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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.

 

Lawsuits to reveal extent of non-citizen voter registration in Virginia

A pair of lawsuits result in “positive steps toward quantifying the true extent of noncitizen voter registration in Virginia:”

 

The election integrity law firm that already uncovered more than a thousand non-citizens who had registered to vote and cast nearly 200 illegal ballots in just eight Virginia jurisdictions has successfully concluded lawsuits to access the voter registration data of two more localities in the state.

 

The Public Interest Legal Foundation agreed to dismiss lawsuits filed against the city of Manassas and Chesterfield County, Virginia for refusing to allow inspection of their voter roll records, after both jurisdictions agreed to provide data on total numbers of non-citizens registered to vote.

“This is a big win for private citizens working to keep their local governments transparent and accountable. Answers to questions like ‘how many non-U.S. citizens registered in my county last year?’ should never be forbidden,” Churchwell told the Washington Free Beacon. “In wrapping these cases, the remainder of the Commonwealth is on notice that it cannot hide these data from the public. They might as well start printing cancellation reports with non-citizens found on their rolls now.”

The job of enforcing the National Voter Registration Act’s list maintenance requirements was intentionally left undone by the Obama administration’s Justice Department, leaving it to private citizens and groups to demand transparency and accountability from local election officials. But under a new administration that has already expressed interest in reviewing the nation’s voter rolls and the extent of illegal voting that inaccurate voter lists may be allowing, that may well change.

“Looking at the larger picture, these cases show a way forward for the Trump Administration to study and quantify the true scope of illegal voting in 2016 and generally. Only the federal government has the tools and legal powers to compare our nation’s voter files to immigration databases. All the information is in the DOJ’s hands—if only it will take charge. PILF was forced to fill a gap that the Obama DOJ left with respect to asking these tough questions—but it can get back to that work again.”

“In private meeting, Pence vows ‘full evaluation of voting rolls’ over claims of fraud”

Exactly where a federal investigation should focus: on the integrity of voter rolls and how or whether state and local election officials are complying with Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act to maintain clean voter registration lists.

In a private meeting with congressional Republicans this week, Vice President Pence vowed that the Trump administration would pursue a wide-ranging probe of voting rolls in the United States to examine whether millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election as President Trump has charged.

 

“What I can tell you is that I would anticipate that the administration is going to initiate a full evaluation of voting rolls in the country, the overall integrity of our voting system in the wake of this past election,” Pence told Republican lawmakers during a question-and-answer session at their annual policy retreat in Philadelphia this week. . . .

 

“Just because so many Americans share the concern that you have, I have, the president certainly has about people being registered in multiple states,” Pence added. “You can anticipate that we will be looking for ways to work with you, to simply dig into it, to follow the facts, to see where the facts go. That one-person, one-vote principle is at the very heart of this republic and our democratic institutions, and it must be defended.”

Another Mississippi county agrees to clean up voter rolls after being sued

Doing the job the Obama Justice Department wouldn’t, the American Civil Rights Union sued yet another Mississippi county with more registered voters than legally eligible residents – this time, notorious Noxubee – and again succeeded in obtaining a consent decree that obligates the County Election Commission to do its job of maintaining clean voter rolls as required by the National Voter Registration Act.

 

Noxubee County had voter registration rates well over 100 percent of its eligible population “for several election cycles,” a pretty clear indication that the county wasn’t meeting its voter registration list maintenance obligations under Section 8 of the NVRA.

“This is the fourth Mississippi county we’ve successfully sued over corrupt voter rolls since 2013,” said ACRU Chairman and CEO Susan A. Carleson. “These cases send a message to other counties around the nation that if they don’t keep accurate registration records, they’ll be next.”

Clean voter rolls: Not just a good idea, it’s the law

Voter ID laws are really “yesterday’s fight,” says former DOJ Voting Section attorney J. Christian Adams. The new front that state legislators interested in election integrity should focus on is voter rolls.

 

Maintaining clean voter rolls is required by federal law but is being fought “both in courts and politically” by left-wing organizations and their allies in the Obama Justice Department.

 

“Because clean voter rolls help prevent voter fraud, it’s probably the most important issue facing the states in the realm of voting laws, [Adams] said.”

 

Virginia election official says state’s voter rolls are inaccurate

Virginia State Board of Elections vice chair Clara Belle Wheeler wants state lawmakers to focus on cleaning up potential voter fraud before the next election, including cleaning up inaccurate voter rolls.

“I would say one of the problems that we have in Virginia is that our voting list – our lists of registered voters – are inaccurate,” Wheeler said.

Voters registered in more than one state isn’t the only problem. In September, Public Interest Legal Foundation reported finding that in just eight Virginia counties, 1,046 noncitizens had illegally registered to vote and cast nearly 200 ballots before being identified and removed from voter rolls.

 

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.