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Ex-Ohio Organizing Collaborative Employee Jailed for Felony Voter Registration Fraud

Rebecca Hammonds was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to 14 felony counts of fraudulently registering people to vote and forging signatures on voter registration forms while working for a left-wing group in Ohio.

Hammonds was a paid canvasser for the Ohio Organizing Collaborative (OOC), a liberal activist group that was active in registering voters in the southern part of the county during September and October 2015, when the voter registration fraud occurred. In October of that year, the county elections board director contacted the sheriff’s office after his staff began finding discrepancies in voter registration applications filed by OOC, including five submitted in the name of dead people.

Hammonds was originally charged with 35 felony counts but pleaded down to just 14. The judge declined her request for probation, “saying voter registration fraud is a serious crime that deserves some incarceration.”

Ohio voter roll cleanup uncovers more non-citizens registered and voting

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has found hundreds of non-citizens illegally registered and voting in his state – something the Left claims never happens – by looking:

Secretary Husted is the first of the Ohio’s chief elections officials to initiate a review of Ohio’s Statewide Registered Voter Database (SWRVD) to identify non-citizens on the voter rolls. This is the third review Secretary Husted’s administration has conducted. . . .

 

The Secretary of State’s office has been able to identify these non-citizens on the rolls using information provided by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) as applicants are required to provide documentation of their legal presence with their application for a state identification or drivers’ license. The non-citizens were identified by the Secretary of State’s Office using a double confirmation process, which requires a registered voter to have provided documentation to the BMV themselves indicating that they are a non-U.S. Citizen two times before being flagged.

Since 2013, Husted has uncovered 821 non-citizens registered to vote in Ohio; 126 illegally cast ballots. The 82 non-citizens found this year to have illegally registered and voted “will be immediately referred to state and federal law enforcement officials for further investigation and possible prosecution.”

 

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But there are likely more non-citizens on Ohio’s voter rolls that Husted’s reviews haven’t been able to find, “given the lack of access to more real-time data maintained by the federal government.”

In February and July of 2015, Secretary wrote then-President Barack Obama requesting that the states be given real-time access to accurate, searchable, electronic databases of non-citizens who have valid Social Security numbers so that they may distinguish between citizens and lawfully-present non-citizens. That same year, Secretary Husted also testified before a congressional committee about how this type of data can be used by the states to properly maintain their respective voter rolls. In the coming weeks, Secretary Husted plans to renew his call for access to this information.

The new administration is likely to be much more responsive to such requests.

Ohio Secretary of State doesn’t want uninvited feds overseeing elections

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted voiced his objections to the Department of Homeland Security’s unilateral decision last Friday to designate state election systems as “critical infrastructure” at the Ohio Election Association Officials conference this week, saying he’s concerned that DHS is unwilling to put into writing that they won’t intervene in any state’s election without the state’s consent.

“Whether it’s a Homeland Security secretary appointed under President Obama or one appointed under President Trump, I don’t want the federal government to have authority to invite themselves into our elections process in Ohio or any other state without our permission,” Husted said, followed to applause.

 

The National Association of Secretaries of State conference in February will focus on clarifying the issue, Husted said. If the department continues to evade a written statement and will not remove the designation, the NASS will ask Congress to clarify in law that Homeland Security cannot intervene in state elections without consent.

 

Lorain, Ohio judge finally refers 2015 voter fraud case to prosecutor

If people do something wrong, they should be held accountable.

 

Better late than never:

 

A Lorain County judge who overturned a May 2015 city council Democratic primary decided by just one vote, after determining that nine ineligible people had illegally voted in the race, has finally turned over the records of those ineligible voters to county prosecutors to investigate for voter fraud.

 

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski wrote in a letter he admitted was overdue to Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will,

I am writing you now to advise you that I determined that certain individuals voted illegally in that election.

 

I am requesting that you review the materials contained in this letter, the evidence admitted during the trial of this matter, and any other information available through your office’s investigation, and determine whether any individuals should be prosecuted for their actions during the 2015 Lorain City Primary election.

Judge Betleski found that the nine ineligible voters had registered at addresses where they didn’t actually live (in some cases, where no one lived), “a felony under Ohio law,” or had moved.

Ohio Organizing Collaborative ex-employee pleads guilty to 14 counts of voter fraud and forgery

Rebecca A. Hammonds pleaded guilty to multiple counts of felony voter fraud committed while working for a left-wing social-justice group: “13 of the 32 charges for falsely registering someone to vote and one of the three charges for forging someone’s signature on a voter registration form. The other charges were dismissed as part of a plea deal . . .”

Hammonds was a paid canvasser for the Ohio Organizing Collaborative (OOC), a liberal activist group that was involved in voter registration efforts in the southern part of the county during the months leading up to the November 2015 general election. In October of that year, the county elections board director contacted the sheriff’s office after his staff found discrepancies with 29 voter registration applications received from OOC, including five that were submitted in the name of people who were dead.

Hammonds’ fifth-degree felonies carry a maximum sentence of one year imprisonment each, but the prosecutor “will not oppose probation.” Once again, felony penalties are no deterrent if they aren’t imposed.

 

Before being busted for voter registration fraud, Hammonds’ employer Ohio Organizing Collaborative was a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed in 2015 by Democrat “fixer” and Clinton campaign counsel Marc Elias that challenged election reforms like maintaining clean voter rolls, ending fraud-prone same-day registration, and requiring mail-ballot voters to correctly fill out their own personal identifying information.

 

Ohio Democrats denied: SCOTUS declines to reinstate unnecessary injunction against intimidation

Democrats denied: Even Trump critic Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg could see that the injunction Ohio Democrats sought against the Trump campaign and his Republican supporters was unnecessary theatrics. “Ohio law proscribes voter intimidation.”

 

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Just more Democrat lawfare to smear Republicans as voter intimidators and intimidate Republicans away from serving as lawful poll watchers.

“The High Court Declines to Stay Ohio Early Voting and Same-Day Registration Case”

Bad news for the Ohio Democratic party:

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a one-line order denying the party’s application for a stay in Ohio Democratic Party v. Husted — the eminently reasonable opinion recently issued by a panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals refusing to overturn changes in early voting and same-day registration rules enacted by the Ohio legislature…

 

The decision that Democrats were attempting to stay in a George Soros–financed lawsuit was issued on August 23. It reversed a decision by a district-court judge that misapplied the law and misconstrued the facts. The Sixth Circuit held that reducing the number of early voting days from 35 to 29, and eliminating “Golden Week,” a six-day window in which Ohio residents could register and vote at the same time (same-day registration), was neither unconstitutional nor a violation of the Voting Rights Act…

 

As the Sixth Circuit pointed out, even with “only” 29 days of early voting, Ohio is “a national leader when it comes to early voting opportunities.” This is “really quite generous” since the Constitution doesn’t require that any state give voters the ability to vote before Election Day. In fact, early voting is a relatively new development — Texas was the first state to allow early voting starting in the late 1980s and “as many as thirteen states offer just one day for voting: Election Day.”

SCOTUS denies Ohio Democrats’ request to reinstate “Golden Week”

Golden Week stays gone:

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an attempt by the Ohio Democratic Party to reinstate Ohio’s so-called Golden Week.

 

The ruling Sept. 13 means eligible voters in the state will not be allowed to register and cast ballots on the same day when Ohio’s absentee voting period for the presidential election begins next month.

Ohio can eliminate “Golden Week,” Sixth Circuit rules

“Ohio is a national leader when it comes to early voting opportunities.”

 

Ohio can once again eliminate its controversial “Golden Week,” an early voting period starting 35 days before an election in which people could register and vote early at the same time:

In a 2-1 ruling, a panel for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed a lower court’s decision. It said that the lower court overstepped its authority when it ruled the state could not roll back the early voting period one week – from 35 days to 28 days before the election.

Declining to “become entangled, as overseers and micromanagers, in the minutiae of state election processes,” Judge David McKeague wrote in the majority opinion that Ohio’s 2014 law eliminating Golden Week in no way infringes on the fundamental right to vote and that proper “deference to state legislative authority requires that Ohio’s election process be allowed to proceed unhindered by the federal courts.”

 

McKeague also rejected plaintiffs’ argument that a state voting accommodation once implemented could never be rolled back:

“Adopting plaintiffs’ theory of disenfranchisement would create a ‘one-way ratchet’ that would discourage states from ever increasing early voting opportunities, lest they be prohibited by federal courts from later modifying their election procedures in response to changing circumstances,” McKeague wrote.

The ruling is a big loss for the Ohio Democratic Party and their allies, including Marc Elias, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign general counsel, and anti-election integrity lawsuit bankroller George Soros, and a big victory for voting integrity. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted acknowledged the win:

“Ohio offers a generous number of days, hours and ways to vote – making us one of the easiest states in which to cast a ballot. This issue has been dragged through the courts by political activists twice over the course of several years, and both times, it has ended with the same result: Ohio’s laws are fair and constitutional,” Husted said. “I hope the Democrats will end their wasteful lawsuits so we can all move forward with this election.”

 

“Ohio is totally targeted for fraud”

Just as Hillary Clinton allies have done in other states across the country, the Left has launched a multi-front legal onslaught challenging election integrity measures in Ohio, a key swing state with a history of voter fraud.

 

While other Democrat-backed lawsuits have mostly focused on fighting states’ voter ID laws, in Ohio they have sought to block voter roll cleanup efforts; eliminate laws requiring full and accurate completion of absentee- and provisional-ballot forms; and bring back the state’s “Golden Week,” an extra seven days of early voting starting 35 days before Election Day during which people can register and vote on the same day – positions favored by the Left that accommodate fraud.

“What happens in Ohio is we see people come from other states such as California and Massachusetts where they know their vote doesn’t matter, and exploit the loopholes…

 

“There is a reason Democrats were cheering [convicted eight-time fraudulent voter] Melowese Richardson after she was released from jail,” said Adams, a former Justice Department attorney. “It’s because they care about power and are happy to let voter fraud continue in Ohio to gain power.”

A spokesman for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted noted that many states have stricter voting laws than Ohio, but “lawsuits aren’t popping up there.”

“New York, for example, the home state of the Democrat and Republican nominees, has only one-day voting. It’s called Election Day. Litigation always happens prior to an election here because this is a swing state with a big electoral presence.”