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“Advocates Worry Trump Administration Wants To Revamp Motor Voter Law”

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Both letters come in response to concerns about voter rolls that are bloated with outdated, inaccurate, and duplicate registrations.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.”

 

 

Good riddance: Project Vote bites the dust

Project Vote, a pillar of the institutional left dedicated to undermining election integrity since 1982, is no more.

 

The self-styled voting rights group and ACORN spinoff where Barack Obama cut his community organizing teeth announced its closure effective May 31 – gone belly-up due to lack of funding.

A pet project of billionaire George Soros, Project Vote was hemorrhaging money to the tune of $750,000 in 2015. Apparently, even the Soros wallet is not infinitely expansive, especially when surveys show vast numbers of Americans directly oppose PV’s goal of making vote fraud easier. Working under various names, Project Vote has worked over the years to undermine election integrity safeguards, especially photo voter ID laws and registration requirements such as proof of citizenship.

Project Vote counted among its board members Frances Fox Piven, a driving force behind the 1993 Motor Voter law and co-author of the Cloward-Piven strategy to overload and collapse government systems. In Project Vote’s case, their strategy was to “overwhelm, paralyze, and discredit the American voting system through an abundance of fraudulent registrations, fraud at the ballot box, protests, propaganda, and vexatious litigation.”

PV staff worked hand in glove with President Obama’s Justice Department to attack voter ID laws in courts across the country and sign up millions of voters at welfare and other government agencies under Bill Clinton’s Motor Voter law. Of 1.3 million registrations Project Vote/ACORN submitted in the 2008 election cycle, more than one-third were reportedly invalid.

“The battle over who controls America’s political voice boils down to whether the citizens can drown out the fraudsters,” says Susan A. Carleson, head of the American Civil Rights Union – an organization that’s successfully sued counties under Motor Voter to keep their voter rolls clean. “And there’s no doubt about whose side Project Vote was on.”

 

The demise of Project Vote is good for the integrity of American elections.

Motor Voter “misinterpretation” leads Nevada DMV to register self-identified non-citizens

Motor voter strikes again, this time in Nevada, where a liberal interpretation – or misinterpretation – of the National Voter Registration Act led Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles employees to process voter registration applications from self-identified non-citizens, some of whom later illegally voted.

 

Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske has instructed the DMV to “cease immediately” accepting and processing voter registration materials from driver’s license applicants who present Green Cards as identification. That should be a no-brainer. Non-citizens aren’t eligible to register or vote.

 

But Cegavske said that in March her office got from the DMV “a list of just over 100 people statewide who:  (1) presented evidence of non-citizenship while obtaining services from the DMV; and (2) completed a voter registration application while at the DMV.”

 

DMV Director Terri Albertson’s response to Cegavske reveals the liberal sources of the misinterpretation (emphasis added):

For the past year, we have worked in cooperation with your office, our Deputy Attorney Generals, and representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Demos, Project Vote, League of Women Voters, and Mi Familia Vota Education to bring the Department into compliance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. The NVRA requires each driver’s license application, including any renewal application, to serve as a simultaneous application for voter registration. In accordance with the NVRA and our memorandum of understanding with the parties noted above, the Department is required to submit the application regardless of completeness to State election officials for them to assess the eligibility of the applicant.

The same left-wing groups that sue states to accept voter registration applications from even self-identified non-citizens also fight any efforts by states to verify voter registrants’ citizenship – whether by requiring would-be voters to provide proof of citizenship when registering, or by allowing state election officials to match voter rolls to the federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database, or even by using non-citizens’ own acknowledgements on jury recusal forms to remove ineligible aliens from voter rolls.

 

The left doesn’t even want non-citizens who register to vote “under penalty of perjury” – as the NVRA also requires – to be held responsible for breaking the law. Even when non-citizens illegally vote, the left brushes off their crimes as “honest mistakes” and “misunderstandings” and declares any penalty “intimidation.”

 

The honor system isn’t enough to prevent ineligible people from registering and voting.

“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.

Failure of the Checkbox: Potentially Thousands of Illegal Voters Registered in Pennsylvania

How do ineligible non-citizens end up on Pennsylvania’s voter rolls? Sometimes by invitation:

The Pennsylvania secretary of state’s office recently sent out 2.5 million postcards to licensed drivers who were not registered to vote, inviting them to sign up in time for the November election.

 

Trouble is, some of those drivers are not American citizens.

The problem is that the National Voter Registration Act, aka Motor Voter, requires everyone applying for a driver’s license to be offered a voter registration application, but with no way to verify whether applicants are eligible citizens beyond asking them to check a box.

 

Joseph Vanderhulst, an attorney with Public Interest Legal Foundation, says it’s a flaw in voter registration integrity that isn’t unique to Pennsylvania.

“It kind of just reinforces the issue, which is no filter on the front end and a lack of effort on the back end,” he said. “It’s a failure of the checkbox. The only filter we have is that checkbox … This is, to us, proof that that box is a total failure.”