“One of the biggest vulnerabilities is the fact that, while it’s illegal for non-citizens to register and vote, it’s really an honor system.”
“One of the biggest vulnerabilities is the fact that, while it’s illegal for non-citizens to register and vote, it’s really an honor system.”
A “criminal conspiracy” to circumvent federal election law: that’s what Democrat operative Scott Foval appears to describe on undercover video captured by James O’Keefe’s team of investigative journalists.
Those hidden-camera admissions provide evidence for the FEC complaint filed by O’Keefe and Project Veritas Action Fund that calls for investigation of Hillary for America, the Democratic National Committee, their “willing accomplices” Democracy Partners and Scott Foval/The Foval Group, and others implicated in illegal coordination by the videos.
Journalists with Project Veritas Action Fund (“PVA”) have uncovered a criminal conspiracy where, in the words of Scott Foval, “The way that works is: The [HFA] campaign pays DNC, DNC pays Democracy Partners, Democracy Partners pays The Foval Group, The Foval Group goes and executes… on the ground.” This has been done in a manner to evade federal election law and violating coordinated expenditure rules.
The complaint provides pages and pages of excerpts from the video transcripts in which Foval talks about instances where “the supposedly independent speech and actions of third-party groups were directed, controlled, or puppeteered by HFA or the DNC.”
Wikileaks emails show Clinton campaign chair John Podesta has figured out that, because of federally-mandated vulnerabilities in our election system, non-citizen foreigners can get registered to vote and get a voter ID at the same time:
John Podesta: I think Teddy’s idea scratches the itch, is pretty safe and uncomplicated.On the picture ID, the one thing I have thought of in that space is that if you show up on Election Day with a drivers license with a picture, attest that you are a citizen, you have a right to vote in Federal elections.
Under the National Voter Registration Act, aka Motor Voter, anyone can register to vote while they get a driver’s license, a universally-accepted photo voter ID.
Getting registered to vote is as easy as marking “YES” to the question “Are you a citizen of the United States?” As Podesta notes, when you attest you are a citizen, you get registered. It’s automatic. It’s mandated under federal law. The registrant then signs the form, stating under “penalty of perjury” that the answers are correct. It’s an honor system — but only four states engage in citizenship verification.
And three of those four states are currently entangled in litigation with leftist groups trying to end that verification: Kansas, Alabama, and Georgia. These leftist groups have allies in the Justice Department, which has also fought citizenship verification measures ferociously.
Now we may know why. Alien registrants lie in enormous numbers, and are now on American voter rolls. Naturally, Democrats and the media do all they can to minimize the scope of the problem, because the former benefit from it.
Don’t states check if the answer to the citizen question is truthful? Don’t they make sure that only citizens are registering when they get their driver’s license/photo ID? No and no. It isn’t happening. That’s what Podesta means when he writes: “when you attest that you are a citizen” you have a right to vote.
More fallout from James O’Keefe’s latest undercover videos that expose Democrat operatives and organizations working to elect Hillary Clinton plotting everything from staged violence by paid protesters at Trump rallies to outright voter fraud – and also possibly illegally coordinating with the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary for America campaign.
The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), an Indiana-based group that litigates to protect election integrity, submitted the complaint Tuesday to the Office of the General Counsel at the FEC claiming that Hillary Clinton’s campaign committee and other left-wing groups may have violated campaign finance laws.
According to PILF, “voter registration drives and other GOTV activity were coordinated with DNC and HFA by express communication through agents of Democracy Partners and The Foval Group. These communications resulted in coordination of voter registration activity in violation of 11 C.F.R. 114.4(c)(2) and (d)(2)-(4) by all parties involved.”
Groups and individuals named in the complaint include Hillary for America and campaign treasurer Jose H. Villarreal, the Democratic National Committee, Democracy Partners and Strategist Bob Creamer, Americans United for Change and National Field Director Scott Foval, and Voces de la Frontera Action. Creamer and Foval are already out of their jobs due to the videos.
Hot on the heels of last week’s bombshell hidden camera video release of New York City Democrat Election Commissioner Alan Schulkin admitting, “there is a lot of voter fraud” and “they bus people around to vote,” James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas Action released two new videos in two days exposing corruption and voter fraud schemes within the Clinton campaign.
So far, two people are gone from the campaign over the revelations in the videos: Scott Foval, (former) National Field Director of Americans United for Change, and Democracy Partners Strategist Bob Creamer.
Rigging the Election – Video I: Clinton Campaign and DNC Incite Violence at Trump Rallies
Rigging the Election – Video II: Mass Voter Fraud
J. Christian Adams on KHOW with Ross Kaminsky talks voter fraud, “rigged” elections, and lawlessness at the Justice Department:
“People on the Left who say [voter fraud] doesn’t exist are outright liars… to say it doesn’t exist is an outright lie giving cover to criminal behavior… They’re simply happy with the status quo where it’s very easy to commit crimes in the election process. I think that’s a terrible, corrosive attitude…”
“Every single valid voter ought to get a chance to vote and every single person who tries to corrupt the system should be prosecuted. That’s the problem. This Justice Department isn’t prosecuting all of the people being caught for voter fraud… Why not? Why are we tolerating criminal activity?”
“At the Justice Department you had people who didn’t want to draw attention to voter fraud because of the perception it would scare minority voters… It’s a head in the sand attitude, it gives a pass to criminal activity, and it endangers the integrity of our elections…”
“Voter fraud should be a topic 365 days a year… The one thing we can say is it’s possible… it always can affect an election. That’s why we always need to take it seriously.”
“Dead people are voting, and it’s something that this administration isn’t doing anything about.”
J. Christian Adams on why the Left opposes clean voter rolls, and why the Justice Department doesn’t prosecute voter fraud. Spoiler: “They must like who they’re voting for… They like it the way it is.”
A group called Direct Action Texas has been doing the job local election officials won’t: researching thousands of mail ballots submitted – in some cases illegally harvested – in Tarrant County, Texas and uncovering what appear to be enough fraudulent ballots to have affected the outcomes of at least two local races:
In a presentation to a local 912 group in Fort Worth, Aaron Harris of Direct Action Texas presented documents from his formal voter-fraud complaint filed with the Secretary of State. The secretary of state has referred to the voter fraud evidence as “voluminous.”
Harris says his complaint contained over 1,500 pages of documents. And while the complete document is not yet public, Harris made one thing clear—political operatives inside Tarrant County have illegally forged thousands of signatures on ballot-by-mail applications and carrier envelopes over the last four years.
Harris says he is confident at least two local officials are in office as a result of the voter fraud he has uncovered – State Rep. Ramon Romero Jr. (D–Fort Worth) and Fort Worth Mayor Pro Tem, Sal Espino.
Espino won his race by a twenty-six vote margin in an election in which Harris says 450 votes were fraudulently harvested in that district alone. Romero won his seat by a 110 vote margin in a race that was similarly impacted by voter fraud.
The group’s research is hampered by state election laws, one of which allow voters to submit requests for mail ballots annually instead of for each election, and another which prevents public access to mail ballot records until after the election for which they were requested. In the case of annual ballot requests, election officials have interpreted that to mean after the last election of each calendar year, generally in November but sometimes extending into December for local run-offs or special elections.
These conflicting election laws mean that, for example, a candidate wanting to contest a May local election could not access relevant annual mail ballot records until after the deadline for contesting had passed. Worse, local election records are only required to be retained for six months, which means they could be destroyed before the law allows the public to have access to them.
Add this to the list of election issues the Texas Legislature needs to address in 2017.
Don’t try telling residents of South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley that voter fraud is “non-existent” or doesn’t change election outcomes. They know better.
Despite members of the institutional Left like the Brennan Center denying voter fraud is a problem, dismissing it as “irrational” or justifying it as not “widespread” enough to change election results, it’s an all-too-regular feature of elections in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.
Illegal voting, ballot harvesting, voter assistance that crosses into coercion and intimidation, and outright vote buying are especially prevalent in small towns where small numbers of fraudulent votes can sway results and where local governments and school districts are some of the biggest employers.
Politics has long been a blood sport in the Valley, where political slates often split among prominent families whose animosity goes back generations, and among contractors, material suppliers and law firms who compete for area jobs.
South Texas officials like former Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra know better too. How often did his office receive complaints about voter fraud or coercion?
“Every election for 35 years,” Guerra said. “For the last 10 or 12 years, the one (complaint) we saw the most was the politiqueras that were voting for people taken to the polls. … People would pay $5 to $10 (for votes). Every election. But how do you prove it?”
Illegal voter assistance is common with mail ballots, and has also become more so at the polls, with elderly voters at adult day care centers as frequent targets. “’To me, 99 percent of (assisted votes) are being cast by the person who drove them,’ Guerra said. “
Prosecutions are becoming more common in the RGV too. At least a dozen people have been prosecuted in Hidalgo and neighboring Cameron County on federal and state voter fraud charges including illegal assistance and vote buying in the 2012 Democratic primary, “which, in such a strongly Democratic area, is the election that matters.” But as Guerra noted, these cases are difficult to make and often involve only misdemeanor charges.
Just last year, former Weslaco City Commissioner Lupe Rivera was charged with 16 misdemeanor counts of voter fraud in the November 2013 election after his opponent Letty Lopez successfully contested the race, which was decided by just 16 votes. Fraudulent votes, as the trial revealed – fraudulent votes that changed the outcome of the election, something voter fraud deniers claim never happens.
What truly doesn’t happen are the penalties that deniers claim deter voter fraud.
Nearly all of the charges against his son and a campaign worker were dismissed when Rivera pleaded to a single count in exchange for a year of probation… His son, Lupe Rivera Jr., is running to claim his father’s former seat in the November election.
A year of probation for stealing an election. Meanwhile, the problem isn’t confined to South Texas. Right now a massive voter fraud investigation of illegal ballot harvesting is underway in Tarrant County, Texas that’s said to involve as many as 20,000 ballots.
Another progressive group has been caught submitting fraudulent voter registration forms, this time in the swing state of Florida.
It was a senior citizen voter, not local election officials, who caught the fact that someone – someone with Mi Familia Vota, it turns out – had forged her signature on a voter registration form and fraudulently changed her party affiliation from Republican to Democrat.
WFLA’s 8 On Your Side reports “when 83-year-old lifelong Republican Marina Agosto received a new voter ID card that told her she was now a registered Democrat, she and her daughter Minerva headed to the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections office to find out why.”
She is outraged that someone would use her name to commit voter registration fraud here in a swing state, where every single vote is so important. She is even more bothered that the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections office wasn’t taking her seriously…
The mother and daughter discovered at the Supervisor of Elections office that a group called Mi Familia Vota submitted a new voter registration application for Agosto. A signature that is supposed to be her own is on the application. “I sign different, completely different,” Agosto said…
The birth year on the application also doesn’t match Agosto’s voter ID card. 8 On Your Side asked if the Supervisor of Elections notified law enforcement. “All I have is this form. I don’t have anything that tells me this is illegal,” [Supervisor of Elections communications director Gerri] Kramer said.
Not to worry, though – the voter fraud probably isn’t widespread:
Since June Mi Familia Vota has submitted more than 5,700 voter registration applications in Hillsborough County alone.
Mi Familia Vota was founded and is headed by former SEIU executive Eliseo Medina and takes a progressive stance on issues including “increased access to the electoral process for Latino voters,” particularly the ones registered as Democrats, it seems.