Poor record keeping is what’s leading to potential fraud in the elections system. And election supervisors say registering non-citizens will continue until they get more help.

Officials we spoke to say non U.S. citizens are voting in Lee and Collier counties.

“If there is a change by one vote and somebody’s voted that really has no right to be voting,” said Lee County Supervisor of Elections Sharon Harrington.

Nearly 100 registered are now under investigation for possible voter fraud.

“It could change the whole complexion of an election,” Harrington said.

We found those 100 people after reviewing jury excusal forms. We compared the names of those who said they couldn’t serve because they were not U.S. citizens to those listed on Florida’s voter registration rolls.

“I was surprised that there were quite that many,” Harrington said.

So how is this happening?

In some cases, human error got them on the voter rolls.

We found one Naples resident, who clearly marked she was not a U.S. citizen, but was registered anyway.

But the NBC2 Investigators also found many of those registered were signed up while at the Tax Collector’s Office getting a drivers license.

We asked Susan Allen, the Lee County Tax Collector’s Office Customer Service Director, if the system was just based on trust and she answered, “Definitely.”

Up until two years ago, no one asked for proof of citizenship.

Allen: You’re either giving us the birth certificate, a us passport or your naturalization document.
 So, it’s a lot harder now to lie?
Allen: Definitely.

It may be harder now. But since you only have to renew your license every eight years, it’ll take another six to weed out all the non-citizens.

Harrington says what we really need is a national verification system.

“We don’t have any investigative powers or anyway to check this information. As we’re checking them into our system, it would be nice to have that,” she said.

We took that concern to Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson.

“So, there is the opportunity to verify, through the social security number when they register and that should be a way of doing it,” he said.

But Harrington says that’s not good enough because voters can register without a social security number – leaving the potential for abuse for years to come.

Based on our investigation, both election offices say they’ll now request copies of every jury excusal form where residents say they can’t serve because they’re not a citizen.

Both the Lee and Collier supervisors of elections sent letters to the people we found asking them to verify citizenship.

We should have an update on that in a few weeks.

While we only looked at Southwest Florida two largest counties, this absolutely affects other counties in the state.

And we’re told the state is looking into implementing a similar policy to compare jury excusal forms with voter rolls at all supervisor of elections offices.

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Winning Our Future | Newt ’08 on Consulting Fannie and Freddie

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Despite all of the lies from the Romney camp, while Romney was flip-floping in 2008, Newt was standing up to Fannie and Freddie and was actively wanting to hold them accountable.

Well Patriots… I Was Right About Donald Trump!

Donald Trump is supposed to be endorsing Newt Gingrich tomorrow in Las Vegas!

Dang I’m good!!!  Just kidding you guys.  Ha!  ;)

See my prediction here…

A Red November?

Have you heard about the new state-by-state Gallup poll? Based on current approval ratings, Obama would lose the 2012 election 215 to 323 electoral votes.

Obama campaign email: One-term president?

Friend –

Here’s what Mitt Romney said after he won the Florida Republican primary last night:

“While we celebrate this victory, we must not forget what this election is really about …”

… What do you think he said? Not getting the economy moving. Not keeping America safe. Not improving people’s lives.

“While we celebrate this victory, we must not forget what this election is really about: defeating Barack Obama.”

Then he launched a “One-Term Fund” drive to get his backers to contribute $1 million to make Barack Obama a one-term president.

That’s not how it’s going to be. So I just had the team create a “Two-Term Fund” page on that’s going to track our progress to a $2 million goal. Most importantly, we’re going to show the number of people giving to make it happen.

Please donate $3 or more to our Two-Term Fund now.

It may not take the Romney camp very long to get to a million — they announced today that just 9 percent of their money comes from donors giving less than $200.

It’s also clear that there’s lots of money to be raised from far-right Tea Party types appealing to a very personal dislike of Barack Obama. When Romney tells a reporter that we need a president “who believes in American principles” or that President Obama will be just a “footnote in history,” that’s who he’s talking to.

Last night Romney summed it up in one line — for them, it’s all about beating one man and sending his family packing from the White House.

Everything else the Republicans say or do is just means to that end.

Our campaign is different. It’s about bringing people together to protect the progress we’ve made and make a lot more in a second term. And 98 percent of the donations people like you make to this campaign are $250 or less.

You can make a second term a lot more likely right now by giving to our two-term fund — you’ll even get to see exactly how many others are joining you:

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Obama for America

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Newt’s Florida Speech: 46 States to Go!

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Florida clarified who the establishment candidate in the race is: Mitt Romney. And who the grassroots candidate is: Newt Gingrich.

‘Super’ PACs set to disclose big donors Tuesday

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Get ready to find out who the millionaires are behind this year’s presidential election.

Shadowy outside groups funded by anonymous donors and working on behalf of candidates they support have pummeled Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and others for the past two months by spending millions of dollars on mostly negative TV ads that have had an enormous impact on the fight for the Republican presidential nomination.

Now, for the first time since they started shaping the campaign in earnest, many of those “super” political action committees are set to disclose just who is financing their pseudo-campaign operations. Many took advantage of a change in federal rules that essentially let them shield their donors’ identities until after key primary elections in January. But they still must submit their financial reports to the Federal Election Commission by Tuesday.

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Limbaugh: GOP Establishment Wants to Erase Tea Party

Monday, 30 Jan 2012 03:04 PM

By Paul Scicchitano

The Republican establishment, which is backing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in his presidential bid, also is trying to erase the tea party, Rush Limbaugh said today on his radio show.

“The establishment Republicans are trying to take the tea party out,” Limbaugh declared. “And this is another reason why, in the Republican primary, there is such fevered opposition to Romney and people who despise . . . the campaign that Romney is running.”

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