Powerline explains the real fight.
With the primary election looming on June 2, the Morris County Board of Elections has asked the state Attorney General’s Office to investigate possible irregularities in the past use of mail-in ballots in Parsippany. The mail-in ballots in Parsippany sparked court battles in both 2011 and 2013.
Daily Caller – Cleta Mitchell, a conservative political law attorney, said that Ravel’s forum is out of line with the FEC’s function and that it indicates she might be biased toward female candidates, like Clinton.
“It is outside the scope of the agency’s federal statute, which is to enforce the federal campaign finance laws,” Mitchell told TheDC, emphasizing that “it is not the agency’s role to pick winners and losers, to decide that some candidates are more worthy than others, or anything of that nature.”
“This would call into question Commissioner Ravel’s independence should there be allegations of legal violations by a female candidate — such as Hillary Clinton,” Mitchell continued.
“The procedures are irregular. This is outside the scope of the agency’s statutory authority. It is a misuse of taxpayer dollars, it jeopardizes the required neutrality of judgment of the Commissioners in any legal proceeding and is a complete departure from the historic or appropriate conduct of the Commission.”
Wall Street Journal reports on the 40th anniversary of the FEC.
Regulating elections is a pretty partisan business and the FEC is often at loggerheads over how to regulate money in politics. Making matters worse, the FEC, unlike other federal agencies, was structured to be equally divided between Republicans and Democrats, three apiece, and the commissioners often deadlock.
In the last fiscal year, the FEC, stymied in its ability to make decisions, collected just $200,000 in penalties for cases it deemed more complex, one of the lowest in 30 years, at a time when money in politics is only growing. Fines in more straightforward matters, meanwhile, are up.
The Middlesex County Board of Elections has asked for a criminal investigation into voter fraud allegations involving Perth Amboy’s Democrat chairwoman Leslie Dominguez-Rodriguez, which led a judge to overturn the November election of a city councilman.
Last month, when a Superior Court judge tossed November’s election results for a City Council seat, she also slammed the city’s Democratic chairwoman for engaging in possible vote-by-mail fraud and taking advantage of frail nursing home residents.
Leslie Dominguez-Rodriguez stepped down from her leadership role two days later, but it was still back to business as usual. A day or so after the ruling, Dominguez-Rodriguez went to the Middlesex County Clerk’s Office in New Brunswick and tried to take out a thousand vote-by-mail ballot applications, MyCentralJersey.com has learned.
Brietbart: The case, which has been settled law for more than five years, continues to inspire visceral reactions from leftists. Just this week Hillary Clinton tried to rally her base by arguing, “We need to fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all, even if that takes a constitutional amendment.” It’s the same tired tactic that Barack Obama used in 2010 to rally liberals and Harry Reid resurrected in 2014 to mobilize voters. And with all the shady foreign money that flowed into the Democrat National Committee and Clinton-Gore re-election campaign in 1996, Hillary Clinton is not exactly a credible voice for good government campaign finance reform measures.
Editorial Page of the New York Times is obsessed with giving control and veto of election laws to the Obama Department of Justice.
A new Heritage Study on the positive impact of photo ID in Kansas.
The voter turnout data in Kansas in the 2014 congressional midterm and 2012 presidential elections once again show that the claims by opponents of voter identification are wrong. There is no evidence that the turnout of Kansas voters was suppressed or affected in a negative way by the state’s voter ID requirement. In fact, it may have had a very slight positive effect.
North Carolina Senators refuse to support Loretta Lynch – link to story
Both Tillis and Burr have issued statements saying they would oppose Lynch, in part because of Attorney General Eric Holder announced the federal government would challenge North Carolina’s voter ID law. Tillis said Lynch “would represent little, if any, tangible policy or management difference from Attorney General Eric Holder. “I cannot vote to confirm a nominee who will not make a firm and explicit commitment to reverse the partisan politicization that presently exists at the Department of Justice.
“By all indications, Ms. Lynch would continue to pursue the costly and frivolous lawsuit against the state of North Carolina to overturn a commonsense and constitutionally sound voter ID law.” Burr also cited the federal lawsuits in his announcement that he would oppose her. “I am unable to support her nomination due to her advocacy for continuing federal lawsuits against states like North Carolina who seek to uphold the integrity of their elections,” Burr said in a statement
East Chicago Councilwoman Gilda Orange, D-6th, is asking for state and federal oversight to prevent vote fraud the city’s May 5 primary:
Orange, who is seeking re-election and facing three Democratic opponents this spring, said she believes the apparent vote fraud is aimed at influencing the races for mayor and city clerk.
She states in the letter, “I have received several alleged complaints that individuals are illegally acquiring absentee ballots and paying monies for votes. I respectfully ask for you to help the residents of East Chicago have a fair election on May 5 — as they deserve.”
Democrats like to claim voter fraud is “nonexistent” – except those negatively impacted by it:
Orange alleges, “It is important to mention that there are individuals that had been indicted in the previous administration that are now involved in this upcoming election, leaving me and many of my constituents to question whether the election will be fair and honest.”
Fraud on a scale that changes election outcomes is hardly unprecedented in this Indiana city:
Vote fraud in East Chicago was so widespread during the 2003 East Chicago mayoral campaign between then former Mayor Robert Pastrick and his challenger George Pabey that the Indiana Supreme Court overturned Pastrick’s narrow victory that year and required a new election in 2004 that toppled Pastrick’s administration.