Man registers dog to vote in N.M.

March 1, 2012 at 3:50 PM   |   Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, March 1 (UPI) -- An Albuquerque man who successfully registered his dog to vote says his aim was to expose flaws in the voter registration system.

The man, who asked not to be identified, said he filled out Buddy the dog's information with a made-up Social Security number at a voter registration booth on the University of New Mexico's campus a few weeks ago and Buddy received his voter registration card in the mail Wednesday, KOB-TV, Albuquerque, reported Thursday.

"They should verify. Somebody should have verified this information and somebody should have come out and took a look at exactly who it was. But I made up a birth date, and I made up a Social Security number and I had a voter registration card in my hand for Buddy two weeks later," the man said.

The Bernalillo County Clerk's Office said it is rare that false applications make it through the screening process. Officials said the man could face voter fraud charges.

The man said he has no intention of voting under Buddy's name.

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