If by “revamp Motor Voter” they mean keep voter registration rolls free of ineligible people, then yes.
Left-wing “advocates” like Demos that oppose removing ineligible people from voter rolls “worry” that two separate federal requests for information related to states’ voter registration lists signal what they see as an unwelcome return to enforcement of federal laws that require states to proactively maintain accurate voter lists. Such enforcement was nonexistent under the Obama administration.
One request, from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, asks for states’ publicly available voter registration records. The other, from the DOJ Voting Section, requires states to document procedures they follow to maintain accurate voter lists in compliance with the National Voter Registration Act (aka Motor Voter) and the Help America Vote Act.
Both letters come in response to concerns about voter rolls that are bloated with outdated, inaccurate, and duplicate registrations. Experts estimate there may be millions of people on voter rolls who have died, moved, aren’t citizens, or are otherwise ineligible to vote.
Motor Voter adds to the problem by making it difficult to take ineligible people off the rolls, and easy for some to get on.
“When you’ve got a system that allows people to mark, ‘No, I am not a citizen,’ and still get registered to vote, that system is broken.”
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!
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?
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.
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.