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Left losing its collective mind over Election Integrity Commission

All the usual left-wing voter fraud deniers are losing their minds at the thought of President Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity promoting clean voter rolls. The horror!

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Multiple members of the commission have hands-on experience in maintaining accurate voter rolls, or holding election officials accountable for doing so as required by federal law.

 

Leftist groups like the ACLU, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Brennan Center, and the rest of the anti-election integrity collective including left-wing media outlets refer ominously to the process of cleaning voter rolls as “purging” — as if that means anything other than removing people from the rolls who aren’t eligible to be there.

 

What happened to the transparency crowd? Why do they not want anyone to even look at the data?

“Some States Have No Interest in Fighting Voter Fraud”

Could it be that they fear the data would refute their claims?

 

What’s really behind some states’ absurd opposition to requests from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity for publicly available voter roll data?

 

States certainly have no valid legal or “privacy” objection to letting the commission have the same data they routinely make available to political campaigns – or to any individual who requests it.  Forty-two states, including some like Maryland and Virginia that say they’ll refuse the commission’s request, also regularly share their voter roll data with one or both voter registration crosscheck programs.

 

Maybe it’s partisan opposition to President Trump. Certainly there’s a lack of interest in deterring voter fraud among those who continue to deny it exists — despite evidence to the contrary. Could it also be that some state officials fear the data would refute their denials and expose the sloppy condition of their voter rolls?

Voter registration rolls in some states are in sad shape. They are filled with large numbers of individuals who are ineligible to vote because they are dead, have moved away and registered in a different state, or are not U.S. citizens.

 

Such inaccuracies can be exploited by fraudsters who would rather cheat to achieve their political objectives, knowing that many states have lax procedures that make it extremely likely that they can commit voter fraud and get away with it.

 

This is not just a crime against our electoral system, but against American citizens. Every fraudulent ballot that is cast negates the vote of a legitimate voter, effectively disenfranchising that voter.

J. Christian Adams Appointed to Election Integrity Commission

An experienced, successful champion of voters’ rights, clean elections, and government transparency is added to the commission:

“J. Christian Adams brings years of experience in protecting the rights of legitimate voters both inside and out of government to this Commission,” PILF Communications Director Logan Churchwell said. “Adams has successfully litigated against discriminatory voting districtsintimidation, jurisdictions failing to offer foreign language ballots, and counties with bloated voter rolls.

“Adams also brings deep experience in successfully dislodging voter data from states and locales that refused to disclose public records—most recently in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Churchwell added.

J. Christian Adams: States stonewalling Election Integrity Commission on voter roll data are going to fail

Public Interest Legal Foundation President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams talks with WMAL’s Larry O’Connor about states refusing to release voter registration information to President Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity — and why their stonewalling efforts are going to fail:

 

 

Adams, a former Voting Section attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, explains that federal laws require states to provide voter registration data upon request. And those federal laws trump state laws.

“People don’t like their dirty laundry to be aired. I can understand why some election officials don’t want the information to get to the commission. But this is public information. We [PILF] had to sue three Virginia counties in federal court to get the information from them.

 

“The federal law under Motor Voter gives individuals, as well as governments if they so ask, the right to this information.

 

“Whatever happened to the transparency crowd? Or the Hashtag Science group who wants to know the facts about things?”

The commission’s request letter specifically asks states only for “publicly available voter roll data… if publicly available under the laws of your state,” and clearly articulates the purpose for its request: “to fully analyze vulnerabilities and issues related to voter registration and voting.”

 

Yet some states, like Maryland, are claiming their state laws prevent them from sharing the data. The most important thing to understand about those claims, Adams says, is that federal law is supreme to state law.

“Federal law says that states upon request have to give this information to the federal government. . . . Not just Motor Voter but civil rights laws going back to 1960… That law is still the law. And that’s why these state stonewalling efforts are going to fail.”

Other states are suggesting they’ll ignore the request simply because they disagree with the commission’s purpose – or its personnel.  Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who’s not even the state official with authority over the request, says he won’t comply because “the commission is based on the specious and false notion that there was widespread voter fraud last November.”

 

Misleading media reports to the contrary, most states in fact are only withholding what they consider “private” data as is specifically exempted from the request – primarily Social Security numbers, which Adams says aren’t critical for the commission’s purpose.

 

Adams notes that the people who don’t want to give up voter roll information are usually the same people who say there’s no voter fraud.

“It’s funny to suddenly have people who don’t want to get to the truth – it’s going to be a short-lived resistance. . . .

“This is public information under federal law… It’s really unfortunate that, whether it’s Democrats or Republicans, some folks are opposed to getting to the truth.”

 

Left in a lather over President’s choice of Hans von Spakovsky for Election Integrity Commission

The usual left-wing voter fraud deniers are in a lather over President Trump’s appointment of voting rights expert Hans von Spakovsky to his Advisory Commission on Election Integrity – evidence enough that he’s a great pick.

 

Media outlets from the Left to the far Left including the Washington Post are joining the freakout, despite von Spakovsky’s stellar qualifications and open-minded approach to the scope of his and the commission’s task:

Hans told the Post that he does not enter this role with the assumption that voter fraud is a nationwide epidemic. “I think the answer to that is what we hope to find out,” he explained. “What I would say is that I think it’s a danger to the way our democratic system works anytime people are either kept out of the polls or their vote is stolen through fraud.”

From media to academia to advocacy groups aligned with Democrats’ anti-integrity stance, the institutional Left is united in attacking von Spakovsky – and attacking the commission’s goal of identifying ways to improve the quality of the nation’s voter rolls.

“It’s going to be fun watching all the liars smear him” and “reacting like Pavlov’s dog” at his appointment, added Adams. “Who would be for bad voting rolls? Why are they afraid of improving the system?”

Leftists like Kristen Clarke of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law are agitated about the commission’s intent “to encourage state officials to take action and purge voter rolls.”

 

Why wouldn’t a federal commission “encourage” states to comply with federal law?

 

It’s the responsibility of the federal government, namely the Department of Justice, to enforce compliance with the National Voter Registration Act’s mandate that local election officials proactively maintain accurate voter rolls. Yet enforcement of the NVRA’s list maintenance requirements was non-existent under the Obama DOJ, even as the Left busily sued states to enforce provisions requiring welfare offices to push voter registration.

 

Prior federal election commissions offered states suggestions for better list maintenance processes with little uproar. WaPo reported favorably on the results of President Obama’s 2013 Commission on Election Administration – including its recommendation to “share voter registration records across state lines to protect against fraud.”

 

Putting a negative spin on the same recommendations simply because they come from Trump’s appointees is pure partisan hackery.

Hans von Spakovsky on Virginia’s Failure to Cooperate with Election Integrity Commission

What is Terry McAuliffe hiding – and why?

 

Virginia’s Democrat governor says he won’t comply with a request from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to provide voter registration data for the state.

 

Hans von Spakovsky, who was just added to the commission, talks with WMAL’s Larry O’Connor about McAuliffe’s bizarre refusal to cooperate with the advisory panel’s efforts to “study the registration and voting processes used in Federal elections.”

 

Bizarre because federal law gives every member of the public, as well as the U.S. Attorney General, access to the voter registration records of the state.

 

Bizarre also, says von Spakovsky, because Virginia has an independent state election board that oversees voter registration. The governor doesn’t even have any say-so on whether to turn over the information.

 

So what is McAuliffe trying to hide?

 

Could it be the tens of thousands of voters found registered in both Virginia and another state? Or maybe the thousands of non-citizens found to have registered and voted in Virginia?

“The Left’s Crusade Against Honest Elections”

Open, fair and honest elections should be a common goal for all Americans. Unfortunately, for leftists like Ari Berman, it’s not.

Clean and accurate voter registration rolls are an important election integrity protection with broad, bipartisan support among the public and election officials, which you would never know by listening to the radical liberals who oppose basic election integrity protections. . . .

 

The Democrats are so scared of losing a fallacious talking point to appeal to their liberal base that they don’t even want to allow a study on issues of wide bipartisan support, such a voter registration list accuracy and maintenance, for fear of what other important issues the commission may investigate.  

The New York Times and other mainstream media outlets are providing a vehicle for the radical liberals now controlling the Democratic Party to disseminate their anti-election integrity message.