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No, We Don’t Need a National Voter ID Standard

Voter ID is good.  But that doesn’t mean national voter ID standards should follow.

 

We don’t need a national voter ID standard for the same reason we don’t need any other national voting standards: because the last thing we need, and the “worst thing that could happen to American elections is to give Washington D.C. more power, any more power.”

The power to mandate or standardize American voter ID laws is the same power that could one day ban all state use of Voter ID. That’s Constitutional law 101. . . . Republicans and election integrity advocates who want to awaken it – and promote national voter identification mandates or standards – would awaken a federal beast that could ultimately ban all state voter ID laws.

 

All across America, states are fighting the federal government so they may execute their Constitutional power to craft and uphold reasonable voter qualifications, especially where keeping non-citizens from casting ballots is involved.  Federal standards over elections are the dream of the institutional Left – and the nightmare of America’s Founders.

Why is it so important that voter ID standards remain a state, not a federal, decision?

Because decentralization of control over elections preserves liberty.

 

The Founders knew the danger of central authority.  They knew people in the future would welcome small trade-offs that undermine this ideal.  National voter ID, but no more!, they’ll say.  So goes the fallacy.

 

Central authority is a greater threat to the integrity of American elections than voter impersonation at the polls.  Even alien voting is a bigger threat to the integrity of American elections than voter impersonation at the polls – and voter ID does nothing to prevent that.

 

Frustration with voter fraud can make a quick fix look like the best fix.  A national voter ID standard is a quick fix that undermines the Constitutional order.  It also invites a dangerous counter-strike the next time the Democrats run the federal government – a federal ban on voter ID.  That’s an outcome I suspect nobody who cares about election integrity would want.  The answer is instead to pass good state voter ID laws, no matter how different each one looks.  That’s the American way.

North Carolina’s Democrat Gov. and AG try to stop SCOTUS review of voter ID case

North Carolina’s newly elected Democrat Governor and Attorney General are attempting to stop the state’s U.S. Supreme Court appeal to reinstate its voter ID law that was initiated by the previous governor, Republican Pat McCrory, but it’s not clear if their efforts to keep the election integrity measure blocked will work or are even legal.

 

Governor Roy Cooper and state Attorney General Josh Stein “sent a letter on Tuesday dismissing private attorneys who had been representing the state in an appeal of a ruling last year by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that found key provisions of a 2013 elections law overhaul unconstitutional. . . . But state lawmakers countered that the private attorneys represent the state, not Cooper and Stein, making their move to discharge the attorneys invalid.”

Thomas Farr, a Raleigh attorney who has represented the lawmakers for several years in the elections law case, sent a letter to William McKinney, Cooper’s general counsel, arguing that neither the governor nor Stein have the authority to discharge him and others at his firm from the case and that he and others plan to continue in the case.

Regardless of efforts by Cooper and Stein, the State Board of Elections and its executive director and members continue to be parties to the case, and Republican General Assembly members who sponsored the legislation can petition to intervene in the case to continue the SCOTUS review process.

 

Republican House and Senate leaders were quick to criticize Cooper and Stein’s move to dismiss outside counsel representing the state in its bid to reinstate the law:

“Roy Cooper’s and Josh Stein’s desperate and politically-motivated stunt to derail North Carolina’s voter ID law is not only illegal, it also raises serious questions about whether they’ve allowed their own personal and political prejudices and conflicts of interest to cloud their professional judgment,” Phil Berger, the Rockingham County Republican who leads the Senate, and Tim Moore, the Cleveland County Republican at the head of the House, said in a joint statement.

In April 2016, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder upheld as constitutional all of North Carolina’s 2013 omnibus election-reform law known as the Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA), which included a photo voter ID requirement.

“Iowa Poll: Majority support mandatory voter ID”

According to the latest Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll, 69 percent of Iowans think voters should have to present government-issued identification before casting a ballot.

 

A voter ID requirement is part of the Election Integrity Act proposed by Secretary of State Paul Pate and introduced in the Iowa House earlier this month.

Non-citizens who vote illegally can be deported, federal court affirms

The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed last week that the government can deport non-citizens who illegally register and vote. But non-citizens never vote, right? Wrong:

Margarita Del Pilar Fitzpatrick had registered to vote in Illinois, and had even cast ballots in two federal elections, despite being a citizen of Peru, not the U.S.

 

That was enough to trigger an American law that allows the government to kick out non-citizens who vote illegally, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

Like non-citizen Rosa Maria Ortega who was just convicted of illegally voting in Texas, the voter registration honor system enabled Fitzpatrick to register and vote just by checking a box.

Ms. Fitzpatrick had registered to vote when she went to get a driver’s license. Under the federal motor-voter law, she was given the option to check a box signaling she was a citizen and wanted to vote.

Also like Ortega, Fitzpatrick was only discovered when she outed herself, admitting on her application for citizenship that she had illegally registered and voted.

“This case demonstrates how difficult it is to pursue non-citizen voting crimes without verification measures in voter registration and a federal government that has expressed clear disinterest in combating the problem until now,” said PILF President J. Christian Adams. “The Trump administration has the right and responsibility to study the true extent of illegal voting by ineligible persons. Hopefully, this case marks a new chapter for election integrity in the years ahead.”

It’s Time for Only Citizens to Vote in Texas

We need citizenship verification in voter registration.

 

The conviction of Texas resident and Mexican national Rosa Maria Ortega for illegally registering and voting multiple times is the latest proof of why we need more than just a check box to make sure that only eligible citizens are registering and voting in American elections.

 

In Texas, home to more than 4.5 million immigrants, lawmakers are again proposing legislation to verify the citizenship of Texans registering to vote. Other state legislatures are considering similar proposals to prevent non-citizens like Ortega from illegally participating in elections.

The Ortega case perfectly demonstrates the necessity of these bills. The voter registration process is one of the remaining aspects of elections that still rely on the honor system. . . .

The honor system failed with Ortega and is failing across America. Unfortunately, this problem was created by the Motor Voter law in 1993 which made the failing honor system federal law.

More than half of Texas immigrants come from Mexico, a country that already requires proof of citizenship to join the voter registry and a government-issued photo voter ID to cast a ballot.

The only people who will suffer from citizenship verification laws are ineligible non-citizens who try to vote in our elections.

 

Just electing a new President does not fix the problems with the integrity of our elections. Washington isn’t the solution when it comes to election integrity anyhow—nor should it be.

 

If Texas’ voters want to see free and fair elections, they must demand them from Austin.

The same applies to voters in every other state.

No, we don’t need national voting standards

The last thing we need is Washington, D.C. issuing more standards.

Election administration is, at its core, a customer service function best performed locally. The genius of the Constitution was the decentralization of power and decision making. When it comes to something so important as states holding elections, that Constitutional design shouldn’t be scrapped so the federal government dictates more rules to the states.

Non-Citizen Voter Convicted in Texas is Tip of the Iceberg

No matter how much the Democrat Media Complex denies the existence of non-citizen voting, or any other voter fraud, the fact is that the alien found guilty last week of illegally voting in Texas is the tip of the iceberg.

 

The story of Rosa Maria Ortega, the Mexican national convicted of felony voter fraud after being caught registering and voting multiple times in Texas, is being downplayed or distorted by the “voter fraud is a myth” media, if covered at all.

 

But just because illegal voting by non-citizens is not being reported, and in many other cases not even being prosecuted, doesn’t mean it’s not happening.

 

Take Virginia, for example, where (no thanks to some election officials) the Public Interest Legal Foundation found evidence that aliens had illegally registered and voted:

PILF asked over 20 counties to provide government documents showing the names and numbers of registrants canceled for citizenship problems.

Election officials stonewalled the requests.  So much for the truth.  This is one of the reasons why there is not as much evidence of voter fraud as there could be – collusion and obstruction by those who want to conceal the extent of voter fraud.

PILF had to sue election officials from three jurisdictions in federal court to obtain the records – Larry Haake from Chesterfield County and registrars in Manassas and Alexandria. . . . Haake and other election officials eventually capitulated to our lawsuits and turned over the requested data.  Counties which have not turned the data over are the next to be sued.

Yet PILF found no evidence that any illegally-voting aliens like Sharmina Akthar had ever been prosecuted.

Akthar voter record

How are ineligible non-citizens able to register and vote in Virginia, Texas, and anywhere else the federal registration form is used?

The problem with alien voting is exacerbated by the Motor Voter registration form.  On it, aliens merely check a box saying they are an American citizen, and they land on the rolls.  No questions asked.

When some states like Kansas and Georgia started asking questions about citizenship beyond the form, leftist groups like the League of Women Voters and Project Vote sued.

PILF already published a report containing summaries of the public information regarding alien voting cancellation in just eight Virginia counties.  CNN never came calling. (Fox did). Fake News doesn’t appreciate real news.  Since that report, more counties – including the three sued – have provided more information, and an updated report on alien voting will be forthcoming.

The Leftmedia can continue to deny that non-citizens register and vote, but the new administration and state legislatures across the country recognize this easily-resolved threat to honest elections and are taking steps to expose and prevent it.

Non-citizen illegally registered and voted, found guilty of voter fraud in Texas

Yes, non-citizens can and do illegally vote, because no one is checking their eligibility.

 

Mexican national Rosa Maria Ortega was just convicted in Tarrant County, Texas on two counts of felony voter fraud after illegally registering and voting multiple times. She cast five illegal ballots in Dallas County from 2004 through 2014 (a three-year statute of limitations prevented prosecution for the three earlier offenses).

 

Ortega was able to commit these state (and federal) felonies by simply checking a box on a form that said she is a citizen. No one checks whether the check boxes are true, no one verifies if applicants are in fact eligible citizens before signing them up to vote. It’s an honor system.

 

Ortega was only caught when she moved from Dallas to Tarrant County and illegally registered there by again checking the box claiming to be a citizen – after first submitting an application (which was rejected) acknowledging that she’s not a citizen. Tarrant County election officials were required by law to accept Ortega’s second application but contacted the district attorney’s office to initiate an investigation.

 

Ortega was sentenced to eight years in prison and a $5,000 fine, and after serving her time will be subject to deportation. Strong penalties won’t act as a deterrent, though, if ineligible voters know they’re unlikely to be caught.

 

Until the voter registration honor system is changed, non-citizens can and will continue to vote.

“Election Integrity Can’t Wait”

Democrats just don’t seem to get that illegal voting is not a victimless crime.

Every invalid ballot dilutes the votes of the rest of us. A democracy that does not secure the polls represents rule by the crooked rather than by the people.

 

Nevertheless, Democratic politicians have fought to make fraud simple.

Now’s the time to turn the tide, with a Republican administration that values election integrity, a Justice Department that respects the rule of law, and a Supreme Court that won’t let the Voting Rights Act be turned into a partisan weapon.

Election integrity cannot be delayed. The closer it gets to the next election, the more the Democrats will turn it into a political football. American democracy depends upon accurate voter rolls and honest voting.