McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have required local election officials to investigate when their voter rolls contain more registered voters than citizens who are eligible to vote, or when the number of people voting in an election exceeds the number of registered voters. The bill would also have made reports of officials’ findings public documents.
The bill, SB 1105, was prompted by a report documenting what hyperpartisan Democrats like McAuliffe claim never happens: non-citizens illegally registered and voting.
The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), an Indiana-based group that litigates to protect election integrity, released the report last year that sparked Obenshain’s bill.
PILF’s report found 1,046 aliens who were illegally registered to vote in a small sample of eight Virginia counties that responded to its public records requests. . . .
“As PILF previously reported, these eight problematic jurisdictions had more than 1,000 alien voters removed from the rolls in years past with roughly 20 percent casting ballots before being caught.”
McAuliffe said in his veto statement that responding to obvious errors in Virginia’s voter rolls is too much of an “administrative burden” for the local election officials appointed to do that job.
This doesn’t just happen in Chicago, though. It’s a problem at heavily-Democratic urban polling places across the country, where not enough Republicans are available or willing to serve as election judges. So instead of the equal party representation that state laws and fairness require, only Democrats are overseeing voting at the polls, creating an environment ripe for partisan shenanigans and fraud.
As O’Keefe explains, “The idea of having both parties [working at the polls] is to ensure fairness, and when both parties aren’t represented, fairness isn’t ensured.”
Who or what was to blame for Hillary Clinton losing the election? Well, obviously not Hillary herself. We can rule that one out right off the bat. So it was Comey, right? Or was it the Russians? Loretta Lynch? Fake news? Just in case all of those fall through, some of Team Clinton’s supporters are preparing a backup plan. It was “suppression” of the vote because of new Voter ID laws, particularly in places like Wisconsin.
Democrats will latch onto any excuse – Russian “hacking” is another false favorite – to deflect from the fact that they ran a bad candidate, and to foster an air of illegitimacy around the next administration, though it’s a narrative twofer for the Left to blame their losses on something they already oppose, like voter ID or the Electoral College.
In a unanimous decision, a three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld Virginia’s voter-ID law. The lawsuit, bankrolled largely by George Soros and filed by the Democratic Party of Virginia, had contended that Virginia’s law violated the Voting Rights Act and the First, 14th, 15th, and 26th Amendments to the Constitution. In the end, all those numbers added up to just one more loss for Marc Elias, Hillary Clinton’s campaign lawyer, who brought the lawsuit.
In Lee v. Virginia State Board of Elections, the court held that not only does the photo-ID law “not impose an undue burden on minority voting, there was no evidence to suggest racially discriminatory intent in the law’s enactment.” Therefore, there was no violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and no constitutional violation either.
And for all their claims that minority voters don’t have or can’t get photo IDs, Democrats “couldn’t produce a single Virginian who didn’t have an ID or who couldn’t easily get the free ID provided by the state.”
According to an election protest filed with the Bladen County Board of Elections,
The voters of Bladen County, North Carolina, appear to be the victims of a massive scheme to run an absentee ballot mill involving hundreds of ballots, perpetrated by and through the Bladen County Improvement Association PAC. Upon in-person visual review of mail-in absentee ballots by a forensic handwriting expert, it appears that literally hundreds of fraudulent ballots were cast.
A review of mail-in absentee ballots by the Bladen County Board of Elections found an “overwhelming number” of write-in votes for Democrat candidate Franklin Graham were in “overtly similar” handwriting – enough to prompt an investigation by the State Board of Elections. “Dozens of ballots appear to have been mostly straight ticket votes for Democrats in all other offices.”
The Bladen County Improvement Association PAC’s “single largest funder is the North Carolina Democratic Party.” Several other statewide Democrat candidates, listed in the protest, also contributed to the PAC.
Democrats have filed lawsuits in federal courts in four battleground states alleging that because Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee have urged citizens to volunteer for poll watching, it amounts to “a campaign of voter intimidation.”
Really? This comes from the same folks whose Justice Department under President Obama threw out intimidation charges against the New Black Panther Party, whose baton-wielding thugs were caught on video threatening voters at a Philadelphia polling place in 2008.
Democrats denied: Even Trump critic Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg could see that the injunction Ohio Democrats sought against the Trump campaign and his Republican supporters was unnecessary theatrics. “Ohio law proscribes voter intimidation.”
Just more Democrat lawfare to smear Republicans as voter intimidators and intimidate Republicans away from serving as lawful poll watchers.
Democrats routinely characterize just about everything Republicans do as “voter suppression.” But reminding inactive voters to vote? Seems like Oregon’s Democrat Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins has jumped the shark on this one, and it’s she and the Democratic Party of Oregon who are trying to suppress the Republican vote.
Using the list of registered Republican inactive voters which they obtained from the Secretary of State, the ORP [Oregon Republican Party] engaged in an effort to reach out to these voters to remind them to vote.
For this, the Democratic Party of Oregon, the Secretary of State, and the media exploded in apoplexy.
The Eugene Register-Guardreported that “The calls were characterized Friday morning as ‘voter suppression activity’ by Atkins, with election officials unable to determine who was behind them. Atkins called on the Oregon Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to investigate them.”
Maybe what Democrats don’t like is Republicans sharing their Get Out The Vote strategies, just as they don’t like Republicans watching at the polls as they themselves do.
Delivering “a blow to Democrats” including Clinton campaign general counsel Marc Elias, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Saturday that Arizona can continue to enforce its ban on ballot harvesting, a favorite Democratic get-out-the-(fraudulent)-vote tactic.
The law makes it a felony, punishable by a year in jail and $150,000 to knowingly collect “voted or unvoted early ballots” from another person. It provides for an exception for family members or caregivers.
A brief filed by the Arizona Republican Party and joined by the state attorney general argued that the challengers, including the Arizona Democratic Party, DNC, DSCC, and Hillary for America, could not identify “a single voter whose ability to vote was burdened by the law.”
The warrant did not specify the nature of the probe, but said agents also were looking for “templates . . . utilized to construct fraudulent voter registration forms” and “completed voter registration forms containing same or similar identifying information of individuals on multiple forms.”
FieldWorks is a self-described “grassroots organizing firm founded to help progressive organizations, advocacy groups, and members of the Democratic family take their public engagement and electoral strategies to the next level.”
A national spokesman says FieldWorks has “zero tolerance for fraud,” but it appears to be a recurring feature of their “next level” of “electoral strategies.” In 2012, FieldWorks employees in Ohio submitted fraudulent voter registration forms and forged petition signatures.