Mitt Romney, who just days ago was near tears over his failure to get elected and thus save us all from the horrible fate of record stock market rallies and the addition of 10 million private sector jobs under President Obama, is in hot water for signing voter registration forms without reading them.
Mitt Romney, two-time loser, but third-time hopeful, signed voter registration forms with the wrong address and wrong party. Romney is no longer a Republican, apparently, according to his own careful perusal of the voter registration he signed. He also used an address he hasn’t used since 2009. Oopsie!
Psst: Don’t try this if you’re a Democrat or a minority.
The Salt Lake Tribune found Romney’s voter registration problem while digging through documents obtained in a records request. Thomas Burr reported:
A copy of the form shows Romney’s signature with his old address listed in two places beside warnings that providing false information on the registration document is amisdemeanor violation of Utah law.
It turns out Romney, who is moving to Utah as a full-time resident, strolled into a driver license office in late August to obtain his Utah license and filled out paperwork to register to vote at his under-construction home in Holladay, a suburb of Salt Lake City. But, apparently because of outdated information in the agency’s database, the pre-printed form listed Romney’s former Park City address on Rising Star Lane and with no party affiliation. Romney signed it.
The Romney folks explained it to the Trib, “As they explained it, some star-struck clerks and Romney’s inattentiveness may have combined to cause the problem.”
No Romney story would be complete if some low level worker wasn’t being thrown under the bus for Mitt’s mistakes. And so… Utah Elections Director Mark Thomas is blaming the clerk for Romney’s inattentiveness. Josh Romney chimed in that of course this was a clerical error.
Oh. Good thing presidents don’t need to read or be careful about the things they sign.
That’s the thing about privilege — if a minority did this, they’d be facing misdemeanor charges or being hunted down by right wing vigilantes as in Wisconsin. But if Mitt Romney does it, ah shucks. It’s just the law. Mistakes happen. Good intentions are presumed when you have money and privilege.
It’s a good thing the Salt Lake Tribune caught this in a records request, or Romney would still be registered to vote at the wrong address and affiliated as an Independent instead of a Republican.
There is a particular sweet irony about this, given Romney’s party’s obsession with non-existent voter fraud. The few cases of voter fraud that we find often originate with high level Republicans, in yet another predictable exercise of conservative self-loathing and projection.
This is hardly Mitt’s first go round with playing fast and loose with election law. In January of 2010, he claimed to be living in his son’s basement so that he could register and vote in the Massachusetts special election to replace Senator Ted Kennedy.
It’s unclear why Mitt Romney thinks he can or should be president, when he can’t even register to vote correctly and failed to discover the error until it was pointed out to him.
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