See more info from Palestra. BTW — there are some behind the scenes activities taking place at very high levels you will see in the next few days on these illegal voters in Ohio. I am almost gleeful as I wait for the findings to plop on the foot of the chief JackA*s.
Zachary Cafritz is the son of Washington, D.C. real estate developer, Conrad Cafritz, and who’s who A-lister, Peggy Cooper Cafritz. His grandfather, Morris, helped shape the capital as we know it. Morris Cafritz became one of Washington’s leading residential and commercial real estate magnates in the early 1920s. Since then, the Cafritz clan has stapled themselves into Washington’s elite social scene.
A 2007 Harvard grad, Zachary is a member of the up and coming Cafritz generation and it seems he’s following in his father’s footsteps. Since 2007, Conrad Cafritz has donated nearly $50,000 in support of Barack Obama, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and other Democratic candidates. According to campaign donation records, Zachary donated $2300, the maximum personal amount allowed, to the Obama campaign in February 2008.
“Wealthy people’s interests are already over represented in government,” Cafritz is quoted as saying in a September 13, 2006 Washington Post article. The reporter, Nikita Stewart, wrote that Cafritz lived in Ward 3. According to real estate records, in February 2008 Zachary bought a house for $912,500 in Columbia Heights. The rowhouse is a three bedroom, three bathroom home built in 1910.
Washington, D.C. voter registration records show Zachary registered to vote in 2003 and last voted during the Potomac Primaries, February 12, 2008. Status listed: Active. Party Affilliation: Democrat.
Zachary’s new home and his family legacy link him to our nation’s capital. But in the 2008 General Election, Zachary voted in Ohio.
According to Franklin County records, Zachary registered to vote September 9, 2008. He went to Veterans Memorial polling place and cast an early absentee ballot on October 4. Zachary registered using the address: 345 N Ardmore Road, Columbus, Ohio. However, the Franklin County auditor’s records show this property belongs to Gerard Charles and Catherine Yoshimura. I tried calling the phone number for their house, no one answered.
After Googling, “Zachary Cafritz, Obama” I found a job posting by Cafritz in Ohio. It is dated July 20, 2008 and basically says that Ohio for Change (the Obama Campaign in Ohio) is staffing up and has positions open. Cafritz signs the letter as, “Zachary Cafritz, Formerly of HSPDS, Field Assistant, Ohio for Change.” HSPDS stands for the Harvard Speech and Parliamentary Debate Team – Cafritz was a member during his time at Harvard.
The Ohio Revised Code 3503.2 (c) reads, “A person shall not be considered to have gained a residence in any county of this state into which the person comes for temporary purposes only, without the intention of making such county the permanent place of abode.”
Does a man who bought a nearly $1 million house in Washington, D.C. earlier this year intend to make Franklin County, Ohio his “permanent place of abode”? A search of the Washington, D.C. real estate market shows that Cafritz has not listed his home for sale.
When I called a D.C. area phone number for Zachary Cafritz, a woman picked up, “Cafritz residence.” I identified myself as a reporter for Palestra.net and asked if Zach was around. She said, “No, he’s in Ohio.” I asked when he would be back. She said over the Christmas holidays. I asked if he moved to Ohio for the Obama campaign, she said she thought he moved there permanently. When I asked why this young man with a Washington, D.C. home and history moved to Ohio, the woman just said, “He moved there” and hung up.
After this, we drove to Zachary’s host family’s house. The house was decorated for Halloween and looked very inviting. Unfortunately, the host was not. The man confirmed that Zach lived there but wasn’t home. Before I could ask for Zach’s current contact information, I was face-to-a-door without much innuendo. We stuck around for a few minutes to get some footage of the house and both a man and woman yelled from the door that they were going to call the police. For the record, it is perfectly legal to stand on a public sidewalk and shoot footage of a house.
From the host family’s address, we drove to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien’s office. O’Brien updated us with the information that the Franklin County Board of Elections is hand delivering 150 letters to people of questionable residency. These individuals were identified when letters sent by the board bounced back through the mail or they were singled out by concerned citizens. O’Brien said he was actively looking into anyone with questionable residency. O’Brien said he would need to look into Cafritz further, find out exactly how long he’s been in Ohio etc. However, O’Brien said Zachary’s acquisition of a nearly million dollar house in February…in his own name…in Washington, D.C… would lead him to question his intent to remain at a host family’s house after the election.
On Thursday, Ron O’Brien sent a letter to the Obama and McCain campaigns telling them to remind any out-of-state staff who voted in Ohio to “examine their conscience” and withdraw their vote before Saturday, October 25 so as to “avoid disputes.” I checked with both the Franklin County Board of Elections and the prosecutor – Cafritz has not withdrawn his ballot. He is not alone.
Over the weekend, Shelby Holliday and I identified at least 15 new names of out-of-state Obama employees who registered and voted in Franklin County. According to Tom Rosenberg, an attorney who represents the Obama campaign in Ohio, Obama has roughly 700 people in Ohio. Rosenberg said the campaign was notifying their staff to follow Ohio law.
I contacted the boards of elections for all 88 counties in Ohio. So far, I’ve heard back from about a quarter of them. The overwhelming reply – zero, none, no one is withdrawing, zilch, zip. The only counties that we have heard back from that have reported withdrawals are Franklin County and Knox County. Coincidentally — or not– these are the two counties where Palestra.net has discovered questionable voting and directed names of individuals to the board of elections. On Friday, 13 individuals in Franklin County requested to withdraw their ballots before the Saturday October 25 deadline when the boards of elections started to open and count absentee ballots. In Knox County, Jake Smith, the Hofstra graduate we profiled earlier, also withdrew his ballot.
You can see this article for yourself at: http://palestra.net/blogs/read/17832