Voter registration creativity not welcome

Oct. 22, 2004 at 11:45 AM

CLEVELAND, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Even in thousands of new voter registrations some names stick out -- such as Jive Turkey Sr., the name on a registration form submitted to Ohio officials.

Elections officials in Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, said they had received more than 344,000 new voter registrations forms this year, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Friday. While checking the validity of those forms, officials said they found 1,284 that were suspicious -- including one filled out as Jive Turkey Sr., who listed an address that officials described as "vulgar."

"It's frustrating, to say the least," Gwen Dillingham, Cuyahoga County's deputy election director, told the Plain Dealer. "I'd just like to catch the people that do this."

Board of Elections officials said any suspect forms would be handed over to prosecutors to see if fraud had been committed, the newspaper said.

Earlier in the week, authorities in Defiance, Ohio, announced the arrest of a man accused of signing up voters in exchange for crack cocaine. The man, who submitted more than 100 registration forms -- only six of which were determined to be legitimate -- had used names such as Mary Poppins, Janet Jackson and Jeffrey Dahmer.

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