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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.

West Virginia Legislature Proposes Photo Voter ID, End to Automatic Voter Registration

“Photo identification is necessary in order to ensure legitimacy in our elections.” 

 

Add West Virginia to the list of states considering commonsense legislation to make elections more secure.

 

HB 2781 requires photo voter identification, allows voters without an accepted photo ID to sign an affidavit and vote a provisional ballot that will be counted if the signature is verified by election officials, and ends the state’s automatic voter registration of driver’s license applicants.

 

Under this bill, voters will present one of the forms of ID to a poll clerk, and the clerk will verify that the name on the ID matches the name on the voter registration card.

 

Delegate Saira Blair, R-Berkeley, the bill’s lead sponsor, said the law would put West Virginia more in line with other states.

The bill includes exceptions for voters living in state licensed care facilities and those with religious objections to being photographed, as well as provisions for providing free photo voter ID cards.

 

HB 2781 also authorizes West Virginia’s Division of Motor Vehicles to share the U.S. citizenship status of voluntarily-registering license applicants with the Secretary of State, who will forward the information to county clerks to help keep non-citizens off the state’s voter rolls.

 

Maintaining Accurate Voter Rolls: The Dirty Work Behind Clean Elections

Maintaining accurate voter rolls is a never-ending task “akin to doing laundry,” says U.S. Election Assistance Commission chairman Matthew Masterson. Conducting statutorily required voter list maintenance is also “an important part of protecting the integrity of our nation’s elections.”

Voter list maintenance is not a new concept born of recent controversies and allegations. In fact, the sustained list maintenance effort to improve the accuracy of voter registration rolls traces back to the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), commonly referred to as the “motor voter” law. NVRA not only facilitates the ease of voter registration at motor vehicle offices and public assistance offices, but it also prescribes the process for updating and proper removal of outdated voter records via data shared between counties, across states, by departments of health and motor vehicle offices, the United States Postal Service and a variety of other data sources.

Masterson continues, “Nobody wants an accurate voting roll more than the officials who administer elections.” Some election officials, yes, but not all.

 

Multiple jurisdictions across the country have been successfully sued under the NVRA for failing to do the required dirty work of maintaining accurate voting rolls, including four Mississippi counties and two Texas counties. Hundreds more have more registered voters than citizen voting age-eligible population.

West Virginia Removes Departed Voters from Voter Rolls

Keeping voter rolls clean isn’t just a good idea, it’s the law. So regularly removing from the registration rolls voters who have died or moved away is – or ought to be – standard practice for election officials.

 

West Virginia’s new Republican Secretary of State, Mac Warner, has already scrubbed 36,635 names off the rolls of people who have departed the state or this world.

Warner began working with the state’s 55 county clerks almost immediately upon taking office on Jan.16 and was able to report March 3 that outdated voter lists are being set right.

 

“Since I took office in January, West Virginia county clerks have canceled tens of thousands of outdated voter registrations,” Warner said in a statement. “I applaud the continued effort by the county clerks to ensure an all-encompassing voter registration list maintenance process ensuring an accurate and up-to-date voter file.”

 

Warner’s office noted that using updated technology and tools, elections experts have estimated that up to ten percent of the state’s voters, or more than 100,000 registered voters, may have changed residency or passed away and may need to be removed from current voter rolls. Those status updates include voters who have moved from their initial registered address, have died, or have duplicate registration records on file.

J. Christian Adams on WMAL: Virginia’s governor, elections commissioner are hiding information about alien voting

Everybody ought to be interested in enforcing the law. 

 

Records show that aliens have illegally registered to vote (and voted) in Virginia. They were only caught by accident.

 

Yet Virginia’s Democrat governor, Terry McAuliffe, and the state’s Commissioner of Elections Edgardo Cortes, a McAuliffe appointee, aren’t interested in increasing transparency and accountability.

 

J. Christian Adams joined WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall with Brian Wilson to explain:

 

”We are trying to get to the bottom of how many aliens are on the rolls. Unfortunately, the Governor of Virginia and his state election director Cortes have been stonewalling and hiding the ball and forcing us to go and beat them in federal court, which we have done. They’re hiding information about alien voting. The public records show that Virginia counties have had to remove thousands of aliens from the rolls that they caught by accident. This isn’t even a program to find them. Not only have they caught them, they’ve been voting. We published the names of these people.”

 

“People say there’s no voter fraud. Read our report. We show you the names. . . . Some people mark on their forms no, I am not a citizen, and they’re still getting registered to vote in Virginia.”

 

“The Governor and election director have exactly the wrong attitude about this. People don’t want aliens on the rolls, they want government to do a good job and get them off. McAuliffe and Cortes are doing exactly the opposite. They’re hiding information, they’re giving instructions to local registrars to not reveal information. . . . This is exactly the wrong attitude. We know there’s aliens on the rolls. Everybody ought to be interested in enforcing the law.”

 

“The Governor of Virginia – in an election year – is doing everything he can to preserve vulnerabilities in the Virginia voting system.”

 

Listen to the entire interview here, starting at the 7:45 mark.

Virginia’s Democrat Gov. vetoes bill to investigate inflated voter rolls

Democrats know you can’t find voter fraud if you don’t look for it.

 

Virginia’s Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe doesn’t want to anyone to look.

 

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.

Ohio voter roll cleanup uncovers more non-citizens registered and voting

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has found hundreds of non-citizens illegally registered and voting in his state – something the Left claims never happens – by looking:

Secretary Husted is the first of the Ohio’s chief elections officials to initiate a review of Ohio’s Statewide Registered Voter Database (SWRVD) to identify non-citizens on the voter rolls. This is the third review Secretary Husted’s administration has conducted. . . .

 

The Secretary of State’s office has been able to identify these non-citizens on the rolls using information provided by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) as applicants are required to provide documentation of their legal presence with their application for a state identification or drivers’ license. The non-citizens were identified by the Secretary of State’s Office using a double confirmation process, which requires a registered voter to have provided documentation to the BMV themselves indicating that they are a non-U.S. Citizen two times before being flagged.

Since 2013, Husted has uncovered 821 non-citizens registered to vote in Ohio; 126 illegally cast ballots. The 82 non-citizens found this year to have illegally registered and voted “will be immediately referred to state and federal law enforcement officials for further investigation and possible prosecution.”

 

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But there are likely more non-citizens on Ohio’s voter rolls that Husted’s reviews haven’t been able to find, “given the lack of access to more real-time data maintained by the federal government.”

In February and July of 2015, Secretary wrote then-President Barack Obama requesting that the states be given real-time access to accurate, searchable, electronic databases of non-citizens who have valid Social Security numbers so that they may distinguish between citizens and lawfully-present non-citizens. That same year, Secretary Husted also testified before a congressional committee about how this type of data can be used by the states to properly maintain their respective voter rolls. In the coming weeks, Secretary Husted plans to renew his call for access to this information.

The new administration is likely to be much more responsive to such requests.

“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 Do Democrats Fear Trump’s Probe of Voter Fraud?

Why are voter fraud-denying Democrats so opposed to the Trump administration taking a look at the problem of voter fraud if they’re so certain an investigation will turn up nothing and prove the Left right, Deroy Murdock wonders.

In their hearts, the Left knows Trump is right, at least on the existence of voter fraud. And that’s what terrifies them. . . .

 

It would help if Democrats, Left-wing activists, and the hyenas in America’s newsrooms explained just how “widespread” voter fraud must become before they consider it an injustice. Every ballot cast by a cadaver or an illegal alien negates a ballot completed by a legitimate voter. How many such genuine votes is it OK for fraud to obviate? Is it 100? How about 1,000? Maybe 10,000 — or ten times that figure?

“The Obama Administration had the tools to fight voter fraud but let them gather dust,” says J. Christian Adams, president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation and a former Justice Department Voting Section attorney. But with the new administration signaling a return to enforcing federal laws, including those that require clean voter rolls and bar non-citizens from registering and voting, Adams “recommends a machete that would help Trump chop quickly to the center of much of this fraud.”

The Homeland Security Department’s Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database lists all non-citizens in America. These include green card holders, foreign tourists, exchange students, and those on work visas as well as illegals who have broken the law or otherwise surfaced on Uncle Sam’s radar. Adams tells me: “This is the ultimate alien database.”

 

Comparing SAVE’s names with registered and actual voters should demonstrate, rather swiftly, the extent of non-citizen involvement in America’s election system. It also would identify violators, who should be punished.

 

“If that federal database were used to scrub the state databases,” Adams predicts, “all sorts of illegals would pop out. That’s what the Left fears the most. It would reveal rats everywhere.”

A “not insignificant” number of non-citizens voted in the presidential election, expert study extrapolates

How many non-citizens voted in the November presidential election? Less than 3 million but significantly more than zero, reports the Washington Times:

Political scientist Jesse Richman of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, has worked with colleagues to produce groundbreaking research on noncitizen voting, and this week he posted a blog in response to Mr. Trump’s assertion.

 

Based on national polling by a consortium of universities, a report by Mr. Richman said 6.4 percent of the estimated 20 million adult noncitizens in the U.S. voted in November. He extrapolated that that percentage would have added 834,381 net votes for Mrs. Clinton, who received about 2.8 million more votes than Mr. Trump.

 

Mr. Richman calculated that Mrs. Clinton would have collected 81 percent of noncitizen votes.

If 6.4 percent of 20 million adult non-citizens voted in November, that would mean 1,280,000 non-citizens were able to illegally register and cast ballots in the presidential election.

 

These figures are just estimates extrapolated from 2008 data, as Richman makes clear in his blog, but they point to a real problem of ineligible non-citizens being added to voter registration rolls around the country.

 

Another source quotes Richman citing a much smaller but still significant number of illegal votes cast by non-citizens – certainly enough to affect the outcomes of close state and local elections, and worth looking into:

“Maybe 100,000 (ballots), maybe a little more to the Hillary Clinton margin. Not insignificant, but on the other hand, way below the kind of levels of fraud that Trump is alleging,” said Richman.

 

Richman believes an investigation into voter fraud would prove that.

So what is the actual number of non-citizens registering and voting? And how is it happening? Maybe a check box and the honor system aren’t sufficient safeguards against federal felonies. Let’s find out.

 

Richman at least agrees with the Trump team that a federal government review of voting rolls to find out how and how many non-citizens are registering and voting (as both Vice President Pence and President Trump have indicated the new administration will pursue) will give America’s voters an accurate picture of the problem.