Since posting this image, Twitter has been a buzz over Jared Lee Loughner being a registered Republican, and linking to this post on our blog.
Over at Democratic Underground, a user by the name Barack_America points out that using the Arizona SoS website requires either a Drivers Licence, Date of Birth, or Voter ID number to obtain party affiliation.
According to the Arizona Daily Star: Loughner registered to vote for the first time in 2006, said Chris Roads, Pima County’s registrar of voters. He registered as an independent and last voted in the 2008 general election.
This was original image found by Solid Principles on a Tumblr page where Tucson is spelled Tuscon
This is looking more and more like a hoax folks.
1-9-2011 @ 19:18 WST
This was exactly the left needed to prove their Tea Party allegations and to deflect some heat from any association with Jared Lee Loughner – their Smoking gun? Loughner was a registered Republican in Pima County. Let the Tea Party comparisons continue, ad nauseam.
UPDATE Jan 9, 2011 – 23:15 WST: Since this was posted some debate has emerged how legitimate this claim is – over at democraticunderground.com one user links up this article and mentions Solid Principles “got the image from the ‘left’, but don’t elaborate where they got it.”. The answer is we obtained from tumblr account via a post on Twitter – we added the above commentary and that’s all we did.
This same user at democraticunderground.com adds: “I went to the Arizona Secretary of State site and tried to perform the search myself. Turns out you need to know BOTH Loughner’s birthdate AND either his voter registration ID or driver’s license number to get the information. Considering I don’t know how anyone would have gotten this, I find this entire claim to be suspect”.
Thank you user Barack_America at democraticunderground.com, and to answer your question “Why would a conservative website be promoting this?” – we find it important to follow a story, and posting this element is all part of following the story. I too share your skepticism over it’s origins.