Carolina GOP Senator Accused Of Welfare Fraud

    In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, (Republican) party chair Linda Devore said the Cumberland County GOP looks forward to Senator Meredith refuting the allegations made Tuesday by his opponent, (Democratic) Fayetteville attorney Billy Richardson.
    On Tuesday, Richardson released a load of Meredith’s public and private financial and public assistance documents. They indicate Meredith and his ex-wife, Elizabeth Meredith, received welfare in the late 1990s. At the time, the couple earned annual incomes in the six-figure range.
    http://abc11.com/politics/nc-republicans-respond-to-candidate-welfare-fraud-allegations/332438/

  14. …AND a certified nut case! That’s what that she left out. You see people the crazy arsed Republicans were right! there IS voter Fraud!! And THEY are committing it.

  15. fROM THE ARTICLE: –To suggest that it is reprehensible to take a person’s vote away in the name of rigging an election is rich coming from a Republican.

    Few would dispute that efforts to take a person’s vote away from them is reprehensible. The fact is Republicans in Texas, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida and other states have done just that to hundreds of thousands of American voters in a systematic effort to disenfranchise minorities, women, the poor, seniors and students. Yes, that is reprehensible!”—–

    THE HYPOCRISY IS Mind-boggling. How these Republicans can make statements like this with a straight face is alarming. LIE and Twist facts, and hide their culpability in the shenanigans while blaming others of something is typical of the Republicans. These guys and gals are certainly NOT role models for the country nor the world, who peeks in on American politics from time to time. Or actually follow it from abroad.
    REPUBLICANS DO NOT PLAY BY THE RULES!

  16. Revenge is a dish best served cold

    Officials have cancelled the voter registration of Arkansas candidate for Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R) for being registered to vote in multiple places, according to the Blue Hog Report.

    The implications: “First, for the AG candidate of the party who likes to scream about voter fraud to be registered in two (or three) places at once is ironic and amusing on its own. However, the bigger implication is Article 19, section 3, of the Arkansas Constitution, which states: ‘No persons shall be elected to, or appointed to fill a vacancy in, any office who does not possess the qualifications of an elector.'”

    “The qualifications of an elector” include this that the person must be “Lawfully registered to vote in the election.”
    http://www.bluehogreport.com/2014/09/30/breaking-leslie-rutledges-voter-registration-canceled-candidacy-now-in-question/

  17. rethugs always accuse others of exactly what they themselves are doing. Nothing new here same old, same old! When a rethug starts accusing, take a good look at that. Then start checking, ten to one, you will find just who (is) truly guilty.

  18. Guess her voter fraud came back to bite her on her butt. Good,they always use the old and tired being persecuted line. They are the original perpetrators of voter fraud and every underhanded trick in the book. she is reaping what she has sown.

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