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Both letters come in response to concerns about voter rolls that are bloated with outdated, inaccurate, and duplicate registrations.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

 

 

Left in a lather over President’s choice of Hans von Spakovsky for Election Integrity Commission

The usual left-wing voter fraud deniers are in a lather over President Trump’s appointment of voting rights expert Hans von Spakovsky to his Advisory Commission on Election Integrity – evidence enough that he’s a great pick.

 

Media outlets from the Left to the far Left including the Washington Post are joining the freakout, despite von Spakovsky’s stellar qualifications and open-minded approach to the scope of his and the commission’s task:

Hans told the Post that he does not enter this role with the assumption that voter fraud is a nationwide epidemic. “I think the answer to that is what we hope to find out,” he explained. “What I would say is that I think it’s a danger to the way our democratic system works anytime people are either kept out of the polls or their vote is stolen through fraud.”

From media to academia to advocacy groups aligned with Democrats’ anti-integrity stance, the institutional Left is united in attacking von Spakovsky – and attacking the commission’s goal of identifying ways to improve the quality of the nation’s voter rolls.

“It’s going to be fun watching all the liars smear him” and “reacting like Pavlov’s dog” at his appointment, added Adams. “Who would be for bad voting rolls? Why are they afraid of improving the system?”

Leftists like Kristen Clarke of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law are agitated about the commission’s intent “to encourage state officials to take action and purge voter rolls.”

 

Why wouldn’t a federal commission “encourage” states to comply with federal law?

 

It’s the responsibility of the federal government, namely the Department of Justice, to enforce compliance with the National Voter Registration Act’s mandate that local election officials proactively maintain accurate voter rolls. Yet enforcement of the NVRA’s list maintenance requirements was non-existent under the Obama DOJ, even as the Left busily sued states to enforce provisions requiring welfare offices to push voter registration.

 

Prior federal election commissions offered states suggestions for better list maintenance processes with little uproar. WaPo reported favorably on the results of President Obama’s 2013 Commission on Election Administration – including its recommendation to “share voter registration records across state lines to protect against fraud.”

 

Putting a negative spin on the same recommendations simply because they come from Trump’s appointees is pure partisan hackery.

Hans von Spakovsky on Virginia’s Failure to Cooperate with Election Integrity Commission

What is Terry McAuliffe hiding – and why?

 

Virginia’s Democrat governor says he won’t comply with a request from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to provide voter registration data for the state.

 

Hans von Spakovsky, who was just added to the commission, talks with WMAL’s Larry O’Connor about McAuliffe’s bizarre refusal to cooperate with the advisory panel’s efforts to “study the registration and voting processes used in Federal elections.”

 

Bizarre because federal law gives every member of the public, as well as the U.S. Attorney General, access to the voter registration records of the state.

 

Bizarre also, says von Spakovsky, because Virginia has an independent state election board that oversees voter registration. The governor doesn’t even have any say-so on whether to turn over the information.

 

So what is McAuliffe trying to hide?

 

Could it be the tens of thousands of voters found registered in both Virginia and another state? Or maybe the thousands of non-citizens found to have registered and voted in Virginia?

Rhode Island voter rolls contain 150,000 “inaccuracies”

Nearly 20 percent of people registered to vote in Rhode Island, shouldn’t be.

 

The state’s voter rolls inaccurately contain 150,000 people that don’t belong there, according to the secretary of state.

The Providence Journalreported Wednesday that Nellie M. Gorbea, Rhode Island’s secretary of state, has found around 150,000 people who are erroneously on the rolls. “It’s not really fraud. It’s really just inaccuracies,” Gorbea said.

 

Gorbea has already removed 65,000 names since 2015, the Journal says. An additional 30,000 names were deemed inactive.

Dirty voter rolls alone may not be “really fraud,” but they are a surefire stepping stone to voter fraud, creating a perfect environment for cheating. Clean elections require clean voter rolls – and so does federal law.

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.

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.

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.”

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.”