Time to start taking voter fraud more seriously?
Welty’s identity has been used to cast 14 votes since her death.
A 15th vote was also cast in her name, in the 2004 presidential primary. County records show it was sent in but never certified — raising the possibility that the vote was invalidated, but her registration was not then revoked.
Welty’s address of record is an Encinitas home where her mother still lives. Dolores Welty told the U-T that the county still sends mail for Dara to the house. Earlier this year, Dara Welty received a jury summons.
Dolores Welty, a retired teacher, is also a registered Democrat and a frequent voter. In every election in which a ballot was cast for her daughter, she also voted.
Dolores Welty has voted in all but two elections she was eligible for since 1990, the 1998 gubernatorial primary and a 1999 special election on library funding. No votes were cast for her daughter in those elections, either.
Campaign finance records from the Center for Responsive Politics show that the mother has donated more than $51,000 to Democratic causes, committees and candidates since 1992.
Asked if she had ever sent in absentee ballots on her daughter’s behalf, Welty said she hadn’t.
Mmm-hmmm. I have absolutely no idea what could have happened. It’s a complete mystery. The mother’s political contribution history is here.