|Moreover, this isn't something new. YPM has a bad track record stretching back years and years. For example, the following story comes from an article written in 2004:
Young Political Majors LLC, or YPM, is a company registered by Mark Jacoby at a Town 'N Country residence.
Jacoby appeared this summer at the election office in Gainesville with a box of about 1,200 voter registration cards. Of those, about 510 voters had switched to the GOP.
Elections Supervisor Beverly Hill spoke with Jacoby and grew suspicious. She randomly called the Republicans to verify they wanted to switch. All of them said, "Absolutely not," Hill said. "They didn't even know they had signed a registration form," Hill said.
Here's how YPM does it: their paid signature gatherers ask registered Democratic voters to sign a claimed legitimate petition (in this case a petition to "stop sexual predators from getting out of jail"). Then, depending on the circumstances, they tell the voter that the petition is not legal unless they re-register as a Republican, or they have the voter sign in two places - one of which is the bottom of a Republican voter registration card.
It is simply unacceptable for this type of activity to go on here in California.
"This insidious and fraudulent practice is called 'slamming,' and Insurance Commissioner Poizner must put an immediate stop to funding this conspiracy to commit fraud," said Senator Art Torres (Ret.), Chairman of the California Democratic Party (see letter below letter).
The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters, Kari Verjil, has allowed the slamming to continue for weeks. The California Democratic Party is calling on the San Bernardino County District Attorney's office, the Secretary of State and the State Attorney General's office to investigate and prosecute those who are knowingly committing fraud.
The same situation is known to have occurred in Riverside County. This past August the Registrar of Voters, Barbara Dunmore, referred that fraud to the Riverside County District Attorney.
American voters should not be treated this way.
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Here is a copy of the letter Chairman Art Torres sent to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters.
September 16, 2008
Via Facsimile (909) 387-2022
Ms. Kari Verjil
San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters
Dear Registrar of Voters Verjil:
Our offices have received numerous calls about the California Republican Party's use of "slamming" -- illegally re-registering Democrats as Republicans -- in your county.
I would like to know the status of your investigation of the Republican slamming. A few thousand voter registration cards are being turned in each week to your office and it appears your office has not stopped this fraudulent practice.
In calls to a random sampling of 100 of these voters, we found one-third of the phone numbers were either disconnected or the wrong number.
When phone slamming happened several years ago, the federal government, as well as state and local officials put a stop to it.
You must stop this illegal practice whereby American citizens who have registered as Democrats, whether earlier this year or several years ago, are being changed to Republicans with your county voter registration cards by organizations authorized by you to do voter registration.
Senator Art Torres (Ret.)
Chairman of the California Democratic Party
cc: Secretary of State Debra Bowen
Attorney General Jerry Brown
San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos