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Candidates Vie for Coveted Goldfish Vote

By Prescott Carlson in News on Oct 18, 2008 3:39PM

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Over 1,000 false voter registrations were found in north suburban Lake County over the last several weeks, including voter forms filled out with the names of dogs, goldfish, and the always classic dead people. Lake County Clerk Willard Helander is blaming the problem on an aggressive voter registration drive by the Voters Participation Center, a project of the Washington, D.C.-based Women's Voices/Women's Vote. Sarah Johnson, a spokesperson for the organization, points the finger at all the wisenheimers out there:

"Sometimes . . . people think it's funny to get a magazine addressed to their cat or their dog, and when they do that, their cat or dog ends up on the list," Johnson said. "But we're just trying to make it as easy as possible for people to register and vote."