Meet Princess Nudelman, of Chicago, Illinois. Why was she sent a voter’s registration packet? Especially since she is deceased? And a goldfish? Read more about it below and see a fun video.
We know of the voter fraud across the country – using the Dallas Cowboy’s names in Vegas, Mickey Mouse in Florida, and all those dead people in Houston. Now, election officials in Chicago’s northern suburbs want to know why voter registration material was sent to a dead goldfish named ‘Princess.’
“I am just stunned at the level of people compromising the integrity of the voting process,” said Lake County Clerk Willard Helander, a Republican, who said she has spotted problems with nearly 1,000 voter registrations this year.
Beth Nudelman, who owned the fish, said Princess may have landed on a mailing list because the family once filled in the pet’s name when they got a second phone line for a computer. Hmmm. Likely story! Sounds fishy to me… but read on.
She said she wrote election officials a humorous note explaining why the fish was ineligible to vote.
“There was no fraud involved,” said Nudelman, a Democrat who supports Barack Obama. “This person is a dead fish.”
The paperwork sent to ‘Princess Nudelman’ most likely came from the “Women’s Voices, Women Vote” project, which sent nearly 1 million mailings to Illinois households in August using a list that mistakenly included some pets, said Sarah Johnson, a spokeswoman for the not-for-profit group that encourages single women to vote.
The mailing list purchased from a vendor by the Project, included names from warranties, magazine subscriptions and other sources. The group attempted to screen out pet names but obviously poor little dead Princess made the cut and received a packet.
The mailing by the Project generated some 63,500 returned voter applications. Applicants were instructed to fill in a driver’s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number so election officials would be able to validate their identity. Of course we know how that goes don’t we?
“We obviously don’t want to add more work for any election official,” Johnson said. “At the end of the day, our goal is same as theirs: To give as many people as possible the chance to make voices heard in our democracy.”
The legal counsel for the Illinois State Board of Elections, said the mailing by the Project generated numerous complaints from residents throughout the state. In fact, Lake County election officials have already contacted the Illinois Attorney General’s office. It is however, unclear what they are doing about it.
Women’s Voices, Women Vote has worked with ACORN in the past, but the August mailing “has nothing to do with” ACORN, Johnson said. Of course it doesn’t! And interestingly, the Project has had to speak out publically about the Princess mixup on their website most likely from all the bad press. You can check it out here if you still need more information about this story!
Princess Nudelman “Burying a Goldfish” Video