Here you go, conservatives: an (alleged) illegal immigrant voter
The debate continues over state voter-ID laws, which are said to prevent election fraud but which in practice may disenfranchise legitimate voters. But here’s a criminal case filed last week in Maryland federal court in which a Belgian national, Fredericus Hubertus Slicher, who allegedly has been in the U.S. unlawfully since April 1969, has been a registered Maryland voter since the election Jimmy Carter won in 1976!
“Since that time,” the indictment states, “Slicher has voted in numerous state and federal elections, knowing that he was not a citizen of the United States and had no lawful authority to vote.”
In order to register as a Maryland voter, Slicher allegedly used a “fraudulent certificate of naturalization,” his indictment says, that he’d been passing around since 1974, opening the door to all sorts of other government benefits – including a U.S. passport and Social Security and Medicare payments.
The 76-year-old is from the Baltimore suburb of Middle River, a purplish if not downright red part of blue Maryland. Thanks to 2004 convictions for child abuse and 3rd degree sex offense, he is on the Maryland Sex Offender Registry – from which the above photograph was obtained – and he’s previously been pinched for theft, in 1997, in a case in which a charge of forging a public document was dropped.
So this is the newest face of election fraud: a very old Belgian sex-offender. Doesn’t quite fit the immigrant profile the voter-ID proponents are thinking about.