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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.

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.”

“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.”

 

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.

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.”