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“Some States Have No Interest in Fighting Voter Fraud”

Could it be that they fear the data would refute their claims?

 

What’s really behind some states’ absurd opposition to requests from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity for publicly available voter roll data?

 

States certainly have no valid legal or “privacy” objection to letting the commission have the same data they routinely make available to political campaigns – or to any individual who requests it.  Forty-two states, including some like Maryland and Virginia that say they’ll refuse the commission’s request, also regularly share their voter roll data with one or both voter registration crosscheck programs.

 

Maybe it’s partisan opposition to President Trump. Certainly there’s a lack of interest in deterring voter fraud among those who continue to deny it exists — despite evidence to the contrary. Could it also be that some state officials fear the data would refute their denials and expose the sloppy condition of their voter rolls?

Voter registration rolls in some states are in sad shape. They are filled with large numbers of individuals who are ineligible to vote because they are dead, have moved away and registered in a different state, or are not U.S. citizens.

 

Such inaccuracies can be exploited by fraudsters who would rather cheat to achieve their political objectives, knowing that many states have lax procedures that make it extremely likely that they can commit voter fraud and get away with it.

 

This is not just a crime against our electoral system, but against American citizens. Every fraudulent ballot that is cast negates the vote of a legitimate voter, effectively disenfranchising that voter.

Left in a lather over President’s choice of Hans von Spakovsky for Election Integrity Commission

The usual left-wing voter fraud deniers are in a lather over President Trump’s appointment of voting rights expert Hans von Spakovsky to his Advisory Commission on Election Integrity – evidence enough that he’s a great pick.

 

Media outlets from the Left to the far Left including the Washington Post are joining the freakout, despite von Spakovsky’s stellar qualifications and open-minded approach to the scope of his and the commission’s task:

Hans told the Post that he does not enter this role with the assumption that voter fraud is a nationwide epidemic. “I think the answer to that is what we hope to find out,” he explained. “What I would say is that I think it’s a danger to the way our democratic system works anytime people are either kept out of the polls or their vote is stolen through fraud.”

From media to academia to advocacy groups aligned with Democrats’ anti-integrity stance, the institutional Left is united in attacking von Spakovsky – and attacking the commission’s goal of identifying ways to improve the quality of the nation’s voter rolls.

“It’s going to be fun watching all the liars smear him” and “reacting like Pavlov’s dog” at his appointment, added Adams. “Who would be for bad voting rolls? Why are they afraid of improving the system?”

Leftists like Kristen Clarke of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law are agitated about the commission’s intent “to encourage state officials to take action and purge voter rolls.”

 

Why wouldn’t a federal commission “encourage” states to comply with federal law?

 

It’s the responsibility of the federal government, namely the Department of Justice, to enforce compliance with the National Voter Registration Act’s mandate that local election officials proactively maintain accurate voter rolls. Yet enforcement of the NVRA’s list maintenance requirements was non-existent under the Obama DOJ, even as the Left busily sued states to enforce provisions requiring welfare offices to push voter registration.

 

Prior federal election commissions offered states suggestions for better list maintenance processes with little uproar. WaPo reported favorably on the results of President Obama’s 2013 Commission on Election Administration – including its recommendation to “share voter registration records across state lines to protect against fraud.”

 

Putting a negative spin on the same recommendations simply because they come from Trump’s appointees is pure partisan hackery.

Wake County settles lawsuit to clean up its voter rolls

Nothing like a lawsuit to get local election officials to agree to do their job.

 

After nearly a year of litigation, the Wake County Board of Elections signed a settlement with watchdog group Voter Integrity Project NC agreeing to do more to maintain accurate voter rolls and to respond to future requests for list maintenance information as federal law requires.

 

Public Interest Legal Foundation filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of VIP-NC after the group found Wake County’s voter rolls contained more than the number of residents eligible to vote, including tens of thousands of inactive voters.

 

North Carolina’s state law requires local elections boards to remove inactive voters from registration rolls if they don’t respond to mailers and fail to participate in four consecutive federal elections.

 

“Inactive voters are the modern-day ‘dead voter,’ meaning that anybody can walk in and vote in their name simply by reciting the name and address of that voter, with no ID required,” VIP-NC director Jay DeLancy said.

 

PILF President J. Christian Adams said they were pleased with the results.

“Other counties in North Carolina should take note that requests for public information and obligations to maintain clean rolls must be met.  In the future, election officials across North Carolina should take seriously their obligation to comply with all provisions in the National Voter Registration Act.”

Hans von Spakovsky on Virginia’s Failure to Cooperate with Election Integrity Commission

What is Terry McAuliffe hiding – and why?

 

Virginia’s Democrat governor says he won’t comply with a request from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to provide voter registration data for the state.

 

Hans von Spakovsky, who was just added to the commission, talks with WMAL’s Larry O’Connor about McAuliffe’s bizarre refusal to cooperate with the advisory panel’s efforts to “study the registration and voting processes used in Federal elections.”

 

Bizarre because federal law gives every member of the public, as well as the U.S. Attorney General, access to the voter registration records of the state.

 

Bizarre also, says von Spakovsky, because Virginia has an independent state election board that oversees voter registration. The governor doesn’t even have any say-so on whether to turn over the information.

 

So what is McAuliffe trying to hide?

 

Could it be the tens of thousands of voters found registered in both Virginia and another state? Or maybe the thousands of non-citizens found to have registered and voted in Virginia?

Rhode Island voter rolls contain 150,000 “inaccuracies”

Nearly 20 percent of people registered to vote in Rhode Island, shouldn’t be.

 

The state’s voter rolls inaccurately contain 150,000 people that don’t belong there, according to the secretary of state.

The Providence Journalreported Wednesday that Nellie M. Gorbea, Rhode Island’s secretary of state, has found around 150,000 people who are erroneously on the rolls. “It’s not really fraud. It’s really just inaccuracies,” Gorbea said.

 

Gorbea has already removed 65,000 names since 2015, the Journal says. An additional 30,000 names were deemed inactive.

Dirty voter rolls alone may not be “really fraud,” but they are a surefire stepping stone to voter fraud, creating a perfect environment for cheating. Clean elections require clean voter rolls – and so does federal law.