estevens reports: Voter Fraud?
Hoboken411 contributor (and “expert public records researcher”) estevens sent this report to me this morning. Here, he profiles the voting history one particular city employee Robert Lisa, who is the current acting Police Chief of Hoboken.
Who knew you could get such details about who voted and when! You can’t sneeze these days without there being a public record about it!
Hoboken Voter Checks In But Doesn’t Check Out
“For as long as I’ve lived here, I’ve heard all manner of stories alleging voter fraud and election day game-playing. Dead people voting. Ballots cast using other people’s names. Residents voting early – and often. It’s difficult to discern what’s true and what’s urban myth.
I’ve been told that some old-timers move out of town but return to Hoboken to vote in our local elections. Loyalty to “This Thing of Ours” supposedly brings former residents back to vote for old-timey candidates who vow to keep the status quo. While I can’t say if this is true to any significant degree, I did come across one rather interesting case. (click to see documents)
Robert M. Lisa, Hoboken police captain and acting chief of police, bought a property in Raritan in 1997. He has apparently lived out of town for at least ten years, but that hasn’t kept him from continuing to vote in Hoboken elections. According to his voter history obtained from the Hudson County Superintendent of Elections, Lisa has voted in the 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007 municipal elections for Mayor/Council. The Willow Avenue address he used is a rental property that he co-owns. Rent registration statements going back to 2000 do not show him residing in any of the units for any of those years. Only in September of 2008 did Lisa finally change his voter registration to properly indicate his Somerset County address. His change in registration was filed five months after he was named acting chief, a high-profile position in the wake of the SWAT team scandal and former chief Carmen LaBruno’s subsequent retirement.
Voters are required to register and vote in the county of their domicile. NJ Statute 19:34-12 states that “Every person not entitled to vote who fraudulently attempts to vote… shall be guilty of a crime of the third degree.” I doubt that anyone goes to jail over this sort of offense, but an officer of the law, particularly a high-ranking one who may be our next chief of police, should respect the laws of our state and be held to a higher standard.
This discovery certainly gives me reason to wonder how many other former Hobokenites are still voting in our local elections and subverting the election process for those who actually live here. It might be worth looking into.”
What do you think of his findings? Do you feel that this represents “inconclusive evidence” that voter fraud was committed?