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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?

“Democrats’ sudden concern for election integrity”

Democrats who never cared a bit about genuine fixes to make our electoral processes more secure are now using “Russian hacking” as an argument for more federal control over elections:

For more than a decade, any person who honestly spoke about their sincerely held concerns regarding “election integrity” was summarily branded as a partisan fabulist upset by the fact that non-white voters could turn out in greater numbers.

 

Now, the left is trying to corner the market.

And they’re not letting a good ginned-up crisis go to waste.

Instead of focusing on the foundational matter of how best to maintain the content of our voter registration systems, we are witnessing the beginning of a leftist regression — where the only solution worthy of discussion is how election powers are better centralized in Washington.

 

Repeatedly during Jeh Johnson’s House Intelligence Committee testimony, he was asked what Congress could do to intervene. To Mr. Johnson’s credit, he scoffed at the probability of a smooth federalization of voting systems. He must not have gotten the memo, which is understandable considering Mr. Johnson is no veteran of the voting wars.

What the left really wants, four years after the Shelby County decision, is to force states back under federal preclearance requirements.

The real deep-state prize remains: returning states under the thumb of federal bureaucrats when they want to change voter ID laws and even polling place locations. In other words, “fixing the Voting Rights Act,” as the racial interest groups call it.

 

With election systems still getting front page ink, the remnants of the once-respectable civil rights establishment hope to pivot public attention toward their lust to renew old unconstitutional federal oversight powers. It has the added benefit of getting many of the employees of these groups plum jobs on the Government Service scale to boss state election officials around.

 

The core concern is getting lost in the rush to standardize and federalize. A state voter registration system with the best cybersecurity that taxpayers can buy is meaningless if the data protected is not properly maintained. For eight years, voter rolls were allowed to fall into disrepair. In response, several experts have taken it upon themselves to assist officials in cleaning up their books.

 

The question is not whether the Russians attacked our systems. We must instead ask ourselves if we are willing to hold states accountable in combating integrity threats from within with equal zeal as those on the outside. If the day comes when a hacker attacks a dirty voter roll, how will a clerk even know something is amiss?

“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.

Presidential Commission Set to Study Election Integrity

As promised, President Trump this week established a Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, to be headed by Vice President Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a long-time election integrity advocate.

 

Trump’s Executive Order sets out the advisory panel’s mission to “study the registration and voting processes used in Federal elections,” including

(a)  those laws, rules, policies, activities, strategies, and practices that enhance the American people’s confidence in the integrity of the voting processes used in Federal elections;

 

(b)  those laws, rules, policies, activities, strategies, and practices that undermine the American people’s confidence in the integrity of the voting processes used in Federal elections; and

 

(c)  those vulnerabilities in voting systems and practices used for Federal elections that could lead to improper voter registrations and improper voting, including fraudulent voter registrations and fraudulent voting.

Members of the bipartisan Commission announced so far include EAC Commissioner Christy McCormick, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, and Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap.

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.

“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.

 

“Trump’s Gorsuch pick assures integrity of America’s elections process”

The rule of law is back in style:

 

And just in time. President Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, who “considers the Constitution a document that limits the power of government, not as a mere suggestion to be argued around,” will join the Court as it is set to deliberate on a number of voting cases that will affect how states safeguard the integrity of their elections.

From voter ID to redistricting to obligations to keep clean voter rolls, the Court is primed to decide how we vote in the 21st century.

 

In an array of voter ID cases, the Court may decide if the treasured Voting Rights Act has morphed into a tool not to protect civil rights, but to protect the interests of Democrats.

 

North Carolina enacted measures designed to preserve the integrity of elections, including voter ID and limits on the registration of voters on Election Day before their eligibility could be verified. Newfangled theories of the Voting Rights Act led one appeals court to graft disparate impact tests onto the law that formerly required actual victims of racial discrimination in order to win a case.

 

That appeal is now moving toward an evenly divided Supreme Court — divided no more when Gorsuch is confirmed.

On election process issues like voter ID, verifying voter citizenship, maintaining clean voter rolls, and redistricting, “[w]hen it comes to how states run their own elections, Gorsuch should be refreshing.”

Why a major voter fraud investigation is long overdue: “Our honor system for voting doesn’t work”

How widespread does the problem have to be to warrant a “major investigation of voter fraud” into things like illegal registration and voting by non-citizens (both of which are federal crimes), or whether state and local election officials are ignoring federal requirements to maintain clean voter rolls, enabling voting by or in the names of ineligible people?

 

The number of illegal votes cast in 2016 may be less than 3 million, but it is certainly more than zero. As John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky explain, figuring out how, and how many, illegal votes are being cast is why the Trump administration’s announced investigation is overdue.

The real problem in our election system is that we don’t really know to what extent President Trump’s claim is true because we have an election system that is based on the honor system.

 

What we do know, despite assertions to the contrary, is that voter fraud is a problem, and both sides of the political aisle should welcome a real investigation into it — especially since the Obama administration tried so hard for eight years to obfuscate the issue and prevent a real assessment.

Fund and von Spakovsky say the Obama Justice Department’s “blatant attempts to prevent states from learning if they have a real problem with illegal votes” by, for example, stonewalling states’ requests to compare voter records to federal immigration databases and suing states that require voters to provide proof of citizenship, “makes it impossible to learn if significant numbers of noncitizens and others are indeed voting illegally, perhaps enough to make up the margin in some close elections.”

There is no question that there are dishonorable people who willing to exploit the loopholes in our honor system.  . . . How common is this? If only we knew. Political correctness has squelched probes of noncitizen voting, so most cases are discovered accidentally instead of through a systematic review of election records.

 

The danger looms large in states such as California, which provides driver’s licenses to noncitizens, including those here illegally, and which also does nothing to verify citizenship during voter registration. . . .

 

Conducting an investigation that will help resolve the size of the voter fraud problem is straightforward. The Department of Homeland Security should cooperate with states wanting to check the citizenship status of voters on their rolls. The Justice Department should put pressure on, or sue, counties and states that refuse to clean up their rolls. . . .

 

Our honor system for voting doesn’t work. We don’t know how big of a problem voter fraud really is because no systematic effort has ever been made to investigate it.  But the public doesn’t think it’s as insignificant as the media insists.

 

It’s time to learn more about just how many people are exploiting weaknesses that damage election integrity.

The truth about Iowa’s proposed Election Integrity Act

Voter participation and voter integrity are not mutually exclusive.

 

Not to worry, “confused and worried” Iowa college students. Despite scare-mongering in the media that a new voter ID law will somehow keep students from voting, the truth is that Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s election integrity proposal will do nothing of the sort, as Pate himself explains:

The Election Integrity Act is not a photo ID mandate. Registered voters who do not already have an Iowa driver’s license or state-issued ID will be provided with a free voter ID card in the mail, automatically. It does not require a picture, additional documentation or travelling to the DMV to obtain.

 

This legislation also does not change Iowa’s voter registration process. Election day voter registration continues under my proposal.

 

College students can register to vote using the exact same opportunities currently available. Iowa law requires election day registrants to show proof of identification and proof of residency, but the ID cards must contain an expiration date. Student voters will be treated just like every other Iowan. If they need a voter ID card, we will supply them with one, for free.

Treated just like every other Iowan. That seems eminently fair.