Thanks to Wyoming’s same-day registration law, 27 people – 11 ineligible felons and 16 non-citizens – may have fraudulently registered to vote in Laramie County on November 8.
That’s how many registrations were flagged by the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office when the Laramie County Clerk’s Office entered its Election Day registrations into the statewide voter database. Because they were caught after the fact, votes they cast were counted.
But at least the non-citizens were caught, because for the first time Wyoming started looking. State Elections Director Kai Schon says “this is the first year potential non-citizens have been flagged through the voter database, using driver’s license information collected by WYDOT.”
“At the beginning of 2016, in the data extract from the Department of Transportation, we asked them to include citizenship values they’d been collecting in their database since the beginning,” Schon said.
Under Wyoming (and federal) law, it’s a felony for non-citizens to register or vote.
Legitimate voters should never have their votes cancelled by illegitimate voters.
The Civitas Center for Law and Freedom has filed a federal lawsuit against the North Carolina State Board of Elections to halt counting of potentially-invalid ballots cast via same day registration in the 2016 election until those registrants’ eligibility can be verified as required by law.
The lawsuit states that “notwithstanding the requirements of the law, applications submitted through the SDR process are not verified before the ballots cast by those applicants are counted” and that “reliable data show that the problem of unverified registrants is significant. There exists a higher rate of SDR applicants failing the mail verification process as compared to the ordinary registration process. A 2015 study by the Board found that the failure rate for SDR applicants in the 2012 general election was 2.44% as compared to a rate of 0.34% for non-SDR registrants.”
A report on the referenced 2015 study is attached to the election protest Civitas filed with the SBOE.
Civitas also notes that in its decision enjoining North Carolina’s repeal of same day registration (N. Carolina State Conference of NAACP v. McCrory), the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals cited evidence that fully 3% of SDR applicants fail the mail verification process.
With more than 90,000 ballots cast via same day registration in the 2016 general election, a similar failure rate would yield 3,000 invalid ballots, enough to change the outcomes of close races – which is why the state’s General Assembly passed a law eliminating the practice.
Civitas President Francis De Luca, the plaintiff in the suit, said, “To count ballots without verification of same-day registration information discriminates by treating one class of voters differently from another. Furthermore, this calls into question the outcome of close elections such as the one we are still in the middle of in North Carolina. Legitimate voters should never have their votes cancelled by illegitimate voters. The State Board of Elections should examine every ballot cast via same-day registration to verify that every vote cast is genuine and legitimate.”
A win for election integrity on National Voter Registration Day:
A federal judge Tuesday blocked Election Day voter registration at polling places in Illinois, declaring a state law allowing the practice unconstitutional because it created one set of rules for cities and another for rural areas…
“The application of this legislation favors the urban citizen and dilutes the vote of the rural citizen,” wrote Der-Yeghiayan, who added, “Illinois is made up of more than the Chicago metropolitan area and other high population areas. Equality under the law does not end at the city limits.”
Minnesota’s lax same day registration laws that have allowed ineligible people to register and illegally vote for years, in numbers large enough to affect the outcomes of elections, is being challenged in court:
A new voter fraud case before the Minnesota Supreme Court claims 1,366 ineligible felons have cast at least 1,670 fraudulent votes in recent statewide elections, possibly tipping the outcome of close contests, including the 2008 U.S. Senate race.
The case holds repercussions for the 2016 election with the plaintiffs seeking a court order to prevent state and local election officials from distributing ballots to ineligible voters by implementing new safeguards.
The plaintiffs, Minnesota Voters Alliance, believe the 1,366 ineligible felon voters they found are “only a fraction of the true total,” but Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, a Democrat, refuses to release data on ineligible people that have illegally voted.
MVA was able to independently identify “941 ineligible felons who were allowed to vote in 2008 alone, exceeding the 312 vote margin separating DFL candidate Al Franken and GOP Sen. Norm Coleman after a grueling recount.” And the problem continues: “more than 200 ineligible felons have voted in two of the last four general elections held in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.”
Aside from eliminating same day registration altogether, the most obvious safeguard against “felons, wards of the state, immigrants and other ineligible persons” illegally registering and voting on Election Day is to have same day registrants vote provisional ballots, allowing election officials to verify eligibility before the votes are counted.
It’s no wonder, with a pitch like this:
If it doesn’t take 30 days to get a sandwich made-to-order, it shouldn’t take 30 days to process a voter registration form.
That’s one York County legislator’s take on same-day voter registration, under which people could turn out at the polls the same day as an election, register on the spot and cast a vote… Under Schreiber and Bizzarro’s proposal for Pennsylvania, voters could register on Election Day at the polling place for their residence.
Republicans are concerned that the Democrats’ proposal “opens the door” for voter fraud:
Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover Township, said same-day registration is unlikely to gain any traction this term, especially in the absence of secure voter ID.
Another case of “nonexistent” voter fraud:
[Todd M.] Murray was on his way home from his engineering job in Waukesha on Nov. 6, 2012, when he stopped in New Berlin, registered and voted. He then cast another ballot at his regular polling place in West Allis. He was charged in June and pleaded guilty Wednesday.
As a condition of his 18-month probation, Murray was sentenced to 90 days in jail.
Circuit Judge Joseph Donald said it didn’t matter that Murray’s extra vote didn’t affect any electoral outcomes. It’s still a serious offense that affects everyone else who counts on the principle of one person, one vote. A sentence without jail time, Donald said, would depreciate the nature of the crime.
Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf added that “a fine alone could be criticized as the price of an extra vote.”
John Fund via NRO on how Colorado’s new election law “leaves the door wide open for abuse:”
In 2013, a new Democratic state legislature rammed through a sweeping and highly controversial election law and convinced Democratic governor John Hickenlooper to sign it. The law, known as House Bill 1303, makes Colorado the only state in the country to combine two radical changes in election law: 1) abolishing the traditional polling place and having every voter mailed a ballot and 2) establishing same-day registration, which allows someone to appear at a government office and register and vote on the same day without showing photo ID or any other verifiable evidence that establishes identity…
Once a ballot cast under same-day registration is mixed in with others, there is no way to separate it out if the person who voted is later found ineligible. Other jurisdictions that have same-day registration, such as Washington, D.C., treat the vote as a provisional ballot pending verification. Colorado immediately counts the vote.
“We have uniquely combined two bad ideas, both of which open the door to fraud and error along with creating huge administrative headaches,” warns Republican Scott Gessler, Colorado’s secretary of state. Along with the liberal Denver Post (the state’s leading newspaper) and a few Republican clerks from the state’s largest counties, Gessler fought passage of the law.
Gessler notes that the partisan rewrite of the state’s election code, drafted by a coalition of left-wing Democrat and progressive groups, was an unnecessary solution in search of a problem, given that Colorado has one of the highest voter turnout rates in the country and voters have easy access to registration, including online.
Another win for election integrity laws:
Same-day registration won’t be allowed during early voting in North Carolina and Election Day ballots cast in the wrong precinct won’t be counted this fall after the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a ruling that had set aside parts of a 2013 election law.