Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a leading candidate for the Republican nomination for president, is facing allegations that he committed fraud when he voted in the January 2010 Massachusetts special election. The allegations come from fellow Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger, a self-desribed “old opposition research campaign consultant” who is running a long-shot campaign.
Karger filed a complaint Monday with the State of Massachusetts, asking that Romney be investigated for registering to vote from an address that he did not live at. During the special election Romney was living in one of two places, and neither of them was in Massachusetts, Karger alleges.
Romney was registered to vote at the address of his son’s home in Massachusetts during the time that he did not own a house in the state, from April 2009 to July 2010, according to Karger’s research.
Karger says that the Romneys live in a California house that they purchased in 2008 and spend summers at a New Hampshire home they purchased in May 2009.
Massachusetts law defines a residence as “where a person dwells and which is the center of his domestic, social, and civil life.” Committing voter fraud in the state is punishable by five years in jail and a fine of $10,000.
“Here’s someone who has said many different things. I’m not trying to get him disqualified or anything, but I think it points to his character,” Karger said in an interview with The Daily Caller. “I certainly don’t think he was living in the basement of his son’s house.”