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More Than 500 Voted Illegally in North Carolina in 2016

A Post-Election Audit Report by North Carolina’s State Board of Elections shows 508 illegal votes cast in the 2016 general election:

 

  • 441 cases of voting by suspected active felons
  • 41 non-citizens cast ballots
  • 24 substantiated cases of double-voting
  • Two cases of voter impersonation

 

According to the report, the non-citizens found to have illegally voted “were matched to the Department of Homeland Security’s [SAVE] database using information obtained from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).” Such matching done prior to the election could have eliminated ineligible non-citizens from the voter rolls before they cast illegal ballots.

 

The NCSBE also reported that mail ballot “irregularities” in Bladen County have been referred to federal prosecutors for criminal investigation.

 

Once again we see that illegal and fraudulent voting is not “non-existent.”

Logan Churchwell, a spokesman for the Public Interest Legal Foundation, urged public officials not to be complacent.

“If it weren’t a problem, the number would be zero,” he said. “Not only is it above zero, but [it includes] things that are not supposed to be able to happen, like dead people voting. That’s supposed to be a punchline.”

Motor Voter “misinterpretation” leads Nevada DMV to register self-identified non-citizens

Motor voter strikes again, this time in Nevada, where a liberal interpretation – or misinterpretation – of the National Voter Registration Act led Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles employees to process voter registration applications from self-identified non-citizens, some of whom later illegally voted.

 

Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske has instructed the DMV to “cease immediately” accepting and processing voter registration materials from driver’s license applicants who present Green Cards as identification. That should be a no-brainer. Non-citizens aren’t eligible to register or vote.

 

But Cegavske said that in March her office got from the DMV “a list of just over 100 people statewide who:  (1) presented evidence of non-citizenship while obtaining services from the DMV; and (2) completed a voter registration application while at the DMV.”

 

DMV Director Terri Albertson’s response to Cegavske reveals the liberal sources of the misinterpretation (emphasis added):

For the past year, we have worked in cooperation with your office, our Deputy Attorney Generals, and representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Demos, Project Vote, League of Women Voters, and Mi Familia Vota Education to bring the Department into compliance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. The NVRA requires each driver’s license application, including any renewal application, to serve as a simultaneous application for voter registration. In accordance with the NVRA and our memorandum of understanding with the parties noted above, the Department is required to submit the application regardless of completeness to State election officials for them to assess the eligibility of the applicant.

The same left-wing groups that sue states to accept voter registration applications from even self-identified non-citizens also fight any efforts by states to verify voter registrants’ citizenship – whether by requiring would-be voters to provide proof of citizenship when registering, or by allowing state election officials to match voter rolls to the federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database, or even by using non-citizens’ own acknowledgements on jury recusal forms to remove ineligible aliens from voter rolls.

 

The left doesn’t even want non-citizens who register to vote “under penalty of perjury” – as the NVRA also requires – to be held responsible for breaking the law. Even when non-citizens illegally vote, the left brushes off their crimes as “honest mistakes” and “misunderstandings” and declares any penalty “intimidation.”

 

The honor system isn’t enough to prevent ineligible people from registering and voting.

“The left’s felony assault on voting”

In North Carolina, a temporary elections worker was arrested and charged with illegally accessing voter registrations to put hundreds of ineligible felons back on the active voter rolls.

 

In Philadelphia, elections officials don’t bother to take ineligible felons off the voter rolls in the first place. J. Christian Adams writes:

There is no voter ID in Pennsylvania, and convicted felons remain on the poll books used on Election Day in Philadelphia.

 

The astonishing circumstance in Philadelphia was discovered in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) seeking access to public election records. When the ACRU asked for records showing voter rolls maintenance regarding felons who lost their right to vote, Philadelphia election officials just laughed. There were no records because they do nothing about it.

 

Philadelphia alone has sent thousands of felons to prison who cannot vote. Absolutely nothing was done to alter these voter registration records before the 2016 federal election. This means that poll books in Philadelphia listed ineligible felons as eligible voters. Nothing prevented these incarcerated felons from obtaining absentee ballots or having someone vote in their name.

Failure to maintain clean voter rolls runs afoul of the National Voter Registration Act, aka the Motor Voter law. One express purpose of the law – a purpose the Left doesn’t like – is to ensure accurate voter rolls so ineligible people can’t cast ballots.

 

So leftist groups go to court in Philadelphia and elsewhere to fight any attempts to make elections officials follow the law and keep voter rolls clean and felon-free.

They seek to kill in the courts what they could not kill in Congress.

 

The Obama Justice Department also pitched in to corrupt American elections. In 2009, political appointees instructed Justice Department lawyers like me that they were shutting down enforcement of Motor Voter’s provisions that ensure only eligible voters were on the rolls. No enforcement efforts were filed in eight years.

 

The left is engaged in a coordinated crusade to preserve election vulnerabilities. Philadelphia felon voting is just the latest example. They want federal courts to render meaningless the federal obligations to keep clean voter rolls. . . .

 

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals will decide if ineligible felons in Pennsylvania can remain comfortably on the voter rolls. ACORN-spawn Project Vote and Soros-fueled DEMOS argue that nobody should bother those ineligible felons, and private citizens can’t hold election bureaucrats to account.

 

If they win, it will be up to Congress to fix this mess and amend the 24-year-old Motor Voter law.

Iowa legislature passes voting reform package that includes voter ID

A voting reform bill that includes a photo voter ID requirement passed Iowa’s legislature and is expected to be signed into law by Republican Gov. Terry Branstad.

The measure, introduced by Secretary of State Paul Pate (R), will require voters to show one of five forms of state-issued identification when they show up at the polls. Among the forms of identification poll workers will accept: A driver’s license, a non-driver’s license identification, a U.S. passport or military identification card or a special voter verification card that every voter will receive in the mail.

 

If voters don’t show an identification, they would be permitted to fill out a provisional ballot before signing an affidavit attesting to their identification.

The bill also reduces the number of early voting days from 40 to 29, eliminates straight-party voting, provides money for counties to buy electronic poll books, and mandates election audits.

Non-citizen who illegally voted in Kansas three times pleads guilty to voter fraud

Yes, non-citizens do illegally register and vote – often more than once – and are usually only caught by chance.

 

That was the case with Victor David Garcia Bebek, who pleaded guilty to voter fraud for illegally voting in three Kansas elections while a citizen of Peru. He was caught after he registered to vote again at his naturalization ceremony.

 

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach – whose law requiring Kansans to provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote has been blocked by a federal judge – obtained Bebek’s conviction using his authority to prosecute voter fraud cases. Kobach is the only Secretary of State in the country with that authority.

Kobach found that Bebek illegally voted three times: in a 2012 special election and the 2012 and 2014 general elections. He was a Peruvian national at the time who voted in Sedgwick County, according to Kobach.

 

Kobach said the way the case was discovered because Bebek became a U.S. citizen earlier this year. At his naturalization ceremony, he was offered the chance to register to vote in Sedgwick County.

 

“This gentleman did so, and then when the Sedgwick County election office went back to the office to enter his information, they found that he had been on the voter rolls since 2011,” Kobach said.

Once again, a check box and the honor system failed to keep an ineligible non-citizen from casting illegal votes.

“Virtually no one” kept from voting by Texas’ voter ID law

An actual lack of a state approved photo ID kept virtually no one from turning out to vote in 2016.

 

Photo voter ID requirements don’t prevent eligible voters from voting. That’s the unsurprising (to anyone who pays attention to such things) result of a study of voter participation in two Texas battlegrounds in the 2016 general election.

 

The Texas Voter ID Law and the 2016 Election: A Study of Harris County and Congressional District 23, out of the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs, found that non-voters in the two jurisdictions had the required photo voter ID – most stayed away from the polls because they just didn’t like the candidates.

Virtually all registered voters in Harris County and CD-23 who did not participate in the November 2016 election possessed one of the state approved forms of photo ID needed to cast a vote in person. . . . when pressed to give the principal reason why they did not cast a ballot in 2016, only 1.5% and 0.5% of non-voters in Harris County and CD-23 identified a lack of a state-approved photo ID as the principal reason they did not vote.

 

Among this handful of non-voters, 86% actually possessed an approved form of photo ID, while 14% did not. While the photo ID law at least partially discouraged some people from voting, an actual lack of a state approved photo ID kept virtually no one (only one non-voter among the 819 surveyed) from turning out to vote in 2016.

Any eligible Texas voters without an accepted form of photo ID were able to vote in that election by signing a reasonable impediment declaration and showing non-photo identification, a temporary remedy imposed by the courts that the Texas Legislature is working to make a permanent part of the law this session.

“Terry McAuliffe — Virginia’s Voter-Fraud Guru”

Voter fraud is happening in Virginia – from non-citizens registering and voting to mail ballot fraud to vote buying – but the state’s Democrat governor doesn’t want to do anything to stop it.

Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, the former head of the Democratic National Committee, is at it again, vetoing six bills aimed at preventing voter fraud and illegal voting. What does he have against election integrity? Why does he want to make it easier to commit fraud and harder for election officials to detect or deter it?

McAuliffe hasn’t just vetoed every election integrity bill passed in the current legislative session.

In 2015 he vetoed House Bill 1315, which would have required county jury commissioners to send general registrars information on individuals who were disqualified to serve as jurors because they were not U.S. citizens, were no longer residents of Virginia, had been convicted of a felony, or had been adjudicated as incapacitated. There was no reason to veto this bill unless the governor wanted to make it easy for ineligible voters to continue to vote illegally and not get caught.

 

Why has Governor McAuliffe vetoed every reasonable effort to ensure honest and fair elections in Virginia? Well, the overwhelming number of felons vote for Democrats. Non-citizens also favor Democrats over Republicans. Could it be that the governor believes that illegal voting benefits his political party?

Could it be anything else?

Illegal Alien Charged With Voter Fraud

Another non-citizen caught illegally registering and voting:

A Nigerian citizen was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for allegedly illegally reentering the U.S. after being deported and subsequently committing both tax and voter fraud. The federal indictment says that Kevin Kunlay Williams voted in both the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections. Williams was deported from the U.S. in 1995…

It seems Williams pulled off his voter fraud the same way other aliens who illegally register and vote do, by simply claiming to be a citizen.

According to the indictment, in 1999, Williams illegally returned to the United States from Nigeria using the last name Williams. In 2012, Williams allegedly registered to vote in federal, state and local elections by falsely claiming that he was a U.S. citizen and is alleged to have voted in the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections.

The honor system isn’t working to keep non-citizens off the voter rolls.