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New Mexico man registers dog to vote using fake name, social security number

An Albuquerque man says he successfully registered his dog to vote in Bernalillo County.

A dog is man’s best friend — and now he can even accompany him to the voting booth.

An Albuquerque, N.M., resident has successfully registered his dog to vote in Bernalillo County, he told KOB-TV.

The dog’s owner said he used fake information to sign Buddy up at a voter registration booth at the University of New Mexico.

“I made up a birthdate and I made up a Social Security number, and I had a voter registration card in my hand for Buddy two weeks later,” he told the TV station after receiving the card in the mail on Wednesday.

The man, who doesn’t actually plan to vote using Buddy’s name, said he was only trying to prove that there are problems with the registration system.

“They should verify,” he told KOB-TV. “Somebody should have verified this information and somebody should have come out and took a look at exactly who it was.

“We’re going to have a lot of people that are registered to vote that shouldn’t be able to vote,” he added.

Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office told the station the office followed state law, which doesn’t require proof of a voter’s Social Security number, date of birth or name when registering.

According to Bernalillo County clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Buddy’s owner committed voter fraud.

“I would warn those individuals who think this type of activity is a joke or a ‘gotcha’ that, regardless of their intentions, they have broken the law and will therefore have to be subject to due process of law,” she told KOB-TV.

Toulouse Oliver added that it was “disheartening that someone would attempt to present fraudulent information to test a system that the state legislature has intended to foster participation in the voting process.”

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March 3, 2012 - Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Dogs, Dogs, Just One More Pet, Man's Best Friend, Unusual Stories | ,

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