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“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.

Wisconsin felon charged with two counts of voter fraud

La Crosse County prosecutors charged Onalaska felon on probation Mark Fischer with illegally voting in two 2016 elections.  Fischer told authorities he knew he was ineligible but voted in the April presidential primary and November general election anyway because he “felt that this election was important.”

 

This wasn’t one of those “honest mistakes” voter fraud deniers like to blame, and Fischer seems to have made a rational assessment of the risk before committing his crime.

 

Onalaska election officials did make a mistake – twice – by failing to prevent an ineligible person from illegally voting. Catching these cases after the fact doesn’t stop illegal votes from being counted.

Foundation Seeks Info on 60,000 Felons Given Voting Rights by Virginia Governor

Amid reports that Virginia’s Democrat Governor (and Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign chairman) Terry McAuliffe restored voting rights to as many as 60,000 felons in advance of Election Day without the legally-required individual review, the Public Interest Legal Foundation sent a request to the Virginia Department of Elections to inspect the voter roll maintenance records relating to those felons.

“Laws no longer matter to powerful people interested in keeping their power,” said J. Christian Adams, President and General Counsel of the Public Interest Legal Foundation. “We have asked state election officials to inspect records demonstrating the extent of the Governor’s lawlessness.”

Under Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act, the public has the right to inspect voter roll maintenance records and to sue non-compliant registrars in federal court.

Virginia Gov. McAuliffe’s autopen restores voting rights to 60,000 felons, enough to swing the election

Former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign Terry McAuliffe has been working overtime to get out the felon vote in Virginia for his old boss. Or at least his autopen has:

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has granted voting rights to as many as 60,000 convicted felons just in time for them to register to vote, nearly five times more than previously reported and enough to win the state for his long-time friend, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

 

McAuliffe sought to allow all of Virginia’s estimated 200,000 felons to vote, but state courts said each individual felon’s circumstances must be weighed. To get around that, McAuliffe used a mechanical autopen to rapidly sign thousands of letters, as if he had personally reviewed them, even as his office was saying the total was 13,000.

 

Now, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned that McAuliffe — who managed Clinton’s unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign — churned out five times as many letters before the registration deadline than publicly claimed.

 

Virginia’s recent political history has seen multiple races that were decided by tiny margins. The 2014 U.S. Senate race, for example, was decided by only 17,000 votes, while the attorney general’s race came down to a mere 165 votes.

A cursory review of some of these soon-to-be-voting felons revealed that they were not vetted, like child sexual batterer Cerda Maquin, who isn’t even a U.S. citizen. But felons’ eligibility to vote is less important to McAuliffe than how they vote: “I would like everyone whose rights were restored to come out and vote for Hillary Clinton.

Getting out the felon vote

Sharyl Attkisson’s Full Measure news team looks at Democrats’ push for felon voting in Virginia and elsewhere:

In nine states, including Virginia, convicted felons can only get back the right to vote if they’re individually approved by the governor or a court.

 

When Democrat Terry McAuliffe became Virginia’s governor in 2014, he sped up the process. In a little over a year, McAuliffe restored the right to vote for 18,000 felons – more than the previous seven governors combined…

 

In neighboring Maryland, Democrats are also going for the ex-con vote; this year, the General Assembly expanded voting rights to 40,000 felons still on probation or parole.

 

And in California, Governor Jerry Brown just signed into law a bill to return voting rights to 50,000 convicted felons while they’re still doing time behind bars in county jails…

Virginia prosecutor Jim Plowman, a Republican, is concerned because “A database was just dumped into the voter system, and it wasn’t vetted, it wasn’t looked at, it wasn’t scrubbed.”

 

When Governor McAuliffe wouldn’t give prosecutors the list of felons who were granted rights, Plowman, who joined a bipartisan group of 43 Commonwealth attorneys in a lawsuit to stop McAuliffe’s expedited reinstatements, “did his own detective work. He plugged in names from some of his own cases and was astonished by what he found.”

Perhaps the strangest case was that of Cerda Maquin. His voting rights were restored under the Governor’s order after he was convicted of sexual battery on an 11-year-old, even though he was never a U.S. citizen.

Why are Democrats so eager to dump as many felons as possible onto voter rolls ahead of Election Day, regardless of eligibility? McAuliffe gives the answer: “I would like everyone whose rights were restored to come out and vote for Hillary Clinton.

 

And they likely will. A 2014 study found that convicts overwhelmingly register and vote Democratic and concluded that “Democrats would benefit from additional ex-felon participation.”

Philadelphia has a problem with aliens and ineligible felons registering and voting

When election officials don’t care about ineligible voters on the rolls, who will?

 

There are serious problems with Pennsylvania voter rolls. A new report from the Public Interest Legal Foundation documents the “systemic failure” of Philadelphia election officials to keep non-citizens and ineligible felons from illegally registering and voting.

 

List maintenance information obtained by PILF under the National Voter Registration Act revealed that in the years 2013-2015, the city cancelled the registrations of 86 non-citizens who had been added to the voter rolls; 40 of them had voted in at least one Philadelphia election. “These are just the ones we know about because they voluntarily asked to be removed from the rolls. The City does nothing to actively prevent or discover noncitizen registration.”

it is clear that the checkbox system on the registration forms is a failure. Sometimes people are registered even when they check “no”. There is no verification for those who check “yes” even though they are not citizens…

 

The vast majority of the noncitizens who ended up on the rolls registered through license branches under Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, popularly known as “Motor Voter”. Our research reveals that this system is fraught with error and provides no filter at all to prevent noncitizens from registering to vote. In several instances, the person did not even realize that they were registering to vote.

PILF also discovered that incarcerated felons are not removed from Philadelphia’s voter rolls even though they are ineligible to vote.

These incarcerated felon registrations are not placed on the inactive list either. In fact, city election officials have absolutely no information on whether a registrant has been incarcerated for a felony. City of Philadelphia election officials behave as if Pennsylvania law prohibiting certain felons from voting doesn’t even exist. This is rank lawlessness.

 

…the voter registration office in Philadelphia has absolutely no way of knowing whether an absentee ballot request received from a penal institution is from a felon or a non-felon. City election officials simply devote no attention to the matter by their own admissions…

In testimony before Pennsylvania’s House State Government Committee, PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams concluded, “Aliens and ineligible felons being on the list of eligible voters must not be permitted to persist. Clean rolls are the most important ingredient for clean elections.”

Virginia Supreme Court strikes down McAuliffe’s felon voting order

A “major victory” for Virginia’s constitution and the rule of law, and a “potentially fatal blow” to Governor and former Democratic National Committee Chair Terry McAuliffe’s hoped-for “legacy” of swinging the state to his friend and former boss Hillary Clinton:

In a 4-3 ruling, the court declared McAuliffe’s order unconstitutional, saying it amounts to a unilateral rewrite and suspension of the state’s policy of lifetime disenfranchisement for felons.

 

The court ordered the Virginia Department of Elections to “cancel the registration of all felons who have been invalidly registered” under McAuliffe’s April 22 executive order and subsequent orders.