“When the integrity of the ballot is lost we all lose.”
Another conviction results from the investigation of “widespread voter fraud” in a 2013 Dothan, Alabama city election decided by just 14 votes:
Assistant District Attorney Banks Smith said the jury found 66-year-old Olivia Reynolds guilty of 24 felony counts of absentee ballot fraud…
Houston County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Reynolds in May 2014. She was one of three women charged who worked on the 2013 campaign for District 2 City Commissioner Amos Newsome. In the August election, Newsome beat challenger Lamesa Danzey by 14 votes. Newsome received 119 of the 124 absentee votes that were cast…
Smith said some of the voters testified at trial how they never even wanted to vote for Newsome yet their ballot was cast for Newsome anyway. “This case is about the sanctity of the ballot,” Smith said.
How were these votes stolen? Not by mere technicality or honest mistakes, but by willful disregard for the law designed to prevent just this type of fraud.
Smith said the law requires there to be two witnesses for a valid absentee ballot, and a witness means two people actually watch the vote. Smith also told jurors the court would instruct them on what the law says about willful conduct, which he said included how there was an intent to defraud voters in this case by tricking.
“Right now, we’re in the middle of a purge,” said Greg Woolard, Franklin County’s clerk and chief elections official. “I just took office in December. I don’t think there had been one previously for a few years.”
Noted. Link here.
“The recently concluded federal trial over North Carolina’s election rules proved one thing beyond a reasonable doubt: The Obama administration and its partisan, big-money, racial-interest-group allies will stop at nothing to win elections. And using the courts to change election rules is a key part of their strategy.”
My latest with Hans von Spakovsky at National Review.
States are free to use federal grant money intended to improve how elections are run in order to pay for criminal investigations of potential voter fraud, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission has ruled…
The commission started operating again in January… the members agreed in an Aug. 13 advisory that Iowa’s use of the money was “allowable, allocable and reasonable.” The Help America Vote Act requires states to ensure that voter registration records are accurate and leaves to them “the specific choices on the methods of complying,” the advisory said.
A state lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s voter identification law is on hold while a judge decides whether the suit is now moot. Earlier this year, the legislature amended the law to allow voters without qualifying photo ID to cast ballots by signing a declaration of reasonable impediment.
“There is no question that the General Assembly in what they enacted answered the questions of unconstitutionality that the plaintiffs have raised,” Special Deputy Attorney General Alec Peters told Superior Court Judge Michael Morgan in a Raleigh courtroom. Peters said the lawsuit is moot and should be dismissed.
Morgan didn’t rule immediately on the state’s request, nor on motions by the voting rights groups and voters challenging the law. They want to delay the voter ID implementation until after the presidential primary election, likely in March. Otherwise, the photo ID requirement begins in early 2016. Morgan said he would issue his rulings in about three weeks.
Another case challenging the state’s voter ID law is pending in federal court.
The federal legal challenge to North Carolina’s Voter ID law could be settled, according to court documents filed Monday…
U.S. Judge Thomas Schroeder had ruled that the legal challenge on the photo ID requirement would be continued. Schroeder’s decision came after state Republicans made changes softening the photo ID requirement less than a month before the trial started.
The law now allows voters in 2016 who don’t have a photo ID to sign a “reasonable impediment declaration” and also enables voters to present certain photo ID that may have expired as long as it’s not more than four years. Attorneys representing the state and Gov. Pat McCrory argue that the changes make the legal challenge to the photo ID requirement moot.
The state is seeking dismissal. Plaintiffs, meanwhile, are angling for “negotiations” to address “continuing concerns,” though it’s hard to see why the state would enter into a consent decree at this point, as the photo ID requirement reasonably accommodates all eligible voters.
The interstate cross-check program has uncovered more potential voter fraud, helping investigators nab another alleged North Carolina “serial double-voter.”
Jason Wilton Wetzel has been charged with double-voting multiple times in both North Carolina and Georgia, in the 2012 primary and general elections and in 2014.
So far, the State Board of Elections has referred ten cases of potential “serial double-voters” to North Carolina prosecutors, with additional criminal referrals expected.
The editors at NRO advise Congress to leave the Voting Rights Act as is – as solid as ever:
The bedrock of the Voting Rights Act — that no American may be prevented from voting because of his race — remains as solid as ever… The difference is that without Section 5 operational, discrimination or disparate impact must be proved in a court of law, just like complaints under any other civil-rights statute, whereas before the suspect jurisdictions would have been obliged to prove that their changes were acceptable before the fact. The previously encumbered states are no longer considered guilty until proven innocent, and Democrats want to reverse that…
The Democrats’ drive to “restore” the unconstitutional provisions of the Voting Rights Act would require a number of mainly Republican jurisdictions to go begging to the Justice Department every time they want to update their election practices…
The end of the preclearance regime is in harmony with the progress we have made. With the current majorities in Congress, Republicans are empowered to do nothing in this matter, and to see to it that nothing is done. The Voting Rights Act is fine as it is.