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“Virtually no one” kept from voting by Texas’ voter ID law

An actual lack of a state approved photo ID kept virtually no one from turning out to vote in 2016.

 

Photo voter ID requirements don’t prevent eligible voters from voting. That’s the unsurprising (to anyone who pays attention to such things) result of a study of voter participation in two Texas battlegrounds in the 2016 general election.

 

The Texas Voter ID Law and the 2016 Election: A Study of Harris County and Congressional District 23, out of the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs, found that non-voters in the two jurisdictions had the required photo voter ID – most stayed away from the polls because they just didn’t like the candidates.

Virtually all registered voters in Harris County and CD-23 who did not participate in the November 2016 election possessed one of the state approved forms of photo ID needed to cast a vote in person. . . . when pressed to give the principal reason why they did not cast a ballot in 2016, only 1.5% and 0.5% of non-voters in Harris County and CD-23 identified a lack of a state-approved photo ID as the principal reason they did not vote.

 

Among this handful of non-voters, 86% actually possessed an approved form of photo ID, while 14% did not. While the photo ID law at least partially discouraged some people from voting, an actual lack of a state approved photo ID kept virtually no one (only one non-voter among the 819 surveyed) from turning out to vote in 2016.

Any eligible Texas voters without an accepted form of photo ID were able to vote in that election by signing a reasonable impediment declaration and showing non-photo identification, a temporary remedy imposed by the courts that the Texas Legislature is working to make a permanent part of the law this session.

“Under Trump, government flips on Texas voter ID lawsuit, says state didn’t intend to discriminate”

It’s a new day at the DOJ:

The Department of Justice under President Donald Trump will support Texas officials’ claim that the state’s voter identification law did not specifically target minority voters, retreating from the federal government’s previous stance that state lawmakers intentionally discriminated when crafting the law.

The case will be back in U.S. District Court Tuesday.

 

Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos denied a joint request last week from DOJ and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to postpone the February 28 hearing while the Texas Legislature considers a bill amending its voter ID law. SB5 would incorporate affidavit provisions that Judge Ramos ordered the state to use in the November 2016 election.

It’s Time for Only Citizens to Vote in Texas

We need citizenship verification in voter registration.

 

The conviction of Texas resident and Mexican national Rosa Maria Ortega for illegally registering and voting multiple times is the latest proof of why we need more than just a check box to make sure that only eligible citizens are registering and voting in American elections.

 

In Texas, home to more than 4.5 million immigrants, lawmakers are again proposing legislation to verify the citizenship of Texans registering to vote. Other state legislatures are considering similar proposals to prevent non-citizens like Ortega from illegally participating in elections.

The Ortega case perfectly demonstrates the necessity of these bills. The voter registration process is one of the remaining aspects of elections that still rely on the honor system. . . .

The honor system failed with Ortega and is failing across America. Unfortunately, this problem was created by the Motor Voter law in 1993 which made the failing honor system federal law.

More than half of Texas immigrants come from Mexico, a country that already requires proof of citizenship to join the voter registry and a government-issued photo voter ID to cast a ballot.

The only people who will suffer from citizenship verification laws are ineligible non-citizens who try to vote in our elections.

 

Just electing a new President does not fix the problems with the integrity of our elections. Washington isn’t the solution when it comes to election integrity anyhow—nor should it be.

 

If Texas’ voters want to see free and fair elections, they must demand them from Austin.

The same applies to voters in every other state.

Non-Citizen Voter Convicted in Texas is Tip of the Iceberg

No matter how much the Democrat Media Complex denies the existence of non-citizen voting, or any other voter fraud, the fact is that the alien found guilty last week of illegally voting in Texas is the tip of the iceberg.

 

The story of Rosa Maria Ortega, the Mexican national convicted of felony voter fraud after being caught registering and voting multiple times in Texas, is being downplayed or distorted by the “voter fraud is a myth” media, if covered at all.

 

But just because illegal voting by non-citizens is not being reported, and in many other cases not even being prosecuted, doesn’t mean it’s not happening.

 

Take Virginia, for example, where (no thanks to some election officials) the Public Interest Legal Foundation found evidence that aliens had illegally registered and voted:

PILF asked over 20 counties to provide government documents showing the names and numbers of registrants canceled for citizenship problems.

Election officials stonewalled the requests.  So much for the truth.  This is one of the reasons why there is not as much evidence of voter fraud as there could be – collusion and obstruction by those who want to conceal the extent of voter fraud.

PILF had to sue election officials from three jurisdictions in federal court to obtain the records – Larry Haake from Chesterfield County and registrars in Manassas and Alexandria. . . . Haake and other election officials eventually capitulated to our lawsuits and turned over the requested data.  Counties which have not turned the data over are the next to be sued.

Yet PILF found no evidence that any illegally-voting aliens like Sharmina Akthar had ever been prosecuted.

Akthar voter record

How are ineligible non-citizens able to register and vote in Virginia, Texas, and anywhere else the federal registration form is used?

The problem with alien voting is exacerbated by the Motor Voter registration form.  On it, aliens merely check a box saying they are an American citizen, and they land on the rolls.  No questions asked.

When some states like Kansas and Georgia started asking questions about citizenship beyond the form, leftist groups like the League of Women Voters and Project Vote sued.

PILF already published a report containing summaries of the public information regarding alien voting cancellation in just eight Virginia counties.  CNN never came calling. (Fox did). Fake News doesn’t appreciate real news.  Since that report, more counties – including the three sued – have provided more information, and an updated report on alien voting will be forthcoming.

The Leftmedia can continue to deny that non-citizens register and vote, but the new administration and state legislatures across the country recognize this easily-resolved threat to honest elections and are taking steps to expose and prevent it.

Non-citizen illegally registered and voted, found guilty of voter fraud in Texas

Yes, non-citizens can and do illegally vote, because no one is checking their eligibility.

 

Mexican national Rosa Maria Ortega was just convicted in Tarrant County, Texas on two counts of felony voter fraud after illegally registering and voting multiple times. She cast five illegal ballots in Dallas County from 2004 through 2014 (a three-year statute of limitations prevented prosecution for the three earlier offenses).

 

Ortega was able to commit these state (and federal) felonies by simply checking a box on a form that said she is a citizen. No one checks whether the check boxes are true, no one verifies if applicants are in fact eligible citizens before signing them up to vote. It’s an honor system.

 

Ortega was only caught when she moved from Dallas to Tarrant County and illegally registered there by again checking the box claiming to be a citizen – after first submitting an application (which was rejected) acknowledging that she’s not a citizen. Tarrant County election officials were required by law to accept Ortega’s second application but contacted the district attorney’s office to initiate an investigation.

 

Ortega was sentenced to eight years in prison and a $5,000 fine, and after serving her time will be subject to deportation. Strong penalties won’t act as a deterrent, though, if ineligible voters know they’re unlikely to be caught.

 

Until the voter registration honor system is changed, non-citizens can and will continue to vote.

UPDATE: Pasadena, Texas seeks stay in redistricting case ahead of May city council elections

With city council candidates facing a February 17 filing deadline, the Fifth Circuit scheduled an expedited hearing in Pasadena, Texas’ redistricting case for February 1.

The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will consider whether to temporarily halt the order from the Houston judge, which would enable the system of six single member districts, and two at large seats put in place in 2014 to remain.

 

If a judge issues a ruling in the city’s favor, it will impact city council elections that will be held in May, and reverse a decision earlier this month ordering the city to use the 2011 eight member single district model for the coming elections.

Earlier this month, a district judge ruled that the city’s two at-large voting districts violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

What’s next for Texas’ voter ID law?

A delayed district court hearing, deferred SCOTUS review, and the state’s 2017 legislative session may all impact the future of Texas’ photo voter ID law:

 

  • A federal district court in Corpus Christi still must determine if the voter ID law was enacted in 2011 with the intent to discriminate against black and Hispanic voters.
  • A hearing on the law’s intent, originally set for Tuesday, was pushed back to Feb. 28 to allow new Justice Department leaders in the Trump administration to determine how they want to proceed with the case.
  • The district judge’s ruling is expected to be appealed by the losing side, providing a path to return the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. “The issues will be better suited” for review at that time, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote Monday.
  • The Texas Legislature could weigh in. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has designated passage of “photo voter ID” a priority this session. Legislation has not yet been filed but will be designated Senate Bill 5.

 

Judge rules Texas city’s at-large districts violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act

Critics who claim that Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act provides voters insufficient protection are proven wrong by the ruling in this Texas city redistricting case:

“This decision shows that the Voting Rights Act is alive and well, contrary to the scare-mongering of some interest groups. When people claim that the Voting Rights Act was ‘gutted,’ the decision in the Pasadena case demonstrates they aren’t telling the truth,” J. Christian Adams of the Public Interest Legal Foundation told Breitbart Texas.

The full opinion is at the link.

Texas Asks SCOTUS to Take Up Voter ID Case

Texas’ Attorney General asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the state’s voter ID case in a reply filed Tuesday in support of a petition for a writ of certiorari.

Plaintiffs do not dispute that they did not show that Texas’ voter-ID law (SB14) caused a racial disparity in voting participation, and the district court acknowledged that “Plaintiffs ha[d] not demonstrated that any particular voter . . . cannot get the necessary ID or vote by absentee ballot under SB14.”

Texas says the Court should “correct the Fifth Circuit’s misguided ruling that the law violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act” and review the discriminatory-purpose claim “now to reject the grave charge that the Texas Legislature acted with a racially invidious purpose,” as even with “unprecedented access” to internal legislative materials, plaintiffs couldn’t produce any evidence of intentional discrimination.

Plaintiffs do not dispute that they obtained sweeping discovery of internal legislative materials—thousands of pages of internal legislative documents and hours of legislator depositions. Pet. 33.3 That treasure trove of evidence contained no proof of discriminatory purpose. Pet. 32. It established that voter-ID bills in Texas were blocked by Democratic legislators in three straight legislative sessions between 2005 and 2009, even with significant public support for voter-ID laws . . .

 

After Republicans won a supermajority of the Texas Legislature in 2010, however, they were able to pass SB14 to deter voter fraud, safeguard voter confidence, and honor the will of the majority of Texans… given that this sweeping discovery did occur here, plaintiffs should be held to what the internal legislative materials proved: that the Texas Legislature enacted SB14 for the valid reasons of deterring voter fraud and safeguarding voter confidence. Pet. 32. This exceptional scenario warrants the Court’s review before proceedings continue in the district court on the wholly unsubstantiated charge that the Texas Legislature acted with a racially discriminatory purpose in passing SB14.

Another South Texas election overturned due to voter fraud

Another close election in South Texas’ Rio Grande valley is overturned due to voter fraud:

On Monday evening, a judge ordered a new election to be held for Hidalgo City Council Place 5 following a mail-in ballot lawsuit filed by candidate Gilberto Perez.

 

The lawsuit claimed illegal assistance with mail-in ballots in the June 2016 runoff election. The lawsuit also claimed that non-residents and ineligible people cast ballots in the Place 5 race.

 

The seat is currently held by councilman Oziel Treviño. Perez lost the seat by just six votes in the runoff election.

Most of the approximately 30 witnesses testified that they received voting assistance they didn’t require from campaign workers who insisted they vote for the slate sponsored by city councilman Rudy Franz, Citizens Alliance for a Better Hidalgo, which included Treviño. One voter testified she was paid by a campaign worker to register others at her home who didn’t live in the city of Hidalgo.