September 6, 2005
Vote early, often and everywhere
A stretch, but hey, whatever intensifies Rove’s pain:
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent a complaint to Texas state Director of Elections, Ann McGeehan, urging an investigation into whether Karl Rove, Deputy Chief of Staff to President Bush, violated Texas state law by illegally registering as a voter in Kerr County, Texas.
According to a recent Washington Post report, Mr. Rove and his wife, Darby, registered to vote in Kerr County in 2003 after they sold their Austin, Texas home. County property records show that Mr. Rove and his wife have owned two tiny rental cottages in Kerr County since 1997, the largest of which is only 814 feet and is valued by the county at $25,000. In contrast, the Roves Washington, D.C. home is valued at over $1.1 million. Local residents have stated that they have never seen Rove in the area.
“The possibility that one of President Bush’s top advisors, Karl Rove, has lied about his residence, thereby violating Texas law, must be investigated,” Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW said today. “Regardless of Mr. Rove’s position, he is not above the law.”
As Bush has made pretty clear in recent months, Rove probably is above the law. But in the unlikely event that he isn’t, Texas law stipulates that to be considered a “qualified voter,” you have to be a resident of both the state and the county in which the application for voter registration is made. Which Rove clearly isn’t, in any sense.
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