“If a Republican wins the Presidency, he or she would be well advised to listen to General Mukasey and implement fundamental changes to the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, particularly the Voting Section. Step One may well be remedial training on what the Rule of Law means. “
After losing her 2013 Tuscaloosa City School Board race, candidate Kelly Horowitz contested the election, alleging voter fraud by members of the University of Alabama greek system – including a ‘booze for votes’ scheme – skewed the results. Horowitz challenged the votes of over 300 UA students as “illegal based on lack of residency, bribery or misconduct, and ineligibility.”
The bribery charge stemmed from reports that “greek students were incentivized with free alcohol at two local bars, as well as UA Panhellenic and in-hours points, as a means of securing votes” for Horowitz’ opponent.
A lower court dismissed the case, contending “there were not enough potential illegal ballots to overturn the results.”
The Supreme Court disagreed, concluding that “though Horwitz was unable to prove the illegality of the votes on the basis of misconduct in the form of bribery, there were 159 ballots due to be rejected, 105 of them based on residency and 54 based on other factors of ineligibility.” The case now goes back to the Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court.
Another “irrational” person willing to risk felony charges to influence an election:
Sullivan County, Indiana councilman Max Judson, who won his 2014 Democrat primary election by just 18 votes, was arrested and charged with one count each of voter fraud and witness tampering. “He faces 25 years if convicted on both crimes.”
The FBI complaint charges Judson with violating federal and state election laws by soliciting a voter to fill out an absentee ballot application who wasn’t eligible to vote in Sullivan County. Judson admits knowingly doing this, as well as “telling several Voters to be untruthful to the FBI.”
JUDSON further admitted to being present while at least 15 people filled out their Sullivan County Primary absentee ballots. JUDSON stated that on nearly all of these occasions, JUDSON either told these Voters how they should vote or which bubbles to fill in on their ballots. JUDSON admitted that he knew his conduct to be wrong, and that as a candidate he should not have been involved in the voting process.
Also by his own admission, this wasn’t the first time the councilman did wrong, though he “was not sure how many elections he personally assisted Voters with their votes.”
Facing “eight counts of fraudulent voting, 10 counts of primary or enrollment violations,” and one count of fabricating evidence, former Connecticut state Rep. Christina Ayala (D-Bridgeport) pleaded guilty to two counts of providing a false statement – lying to state elections investigators – in exchange for a suspended one-year prison sentence.
Between 2009 and 2012, Ayala voted in various Bridgeport Democratic Town Committee elections, a municipal primary election and a state primary election in districts other than where she was living at the time, according an investigation by the State Elections Enforcement Commission. She voted in the general election in 2012 in a district where she did not reside.
Also as part of her plea bargain, Ayala agreed not to seek elective office again… for two years. Can Bridgeport voters expect an Ayala 2018 campaign? They should expect more voter fraud, when their elected officials are given slaps on the wrist for violating election laws multiple times.
“Lorain City Councilman Dennis Flores was named the winner of the May Democratic primary Friday after Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski threw out five votes that he determined had been cast for Flores’ opponent, Ryan Horn. The final vote tally after Betleski removed those five votes was 152 votes for Flores, who serves the city’s 2nd Ward, and 148 for Horn…
“At a hearing earlier this month, Betleski said he found that nine of the people who voted in the race were ineligible for various reasons, including not living at the addresses they gave to the elections board.”
The judge and Flores’ attorney Gerald Phillips agree that further action is warranted. “Phillips said after the hearing that ensuring the sanctity of fair elections is vital to democracy and if there aren’t consequences for people who break the public trust and vote illegally there will be nothing to deter other people from doing so. Betleski has said he will write a letter to county Prosecutor Dennis Will explaining his findings and requesting a criminal investigation.”
It wouldn’t be the first time Lorain prosecuted a case of voter fraud involving illegal voting at the wrong address.
Flores himself, having felt first-hand the impact of fraudulent voting, says “his experience with this election convinced him of the need to increase scrutiny of who is voting, including voter ID laws, something most Democrats oppose because they contend it will limit who has access to the ballot box.”
A South Texas election marred by voter fraud is finally set for a do-over. The November 2013 Weslaco City Commission race between incumbent Commissioner Lupe Rivera and challenger Letty Lopez was decided by just 16 votes. Lopez’ attorney Jerad Najvar proved in court that 30 votes were illegally cast.
Alleging voter fraud, Lopez successfully contested the November 2013 election after a year-and-a-half-long legal dispute that, in recent months, became entangled in appellate court…
“I’m excited that Weslaco voters will finally be able to vote fairly in this race,” Lopez said… “That’s what this case has been all about.”
Najvar sees another big win: “This case turned a negative into a huge positive for voting rights in South Texas. It sets a legal precedent that voting residency requirements and the mail-in ballot rules that protect elderly voters from coercion will be enforced. This is a critical victory that helps fight election fraud across the Rio Grande Valley.”
Two years in prison is the sentence for Olivia Reynolds, the girlfriend of Dothan, Alabama City Commissioner Amos Newsome who was convicted on 24 counts of felony absentee ballot fraud in the 2013 election Newsome “won” by 14 votes.
I will be speaking at the University of Virginia law school on September 16 at 11:45 a.m. The University of Virginia Federalist Society is sponsoring the event. It will take place in Room 101 at Withers-Brown Hall in the law school. The topic is “Injustice: Federal Civil Rights Enforcement and the Death of Post Racial America.”
Details are here. Sponsored by the Federalist Society at Campbell Law School.
“Three words – integrity, integrity, integrity.”
“Three Dothan city commissioners are calling for the resignation of District 2 Commissioner Amos Newsome after a third worker from Newsome’s most recent commission campaign was convicted of voter fraud.”
Newsome himself hasn’t been charged with any crime, but fellow commissioners believe Newsome’s continued presence “could lead to a lack of confidence from voters toward the commission as a whole.”
District 1 Commissioner Kevin Dorsey: “Three words – integrity, integrity, integrity… We have to have integrity on the commission as a whole to serve the people.”
District 4 Commissioner John Ferguson: “It’s obvious to me now, whether Newsome knew or not, that a substantial number of absentee ballots that were counted in his favor are in fact, invalid. As a result, Commissioner Newsome has to go.”
District 6 Commissioner Hamp Baxley: “I am concerned about the sanctity of the election process. If there were illegal votes cast, then Mr. Newsome should consider stepping aside.”
Earlier this week, campaign worker Olivia Reynolds was convicted on 24 counts of felony absentee ballot fraud in Newsome’s 2013 election, which was decided by just 14 votes.