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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.

J. Christian Adams on The Larry O’Connor Show: Virginia has a problem with non-citizens on voter rolls

“Only citizens should vote. Why is that controversial?”

 

J. Christian Adams talks with WMAL’s Larry O’Connor about Virginia’s problem with non-citizens registering and voting, a bill passed by the state House that would fix the problem by requiring registrants to provide proof of citizenship, and why Democrats don’t want to fix the problem.

Virginia has a problem with non-citizens getting on the rolls because there’s no proof of citizenship… something more than nothing, which is what we use now, is what passed the Virginia House.

The bill, HB 1598, requires Virginians to provide proof of U.S. citizenship, such as a copy of a birth certificate, when registering to vote. Those who do can vote in all federal, state, and local elections; those who don’t can only vote in federal elections. Why the distinction?

Motor Voter, which is getting aliens on the rolls in the first place – it’s just a promise, you just say ‘I’m a citizen’ and you don’t have to provide any proof – Motor Voter doesn’t let states put on their federal voter registration form this question. But if you use a state voter registration form, or if you’re registering  in state elections, Virginia has the power still under the Constitution to ask for proof of citizenship. . . .

 

Congress needs to fix this. Motor Voter is working out exactly as the institutional Left had hoped. It’s polluted the rolls with ineligible voters.

Virginia’s Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe knows this and is sure to veto the bill.

He understands this helps Terry McAuliffe win elections, this helps Democrats win elections. The Left, the Democrats realize when you change the process rules, the rules of the game, you can help change the outcomes. . . .

 

The problem for Terry McAuliffe is that people overwhelmingly support this. They only want Americans picking American leaders. If he wants to stand on the principle that we shouldn’t ask the question whether or not you’re eligible, let him do it.

 

That’s the divide in this country. One side enables lawlessness, the other side tries to fix it.

Listen here starting at the 2:19 mark.

Virginia House passes bill requiring proof of citizenship when registering to vote

Virginia’s House of Delegates passed a bill on Wednesday requiring voters to provide proof of U.S. citizenship when registering to vote in state and local elections.

 

HB 1598, sponsored by Del. Mark Cole, does not extend the proof-of-citizenship requirement to federal elections.

“I would have made it a requirement for any election; however there is a federal court ruling that says you cannot require proof of citizenship for federal elections, which really makes no sense to me,” Cole said.

Registration lists would indicate whether each voter is registered to vote in federal, state, and local elections or in federal elections only.

 

The bill also directs the Department of Elections to use the federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program to verify that registered voters are U.S. citizens.

 

“Committing a felony to vote in an election is something that no non-citizen in their right mind would do,” Democrat Del. Mark Sickles argued in opposition to the bill. Sickles might be surprised to learn that, in fact, non-citizens have registered and voted in Virginia, and there’s no record of any of them being prosecuted.

 

The bill now goes to the Senate, but if passed is all but certain to be vetoed by Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe.

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.”

Ex-New Virginia Majority employee pleads guilty to felony voter fraud for filing fake registration applications

Vafalay Massaquoi pleaded guilty to three counts of felony voter fraud for filing fake voter registration forms in Alexandria while working for the progressive group New Virginia Majority.

 

As usual, a plea deal means the potential maximum 30-year prison sentence – according to voter fraud deniers, the big deterrent to felony fraud – was reduced dramatically, to 90 days in jail:

Massaquoi pleaded guilty to three felony counts: Two counts of forging a public record and one count of election fraud. Massaquoi was sentenced to serve five years in prison on each charge, with all but time already served suspended for the period of five years and upon the conditions that he remain on good behavior, that he comply with Adult Probation and that he complete 500 hours of community service… Massaquoi has served approximately 90 days in jail.

Virginia House kills McAuliffe-backed proposals to repeal voter ID, expand early voting

“To say there’s no voter fraud is either being willfully ignorant or being naive.”

 

Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe’s plans to make Virginia voting rules more lax were shot down today in the House of Delegates. The Republican-controlled elections subcommittee killed Democrat-sponsored bills that would have repealed the state’s photo voter ID law and expanded absentee and early voting, pet proposals of McAuliffe in this final legislative session of his term.

 

Republicans noted that Virginia voters without one of the many acceptable forms of photo ID can easily get a free Virginia Voter Photo Identification card.

 

Not only did they vote down repeal of voter ID, the subcommittee passed a bill to extend voter ID requirements to all absentee voting. Under current law, photo ID is required to vote absentee in person, but not for absentee voting by mail. The bill’s sponsor says it will bring uniformity to the process.

 

Recent cases of voter registration fraud in Harrisonburg and Alexandria highlight the need for voter ID. “To say there’s no voter fraud is either being willfully ignorant or being naive,” said Republican Delegate Mark Cole, House Privileges and Elections Committee chair.

 

Democrats including Virginia Lt. Governor Ralph Northam have also endorsed giving driver’s licenses to illegal aliens, another policy proposal that in conjunction with Motor Voter laws undermines the integrity of elections.

Another loss for Soros-funded Democrats in Fourth Circuit’s decision upholding Virginia voter ID

And another win for election integrity:

In a unanimous decision, a three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld Virginia’s voter-ID law. The lawsuit, bankrolled largely by George Soros and filed by the Democratic Party of Virginia, had contended that Virginia’s law violated the Voting Rights Act and the First, 14th, 15th, and 26th Amendments to the Constitution. In the end, all those numbers added up to just one more loss for Marc Elias, Hillary Clinton’s campaign lawyer, who brought the lawsuit.

 

In Lee v. Virginia State Board of Elections, the court held that not only does the photo-ID law “not impose an undue burden on minority voting, there was no evidence to suggest racially discriminatory intent in the law’s enactment.” Therefore, there was no violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and no constitutional violation either.

And for all their claims that minority voters don’t have or can’t get photo IDs, Democrats “couldn’t produce a single Virginian who didn’t have an ID or who couldn’t easily get the free ID provided by the state.”

 

Read the opinion here.

Fourth Circuit Upholds Virginia Voter ID

The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld Virginia’s voter ID law, affirming the district court’s judgment in Lee v. Virginia State Board of Elections that plaintiffs “failed to present evidence sufficient to support their claims” of SB 1256 violating either Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act or the Constitution.

 

The unanimous opinion noted the district court’s finding that “none of the voter witnesses was actually denied his or her right to vote” by Virginia’s photo identification requirement.

 

“In sum, not only does the substance of SB 1256 not impose an undue burden on minority voting, there was no evidence to suggest racially discriminatory intent in the law’s enactment.”

Virginia Dems Blocking the Truth About Non-Citizens Engaged in Voter Fraud

This is what a cover-up directed by state election officials looks like.

 

It’s a fact that non-citizens are illegally registering and voting in Virginia.

 

Exactly how many isn’t known, as Democrat election officials at the state level are advising county registrars not to disclose the information – an apparent violation of the National Voter Registration Act. But a search earlier this year of just eight Virginia counties’ voter records found over a thousand non-citizens who had illegally registered and cast nearly 200 illegal votes.

What we have here are several hundred cases of voter fraud in just one Virginia city that won’t appear in any public reports when there are discussions and debates about voter fraud…

 

This is what a cover-up directed by state election officials looks like. They are trying to hide hundreds, if not thousands, of instances of voter fraud that occurred on their watch.

The number of ineligible non-citizens able to illegally register and vote isn’t so surprising when you consider that Virginia, like most other states, “takes no steps of any kind to verify the citizenship status of voter registrants.”

 

What is – or should be – surprising is that “controlling [Democrat] members of the State Board of Elections obviously see nothing wrong with violating federal public records law, attempting to conceal illegal registration and voting, and seem to have no interest in taking any steps to prosecute those who have violated some of our most fundamental protections intended to preserve the integrity of our election process.”

Virginia election official says state’s voter rolls are inaccurate

Virginia State Board of Elections vice chair Clara Belle Wheeler wants state lawmakers to focus on cleaning up potential voter fraud before the next election, including cleaning up inaccurate voter rolls.

“I would say one of the problems that we have in Virginia is that our voting list – our lists of registered voters – are inaccurate,” Wheeler said.

Voters registered in more than one state isn’t the only problem. In September, Public Interest Legal Foundation reported finding that in just eight Virginia counties, 1,046 noncitizens had illegally registered to vote and cast nearly 200 ballots before being identified and removed from voter rolls.