Christine Svenson, a vice chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association, warned repeatedly about absentee voter fraud during a panel at the Colorado Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday. To combat such fraud, Svenson recommended that campaigns gather the names of local absentee voters and search their addresses on Google to “make sure that those buildings are not crack houses, row houses, slumlord houses.” For the record, people who live in row houses or who have abusive landlords do not lose their right to vote. Neither do people unfortunate enough to live in the same building as a drug dealer.
At the end of the panel, Svenson was asked how to handle unfavorable election results. Her answer strongly suggested that Republicans should try to change the result of the election by challenging absentee ballots:
SVENSON: If an election doesn’t go your way, you’ve got an uphill battle. You’ve got to make sure that you get your operatives out on the streets the day after the election, researching. You’ve got to get the list of the individuals who selected absentee ballots, go to those homes, find out — you can even call them, by the way — get affidavits about whether or not they sent them in, but it really hinges around those absentee voters out there, if you can turn them around.
Although Svenson did not elaborate on what she meant by “turn them around,” her advice came after she advised campaigns to quest for fake absentee voters claiming to live in crack houses.
Svenson appeared on the panel alongside Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who has tried to purge thousands of voters in his state, and Catherine Engelbrecht, the founder of True the Vote, a Texas group that sends poll watchers to largely minority districts to challenge voters’ status.