Business as usual: Texas Democratic Party boss stalls election voided due to voter fraud

“Stolen elections are the gateway to stealing all the rest of it.”


Via Texas After beating state Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa in court, an election law attorney says South Texas’ tide of corruption is turning. But slowly. Dealing a double defeat to Hinojosa, a district court and appellate court voided the election of Weslaco City Commissioner Lupe Rivera. The courts found that Rivera was aided by a string of forgeries, false addresses and “flexible residencies.”


Hinojosa, who represented Rivera, argued the shady activities were business as usual in the Rio Grande Valley…


Jerad Najvar, who represented Rivera challenger Letty Lopez, said, “The kind of violations we proved in this case — false registrations and manipulation of mail-in ballots — are commonplace in South Texas elections. The majority of folks are sick of it.”


Najvar said his client’s court victories proved that election fraud exists, and can be beaten back… “we got an opinion from the Corpus Christi court of appeals reaffirming that the voting residency definition is a meaningful standard, and enforcing the ballot by mail chain of custody provisions. That’s a precedential opinion…”


As Hinojosa considers appealing to the State Supreme Court, further delaying the ordered new election and keeping his client Rivera in office, the state Attorney General’s Office is considering a criminal investigation.


Mary Helen Flores, president of the non-partisan group Citizens Against Voter Abuse that helped expose illegal vote harvesting in the Rio Grande Valley by politiqueras – over a dozen have already been prosecuted for federal crimes – says:


“Each and every individual who participates in the degradation of our electoral process should face mandatory jail time. Gilberto Hinojosa is openly condoning this activity. Through his words and actions, he is telling the people who’ll listen to him that cheating is OK.  Cameron County is paying dearly for this philosophy. We are the poorest, and among the least educated populations in the country, due in large part to chronic public corruption. Stolen elections are the gateway to stealing all the rest of it.”

“Unusually High” Absentee Ballot Rates in Mississippi Election

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann takes note via Y’All Politics:

A statewide comparison of absentee ballots cast thus far in the Primary Election shows several counties have a high number of absentee ballots requested.

“High absentee ballots are always cause for concern with our Agency,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “Now that Mississippi has passed Voter ID, absentee balloting has the highest potential for fraud in our State.”

Percentages are based on the total number of eligible voters to the total number of requested absentee ballots. On average, the percentage of absentee ballots cast in an election is 5-6%.

Counties whose requested absentee ballots are higher than 5%:

• Noxubee 13.66%
• Quitman 10.77%
• Claiborne 7.73%
• Tallahatchie 7.20%
• Benton 5.8%

Second expert testifies that voter turnout increased after passage of North Carolina election law

Overall turnout and turnout among black voters was higher in 2014 than 2010


Evidence shows that HB 589, the North Carolina election law enacted in 2013, had no negative impact on voter turnout in 2014, and in fact turnout increased compared to 2010, the state’s second expert witness in the federal trial challenging the law testified.


Trey Hood, a professor of political science at the University of Georgia, said in U.S. District Court in Winston-Salem that he could find no evidence that North Carolina’s shortened early voting period discouraged a significant number of people to vote…


Hood compared turnout rates for the 2010 and 2014 mid-term elections and Democratic primaries, and found that with an early voting period of ten days in 2014, compared to 17 days in 2010, more total voters voted and more black voters voted.


Hood argued that the Democratic primary in 2010 was more competitive than the one in 2014. He said he would have expected higher voter turnout in 2010, but his analysis of the data revealed the opposite – the overall turnout was higher in 2014 than 2010. The turnout among black voters was also higher in 2014 than it was in 2010.


The turnout was high both during the early voting period and on Election Day, Hood said.  Hood said black voters cast ballots during the shortened period of early voting at higher rates than whites in 2014.


Plaintiffs rest, state rebuts in federal trial over North Carolina election law

The state’s witnesses have begun rebutting plaintiffs’ claims that several election law changes enacted in 2013 are discriminatory:


In court documents and through cross-examination, state attorneys have argued that North Carolina is under no obligation to provide things such as early voting and same-day voter registration, that the law is racially neutral and that it applies equally to everyone, regardless of race. One of the major points that state attorneys have pushed is that black voter turnout increased in 2014, when many of the law’s provisions were in place, as compared to 2010.


Thornton testified that her analysis of data indicated that black voter turnout increased at a higher rate in 2014 than it did in 2010, both in early voting and on Election Day. Thornton also testified that people registered to vote at higher rates between 2012 and 2014 than they did between 2008 and 2010.


Voter ID laws don’t suppress minority voting, studies confirm

Even people who don’t think that voter ID laws are needed to prevent voter fraud acknowledge that voter ID laws don’t suppress minority voting and in fact “don’t seem to have much of an impact on minority turnout at all,” as multiple studies confirm:


  • “In short, more stringent ID requirements for voting have no deterring effect on individual turnout across different racial and ethnic groups.” (Also, “universal mail voting, no-excuse absentee voting, and early in-person voting, have no systematic effect on turnout when racial and ethnic groups are analyzed separately.”)


  • “We find no evidence that [stricter voter ID requirements] have a net demobilizing effect.”


  • “[T]here is little evidence that racial minorities are less likely than whites to vote when states institute voter identification requirements.”


Three studies, one conclusion.

L.A. “Voteria” doesn’t pay out in increased turnout

What Democracy Doesn’t Look Like: A $25,000 voting lottery.


Though this event was not sponsored by any level of Los Angeles’s city government, including the School Board itself, it nonetheless marks a sad state of affairs for participatory democracy in America. The contest was initiated largely to spur voter turnout, which in Los Angeles sometimes drops to below 10 percent… the cash prize hardly lured out any more voters than usual, with the election seeing a turnout of only around 10 percent.


But the success or failure of the raffle is besides the point. If this is the only way LA can get voter turnout, that’s a serious indictment of the city’s political culture.

North Carolina voting law has not prevented voting; it is curbing voter fraud

A former member of Pasquotank’s Board of Elections on the effects of North Carolina’s new voting law, which is currently being challenged in court, and several instances of fraudulent voting in Pasquotank County, which the challengers like to claim doesn’t happen:


“Under the new law, voter and minority turnout increased…


“In 2008, the campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama opened a headquarters on Hughes Boulevard managed by a gentleman who commuted from Virginia. On the last day of same-day registration and voting he came to the Pasquotank Board of Elections Office with a utility bill in his name at the address of the campaign office and attempted to register and vote.


“In the 2011 municipal election in Elizabeth City, two Elizabeth City State University employees brought a van of ECSU cheerleaders to the polls and then forced them to register and vote. One employee was the brother of a candidate in the election. Some of the girls did not want to register… When they exited the building without voting they were instructed by the people who had brought them to the polls to go back in and vote. All of this is a matter of record in the minutes of the Pasquotank Board of Elections…


“When a Camden County resident, formerly from Pasquotank County, could not vote in 2010 she informed the Camden board that she had registered at the Department of Social Services… The Camden Board of Elections found the form she signed at DSS declining to register to vote. For the record, she left Camden that day and traveled to Pasquotank and voted illegally…


“In 2012 our local state Sen. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, won by 21 votes out of 87,449 votes cast… It was later determined that more than 50 fraudulent voters voted in Pasquotank in 2012, including residents of Virginia, California and Georgia.”


Texas election overturned due to voter fraud faces continuing delays to re-do

The 13th Court of Appeals last week denied [Weslaco] City Commissioner Lupe Rivera’s request for judges to reconsider their decision to call a new election… 


Citing allegations of voter fraud, [Letty] Lopez challenged the November 2013 election after falling short to Rivera by 16 votes. Murray agreed and found that 30 votes were illegally cast in the race.


Lopez believes Rivera will continue delaying the inevitable election re-do with a final appeal to the Texas Supreme Court:


“I believe that, yes, they will make it a delay tactic,” Lopez said. “I just think it’s unfortunate with our voting, democratic process that we have the state Democratic chair, which is Gilberto Hinojosa, Lupe Rivera’s legal representation, doing these delay tactics when in my personal opinion he’s deterring the voters’ rights. How can you, in that capacity, do something like this that is against the democratic process of voting?”