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Chicago Voters Cast Ballots From Beyond The Grave

Once again, voter fraud is found by looking for it.

 

And as with the recent voter fraud discoveries in Colorado, the looking in Chicago wasn’t done by elections officials but by investigative reporters.

 

CBS 2 Investigators found hundreds of votes cast in the names of deceased voters still on the the city’s voter rolls “by merging Chicago Board of Election voter histories with the death master file from the Social Security Administration. In all, the analysis showed 119 dead people have voted a total of 229 times in Chicago in the last decade.”

Susie Sallee was buried in 1998. Yet records show she voted in Chicago 12 years later. Victor Crosswell died in 1994, but records show he’s voted six times since then. And then there’s Floyd Stevens. Records show he’s voted 11 times since his death in 1993…

 

Earl Smith says he reported the 1997 death of his father, also named Earl Smith. But records indicate his father has voted twice after he died… Robert Sallee says he tried to do that by reporting his mother’s death multiple times. “They’re just not taking her off the rolls,” he says.

City board of elections spokesman Jim Allen says many of the dead voters are “most likely clerical errors” but can’t explain why deceased people are still on the voter rolls, some more than 20 years after their deaths.

Elections Are Vulnerable to Criminal Fraud

Whatever your opinion of the man, Donald Trump is right about our elections being vulnerable to criminal fraud. “One of the bright spots of the Trump campaign has been his willingness to talk about vulnerabilities in the election system.”

 

A big vulnerability is dirty voter rolls filled with millions of ineligible voters – moved, deceased, duplicates, and aliens – who can, and do, vote. This criminal activity is aided by the DOJ’s decision not to enforce provisions of the National Voter Registration Act that require maintaining clean voter rolls, and by attacks from the institutional Left on state voter ID and proof-of-citizenship laws.

 

“None of this is an accident.  George Soros money and his spawn are doing all they can to break down election integrity barriers in court and in legislatures.”

 

Ignoring these vulnerabilities in the election system, as voter fraud deniers and those hostile to election integrity do, only encourages more criminal activity.

Queens elections board won’t stop sending dead man’s family absentee ballots

Why is it so hard to get elections officials to remove dead people from voter rolls?

Queens resident Michelle Dimino wants to know:

Dimino’s father, Anthony Baldomir, died on Oct. 4, 2012. But according to the board’s records, he could vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election…

 

“In 2013, 2014, 2015 and again this year, I received absentee ballots for my father. I could have fraudulently voted with those ballots, but I shredded them instead,” an exasperated Dimino told The Post.

Dimino says she called the Board of Elections after her father’s death to ask that he be purged from the rolls, but was told that would require her to present a death certificate in person, not by mail.

 

A mailed death certificate should be sufficient to remove a voter from the rolls, and the BOE now says it is, but there are easier methods to ensure dead people don’t remain on voter rolls and receive mail ballots year after year. Comparing death records to voter lists is a simple list maintenance tool that all registrars can and should be using. But apparently Queens isn’t.

BOE spokeswoman Valerie Vazquez confirmed that Baldomir, who hadn’t voted since 2011, was still on its “permanent absentee-ballot list.” She said the agency never received notification of his passing.

More Dead Voters on the Rolls and Voting in Colorado

Dirty voter rolls once again enable voter fraud:

An ongoing CBS4 Investigation into dead voters in Colorado has turned up another dead voter — this time in Larimer County…

 

That apparently fraudulent vote was cast in the name of Irvin Mniszewski, 88, of Loveland, who died Sept. 6, 2011. But six weeks later, on Oct. 16, 2011, a vote was cast in Mniszewski’s name in a Larimer County election and it was counted on Oct. 19, 2011.

In Boulder County, Daisy Simmons receives ballots in the mail for every election, even though she died in 2010. Her son says her death is on file with state and federal authorities, but the ballots keep coming. “I believe I could have scrawled her signature and it would not have been challenged.”

 

Others have certainly done so in the cases documented by CBS4, though short of confessions it would be virtually impossible to identify and prosecute the fraudsters. And without prosecutions, the problem of fraudulent voting continues to be denied.

 

But denial doesn’t fix the problem; clean voter rolls do. As long as deceased, duplicate, and ineligible voters are on the voter rolls, fraudulent ballots can be cast in their names – by the registrants themselves or by others impersonating them.

“When Election Officials Ignore Voter Fraud, We Need More Oversight”

The claim so pervasive on the Left that voter fraud is practically non-existent “is based on an assumption that election officials are on the lookout for fraud and mistakes. But incidents in states from Virginia to Pennsylvania to New York show that too many election officials are ignoring or even covering up the systemic problems brought to their attention. One way not to find something is simply not to look.”

 

Officials at the very top are setting the standard for not looking, leaving it to private individuals and groups to do the job the DOJ and local election officials won’t: looking for and finding duplicates, dead people, non-citizens, and ineligible felons on voter rolls across the country.

Even though that’s a rich vein of potential mischief for fraudsters, the Obama administration hasn’t filed a single lawsuit in eight years demanding that counties clean up their voter rolls, as they are required to do by the federal “motor voter” law. I’ve spoken to three Justice Department lawyers who attended a meeting on Nov. 30, 2009, in which they claim then-deputy assistant attorney general Julie Fernandez said the DOJ would not be enforcing that provision of the motor voter law because it  ran counter to the law’s overall goal of “increasing turnout.”

Transparency and accountability in our election processes aren’t coming from the top down; it will have to be demanded from the bottom up. It’s too important to ignore.

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.”

“Voter Fraud: It’s Here, It’s Happening, It’s Easy”

From ballots cast in the names of dead people in Colorado, to non-citizens registering and voting in Virginia, to ineligible felons and aliens on the rolls and voting in Philly, voter fraud is a documented reality across the country.

Often, by the time voter fraud is discovered, votes have been cast, watering down the integrity of U.S. elections… “The problem is bigger than one instance. The problem is systemic, and the system is failing.”

Hundreds of Non-citizens on Voter Rolls in Virginia

Hundreds of non-citizens have been found on the voter rolls of seven Virginia counties. That’s not just an inconsequential clerical error, but a serious problem. “Every ineligible voter on the rolls could end up being an eligible vote that cancels out the vote of other, eligible voters. So these are high stakes.”

 

But are these illegally-registered non-citizens also illegally voting? The State Board of Elections isn’t forthcoming, and at least one county registrar acknowledges that they don’t bother to look.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation also has sought to know if these noncitizens voted in past elections, but said local governments haven’t provided the information.

 

“That is not done for any canceled voter registration, not for deceased [voters], not for people who have moved out of the state,” [Alexandria General Registrar Anna] Leider said. “Past activity is not something we routinely check.”

 

It is a federal crime and a violation of Virginia law for noncitizens to vote.

Once again we see how dirty voter rolls enable voter fraud, and how voter fraud remains “non-existent” if no one looks for it.

Investigation finds dead voters casting ballots in Colorado

How do you find voter fraud? By looking for it.

 

CBS4 in Denver investigated and found “multiple cases of dead men and women voting in Colorado months and in some cases years after their deaths, a revelation that calls into question safeguards designed to prevent such occurrences.”

 

“CBS4 discovered the fraudulent voting by comparing databases of voting histories in Colorado against a federal death database,” something state and local election officials could, and should, have done.

One of the most glaring cases was that of Sara Sosa in Colorado Springs. She died on Oct. 14, 2009. However, CBS4 uncovered voting records that showed ballots cast for Sosa in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Her husband, Miguel, died on Sept. 26, 2008. But CBS4 unearthed records showing that a vote was cast in his name the next year, 2009… after their deaths, the Sosas remained on active voter rolls and mail ballots were still sent to their home because they did not meet the criteria to have their names deleted from eligible voter rolls.

Once again, we see how dirty voter rolls enable voter fraud.

Conservatives File Voter Registration Lawsuits

Maintaining accurate voter rolls isn’t just a good idea, it’s the law. But voter list maintenance as required by the National Voter Registration Act is a low priority for some registration officials, and over 200 counties have more registered voters than eligible residents.

 

When registrars fail to use available tools to keep voter rolls clean, the NVRA allows individuals to file civil suits for relief. In multiple counties and cities, they have:

“We’re asking states and local officials to comply with the law, to remove people who have died, to look at their citizenship lists, to find out who’s on the rolls that shouldn’t be on the rolls. Who could be against that?”