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“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.”

“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.”

Motor Voter enables non-citizen registration and voting

What kind of stopgaps are in place to make sure non-citizens don’t register to vote?

 

“Almost none. Thanks to Motor Voter, anybody can register to vote by simply marking a box that says ‘yes, I’m a citizen’ and signing their name, and that’s it. They get on the rolls… Most of the country is not doing anything about this huge problem.”

 

What states could, and should, be doing is verifying voter rolls against the federal SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements) database.

 

More via WMAL DC, starting at the 19:10 mark.

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?”

Ohio Argues Its Right to Purge Voter Rolls

Ohio is doing exactly what the statute allows.

The state of Ohio, a key battleground state in this year’s presidential election, told a Sixth Circuit panel on Wednesday that it believes it has the right to purge from voter registration rolls anyone who hasn’t voted in consecutive federal elections and did not respond to inquiries about a change in their address, regardless of the reason.