Pennsylvania Legislator Was Paid to Oppose Voter ID Law, Grand Jury Alleges | 12/17/14
PHILADELPHIA -- Pennsylvania State Rep. Ron Waters was charged Dec. 16 with allegedly accepting a $8,750 bribe to oppose a voter ID bill and take other official actions on behalf of an informant.
Waters, D-191, and state Rep. Vanessa Brown, D-190, both of Philadelphia, each were charged with criminal conspiracy, bribery in official and political matters, conflict of interest and for failing to make required disclosures on statements of financial interest.
Waters and Brown were among four state lawmakers caught in an undercover sting investigation that state Attorney General Kathleen Kane declined to prosecute, claiming the case was flawed. Williams later requested the case, which was submitted to an ongoing Philadelphia investigative grand jury.
Waters, who represents Darby Borough and parts of Yeadon, allegedly accepted nine payments totaling $8,750 from an informant between Oct. 22, 2010, and April 20, 2012, according to the findings of an investigative grand jury.
New Hampshire Secretary of State Warns of Potential Vote Fraud | 12/16/14
New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner told WMUR that the state's same-day voter registration poses a threat to the integrity of the process. About 35,000 people registered and voted on Nov. 4. No ID was required, just a signature.
Rep. Sharon Carson (R-Nashua), who is introducing legislation to impose a 30-day residency requirement, said, "We have a problem with drive-by voting."
Kansas Sec. State: Election Showed Voter ID Did Not Suppress Turnout | 12/09/14
HUTCHINSON -- Secretary of State Kris Kobach boasted that 51 percent voter turnout in November 2014 showed that requirements to prevent voter fraud actually can improve turnout.
Speaking Dec. 2 at the Patriot Freedom Alliance meeting in Hutchinson, Kobach pointed out that participation in the midterm general election in November 2010 - prior to the new voter rules - was 50 percent.
Kobach successfully sought legislation to require voter photo identification, to add security for mail ballots, and to mandate proof of citizenship for new voters. Critics charged the law would suppress voter turnout.
"The argument is dead," Kobach said.
Kobach's selection of 2010 as a benchmark made 51 percent appear good. He didn't mention, though, the 52 percent turnout rate in the 2006 midterm, or the 53 percent turnout in 2002.
He selected 2010 for comparison, he told the audience, because the election circumstances in 2010 were "extremely similar to this year," with interesting races.
The country had an unpopular president in 2010 - President Obama - and Kansas had an open race for governor and the U.S. Senate on the ballot, Kobach said.
In 2010, Kansans had a "very competitive" race for governor, and a "very competitive" Senate race, especially in the August 2010 primary but in the general election as well, Kobach said.
Politician Whose Son Is Senator's Chief of Staff Urges Supporters to 'Vote Twice' | 12/01/14
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's chief-of-staff was present at an event held a day before the midterm election in which his father, a Louisiana mayor, urged people to vote twice in order to re-elect Landrieu.
The Black Conservatives Fund published a video of the event, recorded on Nov. 3, showing Opelousas mayor Don Cravins Sr. telling a crowd that if they had already cast an early voting ballot in the election that they should vote again.
"If you early voted, go vote again tomorrow," Cravins Sr. told the crowd which was gathered at the Charcoal Lounge.
Cravins Sr. is a former state senator and Democratic Party operative. He is currently facing a run-off against another Democrat.
The mayor's son is Don Cravins Jr., Landrieu's chief-of-staff. According to the Black Conservatives Fund, he was present at the event when his father urged voters to engage in fraud.
"One more time's not going to hurt," Cravins Sr. says. "Tomorrow we're going to elect Earl Taylor as D.A. so he won't prosecute you if you vote twice."
Alabama Voter ID Law Worked, Sec. State Says | 11/25/14
MONTGOMERY -- Secretary of State Jim Bennett said that Alabama's new photo voter ID law caused only a few inquiries to his office during the Nov. 4 election.
The general election was the biggest test yet of the law, with 1.2 million people voting. It was in effect for the first time during the primaries in June.
"We feel very good about the results of the implementation of that program," Bennett said.
The Republican-led Legislature passed the law in 2011, saying it would help prevent voter fraud. Voters were already required to show an ID, but could use those with no photo, like a Social Security card or utility bill.
Many Democrats opposed the law, saying it was intended to suppress the vote by making it harder on the elderly and people with no driver's license.
One in Eight Voter Registrations Is Flawed, O'Keefe Video Demonstrates | 11/03/14
By John Fund
Filmmaker James O'Keefe has yet again demonstrated just how vulnerable our election system is to fraud.
A Pew Center on the States study in 2012 found that one out of eight voter registrations is inaccurate, out-of-date, or a duplicate. Some 2.8 million people are registered in two or more states, and 1.8 million registered voters are dead.
So O'Keefe decided to take some of the 700,000 "inactive" voters the Voting Integrity Project says are on the rolls in North Carolina, the site of one of the nation's most hotly contested Senate races, and see just how easy it would be to obtain a ballot in their name. Sadly, it was child's play as his video demonstrates.
Once upon a time, Americans got together on Election Day, went to the polls, and chose our leaders. Voting on the same day helped bind us together as self-governing citizens in a free republic. It even felt like a national holiday -- Independence Day without the fireworks.
Except for those traveling or who are infirm and who can use absentee ballots, Election Day puts everyone in the same boat. As a civic exercise in equality, it is unparalleled. It has the added advantage of making vote fraud more difficult, since there is a very short window in which to commit it.
But over the past few decades, election laws have been relaxed in the name of convenience, with "reforms" such as early voting, same-day registration, Sunday and evening voting hours, no-excuse absentee voting and allowing out-of-precinct ballots. All of these increase the possibility of vote fraud.
At the same time, despite a clear mandate in the National Voter Registration Act (also known as the Motor Voter Law) to keep accurate registrations, the system has grown lax; election authorities have left millions on the voter rolls who should not be there.
Could non-citizen voting be a problem in next week's elections, and perhaps even swing some very close elections?
A new study by two Old Dominion University professors, based on survey data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, indicated that 6.4 percent of all non-citizens voted illegally in the 2008 presidential election, and 2.2 percent in the 2010 midterms. Given that 80 percent of non-citizens lean Democratic, they cite Al Franken 's 312-vote win in the 2008 Minnesota U.S. Senate race as one likely tipped by non-citizen voting. As a senator, Franken cast the 60th vote needed to make Obamacare law.
North Carolina features one of the closest Senate races in the country this year, between Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis. So what guerrilla filmmaker James O'Keefe, the man who has uncovered voter irregularities in states ranging from Colorado to New Hampshire, has learned in North Carolina is disturbing. This month, North Carolina officials found at least 145 illegal aliens, still in the country thanks to the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, registered to vote. Hundreds of other non-citizens may be on the rolls.
The Truth about Voter ID: An ACRU Special Report | 10/28/14
By Don Feder
No reform is more necessary for the integrity of the electoral process - and none has been subjected to more savage and disingenuous attacks -- than voter ID laws. Of all these, the most outrageous is the charge that voter ID is the same as Jim Crow -- the racist system that was used to disenfranchise Southern blacks for generations after Reconstruction. Voter ID laws currently in place in 20 states - though some have been delayed by activist courts or are being challenged by Eric Holder's Justice Department - require voters to present a valid photo ID, like a driver's license, before voting.
J. Christian Adams, formerly with the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, warns:
"Liberal foundations, public interest law firms and advocacy groups have created a permanent network of experts and organizations devoted to an arcane but critical task: monopolizing the narrative on elections laws and procedures, Cloaking their actions in the rhetoric of civil rights and the right to vote, they seek to affect the outcome of elections. They challenge any efforts to protect the integrity of the ballot box by denying the possibility of vote fraud and crying 'Jim Crow.'"
Opponents of voter ID take a three-prong approach to defeating the reform. First, they argue that it's unnecessary -- that voter fraud is so rare as to be virtually non-existent. This constitutes a denial of both history and reality. Election fraud has always been with us, from ballot-box stuffing and the graveyard vote to voting by illegal immigrants. By requiring voters to prove their identity, ID laws help to ensure honest elections.
In the past few months, a former police
chief in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to voter fraud in a town-council election.
That fraud had flipped the outcome of a primary election. Former Connecticut
legislator Christina Ayala has been indicted on 19 charges of voter fraud,
including voting in districts where she didn't reside. (She hasn't entered a
A Mississippi grand jury indicted seven
individuals for voter fraud in the 2013 Hattiesburg mayoral contest, which
featured voting by ineligible felons and impersonation fraud. A woman in Polk
County, Tenn., was indicted on a charge of vote-buying--a practice that the
local district attorney said had too long "been accepted as part of life"
Now come the midterm elections on Nov.
4. What is the likelihood that your vote won't count? That your vote will, in
effect, be canceled or stolen as a consequence of mistakes by election
officials or fraudulent votes cast by campaign workers or ineligible voters
like felons and noncitizens?
Unfortunately, we can't know. But one
thing is almost certain: Voter fraud will occur. Many states run a rickety
election process, lacking rules to deter people who are looking to take
advantage of the system's porous security. And too many groups and
individuals--including the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union and U.S.
Attorney General Eric Holder --are doing everything they can to
prevent states from improving the integrity of the election process.
Their refrain is that voter fraud
either doesn't exist or is so insignificant that nothing needs to be done to
improve ballot security. Yet in the U.S. Supreme Court's 2008 ruling that
upheld Indiana's voter ID law, Justice John Paul Stevens acknowledged "flagrant examples
of such fraud" throughout the nation's history and observed that "not only is
the risk of voter fraud real" but also that "it could affect the outcome of a
Polling shows that the November general
election will likely have many close races, particularly on the local level.
Nothing new there. In 2014, 16 local races in Ohio were decided by one vote or
through breaking a tie. In 2013, 35 local races in Ohio were that close.
Voting by noncitizens alone could swing
such races. A new study by two Old Dominion University professors, based on
survey data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, found that 6.4%
of all noncitizens voted illegally in the 2008 presidential election, and 2.2%
voted in the 2010 midterms.
Since 80% of noncitizens vote
Democratic, according to the survey, the authors concluded that these illegal
votes were "large enough to plausibly account for Democratic victories in a few
close elections." Those that might have been skewed by noncitizen votes
included Al Franken 's 312-vote win in the Minnesota race for the U.S. Senate.
As a senator, Mr. Franken would cast the 60th vote needed to make ObamaCare
We'll never know what role noncitizen voting
has played in past elections, but the problem is real. While states like New
York ignore this problem, other states have passed rules to deal with it.
In addition to voter ID laws, Kansas
and Arizona have put in place new proof-of-citizenship requirements for
registration to prevent illegal voting. It is a common-sense and needed reform.
In recent weeks North Carolina found more than 100 illegal aliens, still in the
country thanks to the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals program, registered to vote. Yet opponents including the League of
Women Voters and Common Cause are challenging citizenship requirements in the
Some states have also tried to
eliminate same-day registration, which is a recipe for fraud since it prevents
election officials from verifying the eligibility of voters and the accuracy of
voter-registration information. States also are reducing early voting days, a
relatively new phenomenon that has its share of election-administration
These moves to shore up election
integrity have been resisted by progressives at every turn, claiming without
evidence that such efforts suppress minority turnout. While the lawsuits have
largely failed to overturn the rules, they have succeeded in delaying their implementation
and made it costly for states to improve election security. South Carolina's
voter ID law will be in place in the November election, but it cost the state
$3.5 million in 2012 to beat Eric Holder's Justice Department in court. The
U.S. Supreme Court just upheld a decision throwing out an injunction against a
Texas voter ID law, which was in place in state elections in 2013 and primary
elections this year.
North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin are
still battling progressives and the Justice Department in court over their
election rules, although North Carolina and Ohio also got favorable decisions
from the Supreme Court, allowing them to implement their rules for this
election cycle. As John Fund and I outline in our new book on Attorney General Holder,
the Justice Department refuses to enforce the federal law requiring states to
keep accurate voter rolls--even though a 2012 Pew study found that the rolls are
riddled with errors and ineligible voters.
How far are some liberals willing to go
in undermining ballot integrity? This month, the conservative guerrilla
filmmaker James O'Keefe caught a director of the "social change" organization
Work for Progress and an employee for the Greenpeace environmental group
voicing their approval of absentee-ballot theft and fraudulent voting in
Colorado. Recent polls indicate that the state's governor and U.S. Senate races
are statistical ties.
Greenpeace fired the worker who was
caught approving voter fraud, but too many on the left shrug at the prospect of
tainted elections. At a Cincinnati "voting rights" rally in March, Rev. Al
Sharpton and other liberal activists celebrated Melowese Richardson,
who was convicted last year of voter fraud by using her position as a poll
worker to vote more than once in the 2012 presidential election. Her five-year
prison sentence was amended to five years of probation earlier this year--a
delayed wrist-slap that further erodes respect for the ballot box.
For too long, America has basically
used the honor system in the voter-registration and election process. That
approach is increasingly being revealed as indefensible in a vibrant democracy,
where we should make it easy to vote and hard to cheat.
Mr. von Spakovsky, an
ACRU Policy Board member, is a Heritage Foundation senior legal fellow and
former commissioner on the Federal Election Commission. He co-authored, with
John Fund, "Obama's Enforcer: Eric
Holder's Justice Department" (HarperCollins/Broadside 2014).
Could Non-Citizens Decide the November Election? | 10/27/14
By Jesse Richman and David Earnest -- Could control of the Senate in 2014 be decided by illegal votes cast by non-citizens? Some argue that incidents of voting by non-citizens are so rare as to be inconsequential, with efforts to block fraud a screen for an agenda to prevent poor and minority voters from exercising the franchise, while others define such incidents as a threat to democracy itself. Both sides depend more heavily on anecdotes than data.
In a forthcoming article in the journal Electoral Studies, we bring real data from big social science survey datasets to bear on the question of whether, to what extent, and for whom non-citizens vote in U.S. elections. Most non-citizens do not register, let alone vote. But enough do that their participation can change the outcome of close races.
Our data comes from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES). Its large number of observations (32,800 in 2008 and 55,400 in 2010) provide sufficient samples of the non-immigrant sub-population, with 339 non-citizen respondents in 2008 and 489 in 2010. For the 2008 CCES, we also attempted to match respondents to voter files so that we could verify whether they actually voted.
How many non-citizens participate in U.S. elections? More than 14 percent of non-citizens in both the 2008 and 2010 samples indicated that they were registered to vote. Furthermore, some of these non-citizens voted. Our best guess, based upon extrapolations from the portion of the sample with a verified vote, is that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008 and 2.2 percent of non-citizens voted in 2010.
849 Registered New York Voters Are 164 Years Old | 10/23/14
A single Bronx voter listed in official records as being 164 years old led Board of Elections officials to review their files -- where they turned up another 849 New Yorkers who were supposedly alive when Abe Lincoln was president.
The stunning discovery came after The Post reported last week that the birth date of Luz Pabellon, a spry 73-year-old who has been living and voting in The Bronx since the 1970s, was recorded as Jan. 1, 1850.
This week, a search of the records in all five boroughs found 849 more voters with the same wacky birth date.
Board officials chalked up the implausible age snafu to previous practices that allowed residents not to provide their exact birthdays when registering to vote.
'Ghetto Aurora' Is Ground Zero for Colorado Vote Fraud | 10/22/14
A Greenpeace activist supporting Senator Mark Udall has been caught on undercover video by James O'Keefe saying a great town to commit voter fraud is Ghetto Aurora.
I couldn't find Ghetto Aurora on a map, but the activist says it is in Colorado.
It's no surprise that the best place to commit voter fraud is Colorado. If you deliberately tried to design an election system to aid fraud, here's how you'd do it.
You'd put ballots in the hand of folks that you have some indication no longer live where they did long ago. You'd make sure folks got ballots even if many of the counties had more people on the voter rolls than people alive. Then, you'd make sure that voting is decentralized, out of sight of election officials so that there is no way to know who is really voting the ballots.
Check, check and check. Welcome to Colorado's new vote by mail system.
Video Sting Shows How Easy Voter Fraud Is in Colorado | 10/22/14
Many liberals are adamant there is no threat of voter fraud that justifies efforts to improve the integrity of elections. "There is no real concrete evidence of voter fraud," tweeted Donna Brazile, former acting chair of the Democratic National Committee, this week. "It's a big a-- lie."
James O'Keefe, the guerilla filmmaker who brought down the ACORN voter-registration fraudsters in 2010 and forced the resignation of NPR executives, politely disagrees. Today, he is releasing some new undercover footage that raises disturbing questions about ballot integrity in Colorado, the site of fiercely contested races for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, and the governorship. When he raised the issue of filling out some of the unused ballots that are mailed to every household in the state this month, he was told by Meredith Hicks, the director of Work for Progress, a liberal group funded by Democratic Super PACS.: "That is not even like lying or something, if someone throws out a ballot, like if you want to fill it out you should do it."
'Ballot Harvesting' in Colorado Raises Questions | 10/22/14
DENVER -- It's harvest time in Colorado, and not just for pumpkins. Concerns are running high over door-to-door campaign workers asking voters for their mail-in ballots in what is known as "ballot harvesting."
Now that all-mail voting is the law of the land in Colorado, the challenge for campaigns is to persuade voters to drop off or mail in their ballots -- or hand them to the foot soldiers who turn up on their doorsteps offering to do it for them.
While it's legal to give your ballot to someone else -- one person may turn in up to 10 ballots -- election watchers worry that the practice is ripe for abuse.
ACLU 'Thrilled' to Kill Voter ID in Arkansas | 10/21/14
Reacting to the Arkansas Supreme Court's ruling declaring the state's voter-identification law unconstitutional, ACLU of Arkansas Legal Director Holly Dickson said her group is "thrilled."
Well, why not. They've been at it all over the country, trying to take down voter ID laws and enrich the ground that can yield a bumper crop of vote fraud.
The unanimous decision on Oct. 15 upheld a lower court ruling and will affect early balloting, which began Monday, Oct. 20. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov 4.
The Republican-controlled state legislature enacted the fraud-prevention law in 2013 over a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe. The justices ruled that the law requiring all voters to present government-issued photo identification, "imposes a requirement that falls outside" four qualifications outlined in the state constitution: A voter must be a U.S. citizen, an Arkansas resident, 18 years old and registered to vote.
Providing proof that voters are, indeed, who they say they are, a requirement that the American Civil Rights Union and more than 70 percent of the public strongly supports, is too high a hurdle, according to the ACLU.
Ms. Dickson called the law "an unconstitutional barrier that has already stolen legitimate voting rights." When clerks ask to see an ID before selling beer, are they "stealing legitimate drinking rights?"
Supreme Court Upholds Texas Voter ID Law | 10/21/14
The Supreme Court allowed Texas to enforce its strict voter identification laws in the upcoming midterms on Oct. 18. The decision, which came at 5 a.m., was unsigned and contained no reasoning.
The court rejected requests from the Obama administration and civil rights groups, refusing to re-impose an injunction against the law that was granted by a district court judge but lifted by the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Oct. 14.
The law requires voters to present a photo ID at the polls before casting their ballot. Acceptable forms of ID include a Texas drivers license, a military ID, passport, or Texas gun license.
All three female Justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, publicly dissented from the decision.
Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law | 10/16/14
In a ruling that could affect a key U.S. Senate race, the Arkansas Supreme Court on Wednesday declared the state's voter-identification law unconstitutional.
The unanimous decision, which upheld a lower court, came just days before early balloting begins Monday for the Nov. 4 election.
The justices ruled that Act 595, which required voters to show government-issued photo identification, "imposes a requirement that falls outside" the four qualifications outlined in the state constitution: A voter must be a U.S. citizen, an Arkansas resident, 18 years old and registered to vote.
The constitutional qualifications "simply do not include any proof-of-identity requirement," the majority wrote in its 20-page opinion.
The law, which took effect Jan. 1, was approved in April 2013 after the Republican-dominated Legislature overrode the veto of Gov. Mike Beebee, a Democrat.
Appeals Court Upholds Texas Voter ID Law | 10/15/14
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday afternoon gave the state of Texas permission to enforce its strict voter ID law, finding that a federal judge's ruling last week barring the use of that law "substantially disrupts the election process . . . just nine days before early voting begins...next Monday."
The three-judge panel commented that the Supreme Court "has repeatedly instructed courts to carefully consider the importance of preserving the status quo on the eve of an election." That was a controlling reason, it said, for permitting the law to govern voting in the remaining days before the November 4 election.
Opponents on Tuesday immediately filed an application to the U.S. Supreme Court to block the law.
Supreme Court Upholds North Carolina Voting Law | 10/10/14
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld North Carolina's new voting law, which cuts back on early voting and eliminates same-day registration.
The ruling affects North Carolina, scene of a tight Senate race that could help decide which party wins control of that chamber for the final two years of President Obama's term.
The justices reversed a federal appeals court's decision that would have allowed same-day registration and counted votes cast mistakenly in the wrong precincts. Those were among several other procedures eliminated by the state Legislature last year.
Free Downloads Offered of 'Crimes Against the Republic' Book | 10/10/14
J. Christian Adams, former Justice Department Voting Section attorney and current ACRU Policy Board member, has published a new book, Crimes Against the Republic: Exposing Voter Fraud. The book will be available at no charge for downloading at PJ Media until Election Day, Nov. 4, 2014.
Courts Strike Down Wisconsin, Texas Voter ID Laws | 10/10/14
The U.S. Supreme Court late Thursday blocked Wisconsin from enforcing its strict voter identification law in November's election.
By a 6-3 vote, the justices granted an emergency appeal from civil rights lawyers, who argued it was too late to put the rule into effect this year.
Lawyers for the ACLU noted that the state had already sent out thousands of absentee ballots without mentioning the need for voters to return a copy of their photo identification.
At nearly the same time, a federal judge in Texas struck down that state's new voter ID law on the grounds that it violated the constitutional right to vote and discriminated against racial minorities.
Texas Atty. Gen. Gregg Abbott said the state would appeal.
The Wisconsin and Texas cases were the two most closely watched tests of new voter rules this year. In both states, Republican-led legislatures sought to tighten the rules for voting and to require all registered voters who did not have a driver's license to obtain a photo ID card at a state motor vehicles office.
Appeals Court Upholds Wisconsin Voter ID Law | 10/07/14
MADISON, Wis. - A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Wisconsin's requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls is constitutional, a decision that is not surprising after the court last month allowed for the law to be implemented while it considered the case.
State elections officials are preparing for the photo ID law to be in effect for the Nov. 4 election, even as opponents continue their legal fight. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Advancement Project asked the U.S. Supreme Court last week to take emergency action and block the law.
Opponents argue that requiring voters to show photo ID, a requirement that had, until recently, been on hold since a low-turnout February 2012 primary, will create chaos and confusion at the polls. But supporters say most people already have a valid ID and, if they don't, there is time to get one before the election.
The opinion from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals comes a month before the election involving the closely watched race between Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who supports the law, and Democratic challenger Mary Burke.
A lower court judge, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman, struck the law down as unconstitutional in April, saying it unfairly burdens poor and minority voters who may lack such identification. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen asked the 7th Circuit to overturn that ruling.
O'Keefe Releases Second Sting Video of Battleground Texas | 10/07/14
HOUSTON, Texas -- Battleground Texas (BGTX) may have failed to take any action regarding the "admission" of an undercover volunteer with BGTX that she had broken multiple election laws, according to a new video investigation by journalist James O'Keefe's organization Project Veritas.
The allegations come on the heels of sting earlier this year that busted BGTX, a group attempting to turn Texas blue, for illegally copying voters' personal data for campaign purposes.
In one month, voters will go to the polls to elect the entire House of Representatives and a third of the Senate. Will the midterms be clean? Could some elections be stolen? Everyone ostensibly agrees that voters have a right to know that their decision is not being ignored. And a clear majority supports a simple way to make sure: voter ID.
You would not know it if you read only the New York Times or watched only MSNBC, but the Left and President Obama are losing their fight to block the widespread introduction of voter ID cards. In courts of law and the court of public opinion, the issue is gaining traction. With few exceptions, liberal pressure groups have lost lawsuits in state after state, with courts tossing out their faux claims that ID laws are discriminatory, unconstitutional or suppress minority voting.
Polls show that a large majorities including Republicans, Democrats, whites, blacks and Hispanics support voter ID as a common-sense reform. The myth that voter ID is a new Jim Crow-type effort to reduce minority voting is widely rejected for the rubbish that it is -- except by academia and the glitterati of the mainstream media. One Rasmussen poll found that 72 percent of the public believes all voters should prove their identities before being allowed to cast ballots, and also that when it comes to voter ID, "opinions have not changed much over the years."
Court's Ohio Decision on Early Voting Could Affect Other States | 10/06/14
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court delayed the start of early voting in Ohio on Sept. 27, a day before it was scheduled to begin, temporarily blocking a victory won by voting rights groups in lower courts.
The decision has potential implications for other states, including Wisconsin, North Carolina, Texas and Arkansas, where state efforts to tighten up voting procedures are opposed by civil rights groups who say they disproportionately affect minorities.
Ohio's was the first of those cases to reach the high court, and the conservative majority blocked lower court rulings that would have jump-started early voting Tuesday.
Their action, opposed by the court's four liberal justices, reversed a federal appeals court decision that had blocked the state from reducing early voting from 35 to 28 days. The lower court also had ordered the state to restore some evening and Sunday voting that the Legislature had eliminated.
Those reductions remain in place as a result of the high court's order. The justices invited the state to seek a full ruling on the merits of the case. If that request is denied or the state loses in court, the expanded voting hours would be restored -- albeit too late for this year's election.
Federal Court Overturns Part of NC Voting Reforms | 10/01/14
A federal appeals court granted a temporary order on Wednesday that will allow same-day registration and provisional ballots in this fall's North Carolina elections, but refused to intervene on changes that shortened the early voting period.
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in Charlotte last Thursday in the case that came after the Republican-led N.C. General Assembly passed a series of changes in 2013. Supporters say the measures are intended to strengthen the integrity of elections. Those who sued to overturn the laws say the changes are unfair because they disproportionately hurt young voters and minorities.
Wednesday's ruling means voters can register and vote on the same day during the in-person early voting period, Oct. 23-Nov. 1. The temporary order also allows voters to cast ballots even if they show up at the wrong precinct.
Connecticut Lawmaker Arrested on Vote Fraud Charges | 09/30/14
HARTFORD -- State Rep. Christina "Tita" Ayala, D-Bridgeport, was arrested on Sept. 26 on 19 voting fraud charges.
Ayala, 31, is accused of voting in local and state elections in districts in which she did not live, the Chief State's Attorney's Office said in a press release.
The arrest warrant affidavit also alleges Ayala provided fabricated evidence to state Election Enforcement Commission investigators that showed she lived at an address in a district where she voted while actually living outside the district, according to the release.
Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced his resignation on Thursday, leaves a dismal legacy at the Justice Department, but one of his legal innovations was especially pernicious: the demonizing of state attempts to ensure honest elections.
As a former U.S. attorney general under President Reagan, and a former Ohio secretary of state, we would like to say something that might strike some as obvious: Those who oppose photo voter-ID laws and other election-integrity reforms are intent on making it easier to commit vote fraud.
That conclusion is inescapable, given the well-established evidence that voter-ID laws don't disenfranchise minorities or reduce minority voting, and in many instances enhance it, despite claims to the contrary by Mr. Holder and his allies. As more states adopt such laws, the left has railed against them with increasing fury, even invoking the specter of the Jim Crow era to describe electoral safeguards common to most nations, including in the Third World.
Ascribing racial animus to people who are trying to safeguard democratic integrity is a crude yet effective political tactic that obscures the truth. But there's something even worse than name-calling: legal interference from Washington with valid laws.
Attorney General Holder has sued Texas and North Carolina since the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last year in Shelby County v. Holder. That decision invalidated Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which made inoperable Section 5, a provision requiring the Justice Department or a D.C.-based federal court panel to pre-clear all election-law changes in nine states and multiple jurisdictions. The court rightly noted that the data on which the law was based are no longer valid, and that times have changed.
A Primer on the Motor Voter Law and Corrupt Voter Rolls | 09/25/14
The National Voter Registration Act imposed sweeping changes on the conduct of American elections. These changes included significant federal mandates on state and local election officials that restricted the ability of those officials to maintain clean and accurate voter rolls while simultaneously obliging them to maintain clean and accurate voter rolls.
For most of the history of the law, enforcement actions have been directed against election officials who sought to clean voter rolls and against states for insufficiently pushing voter registration among entitlement recipients. The U.S. Department of Justice, however, has refused to enforce the requirement that election officials maintain clean and accurate voter rolls. Only recently have private parties brought litigation to make up for DOJ's failure.
'Catalist': Obama's Database for Fundamentally Transforming America | 09/18/14
The Democrats and the institutional left have a new political tool that allows them virtually to ignore moderates yet still win elections.
This tool, the Catalist database, was employed in the 2012 election. That election defied conventional wisdom: Mitt Romney sought and won independent voters overwhelmingly, but still lost. If you wondered why the conventional wisdom about independents and moderates didn't seem so wise in 2012, the answer is Catalist.
Beyond winning elections, Catalist also allows the Democrats to turn the policy narrative upside down and suffer no political consequence for implementing radical policies which appeal to their base. The Obama administration's lurch to the far left without consequence can be understood by understanding Catalist. Obama thrives politically by satisfying his base. Simply, Catalist is a game changer not just for politics, but for policy. It is the left's machinery for fundamentally transforming America.
Court Lifts Stay on Wisconsin's Voter ID Law | 09/15/14
In a decision that has little substantive meaning, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted an injunction against Wisconsin Voter ID that a lower court imposed. This was not a decision on the merits. It merely means that the 7th Circuit will allow voter ID to go into effect for the November elections absent the injunction being reimposed by the full 7th Circuit or United States Supreme Court.
The other significant part of the decision is that it is predictive. It gives an indication what the 7th Circuit will decide in the appeal of the lower court's injunction. The left has been hailing the lower court opinion as providing a new architecture for attacking voter ID under the Voting Rights Act. The Voting Rights Act does not provide an easy fit with voter ID laws, largely because of an absence of proof that they were enacted with a discriminatory intent.
Georgia Secretary of State Probing Possible Vote Fraud | 09/10/14
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) said Tuesday his office was investigating allegations of voter fraud by a group led by the state's Democratic House minority leader that it believes may have forged voter registration documents and signatures and filled out voter applications with false information.
Kemp said in a memo obtained by WSBTV that his office has received complaints about the group in five counties in northern Georgia outside Atlanta -- Barow, Butts, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Henry, and Muscogee -- and sent subpoenas to the New Georgia Project and Third Sector Development, its parent organization, led by Georgia Rep. Stacey Abrams (D).
"We're just not going to put up with fraud," Kemp told WSBTV. "I mean, we have zero tolerance for that in Georgia, so we've opened an investigation and served some subpoenas."
Federal Judge Rejects Mississippi Lawsuit on Voter Information | 09/04/14
A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Texas-based True the Vote and 22 Mississippians seeking birth dates of Mississippi voters.
"Plaintiffs are not entitled to any of the requested documents they seek in this case under the National Voter Registration Act," U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas said in her opinion. "Neither poll books nor absentee ballot applications and envelopes fall within the NVRA Public Disclosure Provision. Mississippi's Voter Roll does fall within that provision, but Plaintiffs already have a copy of the Voter Roll and Defendant (Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert) Hosemann has conceded that it is disclosable under the NVRA."
Hosemann said all information contained on the poll books is and was available to this out-of-state corporation, any citizen or any candidate, after properly redacting the voter's birthdate.
True the Vote and the 22 Mississippians filed the lawsuit against Hosemann, the state Republican Party and election commissions in nine counties.
"This is not a case of voter fraud," Atlas said. "It's whether the National Voter Registration Act was complied with and whether it pre-empts state statute. This case is about transparency of the voter process with the counter-issue of voter privacy."
True the Vote claims it was denied access to voting records in Copiah, Hinds, Jefferson Davis, Lauderdale, Leake, Madison, Rankin, Simpson and Yazoo counties. The group also claims records have been destroyed or tampered with.
Most of the Mississippians who joined with True the Vote in the lawsuit were supporters of state Sen. Chris McDaniel in his challenge of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. McDaniel led the June 3 Republican primary but lost to Cochran in the June 24 runoff.
True the Vote president Catherine Engelbrecht testified that the organization wants only a fair election process.
Trial Begins in Texas Voter ID Law Case | 09/03/14
(Reuters) - A U.S. court in Texas heard arguments on Tuesday in a case over a law requiring voters to present photo identification, a move the state's Republican leaders say will prevent fraud, and which plaintiffs claim is an attempt to suppress minority turnout.
The case is also part of a new strategy by the Obama administration to challenge voting laws it says discriminate by race in order to counter a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that freed states from strict federal oversight.
The trial that started on Tuesday at the U.S. District Court in Corpus Christi stems from a battle over stringent voter ID measures signed into law by Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican, in 2011. The law requires voters to present a photo ID such as a concealed handgun license or driver's license, but it excludes student IDs as invalid.
Appeals Court Delays Wisconsin Voter ID Ruling | 08/25/14
MADISON (AP) - A federal appeals court put off a decision until next month on whether to put Wisconsin's voter ID law back in place.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen had asked the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate the voter ID law while it considers a lower court ruling that found the requirement to present a photo ID at the polls violated the U.S. Constitution and Voting Rights Act.
Wisconsin's Republican-led Legislature passed the photo ID requirement and Gov. Scott Walker signed it in 2011.
A federal judge in North Carolina recently struck down the latest challenge by the U.S. Justice Department to a state law that requires voters to bring photo identification to the polls. Voters continue to strongly support voter ID laws and don't consider them discriminatory.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 74% of Likely U.S. Voters believe all voters should be required to prove their identity before being allowed to vote. Nineteen percent (19%) disagree.
NC Voter ID Law Will Fight Fraud, Black Conservative Says | 08/20/14
U.S. District Judge Thomas D. Schroeder ruled this month that North Carolina's November election can be held under a new voting law, considered one of the toughest in the nation and approved by Republican lawmakers. Opponents challenging the law say it will suppress minority voter turnout. But Schroeder denied their motion to hold the November vote under the old rules, saying the groups failed to show they would suffer irreparable harm.
Horace Cooper of Project 21 serves as Director of the National Center for Public Policy Research's Voter Integrity Project. He says the judge clearly didn't buy into the Justice Department's argument.
Cooper, Horace (Project 21)"They made up and distorted the case log to try to come up with an argument in this case," he tells OneNewsNow. "And the judge simply didn't buy it. They had to acknowledge that, yes, under the states that have voter ID, they have seen higher black voter turnout."
When I was 18, I thought I knew plenty about life and politics. I was wrong.
My views had not yet been honed by the experience of trying to live on a paycheck that the government seized in order to hand much of it over to someone else.
I also believed that people who created the monstrous federal bureaucracy really cared about the poor, even as their wrong-headed policies destroyed marriage and families and plunged urban centers into unimaginable violence.
In short, I was easily manipulated by the welfare state's emotional appeals, just the sort of sucker that Rock the Vote (RTV) is looking for today.
Before you accuse me of waging a "war on young people," I readily admit that not everyone my age at the time was naïve, nor are some young people as naïve today - just whole bunches of them.
Facing astronomically high unemployment or under-employment, with the world blowing up around them, the majority of 18- to 29-year-olds still identify as liberals in survey after survey. I'd say "mug them again," but you can mug people and suffer disappointment only so many times.
Instead, I remain cautiously optimistic that time and reality will steer them toward more conservative views, as it did me and many other former useful idiots. Getting a job and getting married boosts the whole process. Having kids is another huge reality check.
Rock the Vote is gearing up for a repeat of 2008, when millions of teens and twenty-somethings were recruited as shock troops for the Obama campaign. By 2012, RTV claimed that it had registered 5 million new voters under 30.
Founded in 1992 as a "non-partisan" creation, with funding from George Soros and other lefty sugar daddies, RTV has fresh-faced new leadership, such as its president, Ashley Spillane, a veteran of the Atlas Project, whose mission is "to arm the progressive community with historical elections data, sophisticated analysis and real time updates for all 50 states."
RTV also sports a lengthy roster of celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Sheryl Crow.
Rock the Vote has state voter ID laws in its cross hairs, announcing a new coalition to tackle such legislation and enlisting support from stars in the music industry.
Rock the Vote, which focuses on youth voting rights, announced the launch of the ProtectVoting coalition in a release on August 11 following the Aug. 8 court ruling to uphold voter ID laws in North Carolina, the organization said.
Court Smacks Down Holder in NC Voter ID Law Case | 08/12/14
The left trumpeted a voter ID decision in Wisconsin as if it were the end of the issue. Let's see what they do with this one. A federal court on Aug. 8 smacked down the Holder Justice Department and refused to enjoin (block) North Carolina's voter ID law, curtailment of costly early voting and end of fraud-infested same day registration. This means the state's voter ID law will be in place for the midterm congressional (and Senate) elections in November.
The Justice Department had actually argued that even if black voters turned out at higher rates under voter ID (which they do), because blacks have to take the bus more and their life is generally harder, then voter ID and curtailing early voting violates the Voting Rights Act.
The opinion lays waste to the theories of those opposing North Carolina's election integrity laws, including the Justice Department.
Citizenship Rule Takes Effect in Arizona, Kansas Primaries | 08/04/14
Election rules in Kansas and Arizona that require proof of U.S. citizenship are set to take effect in coming weeks in state primaries. Some people will be barred from voting in state races, even as the federal government allows some of them to vote in congressional races.
The split system is the result of a growing battle between federal officials and a handful of states over the necessity of verifying that a newly registered voter is a U.S. citizen.
Kansas and Arizona say the federal registration process doesn't rigorously check citizenship. They have established their own verification systems and are barring people who register using the federal system from voting this month for such offices as governor and local posts.
In recent years, mostly Republican-controlled states have tightened voting rules, including requiring voters to produce picture identification at the polls, arguing it prevents fraud.
"There is a very real problem with aliens being registered to vote," said Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who said about a dozen states are likely to pass such measures in coming years.
Jim Crow and the Donkey: a True History the Left Loves to Ignore | 08/01/14
You know you've hit a sore spot when the Left starts screeching.
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow's producer, Steve Benen, just took a whack at the American Civil Rights Union's new booklet, The Truth About Jim Crow, which National Review Online writer John Fund wrote about in a recent column.
Benen cites a critique from the Atlanta Journal Constitution blogger Jay Bookman: "Jay Bookman took a closer look at the pamphlet Fund's piece was promoting, highlighting some of its more glaring errors of fact and judgment."
And what errors of fact would those be, Steve? Bookman did not point out a single factual error. Instead, regarding TTAJC's three main points, that Jim Crow was "dehumanizing, deadly and Democratic," he painfully admitted the paper's accuracy: "that is true as far as it goes." Apparently, Benen believes if you can't find a factual error yourself, it's okay to claim falsely that somebody else did.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Voter ID Law | 07/31/14
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld a 2011 law backed by Republicans requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.
The rulings in two separate voter ID cases were released Thursday morning among several major decisions issued simultaneously.
The law already was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court judge in Milwaukee this spring, meaning that Thursday's rulings have no immediate effect. That federal court decision is under appeal.
For the law to take effect, both the state Supreme Court and the federal courts would have to find it to be constitutional.
In April, U.S. District Judge Lynn struck down the law, saying it violates the federal Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution.
Gov. Scott Walker praised Thursday's rulings and said he was confident voter ID would ultimately be upheld in federal court.
"Voter ID is a common-sense reform that protects the integrity of our elections," Walker said. "People need to have confidence in our electoral process and to know their vote has been properly counted. We look forward to the same result from the federal court of appeals."
Setting the Record Straight on Jim Crow | 07/22/14
Even as the nation celebrates the passage of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, some liberals are using the occasion to bash Republicans as inheriting the legacy of Jim Crow ---- ignoring the fact that a higher percentage of Republicans in Congress voted for the Civil Rights Act than did Democrats.
President Obama recently accused the GOP of waging an all-out assault on voting rights. Speaking to a group founded by Al Sharpton, that non-paragon of racial healing, Obama claimed: "The stark simple truth is this: The right to vote is threatened today. . . . This recent effort to restrict the vote has not been led by both parties. It's been led by the Republican party."
Leaving aside the fact that clear majorities of both African Americans and Hispanics support voter integrity measures such as showing voter ID at the polls, Obama is using incendiary rhetoric in an area where reasonable people can disagree.
The American Civil Rights Union, a conservative group that has filed suit in favor of voter-integrity measures, has had enough of such tactics. Its leaders include former attorney general Ed Meese and former Ohio secretary of state Ken Blackwell. ACRU has just published a booklet on the real history of Jim Crow. Available for free at thetruthaboutjimcrow.org, it sets the record straight on a hidden racial past that many Democrats would rather see swept under the carpet.
In early September, a court in Corpus Christi begins a trial that should decide whether the current law requiring Texas voters to show government-issued photo identification before casting a ballot is constitutional.
As it has happened with cases over redistricting, the Texas voter ID fight is expected to get national attention because two years ago a three-judge federal court in Washington ruled the 2011 legislation unconstitutional.
Justice Department to Intervene in Ohio, Wisconsin Voting Law Cases | 07/16/14
The Obama administration plans to join lawsuits against Republican-backed voting reforms in Ohio and Wisconsin -- two major swing states, Attorney General Eric Holder has said.
The moves would represent the first time that Holder's Justice Department has intervened against statewide voting laws outside the areas that the Supreme Court freed from federal oversight in last year's Shelby County v. Holder ruling.
Earlier this year, Ohio's Republican legislature passed laws that cut six days from the early voting period and ended same-day registration, among other restrictions. Secretary of State Jon Husted then announced that there would be no early voting on Sundays or on week-day evenings.
A federal judge recently restored early voting on the last three days before the election, but the other cuts remain in force. They're being challenged by the ACLU and other civil rights groups, which allege that they disproportionately affect non-white voters.
A brief filed recently by the laws' challengers uses detailed voting records to establish that blacks are far likelier than whites to take advantage of early voting. In 2012, 20% of blacks did so, compared to just 6% of whites.
Wisconsin's strict voter ID law was recently struck down by a federal judge, who ruled that it discriminated against black voters. But the state has appealed the ruling, and the litigation is ongoing.
Study on North Carolina Voter ID Law Shows Increase in Minority Turnout | 07/03/14
If there was a hidden agenda behind North Carolina's voter ID law to suppress minority turnout - as the law's opponents claim - it hasn't worked, based on a study showing not only more voters overall, but an increase in black voter turnout especially, after the law's implementation.
The findings came before a scheduled hearing next week where the U.S. Justice Department will ask a U.S. District Court for an injunction against the law going into the November midterms. The Obama administration has argued that such a law will make it more difficult for minorities to vote.
Comparing May 4, 2010 North Carolina primary election data with the May 14, 2014 primary data, the study found that voter turnout increased across the board, but particularly among black voters, where it increased by 29.5 percent, compared to an increase of white voter turnout of 13.7 percent. The findings were based on Census Bureau data and public names who signed the voter rolls.
Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, commissioned the study and included the findings in an amicus brief for the July 7 hearing. Judicial Watch was joined in its legal brief by the Allied Educational Foundation and by former Buncombe County commissioner candidate Christina Kelley Gallegos-Merrill.
True the Vote Sues Mississippi Secretary of State, GOP over Alleged Vote Fraud | 07/02/14
Conservative election integrity organization True The Vote filed suit in federal court Tuesday against Mississippi's Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and the Mississippi Republican Party, asking a judge for an immediate injunction against them so that the election material from the state's June 24 GOP primary runoff can be inspected.
The lawsuit comes as allegations that Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) campaign and his allies engaged in voter fraud to win last Tuesday's runoff against conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Cochran bested McDaniel by fewer than 7,000 votes but did so with an overwhelming turnout from liberal Democrats in the black community.
Mississippi Election Rolls Under Scrutiny in Primary | 06/24/14
According to a pair of advocacy organizations for free and fair elections, Tuesday's U.S. Senate GOP runoff in Mississippi might not meet that ideal.
The American Civil Rights Union has sent warning letters to five Mississippi counties -- Clarke, Humphreys, LeFlore, Madison and Noxubee -- to purge their voter rolls of ineligible voters or face federal court action. The ACRU found, using state voter data and the most current U.S. Census numbers, that all five had more registered voters than voting-age eligible residents. This is a violation of both state and federal law.
The counties have 90 days to comply with the order.
Christian Adams, the ACRU attorney who is monitoring Tuesday's election results, said the findings are a serious threat to free and fair elections in the state.
"When you've got more people than you've got people alive, there's a problem with the rolls and they need to get them cleaned up," Adams said. "Unfortunately, year after year, there's a failure to keep the rolls maintained correctly. Federal law and frankly, Mississippi law, requires they purge their rolls. It's not an option."
Wisconsin Man Charged with Multiple Counts of Vote Fraud | 06/24/14
In one of the biggest cases of voter fraud ever in Wisconsin, a Milwaukee area health insurance executive has been charged with casting multiple votes for Republican candidates -- including Gov. Scott Walker in the 2012 recall election.
Robert Monroe of Shorewood was charged Friday with 13 felonies related to his voting a dozen times in five elections between 2011 and 2012, using his own name along with his son's and his girlfriend's son.
Cantor Defeat May Have Prevented Bad Voting Rights Amendment | 06/17/14
Contrary to conventional wisdom, many liberals privately mourn the departure of Eric Cantor from the ranks of the House GOP leadership. At a symposium on June 11 sponsored by the Hill newspaper on "Voting in America," several of the attendees told me that they and Majority Leader Cantor were within striking distance of a compromise to restore many of the provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that were struck down by the Supreme Court last year as unconstitutional.
The Court ruled that certain provisions that singled out certain states and jurisdictions for special oversight based on 50-year-old data were obsolete and could no longer be justified. Liberal civil-rights groups were furious and vowed to pass a "restoration" bill restoring all of the Justice Department's power over federal elections.
Mississippi Sails Through Voter ID Test in Primary | 06/13/14
Mississippi's new voter ID law caused few problems on the June 3rd primary in the first election since its controversial passage, with only one report of a voter turned away for lack of identification.
A Pike County poll worker mistakenly told a person he couldn't cast a ballot without an ID, said county Election Commissioner Trudy Berger.
"It was a misunderstanding," Berger said. "We trained on it that nobody is ever told they can't vote, period. As soon as we heard that had happened, we sent an election commissioner down there to solve the problem."
According to the new law, voters must present a driver's license or other government-issued ID to cast a ballot through the normal process. Those without ID can vote by affidavit ballot, after which they have five business days to show an acceptable form of photo ID, or apply for a Mississippi voter ID card, at the circuit clerk's office.
The Secretary of State's Office was notified of the incident, Berger said. But beyond that, the agency had few calls about voter ID issues.
Resisting the Siren Song of Voting 'Reform' | 06/09/14
As the nation gears up for crucial midterm congressional elections in November, another "reform" proposal has emerged, with lawmakers hearing the predictable siren song of "go along, or be accused of racism."
That's a scary threat when a charge of racial bigotry -- real or imagined -- has enormous power.
In such a hothouse liberal-media culture, Democrats have managed to persuade an ordinarily sensible Republican, Wisconsin's Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., to take leave of his senses and sponsor this bad legislation.
The Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (H.R. 3899, S. 1945) was introduced in January as a response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Shelby v. Holder on June 25, 2013, invalidating one part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Liberals are pressuring congressional leaders of both parties to enact this legislative "fix."
On June 4, more than 80 liberal religious groups sent a letter to Congress urging passage.
The original law required the U.S. Justice Department or a D.C.-based federal court panel to preclear any voting-law changes in nine mostly Southern states and local jurisdictions in six others. Enacted with huge majorities in both houses of Congress, the statute eliminated Jim Crow laws that had discriminated against blacks since the days of Reconstruction after the Civil War. The law was a crucial, effective component of the civil rights campaign to end racial discrimination.
In recent years, however, evidence has piled up that Section 5 is being abused by a politicized Justice Department. The Supreme Court rightly noted that Section 4, which justified and required unequal treatment of some states under Section 5, could no longer pass constitutional muster because it relied on nearly 50-year-old, obsolete data.
Alabama Gave Out 2,300 Free Photo IDs Before Primary | 06/03/14
MONTGOMERY-- Over 2,300 free photo voter ID cards have been produced in Alabama leading up to Tuesday's primary elections, Secretary of State Jim Bennett announced.
Photo voter identification cards can be obtained by a voter up to, on and even after the day of the election. There is no cut-off date to receive a free photo voter ID.
Bennett said he hoped to see many voters at the polls on June 3 and predicted that 25- 27% of registered voters will show up to vote. In the last gubernatorial election for Alabama in 2010, there was 32% turnout in that primary.
DOJ Absent from Blatant Voting Bias Case | 05/30/14
Judge Ramona Manglona of the federal district court for the Northern Mariana Islands just threw out a blatantly unconstitutional provision of the territorial government that strictly limited registration and voting for a referendum to only those "persons of Northern Marianas descent."
The Constitution of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) defines persons of Northern Marianas descent as those who are "at least one-quarter Northern Marianas Chamorro or Northern Marianas Carolinian blood or a combination thereof or an adopted child of a person of Northern Marianas descent if adopted while under the age of eighteen years." One is considered a "full-blooded" Chamorro or Carolinian if "born or domiciled" in the territory by 1950.
There is no question that CNMI's voting prohibitions are racially discriminatory. In fact, they are reminiscent of the odious "one-drop rule" of racial segregation codes or the First Regulation to the Reichs Citizenship Law of Nov. 14, 1935, which similarly defined Jews based on their ancestry.
Yet John Davis was forced to bring this suit at his own expense, with his own lawyer, because the Justice Department was nowhere to be found. It had no interest in filing a lawsuit under the Voting Rights Act against a blatantly discriminatory and repugnant law that prevented John Davis from voting because he doesn't have the right "blood" quantum.
Voting Online Is Not in Foreseeable Future | 05/30/14
By Hans von Spakovsky -- Markos Moulitsas of the Daily Kos recently published a commentary in the Hill claiming that "voting online is the future." He also accused me of being against Internet voting because I want to "suppress" votes. That kind of ad hominem attack seems to always be the first refuge of those who are unable to argue substantively about a particular issue. I am against it because of the fundamental security problems presented by online voting and the fact that it could result in large-scale voter disenfranchisement.
Moulitsas claims that creating a secure online voting system is "possible given current technology." That is 100 percent wrong and shows how little he understands about the Internet or the voting process. You don't have to take my word for it -- that is the opinion of most computer scientists.
Report Uncovers Double Voting in Florida, North Carolina | 05/28/14
RALEIGH, NC -- Double voting among Florida and North Carolina (or FLANC) voters appears to be a crime committed equally by both political parties, according to a technical report produced by Voter Integrity Project and released May 21 to Legislators and election officials.
"This report is a brief but dense description of the research led by our Research Director and a team of 22 volunteer researchers spread throughout the state," said Jay DeLancy, Executive Director of VIP. "It took 16 months and three iterations to achieve the level of quality we needed and the results were outstanding."
Of the 149 double votes the group reported last month to election officials, there were 38 Republicans, 34 Democrats, 27 Unaffiliated and one Libertarian. Several of whom had voted in multiple elections.
Scrapping Early Voting: Less Time for Electoral Mischief | 05/22/14
Ballots cast today are under scrutiny, and with 2014 mid-term elections fast approaching, we must be aware of potential abuses of our most basic right. We saw with the 2012 general election a glut of voter fraud. From Florida and Ohio to Pennsylvania and Texas, there have been reports of voting machine malfunctions, dead people on voter rolls and 99 percent of votes cast going to President Obama in some counties.
This should be a concern for both parties and a non-partisan issue because no freedom-loving patriot wants the outcome of an election to be falsely skewed.
On April 29, federal-district-court judge Lynn Adelman -- a Clinton appointee, former Democratic state senator, and former Legal Aid Society lawyer -- held that Wisconsin's voter-ID requirement violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, as well as the Fourteenth Amendment, because it places "an unjustified burden on the right to vote."
This decision has gotten a great deal of attention in the mainstream press (or the drive-by media, as Rush Limbaugh likes to calls them).What got almost no attention was a decision by another federal district court in Tennessee on February 20 over that state's voter-ID law. In that case, Judge Ronnie Greer upheld voter ID as constitutional.
ACLU Sues over Pullback on Early Voting in Ohio | 05/12/14
COLUMBUS - The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups filed a federal lawsuit on May 8 against Ohio's elections chief over limits to when voters can cast an early ballot in the perennial battleground state.
Ohioans can cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person before Election Day without giving any reason. About 33 percent of those who voted in the 2012 presidential election cast an early ballot.
The lawsuit filed in Columbus federal court claims that recent cuts to early voting will make it difficult for tens of thousands of residents to vote and will unfairly affect black voters, who the groups say are more likely to use weekend and evening hours to vote early in elections.
Pa. Attorney General Tolerates 'Criminal Behavior' on Elections, Adams Tells Panel | 05/09/14
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's "brazen unwillingness" to pursue bribery allegations sent a message that "criminal behavior" touching on elections will be tolerated, J. Christian Adams, an American Civil Rights Union Policy Board member, told a state House committee considering an impeachment resolution.
Voter Fraud: An Existential Threat to America | 05/09/14
WASHINGTON D.C. (May 8) Accuracy in Media has released a major report by James Simpson detailing vote fraud in the United States:
"It is fitting to begin this report by recounting a story of deliberate, blatant official voter fraud. This April 17, the Illinois House Executive Committee voted to authorize $100 million to construct President Obama's future presidential library and museum in Chicago.
AP reported that the Committee voted "unanimously," 9-0 to support the plan. The report was false. Only four of the 11 Committee members were in attendance--all Democrats. They did not even have a quorum. Furthermore, this was supposed to be a "subject matter only" hearing, i.e., entailing no votes. No matter; the legislators simply made up the results--even counting absent Republicans as "yes" votes.
Republican State Representative Ed Sullivan observed, "In this case they didn't even care to change the rules; they just flat out broke them."
Wisconsin Voter ID Authors to Reintroduce Bill | 05/07/14
MADISON -- The Republican authors of a new voter ID bill that passed the Wisconsin state Assembly, but not the Senate, said Tuesday they plan to reintroduce the legislation after the November elections.
Reps. Mark Born, R-Beaver Dam, and Michael Schraa, R-Oshkosh, wrote in a column they distributed by email that they believe their bill is constitutional because it's based on an Indiana law upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Born and Schraa also responded to a criticism of their bill by state Sen. Joe Leibham, R-Sheboygan, who is running for Congress and authored the state's current voter ID law that passed in 2011.
Leibham said last week, after a federal judge struck down the law, that he believes the current law is constitutional and the new bill would create "such a big loophole in the voter ID requirement" that the system would be "substantially similar to the one we have now."
A group of wealthy liberal donors who helped bankroll the Center for American Progress and other major advocacy groups on the left is developing a new big-money strategy that could boost state-level Democratic candidates and mobilize core party voters.
The plan, being crafted in private by a group of about 100 donors that includes billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros and San Francisco venture capitalist Rob McKay, seeks to give Democrats a stronger hand in the redrawing of district lines for state legislatures and the U.S. House.
The American Civil Liberties Union is at it again, throwing a log in front of the accelerating -- and widely supported -- campaign against vote fraud.
This time, the liberal group is asking for an injunction to block Arkansas from enforcing its new voter photo-ID law while the court considers the ACLU's lawsuit, which claims that the statute violates the Arkansas Constitution by suppressing minority voting.
As usual, the ACLU has managed to dig up several plaintiffs who claim harm for having to show a photo ID before voting. For the record, the ACLU has not filed lawsuits against airlines, banks, government agencies, beer and wine stores, and the U.S. Justice Department visitor's desk for requiring photo IDs, or against motorcycle cops who stop drivers and ask to see their licenses.
It's only when people are voting to choose who governs and taxes us that the ACLU generates nuisance lawsuits and false charges of racism.
Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin's Voter ID Law | 04/30/14
A federal judge reopened the voter identification debate Tuesday when he struck down a new Wisconsin law, saying it discriminated against blacks and Hispanics, and renewing doubts about the Republican push for stricter voting laws across the country.
Democrats hailed the ruling and said they wanted it expanded to other jurisdictions, but Wisconsin vowed to appeal.
Some legal analysts said Judge Lynn Adelman's decision appears to contradict a 2008 Supreme Court ruling that upheld a similar law in Indiana.
Judge Adelman said up to 300,000 Wisconsin residents -- mostly blacks and Hispanics -- could be turned away from polls as a result of the ID requirement. He said his calculation far outnumbered potential fraudulent votes.
In an April 11 speech to Al Sharpton's National Action Network, President Obama recited statistics purporting to show that voter fraud was extremely rare. The "real voter fraud," he said, "is people who try to deny our rights by making bogus arguments about voter fraud."
These arguments themselves are bogus. Consider the two studies from which Mr. Obama drew his statistics. The first, which he said "found only 10 cases of alleged in-person voter impersonation in 12 years," is a 2012 report issued by News21, an Arizona State University project.
44,000 Registered in Both Md. and Va., Group Finds | 04/25/14
A crosscheck of voter rolls in Virginia and Maryland turned up 44,000 people registered in both states, a vote-integrity group reported on April 23.
"The Virginia Voters Alliance is investigating how to identify voters who are registered and vote in Virginia but live in the states that surround us," Alliance President Reagan George told the State Board of Elections.
George acknowledged that the number of voters who actually cast multiple ballots is relatively small. In the case of Maryland and Virginia, he revealed that 164 people voted in both states during the 2012 election.
But George said his group will expand their search for duplicate voters in the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Georgia.
We are constantly told that voter fraud is some made-up pipe dream of racist Republicans hoping to suppress black votes and other folks who Democrats, insulting, imply are incapable of obtaining an ID.
We are told that we are "racist" and that there is no such thing as voter fraud!
Except there clearly is. AL.com's Mike Cason wrote this: "Less than three months before the June primary, four Alabama counties had more voters on their rolls than what the Census Bureau says is their voting age population."
Dick Morris: Ending Electoral College Would End Honest Elections | 04/16/14
A plan, now stealthily making its way through state legislatures with astonishing speed, would junk the Electoral College and award the presidency to the winner of the popular vote.
The plan involves an Interstate Compact where states would commit to select electors pledged to vote for the national popular vote winner regardless of how their own state voted. When enough states pass this law -- sufficient to cast the Electoral College's majority 270 votes -- it will take effect.
The Electoral College will become a vestigial anachronism.
So far, nine states and the District of Columbia -- casting 136 electoral votes -- have joined moving half way to the 270 needed to put the compact into effect. The ratifying states are: Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, Washington, Massachusetts, DC, Vermont, California, and Rhode Island.
Both houses in New York have passed it and its on Governor Cuomo's desk.
And, it has already passed one house in: Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Oregon. These states, plus New York represent 107 votes. Combined with the others they are up to 242 votes . They need 270.
Who is pushing this?
All of those ratifying voted for Obama as did eight of the 10 one-house states.
The Movement is funded, in part, by the Center for Voting and Democracy, a George Soros-funded election group.
President Obama: Vote Fraud Claims Are 'Bogus' | 04/14/14
At his appearance before Al Sharpton's National Action Network, President Obama called voter fraud claims "bogus" and said his Justice Department has "taken on more than 100 voting rights cases since 2009. "
This is a bald faced lie. One need merely click this link at the Justice Department's own website to see it is a lie. The truth is that 39 cases have been brought, not 100, and only 13 relate to protecting minority voting rights - usually foreign language ballot issues. The rest of the cases involve states sending out military ballots (an effort only begun after blistering coverage at PJ Media and elsewhere in 2010).
Big Win for Electoral Integrity in Arizona, Kansas | 04/05/14
In a big victory for election integrity, Arizona and Kansas -- led by their Secretaries of State, Ken Bennett and Kris Kobach -- have obtained an order from a federal judge allowing them to enforce their proof-of-citizenship requirement for voter registration.
In a decision issued on March 19, Judge Eric Melgren of the federal district court of Kansas found that the refusal of federal election authorities to add state-specific instructions to the federal voter-registration form notifying residents of Arizona and Kansas that they have to provide proof that they are U.S. citizens to complete their registration is "unlawful and in excess of its statutory authority."
More Vote Fraud Found in Louisiana Mayoral Election | 04/02/14
PORT ALLEN - The West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office now says they have found additional people whose signatures were fraudulently submitted during early voting for the Port Allen mayoral election.
In late March, the Sheriff's Office and the Secretary of State began their voter fraud investigation.
They're looking into hundreds of applications that were faxed into the West Baton Rouge Registrar for early voting. The applications are a "request for mail-in ballot," and request the Registrar of Voter to send a mail-in ballot.
Obamacare's California Agency Sent Republican Couple a Voter Registration Marked 'Democrat' | 03/31/14
LA MESA, Calif. - A local couple called 10News concerned after they received an envelope from the state's Obamacare website, Covered California. Inside was a letter discussing voter registration and a registration card pre-marked with an "x" in the box next to Democratic Party.
The couple - who did not want their identity revealed - received the letter and voter registration card from their health insurance provider Covered California, the state-run agency that implements President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
They have lived in La Mesa for years and they have always been registered to vote Republican. Now, they are perplexed as to how the voter registration card pre-marked Democrat ended up in their mailbox.
Melowese Richardson is the poster girl for vote fraud.
The Ohio poll worker was sentenced last July to five years in prison after being convicted of voting twice in the 2012 election and voting three times -- in 2008, 2011 and 2012 -- in the name of her sister, in a coma since 2003, according to USA Today.
This might be below Chicago graveyard standards, but it's still impressive. Ms. Richardson has become a heroine to the left, which is working with its legal arm -- the U.S. Justice Department -- to kill voter photo-ID laws in order to ensure that creative voting continues.
Group Calls for Probe of Dropped Charges in Pa. Vote Fraud Sting | 03/31/14
A watchdog group is calling for an independent-counsel probe after Pennsylvania's Democratic attorney general dropped the prosecution of four Democratic legislators accused of taking bribes in exchange for votes.
The Committee of Seventy, a government ethics group in Philadelphia, urged the Pennsylvania legislature to create an independent counsel to conduct "a fair and non-partisan" investigation into the dismissed sting operation.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, citing sources familiar with the investigation, said prosecutors amassed 400 hours of audio and videotape documenting at least four Democratic state legislators from Philadelphia taking payments in cash or money orders, and in one case a $2,000 Tiffany bracelet. They reportedly were bribed by a lobbyist who wore a "wire" and tape-recorded the targets to win favorable treatment after his arrest in a fraud case.
D.C., Colorado, Iowa Warned to Clean Up their Voter Rolls | 03/31/14
Conservative public interest lawyers sent letters on March 24 giving the District of Columbia, Iowa and Colorado 90 days to prove they are taking steps to delete from their registration lists dead voters and former residents, or else face a lawsuit.
Judicial Watch said the District has more people registered to vote than the Census Bureau says would be eligible, based on age. Counties in Iowa and Colorado face the same situation -- an indication, the conservative group said, that those jurisdictions need to clean up their rolls.
ACRU Sues Second Texas County over Voter Rolls | 03/28/14
The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) filed suit in U.S. District Court in Del Rio on Thursday against another Texas county for having more registered voters than age-eligible residents. The suit against Zavala County marks the second legal action following the ACRU's notifying 15 Texas counties last September that they are in violation of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (Motor Voter Law).
On Jan. 27, the ACRU sued Terrell County, where more than 121 percent of citizens aged 18 and over were registered to vote in 2013.
In the Zavala complaint filed on March 27 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Del Rio Division, the ACRU alleges that:
"Currently, 8,623 are registered to vote in Zavala County when only 8,205 age-eligible citizens live in Zavala County. This represents an implausible registration rate of 105 percent."
The release of a woman convicted of voter fraud for casting ballots six times for President Barack Obama in 2012 is part of a "toxic movement" that accepts "criminal acts in the election" to push a progressive agenda, former Department of Justice lawyer J. Christian Adams charged Tuesday.
Adams, whose book "Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department," focuses on alleged racial bias in the U.S. Attorney General's Office, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV that "anybody who says there's no such thing as voter fraud is a liar."
Referring to the case of Melowese Richardson, who served eight months of a five-year term for voter fraud, Adams noted that Richardson was hailed as hero at a rally last week with some fellow Ohio Democrats and civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton after the George Soros-funded Ohio Justice and Policy Center helped lessen her sentence to probation.
California to Send Voter Registration Forms to Obamacare Enrollees | 03/25/14
In order to pacify left-leaning voter registration groups, California is now opting to send out voter registration forms to each and every Obamacare enrollee.
Several California interest groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and left-wing think tank Demos, threatened legal action, the Washington Post reports. Though a link to voter registration was clearly placed on Covered California's homepage, opponents complained that there was no option for those using a paper application or people who bypass the homepage.
"Ensuring that all eligible Americans are registered to vote is key to ensuring a robust democracy," Lisa Danetz, legal director Demos, said in a statement. "If other states follow, millions more Americans will have the opportunity to join the voting rolls."
78% Favor Requiring Proof of Citizenship to Register to Vote | 03/25/14
A federal judge has upheld the right of states to require proof of citizenship before allowing someone to register to vote. Voters continue to overwhelmingly support such a requirement.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 78% of Likely U.S. Voters believe everyone should be required to prove his or her citizenship before being allowed to register to vote. That's up from 71% a year ago. Just 19% oppose that requirement.
No Federal Charges for Ohio Woman Who Voted Six Times for Obama | 03/24/14
Last week Al Sharpton embraced convicted vote fraudster Melowese Richardson at a "voting rights" rally in Cincinnati. The United States Department of Justice under Eric Holder has done nothing to Melowese Richardson 410 days after she admitted on camera that she committed multiple federal felonies by voting six times for President Obama's reelection.
Federal law makes it a felony to vote more than once for President. In fact, 42 U.S.C. Section 1973i(e) subjects Richardson to twenty-five years in federal prison for her six votes for Obama.
The lack of DOJ action against an unrepentant federal vote fraudster combined with Richardson's lionization by Sharpton and the organization that sponsored the rally demonstrates how the Justice Department is facilitating a culture of brazen criminality on the eve of the 2014 midterm elections.
Penn. Democrats Caught on Tape Reportedly Taking Bribes to Oppose Voter ID | 03/19/14
Pennsylvania Democrats were caught on surveillance tape reportedly accepting cash bribes in return for opposing voter ID in the Pennsylvania legislature. Gifts of Tiffany's jewelry were also given to Democrat legislators from Philadelphia, reportedly in exchange for "NO" votes on a Pennsylvania voter ID bill that passed in 2012.
Despite this evidence, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has not charged any officials. Kane is a Democrat.
Kane's excuse for her inaction? Racism: some of the legislators caught on tape accepting bribes were black Democrats from Philadelphia.
Sensenbrenner Caught on Camera Denying Text of Own Voter Law | 03/18/14
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R., Wisc.) told constituents at Wisconsin town halls that voting-rights legislation he is sponsoring does not exclude white voters from the protection of the Voting Rights Act. Sensenbrenner also says he is proud to work with the ACLU and far-left groups to pass the legislation that would resurrect Attorney General Eric Holder's powers to block state election laws such as voter ID or citizenship verification.
In a video from Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe, Sensenbrenner also accused Texas and Georgia Republicans of trying to stop minorities from voting.
Voter ID: Protecting the Integrity of Our Elections | 03/12/14
With midterm elections underway in Texas, the fight over voter ID will undoubtedly garner some serious attention in the national media in the coming weeks and months. Ten states will require voters to present photo ID when voting in this year's midterms, despite vigorous attacks from liberal opponents and the Obama Administration.
A favorite claim made by those who oppose voter ID is that voter fraud is a rare occurrence. On the surface, this argument may have some appeal, because it is not very often that huge voter fraud conspiracies dominate the national headlines. But, by its very nature, voter fraud is hard to detect.
It becomes even harder to catch when there are virtually no safeguards in place to defend against it. It is particularly troublesome in close elections--especially on the local level, where outcomes are often determined by a handful of votes.
Taking reasonable security precautions is just common sense: You don't wait for your house to get robbed before locking your door at night.
Moreover, there is rock-solid proof that voter fraud is occurring in America.
Here are just a few recent examples:
-- An NBC station in Fort Myers, Florida, just aired a report about the many non-citizens it caught voting illegally.
-- California state Senator Roderick Wright (D) was recently convicted of eight felony counts of voter fraud and perjury for acts that were committed in five different elections.
SAN ANTONIO -- Two election workers at a Southwest Side polling site were chastised this week after Hispanic Republican voters complained the workers attempted to steer them to the Democratic primary.
Republican officials said one GOP voter claimed she was told Hispanics are supposed to vote Democrat.
The Bexar County Elections Department, responding to a complaint of voter intimidation at Collins Garden Library, said the two election workers serving as greeters were told to stop asking voters to declare their party affiliation in front of other voters.
Primaries Offer First Test of New Voter ID Laws | 03/03/14
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In elections that begin this week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots -- the first major test of voter ID laws after years of legal challenges arguing that the measures are designed to suppress voting.
The first election is March 4 in Texas, followed by nine other primaries running through early September that will set the ballot for the midterm elections in November, when voters decide competitive races for governor and control of Congress.
The primaries will be closely watched by both sides of the voter ID debate, which intensified in 2011, the year after Republicans swept to power in dozens of statehouses.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Voter ID Case | 02/26/14
MADISON - A Wisconsin law requiring voters to show identification at the polls went before the state's highest court Tuesday. The Wisconsin Supreme Court listened to arguments for more than three hours in front of a packed courtroom.
Attorneys on both sides of the law faced questions from the court's justices.
Justice Pat Roggensack told the state's attorney she's concerned some people have to pay $20 for a birth certificate, which they need to get an ID.
"Since the voter ID law was in place, or was going to be in place, there were some places in Wisconsin that offered free birth certificates," responded Clayton Kawski, an assistant Attorney General for Wisconsin.
The law was enacted in 2011. It was in effect for a primary election in February 2012, but it was blocked soon after by a court order. It hasn't been in place since.
O'Keefe Busts Illegal Scheme to 'Turn Texas Blue' | 02/19/14
SAN ANTONIO, Texas--In an apparent violation of state law, Battleground Texas officials are exploiting legally protected information to turn voters out to the polls as part of the Democratic party's quest to paint the Lone Star State blue, a new undercover video from James O'Keefe reveals.
The footage shows Battleground Texas volunteer Jennifer Longoria saying the group uses the phone numbers from voter registration forms in later efforts to boost turnout on election day.
Texas Election Code prohibits the use of, or even the copying of, phone numbers provided by individuals registering to vote.
Why Dems Are Willing to Flout Election Laws in Texas | 02/19/14
National Democrats and liberal activists are taking enormous legal and political risks with the lawless activities in Texas caught on the Project Veritas tapes. But they see Texas as such a strategic prize that they believe it's worth that risk, and that victory must be achieved at any cost.
When registering voters, Texas law makes it illegal for a volunteer registrar to "transcribe, copy, or otherwise record a telephone number furnished on a registration application." It specifically provides that you cannot copy the name, address, or phone number.
Yet the latest video James O'Keefe has made public, focused primarily on a woman named Jennifer Longoria who is designated as Field Organizer for Battleground Texas, shows them openly saying that when they register voters they copy the phone number into their database, so that they can call those people at a later date.
Justice Dept. Lawyer in Court to Oppose Kansas Citizenship Rule | 02/13/14
Justice Department lawyer Bradley Heard was in court on Feb. 12 trying to stop Kansas from ensuring that only citizens register to vote.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, relying on a United States Supreme Court opinion of last year, asked the federal Election Assistance Commission to permit him to ensure that only citizens were registering to vote.
The Election Assistance Commission said no, so Mr. Kobach went to federal court. Enter Eric Holder's Justice Department, as usual, opposing election integrity measures.
The 'Voting Rights' Partisan Power Play | 02/11/14
In reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court's Shelby County v. Holder decision last June, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R., Wis.) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.) have introduced the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014. The stated purpose is to prevent racial discrimination. But what it would really do is force racial gerrymandering, make race the predominant factor in the election process, and advance the partisan interests of one political party.
Before Shelby County, Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act required certain states to get "preclearance" from the federal government before making any voting changes. But the Supreme Court ruled that the formula to determine which jurisdictions were covered was unconstitutional because it was based on 40-year-old turnout data that did not reflect contemporary conditions. Census Bureau data show that black-voter turnout is on a par with or exceeds that of white voters in many of the formerly covered states and is higher than the rest of the country. We simply don't need Section 5 anymore.
The Supreme Court's ruling did not affect other provisions of the Voting Rights Act that protect voters, and the Justice Department and civil-rights groups have been aggressively using them since Shelby County. All that's different now is that they must prove their case--as they must under any other civil-rights law.
President Obama's commission on election administration recently issued a final report containing some terrible recommendations.
The worst idea in the report is a call for states to expand early voting. Some states already open polls weeks in advance of Election Day. In Wyoming, polls open in September, even before the end of Major League Baseball's regular season.
Mr. Obama's federal commission wants American elections to start earlier and last longer.
Here's eight reasons why the early-voting fad is a bad idea.
First, early voting produces less-informed voters. After they cast an early ballot, they check out of the national debate. They won't care about the televised debates, won't consider options, and won't fully participate in the political process.
Senate Showdown over Civil Rights Nominee | 02/05/14
The next major confirmation battle will be over Debo Adegbile, President Barack Obama's choice to head the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, according to sources in the U.S. Senate.
To the left, the choice of Adegbile, 46, is an unmistakable signal from the president and Attorney General Eric Holder that the administration is going to fight states over imposing voter identification laws, which they claim disenfranchise minorities.
"He is a radical far outside the mainstream who would abuse his
authority and use the power of the Justice Department to push his
divisive racial agenda," Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at the
Heritage Foundation, told Newsmax.
Never underestimate Congress's ability for racial mischief. In the Jim Crow era, Southerners blocked civil-rights progress. Now, 50 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the liberal goal is to give national politicians more power to play racial politics in a few unfavored states.
Democrats and the strange bedfellow of Wisconsin Republican James Sensenbrenner have introduced a bill to revise Section 4(b) of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down last year. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the Act's coverage formula no longer made sense in light of current racial realities, and the new proposal isn't much better.
The old formula required nine states and parts of seven others to have all changes to their voting laws precleared by the Justice Department or a federal court. The new formula would reinstate preclearance for Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia for what lawmakers claim is evidence of racial bias in voting laws.
Conservative Super PAC Formed to Defend Voter ID, Election Reforms | 01/23/14
With voter-ID laws and other reforms taking center stage, a conservative group said on Jan. 22 that it is launching a new super PAC to fund state secretary of state candidates willing to go toe-to-toe with Democrats and defend more rigorous voter roll rules and stiffer election requirements.
States Seek Right to Ask New Voters for Citizenship Proof | 01/22/14
States are vowing to go to the courts for permission to ask newly registered voters to show proof of citizenship after a federal commission ruled on Jan. 17 that it's up to the national government, not states, to decide what to include on registration forms.
Under the motor-voter law, federal officials distribute voter-registration forms in all of the states. Arizona, Kansas and Georgia all asked that those forms request proof of citizenship, but the federal Election Assistance Commission rejected that in a 46-page ruling released late Friday, just ahead of a court-imposed deadline.
Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania Photo ID Law | 01/18/14
A Pennsylvania judge on Jan. 17 struck down the state's voter ID law, which was signed in early 2012 and is one of the strictest in the nation, ruling that the statute "unreasonably burdens the right to vote."
"Voting laws are designed to assure a free and fair election; the Voter ID Law does not further this goal," Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley wrote. Pennsylvania's law requires all voters to bring to the polls identification issued by the state government or the U.S. government, or another valid credential such as a student ID with an expiration date, in order to cast their vote. If a would-be voter does not have an appropriate ID, that person can cast a provisional ballot and the vote will be counted if an adequate ID is brought to the local elections office within six days.
The state's Republican-led Legislature passed the law in spring 2012, saying it would help prevent voter fraud, and GOP Gov. Tom Corbett signed it shortly thereafter.
Sensenbrenner Works with Far Left Groups on Voting Rights Act | 01/17/14
Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) this week announced his intention to pass a bill "reforming" the Voting Rights Act. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act last year. As J. Christian Adams reported:
" [Sensenbrenner's bill would] radically expand federal power over state elections. It would give Attorney General Eric Holder expansive new federal powers over state elections, including the ability to barge into polling places to monitor the use of foreign language election materials. It would also give Holder the power to block election integrity measures like Voter ID and citizenship verification."
Holder has earned a reputation for being one of the most partisan attorneys general in American history, litigating against states that have chosen to adopt election security reforms including voter ID.
On Friday, Jan. 17, Sensenbrenner held a conference call to discuss his bill. He was to be joined on the call by far-left leaders, including Nancy Zirkin of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Deborah Vagins of the ACLU, and Tanya Clay House, from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law.
Sensenbrenner Works with Far Left Groups on Voting Rights Act | 01/17/14
Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) this week announced his intention to pass a bill "reforming" the Voting Rights Act. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act last year. As J. Christian Adams reported:
" [Sensenbrenner's bill would] radically expand federal power over state elections. It would give Attorney General Eric Holder expansive new federal powers over state elections, including the ability to barge into polling places to monitor the use of foreign language election materials. It would also give Holder the power to block election integrity measures like Voter ID and citizenship verification."
Holder has earned a reputation for being one of the most partisan attorneys general in American history, litigating against states that have chosen to adopt election security reforms including voter ID.
On Friday, Jan. 17, Sensenbrenner was to hold a conference call to discuss his bill. He was to be joined on the call by far-left leaders, including Nancy Zirkin of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Deborah Vagins of the ACLU, and Tanya Clay House, from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law.
Voter Fraud in New York -- Proof that It's Easy | 01/14/14
Liberals who oppose efforts to prevent voter fraud claim that there is no fraud -- or at least not any that involves voting in person at the polls.
But New York City's watchdog Department of Investigations has just provided the latest evidence of how easy it is to commit voter fraud that is almost undetectable. DOI undercover agents showed up at 63 polling places last fall and pretended to be voters who should have been turned away by election officials; the agents assumed the names of individuals who had died or moved out of town, or who were sitting in jail. In 61 instances, or 97 percent of the time, the testers were allowed to vote.
Texas Vote Buying Schemes in the Spotlight | 01/13/14
Donna, TX -- Three women working as politiqueras in the 2012 elections in Donna were arrested by F.B.I. agents in December and accused of giving residents cash, drugs, beer and cigarettes in exchange for their votes.
According to court documents, the typical payment to a voter was $10, a sign of the extreme poverty in the Rio Grande Valley, which is home to some of the poorest counties in America. Two of the three women -- Rebecca Gonzalez and Guadalupe Escamilla -- are accused of paying some voters as little as $3 for each of their votes. One voter was given a pack of cigarettes. Others were taken to buy drugs after they received cash for voting for a politiquera's candidate.
True the Vote and Judicial Watch have reached a "historic" settlement with Ohio to ensure clean voter rolls in that state. The settlement is historic because it marks the first case brought by a private party under Section 8 of Motor Voter against a state to require the clean up of corrupted state voter rolls.
Last fall, the American Civil Rights Union was the first private organization to reach a settlement under Motor Voter, securing consent decrees in federal court with two Mississippi counties.
Fighting Voter ID Laws Is Part of Massive Liberal Plan | 01/09/14
A month after President Barack Obama won reelection, top brass from three dozen of the most powerful groups in liberal politics met at the headquarters of the National Education Association (NEA), a few blocks north of the White House. '
At the end of the day, many of the attendees closed with a pledge of money and staff resources to build a national, coordinated campaign around three goals: getting big money out of politics, expanding the voting rolls while fighting voter ID laws, and rewriting Senate rules to curb the use of the filibuster to block legislation. The groups in attendance pledged a total of millions of dollars and dozens of organizers to form a united front.
Tea Party Pushing Voter ID in California | 01/08/14
California conservatives and Tea Partiers have launched a campaign to pass a voter ID measure via ballot initiative, sidelining the state's Democratic-controlled legislature.
The California Secretary of State's office announced on Dec. 31 that proponents of a measure that would require voters to present "government-issued photo-identification" can begin collecting the 504,760 signatures needed to put it on the ballot in November. They have until the end of May to gather the signatures.
The campaign is being led by Elise Richmond, a southern California talk show host and conservative Republican activist.
MSNBC Guest: Voter ID Reforms Are 'Anti-American' | 01/07/14
On January 6, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell began her Andrea Mitchell Reports segment on voting rights lamenting how in 2013 "[t]he Supreme Court effectively gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act in June last year when the court struck down a key provision opening the door for states and localities to undo nearly a half century of voting rights gains." Appearing alongside Ms. Mitchell was Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP, who charged that new voting laws across the nation were "anti-American."
Mitchell tipped her hand by calling such policies "voting rights restrictions" and voiced her support for the NAACP's efforts.
Elections Will Test New Voter ID Law in Arkansas | 01/02/14
LITTLE ROCK -- Three special elections in January will test Arkansas' new voter ID law that took effect Wednesday.
On Jan. 14, voters in Craighead County will elect a state senator to replace Sen. Paul Bookout, who resigned in August after he was cited by the Arkansas Ethics Commission. Poll workers will be trained about the law before the election, Craighead County Election Commissioner Scott McDaniel told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
The voter-identification requirement was approved by the Legislature during the 2013 session. Previously, poll workers asked voters for identification but voters were not required to produce it before casting a ballot.
Texas Voting Rate Increased after Photo ID Law | 12/18/13
The Economist magazine has noticed a fact that has been available to anyone who took the time to check it for more than a month: After passing voter ID, the voting rate in Texas increased. By a lot.
[T]he results of the November elections in Texas surprised both sides. More than 1.1m Texans voted: turnout was two-thirds higher than in the previous off-year election. Whatever Democrats say, that hardly suggests widespread voter suppression. Republicans note that it is not hard to get a photo ID: Texans without driving licences can get voter-ID cards free from the state. Or they can use their concealed-handgun licence, naturally.
True the Vote Sues Two Colorado County Clerks | 12/18/13
A national conservative organization that aims to address voter fraud filed lawsuits on Dec. 16 against two Colorado county clerks for what it says is improper maintenance of voter rolls.
True the Vote alleges clerks from Gilpin and Mineral counties have voter registration rates -- according to the group's analysis -- of more than 100 percent, which it says signifies a problem.
As a result, the group says, the clerks haven't complied with the Voter Registration Act of 1993 by not making "a reasonable effort to conduct voter list maintenance programs in elections for federal office."
Kansas, Arizona Seek to Have Feds Require Citizenship on Forms | 12/10/13
The Secretaries of State of Kansas and Arizona are trying to force the federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to change federal voter registration forms, which do not require documented proof of U.S. citizenship, to match their state forms, which do.
Their lawsuit (Kobach, Bennett v. EAC) against the EAC is scheduled to be heard next week in U.S. District Court in Wichita.
Voting Machines Installed in All 75 Arkansas Counties | 12/09/13
Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin recently announced that the implementation of the state's photo-ID system is complete. The Secretary of State's office provided Voter ID systems to each of Arkansas's 75 counties, allowing each county clerk's office to produce photo identification cards at no charge for voters who don't have them.
"This project has put counties in compliance with the requirements of Act 595 of 2013. It also provides additional integrity to our electoral system," Martin said.
Act 595 requires that, as of Jan. 1, 2014, voters show photographic proof of identity.
Effort to Reinstate Preclearance for Election Laws Stalls | 12/09/13
WASHINGTON -- When the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act in June, Democrats and civil rights activists vowed to breathe new life into the landmark law. Six months later, they haven't gotten very far.
Efforts in Congress to restore preclearance, the process by which the Justice Department reviews state election law changes for their effect on minorities, have stalled. And though a lawsuit aims to restore review of Texas based on allegations of recent discrimination, it's months away from a hearing.
West Virginia County's Vote Fraud, Political Corruption Yield Convictions | 12/05/13
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said he believes the epidemic of political corruption in Mingo County has probably been stopped as a result of recent efforts by his office and others.
Goodwin was in a federal courtroom on Dec. 2 when former Mingo County Magistrate Dallas Toler pleaded guilty to federal vote fraud. Toler is the fourth former Mingo County elected official to plead guilty to various charges in recent months.
Drugs, Vote Fraud Led to Corruption in Eastern Kentucky | 12/02/13
There was a time when vote fraud was so pervasive in Clay County, Kentucky that a lot of honest people saw no reason to vote, said Ken Bolin, pastor of Manchester Baptist Church. "They knew it was already bought and paid for," Bolin said of local races.
Vote-buying is deeply rooted in Eastern Kentucky's political culture, helping to make the region a hot spot for federal public-corruption cases. From 2002 through 2011, there were 237 public-corruption convictions in the federal Eastern District of Kentucky, compared to 65 in the western district, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. It wasn't the first decade in which the eastern half of the state had one of the highest rates of corruption convictions per capita in the United States.
Virginia County Registrar Threatened with Lawsuits over Refusal to Clean Up Voter Rolls | 11/21/13
CHESTERFIELD (WRIC) - Chesterfield County Registrar Larry Haake is in a legal battle after refusing to purge thousands of voter names. Before this year's election, he and other registrars were told to erase the names of people who weren't legally allowed to vote in Virginia.
The Chesterfield County Registrar refused until after the election, claiming the list was full of errors.
Two groups -- the American Civil Rights Union and True the Vote -- are now threatening legal action, and demanding that he clean up the rolls.
Wisconsin House Passes Another Voter ID Bill | 11/18/13
MADISON -- The Wisconsin Assembly on Nov. 15 approved the new voter ID measure by a 54-38 vote, with all Republicans supporting it and all Democrats opposed. The measure requires that voters without a photo ID could still cast ballots if they bring a sworn statement to polling places stating they are too poor to afford a photo ID, could not obtain a birth certificate or other necessary documentation, or have a religious objection to being photographed.
The Republican-controlled Legislature previously approved a voter ID law in 2011, but it was blocked by judges in two different cases.
MSNBC's Ball Compares GOP Backing of Virginia Voter ID Law to "Jim Crow" | 11/14/13
Once again, a liberal at MSNBC has chosen to rewrite history by pretending that Republicans are the political party with a history of denying minorities the right to vote. Appearing on her daily MSNBC show, liberal co-host Krystal Ball went on a tirade against Republicans in Virginia claiming they are the "rightful heir to the Jim Crow legacy."
Wisconsin Trial over Voter ID Law Underway | 11/11/13
A federal trial began on Nov. 4 over Wisconsin's voter ID law. The trial involves two cases and is expected to last two weeks. A Dane County judge in a different case has already blocked the law, but opponents of voter ID are pursuing the federal litigation in an attempt to ensure the requirement never goes back into effect.
Minorities and senior citizens testified about costly and time-consuming difficulties they said they faced in getting photo IDs. Assistant attorneys general defended the law in court, saying requiring IDs was a reasonable way to curb fraud and maintain public confidence in the way the state runs elections.
Five More Plead Guilty in Kentucky Vote Fraud Case | 11/11/13
LEXINGTON -- Five former officials in Clay County have pleaded guilty to charges in a case that alleged widespread vote fraud, bringing the case to a close.
Three others charged in the case previously pleaded guilty. All eight were charged with being part of a racketeering conspiracy that used the county Board of Elections as a tool to buy or steal votes in 2002, 2004 and 2006.
"Dirty voter rolls are Step One to vote fraud," said J. Christian Adams, American Civil Rights Union Policy board member.
WASHINGTON D.C. ---- The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) sent a notice to Apache County, Arizona officials that they are violating Section 8 of the National Voter Registration ("Motor Voter") Act. The county has more registered voters in the state than voting age-eligible residents, according to official data from the U.S. Census and state voter registration office.
WASHINGTON D.C. ---- The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) has sent notices to numerous Alabama counties that they are in violation of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration ("Motor Voter") Act. The counties have more registered voters than voting age-eligible residents, according to official data from the U.S. Census and state voter registration offices.
WASHINGTON D.C. ---- The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) has put numerous Kentucky counties on notice that they are violating Section 8 of the National Voter Registration ("Motor Voter") Act. The counties have more registered voters than voting age-eligible residents, according to official data from the U.S. Census and state voter registration.
MIAMI -- Congressman Joe Garcia's former chief of staff will head to jail for orchestrating a fraudulent, online absentee-ballot request scheme during last year's elections.
Jeffrey Garcia (no relation), the Miami Democratic congressman's longtime political strategist, will spend 90 days in jail as part of a plea deal reached with the Miami-Dade state attorney's office, the Miami Herald has learned.
Prosecutors tied Jeffrey Garcia to hundreds of phony ballot requests submitted for last year's elections on behalf of unsuspecting voters without their permission.
ACRU Warns Virginia County to Clean Up Voter Rolls | 10/23/13
The American Civil Rights Union announced October 22 that a letter was sent to Chesterfield County, Virginia officials requesting that ACRU attorneys be allowed to inspect county voting registration records before the November statewide election.
Second Mississippi County Agrees to Clean Voter Rolls | 10/22/13
JACKSON, Mississippi -- A second county in south Mississippi has agreed to clean up its inflated voter rolls after being sued by a conservative group (the ACRU) that said the county failed to purge the names of people who had died, moved away or been convicted of disenfranchising felonies.
In a consent decree filed this past Friday in federal court, Jefferson Davis County said that by Jan. 31, it will identify people on the rolls who are no longer eligible to vote.
USA Today Poll: 8 in 10 Support Photo IDs | 10/18/13
Moves by Texas and elsewhere to require photo IDs for voters have sparked controversy, Democratic protests and Justice Department investigations. But in the survey, eight in 10 Americans support the idea, including 70% of Democrats.
States Join Forces to Scrub Voter Rolls | 10/16/13
More than half of states are now working in broad alliances to scrub voter rolls of millions of questionable registrations, identifying people registered in multiple states and tens of thousands of dead voters who linger on election lists.
Dems Fight Clean-Up of Virginia's Voter Rolls | 10/16/13
Election officials across Virginia are grappling with how to follow through with a directive from the State Board of Elections to purge up to 57,000 registered voters from the state rolls -- a move that has prompted a lawsuit from the Democratic Party of Virginia and outright defiance by at least one registrar.
Jimmy Carter's Change of Heart on Voter ID | 10/15/13
Once upon a time, less than 10 years ago, many Democrats supported strong voter ID laws. Now they say such laws are "racist."
Recently, former President Jimmy Carter told a crowd commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington: "I believe we all know how Dr. King would have reacted to the new I.D. requirements to exclude certain voters, especially African-Americans."
Mr. Carter co-chaired the Commission on Federal Election Reform, whose 2005 report, "Building Confidence in U.S. Elections," strongly recommended voter-ID laws and other reforms to ensure election integrity.
WSJ: Eric Holder's 2014 Racial Politics | 10/09/13
"For Eric Holder, American racial history is frozen in the 1960s," according to a Wall Street Journal editorial.
"The Supreme Court ruled in June that a section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is no longer justified due to racial progress, but the U.S. Attorney General has launched a campaign to undo the decision state-by-state. His latest target is North Carolina, which he seems to think is run from the grave by the early version of George Wallace."
Attacking North Carolina's new voter ID law as the "harshest voter suppression law in the nation," the ACLU's North Carolina chapter saluted the U.S. Justice Department for filing a lawsuit on Sept. 30 challenging the law.
Like Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., the ACLU considers minorities haplessly incompetent at the monumental task of acquiring IDs. The Justice Department's lawsuit claims that minority voters are less likely to have common photo IDs and that shortening the early voting period would also disproportionately affect minorities.
Holder Sues North Carolina over Voter ID Law | 10/01/13
The Justice Department filed suit on Monday to block North Carolina's new voter-ID law, with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. accusing state Republicans of engaging in a deliberate effort to suppress black voter turnout.
"The Obama Justice Department's baseless claims about North Carolina's election reform law are nothing more than an obvious attempt to quash the will of the voters and hinder a hugely popular voter ID requirement," North Carolina State Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis, both Republicans, said.
Texas AG: Obamacare Would Not Be Law Without Vote Fraud | 09/30/13
Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, discussed voting rights, redistricting and Texas' voter ID law at a panel in Austin on Sept. 28 and made the argument that the Affordable Care Act would not have passed into law without "voter fraud."
Abbott, speaking at the Texas Tribune festival, said Minnesota Senator Al Franken won his seat, which was decided by a 312-vote margin, because of voter fraud and that his subsequent vote on the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, wouldn't have been cast.
Judicial Watch Mobilizing for Fight over Election Integrity | 09/26/13
Judicial Watch is mobilizing resources for the fight over election integrity -- the organization has just announced the hiring of former Department of Justice Voting Section Deputy Chief Robert Popper. This is very bad news for vote fraudsters, vote deniers, and organizations (including Eric Holder's Justice Department) that stand in the way of election integrity.
A coalition of groups -- including True the Vote, American Civil Rights Union, and Judicial Watch, among others -- have partnered with former Justice Department Voting Section lawyers to fix this situation.
No Voting Machines, No Concerns about Election Fraud in Germany | 09/24/13
The voting process in Germany is strictly regulated to rule out any possible election fraud. Even electronic voting machines, which could malfunction, have been banned by the country's Constitutional Court. ...Before polling stations open, the volunteers will check to ensure ballot boxes are indeed empty. During the election they'll make sure that everybody has an ID with them and can show the documents every citizen receives by mail proving that they are eligible to vote.
Maryland Woman Pleads Guilty to Vote Fraud | 09/24/13
A Frederick County woman pleaded guilty to vote fraud after she was charged with signing her dead mother's name on an absentee ballot in the 2012 presidential election, the state prosecutor's office announced on Sept. 19.
Elsie Virginia Schildt, 46, was sentenced to probation before judgment and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service in the first 120 days of her probation.
For Those Who Don't Believe in Election Fraud | 09/24/13
"Yes, the Rizzo-Royster race turned on vote fraud," admitted the Kansas City Star's Barbara Shelly in a crow-eating column nearly three years after it would do any good. For years the Star has routinely mocked anyone who dared suggest vote fraud was a problem....
What follows is a letter from a young Democrat who observed the process up close. The letter details the various tools Democrats use to steal elections and kill would-be Democratic reformers in the womb. It is edited only for length and clarity.
NAACP, Others Join Justice Dept. Suit Against Texas ID Law | 09/20/13
AUSTIN -- The Mexican American Legislative Caucus and the Texas NAACP filed a lawsuit on Sept. 17 to overturn the state's Voter ID law, joining the Justice Department in fighting the law.
The two groups filed their petition with a federal court in Corpus Christi, the same court where other civil rights groups and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder are fighting the requirement that voters must show a government-issued photo ID card to cast a ballot.
WASHINGTON D.C. ---- The American Civil Rights Union has put numerous Texas counties on notice via letters that they are violating Section 8 of the National Voter Registration ("Motor Voter") Act. The counties have more registered voters than voting age-eligible residents, according to official data from the U.S. Census and state voter registration offices.
Dem Chairwoman Claims Voter 'Suppression' Led to Recall Defeat of Colorado Legislators | 09/11/13
Democratic National chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz charged Wednesday that "voter suppression" led to the defeat of two prominent Democratic lawmakers in Colorado, including the state Senate president.
"The recall elections in Colorado were defined by the vast array of obstacles that special interests threw in the way of voters for the purpose of reversing the will of the legislature and the people. This was voter suppression, pure and simple," Wasserman Schultz said in a statement.
The Latest Evidence of Voter Fraud — and Discrimination | 09/10/13
Obama-administration officials and their liberal camp-followers who routinely claim there is no reason to worry about election integrity because vote fraud is nonexistent suffered some embarrassing setbacks last week.
Federal law requires states to clean up their voter rolls. In 2009, the Obama Justice Department dismissed, with no explanation, a lawsuit filed by the Bush administration asking Missouri for such a clean-up. It has since taken no action against any other state or jurisdiction since it has an unofficial policy of not enforcing this requirement. But private parties are starting to force changes.
In Mississippi last Wednesday, the American Civil Rights Union won a significant victory for election integrity when a federal judge approved a consent decree in which Walthall County agreed to finally clean up its bloated voter-registration list. The county has more registered voters than the Census says it has eligible voters. The ACRU sued the county (which went for Romney in 2012) under Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which requires election officials to maintain accurate voter rolls through a regular program that removes ineligible voters.
ACRU Court Victory Means Dead People, Felons Will Finally be Taken Off Voter Rolls in Mississippi County | 09/10/13
The American Civil Rights Union landed a major victory this week when a U.S. District Judge in the Southern District of Mississippi signed a consent decree to clean up Walthall County's voter registration rolls. Census data for the county shows there are 9,536 people over the age of 18. The problem, however, is that there are 10,078 active voters listed on official records, which prompted ACRU to sue officials in the county earlier this year.
"This is historic and should have been done 20 years ago," ACRU Chairman Susan A. Carleson said in a statement. "It's the first time since Motor Voter [National Voter Registration Act] was enacted in 1993 giving private parties the right to sue over voting irregularities that any private party has won a case to require clean voter rolls. With the Justice Department on the warpath against state election integrity laws, it couldn't come at a better time."
Mississippi County Forced by Federal Court to Purge Bloated Voter Rolls | 09/10/13
A former U.S. Justice Department attorney is pleased that a federal court has ordered a Mississippi county to clean up its voter registration, which had more registered voters than voting age-eligible residents.
In April, the American Civil Rights Union sued Walthall County, Mississippi officials under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, commonly called Motor Voter.
Late last week, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi entered a final consent decree, requiring the defendants to clean up their voter rolls.
Court Victory for Voter Integrity in Mississippi | 09/06/13
U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett in the Southern District of Mississippi signed a consent decree to clean up a county's voter registration rolls in response to a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU), a conservative counterweight to the ACLU, in a Wednesday ruling.
The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA, also called Motor Voter) lowered the requirements for registering to vote in many ways, some of which carry significant risks of voter fraud. But it also empowers private entities to sue to enforce various provisions in NVRA.
Miss. County Won't Let Dead People Vote Anymore; Zombie Voting Rights Uncertain | 09/06/13
Under a consent decree filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, dead people who used to live in Mississippi's Walthall County will no longer be allowed to vote there.
The A.P. this morning first reported the deal, in which the county agreed to scrub its voter rolls of people who shouldn't be voting, including, but not limited to disenfranchised felons, cadavers used for medical research, people who live in Alaska, Civil War veterans and mummies.
Walthall County Agrees to Clear Inflated Voter Roll | 09/05/13
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- South Mississippi's Walthall County has agreed to purge the names of ineligible voters from its voter registration roll, including those of any dead people and disenfranchised felons whose names appear.
The agreement was filed Wednesday in a consent order (PDF) in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg. The American Civil Rights Union sued two south Mississippi counties, Walthall and Jefferson Davis, in April. The lawsuits said the counties both had more registered voters than residents who were at least 18, the minimum voting age.
ACRU Wins Historic Consent Decree for Mississippi County to Clean Up Voter Rolls | 09/05/13
HATTIESBURG, MS ---- Officials in Walthall County, Mississippi, were sued in April by the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (commonly called "Motor Voter") for having more registered voters than voting-age-eligible residents.
On Wednesday, the parties settled the case. The United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi entered a final Walthall County Consent Decree requiring the defendants to clean up the county's voter rolls.
Holder: Feds Will Sue over Voter ID, but Not over Weed | 09/04/13
Mississippi columnist Sid Salter: Seems U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is fully prepared to sue Southern states over Voter ID laws, but is not willing to sue Colorado and Washington in their efforts to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana.
Holder's logic is apparently that while states should have lots of leeway on how they deal with enforcement of federal laws against smoking and selling weed, states should not have that same leeway when it comes to efforts to fight perceived voter fraud.
ACLU of Iowa Asks Judge to Block Effort to Remove Ineligible Voters from Rolls | 09/04/13
The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa
has asked a Polk County judge to permanently block a state rule guiding
the removal of ineligible voters from the rolls. The
request for summary judgment in the lawsuit against Iowa Secretary of
State Matt Schulz is the latest turn in a case that has gone on for
nearly a year.
If granted, the rule that Schultz's office
enacted earlier this year outlining a process for identifying and
removing noncitizens from the state voter rolls would be invalidated.
ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office arrested three men on Aug. 27 on vote fraud charges. Earlier this year, officials at the Board of Elections contacted St. Louis County police about potential vote fraud. An investigation by St. Louis County detectives led them to the suspects.
3 Set to Plead Guilty in Kentucky Vote Fraud Case | 09/04/13
LEXINGTON - A former magistrate and two business owners whose convictions were overturned in a federal vote-buying case plan to plead guilty. The three were among eight Clay County residents convicted in 2010. In overturning their convictions, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that the trial judge allowed prosecutors to present evidence that was inadmissible. No date has been set for the re-arraignments.
Two Somali Immigrants Charged with Double Voting in Minnesota | 08/28/13
About 50 men and women packed a Rice County courtroom on August 27 as two Somali women pleaded not guilty to charges of voter fraud stemming from the general election last November.
Farhiya Abdi Dool, 38, and Amina A Hassan, 31, each face one felony charge of unlawful voting for voting once by absentee ballot and once at a polling place during the 2012 general election. Each woman faces five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the offense.
Meet the Radical DOJ Lawyers Suing Texas over Voter ID | 08/27/13
PJ Media has reported on the radical lawyers in the Voting Section, including those who authored the complaint against Texas. Here's a refresher from ACRU Policy Board member J. Christian Adams:
Meredith Bell-Platts comes from the ACLU's Voting Rights Project. Anna Baldwin is a former field coordinator for Equality Florida and was a member of Harvard's "Queer Resistance Front." Daniel Freeman was a fellow at the New York Civil Liberties Union and an intern for the ACLU.
Kansas, Arizona Sue U.S. over Citizenship Issue | 08/27/13
Kansas and Arizona have sued the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, seeking a court order forcing it to amend voter registration forms for those states so that people signing up are required to prove they're citizens.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. sued Texas on Aug. 22, escalating the battle over voting rights and saying the Legislature was intentionally trying to discriminate against Hispanics when it redrew its congressional district maps and passed a voter-ID law.
What the Media Won't Tell about North Carolina's New Voter ID Law | 08/26/13
Here's a question for the media from Newsbusters' Kevin Mooney: "If it's racist to ask voters for a
form of identification at their polling place, why isn't it then racist
to also ask for identification before stepping inside a plane, or into a
federal building, filling out a job application or opening up a bank
"That's an obvious question that the Los Angeles Times has declined to ask so far."
Ohio Lawmaker Wants to Reduce Early Voting | 08/26/13
An Ohio state lawmaker wants to see early voting cut in half. State Rep. John Becker, a Clermont County Republican, thinks the current 35 days is too long. Becker points out that there are already 13 hours of voting on Election Day and you can vote absentee by mail in addition to the two weeks of in-person voting he would still allow for under his bill. It would not include any weekend voting hours. Democrats oppose the bill.
Post Office Investigates Possible Absentee Ballot Fraud in Alabama | 08/26/13
MOBILE -- U.S. Postal Service officials have launched an investigation into the mailing of several absentee ballots for the Mobile municipal elections, after a postal worker reported what appeared to be voter fraud. Postal officials questioned the mailing of numerous ballots bearing similar handwriting, as well as multiple ballots from the same voters being mailed almost daily.
GOP, Dems at Odds over New Colorado Same-Day Law | 08/26/13
A politically polarizing new election law will get its first test run during the Sept. 10 recall elections in Pueblo and Colorado Springs. Same-day voter registration became mandatory with an elections overhaul bill that was signed into law in May.
Democrats say allowing voters to register on election day provides greater access to the polls; Republicans say it will lead to rampant election fraud.
Hillary Clinton: America's Anti-Vote-Fraud Laws Are Racist | 08/19/13
Hillary Clinton, the former first lady and Senator, used her first big policy speech since leaving the State Department to portray American election laws as fundamentally racist. A Wall Street Journal editorial provides the eye-opening details.
Zombies in Maryland Remain on the Rolls | 08/16/13
Zombies, who just won't stay in the graveyard, are back with us again, and not just on the screen in "World War Z" and "The Walking Dead." It turns out that 1,100 of the dearly departed are active in Maryland politics.
Maybe lots more than that. The nonpartisan watchdog group Election Integrity Maryland sampled 36,000 names on the state's voter rolls and counted 1,100 who had gone to a better precinct in the sky.
North Carolina Law's Opponents, Defenders Sharpen Swords | 08/14/13
As the plaintiffs in the lawsuits filed in federal and state court explained their challenges of the new elections law, advocates of IDs and other revisions worked to bolster their cases.
J. Christian Adams, a former U.S. Justice Department lawyer, issued a statement Tuesday that was critical of the NAACP and ACLU, organizations behind two of the lawsuits.
"Groups like the NAACP and ACLU have consistently opposed every election integrity measure, and have even opposed any compromises," said Adams, who is an American Civil Rights Union policy board member.
Iowa Inquiry into Vote Fraud Moving Ahead, Sec. State Says | 08/12/13
CORALVILLE, Iowa --- After a couple of "hiccups" getting started, a
state investigation into voter fraud is "moving in the right direction"
and Iowans will begin seeing results soon, according to Secretary of
State Matt Schultz.
Ex-Judge, Five Others Out of Prison Awaiting Retrial on Vote-Buying Charges | 08/06/13
CLAY COUNTY, KY -- A former southeastern Kentucky judge and five
others have been released from prison until they are retried in October
on federal charges that they engineered a vote-buying scheme that
stretched across three election cycles.
New York County Election Official Back on Job after 94-Count Indictment | 08/06/13
Dutchess County Democratic Election
Commissioner Fran Knapp was back at work after pleading not guilty
to a 94-count indictment, which follows a pattern of other election
officials who have faced criminal charges.
61, of the City of Poughkeepsie was charged with 46 felonies, involving
45 counts of misconduct of an election officer and one count of making
an apparently sworn false statement, class E felonies. She also faces 48 class A misdemeanors.
Station's Report Claims Vote Fraud Not an Issue in North Carolina | 08/01/13
RALEIGH: An NBC affiliate TV station in North Carolina says that "only" 121 vote fraud cases from 2012 show that vote fraud is not an issue:
"One of the more compelling arguments for voter identification is the suppression of voter fraud. But for North Carolina, the number of cases of voter fraud reported by the state Board of Elections is minimal. In 2012, nearly 7 million ballots were cast in the general and two primary elections. Of those 6,947,317 ballots, the state Board of Elections said 121 alleged cases of voter fraud were referred to the appropriate district attorney's office."
A Frederick County woman has been charged with illegal voting in
the 2012 presidential election, the Office of the State Prosecutor
announced. Elsie Virginia Schildt, 46, was indicted by the Frederick County
grand jury for charges of impersonating another person in an attempt to
vote, attempting to vote under a false name, and attempting to vote more
than once in the same election. Each charge is punishable by up to five
years imprisonment and a fine of $2,500.
J. Christian Adams Testifies on the Voting Rights Act | 07/26/13
On July 18, 2013, ACRU Policy Board member J. Christian Adams delivered the following testimony on the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County before the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.
Ohio Woman Convicted of Vote Fraud Wanted to 'Test the System' | 07/17/13
Beavercreek resident Virginia McMillan, who was sentenced to 20 days in jail after being convicted in June of election falsification last November, told local officials her intent was to "test the system," according to court records obtained by Media Trackers.
Ex-Arkansas Legislator Sentenced for Vote Fraud | 07/17/13
LITTLE ROCK - A judge has sentenced a former east Arkansas legislator convicted of election fraud to three years of probation, including nine months of home confinement. Former Democratic Rep. Hudson Hallum pleaded guilty in September, along with his father and two campaign workers to charges of bribing voters and using absentee ballots to commit fraud in the 2011 election for his seat. He was sentenced on June 20.
Expert Claims Voter ID Law Will Disenfranchise Half Million People | 07/16/13
Bernard Siskin, a statistical expert who has consulted for companies and government agencies, testified that about 511,000 registered voters in Pennsylvania lack the
state-issued IDs required at the polls under the new law, which was
passed last spring but has yet to be enforced. State officials say they have made free IDs easier to access.
Trial over Pennsylvania Photo ID Law Begins | 07/16/13
Opening arguments were held on Monday in Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court over the state's requirement that all voters in this key swing state provide photo I.D. when voting. The law has been in place for the last three elections but has not yet been enforced because of temporary injunctions.
The Blueprint: How the Left Hopes to Capture America | 07/09/13
The Left's strategy for unhindered political power continues to be refined, says a new report from Capital Research Center. In this electoral juggernaut, an increasing role is played by statewide networks of nonprofits that battle in the fields of media, the courts, think tanks, and grassroots organizing. Colorado was one of the first states to fall, but now the Left has its sights set on no less than Texas.
MONTGOMERY -- Top Alabama officials say voters apparently will have to present photo identification at the polls in the next election. Gov. Robert Bentley, Secretary of State Beth Chapman and Attorney General Luther Strange said the Supreme Court's ruling on June 24 throwing out part of the federal Voting Rights Act means the state does not have to submit for preclearance a new law requiring voters to show photo identification.
North Carolina Voter ID Back on Track for Passage | 07/02/13
RALEIGH -- Voter identification legislation in North Carolina will pick
up steam again now that the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down part of
the Voting Rights Act, a key General Assembly leader said.
Arizona Ruling Partly Blocks Georgia Voter ID Law | 07/02/13
Last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling partly blocks Georgia from enforcing a law requiring would-be voters to prove U.S. citizenship, Secretary of State Brian Kemp said.
In a 7-2 decision on June 24, the court ruled a similar statute in Arizona is pre-empted by federal law. Passed in 2009, Georgia's law requires voter registration applicants to provide proof of U.S. citizenship, such as copies of passports or birth certificates.
As President Obama and his family tour Africa, the White House put out a Fact Sheet that touts a $53 million program in Kenya that helps young people "obtain National identification cards, a prerequisite to voter registration."
With the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, the way is cleared for more states to adopt laws requiring photo IDs and other measures that ensure election integrity, the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) said in a press release.
Supreme Court Buries Section 5 of Voting Rights Act | 06/25/13
The Supreme Court has decided Shelby v. Holder. It is one of the most important decisions in decades, writes J. Christian Adams.
Now, federal preclearance of state election procedures seems to be forever dead and buried. While some Congressional Republicans had vowed to enact new legislation to "fix" any coverage formula deemed unconstitutional, the Court opinion today offers almost no room to do so.
Former Arkansas Legislator Sentenced in Vote Fraud Case | 06/24/13
LITTLE ROCK -- A former Arkansas
lawmaker and his father were each sentenced June 20 to three years of
probation, including nine months of home detention, and fined for
conspiring to commit election fraud in a scheme that included destroying
ballots and exchanging money and food for votes.
Supreme Court Nears Ruling on Voter Rights Cases | 06/10/13
Rulings on two key voting rights cases could reshape how Americans nationwide cast ballots in federal elections. The more high-profile of the two pending rulings involves an Alabama county that is pushing back against federal oversight of its election procedures.
Colorado Dems Push Through Same-Day Voter Registration | 06/04/13
DENVER (AP) -- In a bitter fight, Colorado Democrats recently muscled
through the Statehouse a massive elections reform bill that allows
voters to register up until Election Day and still cast their ballots.
It's the latest -- and most substantial -- development in a nationwide
Democratic Party effort to strike back at two years of Republican
success in passing measures to require identification at polling places
and purge rolls of suspect voters.
Election Commission Co-Chair Is Foe of Voter ID | 06/04/13
The co-chair President Barack Obama appointed to help lead the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, Robert F. Bauer, said during the 2012 election that voter ID laws are a Republican tactic to suppress lawful votes.
Appeals Court Upholds Wisconsin Voter ID Law | 06/04/13
MADISON -- A state appeals court on Thursday overturned a Dane
County judge's decision that found Wisconsin's voter ID law violated the
state constitution, but the ID requirement remains blocked because of a
ruling in a separate case.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted released a report on May 23 on the 2012 election that liberals claim shows no threat of serious vote fraud in the Buckeye State. For perspective, here's a line from an article from the Wall Street Journal Political Diary, August 4, 2011: "It's somewhat surprising to see a Republican secretary of state, Ohio's Jon Husted, effectively kill a nascent voter ID law before it was put to a vote in the Republican-controlled state Senate."
Ohio Vote Fraud Cases Sent to Attorney General | 05/28/13
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says he is forwarding 20 cases of
double-voting to the office of Attorney General Mike DeWine.
On May 23, Husted released the first ever statewide report on voter fraud based on
a review of cases by Ohio's 88 county boards of elections and the
Secretary of State's office following the 2012 Presidential Election.
'Founders Had These Guys in Mind,' Adams Says of Holder's Justice Dept. | 05/22/13
ACRU Policy Board Member J. Christian Adams, in an Alabama speech, said Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and political appointees are undermining the rule of law. The framers drafted the Constitution to prevent that kind of corruption, he said.
The NorCal Tea Party Patriots filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, according to Reuters, arguing its constitutional rights were violated when the IRS targeted its application for nonprofit status. The lawsuit seeks class-action status, meaning it could become the major suit between conservative groups and the IRS.
A Houston-based nonprofit dedicated to fighting voter
fraud, True the Vote has filed suit in federal court against the IRS, asking the court
to grant its tax-exempt status (three years after applying) and seeking
damages for unlawful actions taken by the IRS against the organization.
13,000 in Maryland Still on District of Columbia's Records | 05/20/13
Washington, D.C. has failed to remove from its voting rolls as many as 13,000 former
residents who years ago moved to Prince George's County and cast ballots
there, making fraud by voting in two jurisdictions as easy as going to
the polls in their old neighborhoods, The Washington Times found in a
review of records.
Ridding the Voter Rolls of the Dead and Ineligible | 05/02/13
"The status quo is an embarrassment, it's lawless, it's criminal, it violates federal law, and the answer is to fix it," said J. Christian Adams in explaining why he and two other former Justice Department attorneys filed suits in two Mississippi counties over their voter rolls on behalf of the ACRU.
Adams: Colorado Dems Remaking Election Process | 05/02/13
J. Christian Adams warns that, "Something is happening in Colorado, and you better pay attention.
Colorado Democrats, with the active help of some Republican county
election clerks interested in shirking work, have devised a
revolutionary plan to remake future Colorado elections.
"The plan is simple - ballots are automatically mailed out to every
single person on the voter rolls. Ballots are even mailed to people
listed as "inactive" voters at their last known address. Ballots are
then voted and returned by mail. No more polling places. No more
voters actually demonstrating an interest in participating in an
Mississippi Cases Could Have Ripple Effect | 05/01/13
Two Mississippi counties are facing lawsuits filed by the American Civil Rights Union
(ACRU) that seek injunctions to compel election officials in Jefferson
Davis and Walthall Counties to clean up their voter rolls. The two
cases could have a nationwide ripple effect if the plaintiffs prevail.
Spakovsky: ACRU's Mississippi Lawsuits Fill 'Breach' Left by Justice Department | 04/30/13
In an article for PJ Media, election expert Hans von Spakovsky reviews the American Civil Rights Union's lawsuits to clean up voter rolls in Mississippi:
"The ACRU is stepping into the breach left by the Civil Rights
Division of the U.S. Justice Department.Under Assistant Attorney
General Thomas Perez (now nominated
to head the U.S. Department of Labor), the division has refused to
enforce Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act, also known as
the Motor Voter law. Section 8 requires states to remove ineligible
voters from their registration lists."
Indiana Jury Convicts Two of Vote Fraud in 2008 Presidential Ballot Petition Case | 04/29/13
A jury has convicted two former Indiana Democratic Party officials on multiple counts of election fraud stemming from false signatures on candidate petitions for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in 2008.
Jefferson Davis County in southwest Mississippi has the distinction of being named after Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis. That's good or bad, depending on whether you regard what occurred between 1861 and 1865 as the Civil War or as the War Between the States.
Jefferson Davis County may soon have another distinction as the place where a serious national legal effort to push back against vote fraud was launched.
On April 26, three former U.S. Justice Department attorneys filed lawsuits on behalf of the ACRU in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi seeking an order to compel election officials in Jefferson Davis County, as well as in nearby Walthall County, to clean up their voter rolls.
WASHINGTON D.C. (April 26, 2013) ---- On behalf of the American Civil
Rights Union, three former U.S. Justice Department attorneys filed
lawsuits today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of
Mississippi seeking an injunction to compel election officials in
Jefferson Davis County and Walthall County to clean up their voter
Like hundreds around the nation, these two counties have more active
registered voters than there are voting age-eligible residents,
according to data from the U.S. Census and state voter registration
Adams: Civil Rights Division Ignored Criminality, Harassed Americans | 04/25/13
J. Christian Adams, an ACRU Policy Board member and former
Justice Department attorney, told members of the House Judiciary Committee on
April 16, 2013 that the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice has
overlooked criminal behavior within its ranks while at the same time pursuing "abusive and meritless cases against
Americans who are exercising free speech rights as well as states enacting
voter integrity measures - so meritless that courts have imposed cost sanctions
against the Division."
A former Democratic official and a Board of Elections worker are accused of being part of a plot that has raised questions over whether President Obama's campaign -- when he was a candidate in 2008 -- submitted enough legitimate signatures to have legally qualified for the presidential primary ballot.
The two face charges of orchestrating an illegal scheme to fake the petitions that enabled then-candidates Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton, to qualify for the race in Indiana.
ACORN Fraudster Led Effort against Texas Voter Reform Bills, Lawmakers Told | 04/17/13
In a letter to Texas legislators, TruetheVote's Catherine Engelbrecht defends three proposed bills and notes that a group missive assailing the bills has an interesting pedigree: "The principle signer and ostensibly the author of the letter submitted to the Committee, Amy Busefink, was convicted of fraud in Nevada, where she was charged with 14 felony counts for illegal voter registration practices in her capacity as a supervisor with ACORN in 2008."
Arkansas Lawmakers Override Veto of Voter ID Law | 04/10/13
LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas legislators passed a law on April 1 requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, overriding Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of the bill, which he called an expensive solution to a non-existent problem.
The Republican-led state House voted 52-45, largely along party lines, to complete an override that started in the GOP-controlled Senate on a 21-12 vote last week. Only a simple majority was needed in each chamber.
Nothing is quite so implausible as a Democrat claiming he's against something because it's "too expensive." Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he vetoed a prospective law requiring voters to show identification before casting a ballot because
it would cost $300,000.
Nearly three dozen other states are still solvent after adopting similar voter-ID
laws. On Tuesday, Virginia became the latest, with Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell's signature on a voter-ID bill that takes effect in November 2014.
Heritage Report: 'Universal Voter Registration' Would Cause 'Chaos' | 03/28/13
Hans von Spakovsky examines "universal voter registration" and finds that it "could significantly damage the integrity of America's voter registration system. The 'voter registration modernization' concept of automatically registering individuals through information contained in various existing government databases would throw the current system into chaos."
RICHMOND - Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed legislation into law that will require voters to carry photo identification with them to the polls, starting next year in Virginia. Democrats decried the action as a Jim Crow-era tactic to suppress the votes of the elderly, minorities and the underprivileged. Republicans cheered the new law as a check on potential vote fraud.
New Hampshire Voters Adjust to ID Law in March Elections, Officials Report | 03/25/13
Only months after it was implemented with great fanfare, Southern New Hampshire residents have adjusted to the state's new Voter ID Law, according to election officials. Mid-March elections saw voters across the state casting their ballots with little difficulty for the second time since the law took effect during the presidential election in November, Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan said.
Photo ID Bill Goes to Arkansas Governor | 03/25/13
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas lawmakers gave final approval on March 19 to legislation that would require voters to show photo identification
before casting a ballot, sending the Republican-backed measure to
Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's desk.
Alaska Voter ID Bill Criticized by Sen. Begich Moves Ahead | 03/21/13
JUNEAU -- A voter ID bill that drew sharp criticism from Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich on his recent visit to the Alaska Legislature is moving forward, with its sponsor denying the senator's claims about the bill.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada Assembly Republicans have unveiled a measure requiring photo identification to vote in person.
The bill was introduced on March 18, the deadline for individual legislators' bills to be introduced in both houses. AB319 requires voters to present some sort of visual identification before casting ballot in person. Acceptable ID would be a driver's license, military identification card, United States passport or a voter ID card issued by the county clerk.
Arizona Argues Its Case at Supreme Court | 03/19/13
Arizona Attorney General Thomas C. Horne told the Supreme Court on Monday that states carry the "burden" of determining voter eligibility and they can demand that residents prove their citizenship before registering to vote.
Conservative-leaning Justice Antonin Scalia seemed to agree with Arizona, saying a sworn oath of citizenship "is not proof at all."
Arizona and its supporters -- including other states with plans for similar laws -- say a signature isn't enough to combat voter fraud. And they argue the federal voting-rights law doesn't say that states can't impose additional citizenship requirements.
Supreme Court Hears Arizona Voter ID Case | 03/18/13
The Supreme Court on Monday, March 18, hears another case challenging the
right of a state to put in place new voting requirements.
At stake in the case--Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.-- is whether or not an Arizona law requiring Arizonans to show proof of citizenship at the voting booth will be upheld. The ACRU filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of Arizona.
Iowa Photo ID Bill Moves Out of House Committee | 03/11/13
DES MOINES (AP) -- House Republicans moved forward on Feb. 28 with a proposal that would require Iowa voters to show photo identification at polling places. Lawmakers in the House State Government Committee approved the legislation in a 12-8 vote split along party lines. The measure is backed by Secretary of State Matt Schultz, who has filed identical bills in the House and Senate.
The Creeping Federal Takeover of Elections | 03/05/13
President Obama's State of the Union address last month provided the latest national crisis to be solved by Washington, D.C.: waiting in line to vote. The president shared the emotional saga of Desiline Victor, a Florida centenarian who waited six hours to vote. He announced a presidential commission to address the matter.
Unfortunately, the president didn't tell the whole story about long lines and why he has suddenly become concerned.
Court Revisits Voting Rights Act; Liberals Flip Out | 03/04/13
Last Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard
oral arguments on a question not touched for nearly 50 years - namely,
the question of whether parts of the landmark Voting Rights Act (VRA) of
1965 still stand the test of constitutionality, and specifically a
section that has long plagued states' rights advocates.
Unfortunately for liberals, who view
the VRA as one of their landmark legislative achievements, the answer to
that question may well be "no," as manycourt analysts
seem to have viewed the oral arguments in the case as either an
unadulterated disaster for the government, or at least as a strong sign
that a majority of the court is willing to consider striking down at
least part of the act.
The Left Owns the Election Law Industry | 02/25/13
Before the 2000 presidential election, most Americans assumed the
mechanics of elections functioned smoothly,. The thirty-six day battle
for the presidency demonstrated otherwise. Today, most Americans still
assume the institutions, firms and foundations that fight about election
law disputes are equally matched and similarly funded as between left
and right. That is a dangerously incorrect assumption, says J. Christian Adams in this revealing piece, originally published on FrontPageMag.com in August 2011.
Long Lines, Tall Tales and Federalized Elections | 02/18/13
President Obama's State of the Union address contained a justification for more federal control over state
elections. In the past, creeping federalization over state elections was
properly justified by state racial discrimination, then the sketchier
reason of inadequate numbers of welfare recipients registering to vote.
The Voter Fraud that 'Never Happens' Keeps Coming Back | 02/12/13
Critics of voter ID and other laws cracking down on voter fraud claim they're unnecessary because fraud is nonexistent, likening it to being struck by lightning.
Well, lightning is suddenly all over Cincinnati, Ohio. The Hamilton County Board of Elections is investigating 19 possible cases of alleged voter fraud that occurred when Ohio was a focal point of the 2012 presidential election. A total of 19 voters and nine witnesses are part of the probe.
Tennessee Supreme Court Hears Voter ID Case | 02/07/13
Tennessee's Supreme Court was asked Wednesday to
decide whether the state's voter ID law deprives people of the right to
vote or if it's a necessary safeguard to prevent election fraud. And in a related issue, the court must determine whether a
city-issued library card with a photo can be used as identification to
Federal Suit Filed in Allen West's Election Defeat | 02/04/13
New ACRU Senior Fellow J. Christian Adams helped file a lawsuit today on behalf of TruetheVote challenging the conduct of election officials in the defeat of Rep. Allen West in the 18th Florida congressional district last November.
How to Neutralize the Left's Anti-Voter ID Campaign | 02/01/13
Opinion by the Washington Examiner's Sean Higgins: In describing how Minnesota liberals were able to defeat a voter ID ballot proposal last year that initially appeared to be able to pass, Patrick Caldwell highlights the arguments that appeared to win the day -- arguments which voter ID advocates ought to be able to knock down next time if they make the effort.
Alaska Legislature to Vet Photo ID, Same-Day Registration | 01/30/13
Alaska legislators will soon consider a Republican-sponsored bill that would create stricter rules for what qualifies as an acceptable ID for voting. They'll also take a look at a Democrat-sponsored measure for same-day registration.
Liberal Groups in North Carolina Mobilize Against Voter ID Bill | 01/30/13
Raleigh -- A group of left-leaning organizations said Jan. 23 that requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls would "stack the deck" against fair and open elections in North Carolina. Republican legislative leaders say they plan to consider a voter ID bill when the General Assembly reconvenes this week.
Pennsylvania Court Blocks Voter ID Opponents from Getting Data on All Driver's Licenses | 01/21/13
Commonwealth Court has blocked a bid by a group that is challenging the state's Voter ID Law to get the driver's license information of every Pennsylvanian. The Washington, D.C.-based Advancement Project has no legal right to that data, which includes birth dates, addresses and Social Security numbers, the court ruled.
West Virginia Republicans to Push for Photo ID | 01/11/13
Armed with their largest share of the House of Delegates in decades,
West Virginia Republicans plan to resume their push to require voters to
show photo identification at the polls, adding the state to a growing
group that expect to debate the topic this year
Arizona Sec. State: No Voter Suppression with Voter ID | 01/04/13
Secretary of State Ken Bennett told a U.S. Senate panel looking into
voter suppression that there was no evidence of such efforts in Arizona
in this fall's election.In testimony to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Dec. 19. Bennett said that minority-voter registration is at its highest level
ever in Arizona, even as voter-identification requirements mandating
proof of citizenship have been in force for nearly eight years.
South Carolina Town to Require Photo ID in Jan. 8 Election | 01/04/13
The Jan. 8 special election in Branchville will be the first balloting
in South Carolina in which voters must show photo identification,
according to Howard Jackson, Orangeburg County's director of voter
registration and elections.
Secretaries of State Blast Michelle Obama for Claiming GOP Voter 'Suppression' | 12/14/12
Seven Secretaries of State have released a statement criticizing
First Lady Michelle Obama for her false claim that Republicans engaged
in voter suppression in the November election:
"Unfortunately the First Lady's comments continue the baseless
attacks that have been made upon those leaders who are simply taking
reasonable steps to protect the security and integrity of elections.
This past election speaks for itself."
Opinion: The Left's Ongoing Assault on Election Integrity | 12/14/12
Robert Knight: If you think the left is resting on its laurels after Barack Obama's re-election and the Democrats' retention of the U.S. Senate, think again. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who halted photo ID laws in South Carolina and Texas before the November election, has suggested that the United States should consider adopting "automatic" voter registration.
Opinion: Left Likes Fuzzy Math on Election Day | 11/26/12
Robert Knight From Republican Rep. Allen B. West's improbable recount loss in South Florida, to reports of voting-machine irregularities, to the hundreds of precincts in Ohio and Pennsylvania that reported a virtual 100 percent vote for Barack Obama and zero for Mr. Romney, something is clearly wrong.
The Peculiar Voter Rolls of Wood County, Ohio | 11/18/12
The Ohio secretary of state's site reports that 104,461 people are registered to vote in Wood County. According to the 2011 Census, Wood County has a population of 126,355. An estimated 21 percent are younger than 18 and unable to vote. That means that only about 100,000, give or take, of Wood County residents should be of voting age.
So why are so many Wood County residents registered to vote?
Vote fraud has been alleged in key states including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, and Florida where in St. Lucie County, the unofficial vote count showed 175,554 registered voters but 247,713 vote cards were cast.
Total in 59 Philadelphia Voting Wards: Obama 19,605; Romney 0 | 11/12/12
It's one thing for a Democratic presidential candidate to dominate a Democratic city like Philadelphia, but check out this head-spinning figure: In 59 voting divisions in the city, Mitt Romney received not one vote. Zero. Zilch.
Opinion: Vote Fraud More Common than You Think | 11/01/12
Author John Fund notes recent vote fraud: A Democratic nominee for Congress had to resign in Maryland last month because she had voted in two states at the same time. An Arkansas state legislator resigned from office after pleading guilty along with a city councilman and police officer to committing voter fraud. In Iowa, a Canadian couple and a Mexican citizen were charged with illegally voting in U.S. elections.
ACRU Asks Holder to Investigate Connecticut Mayor's Comments | 10/29/12
On October 12th, Bridgeport, Conn. Mayor Bill Finch was caught on tape arguably boasting that he would guarantee U.S. Senate candidate Christopher Murphy however many Bridgeport votes it took for Murphy to win the election in November. On Oct. 24, ACRU Chairman Susan A. Carleson wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. asking the Justice Department to make inquiries and to monitor the voting process in Bridgeport from now until Election Day.
Opinion: When Political Speech Comes Under Fire | 10/29/12
John Fund in National Review: An unnamed private family foundation paid for 145 billboards in Ohio and Wisconsin. The boards featured a picture of a judge's gavel and a simple message: "Voter Fraud Is a Felony -- up to 3 and a half years and a $10,000 fine." That's it. But liberal activist groups went into frenzy mode, claiming the billboards were part of a voter-suppression scheme, so the billboards' owner, Clear Channel, is removing the signs.
The Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld the state's new voter
identification requirement, but it also agreed to let voters in Memphis
use new library cards at the polls -- splitting the difference on the
divisive issue less than two weeks before the Nov. 6 election.
New O'Keefe Video Catches Congressman's Son | 10/25/12
James O'Keefe of Project Veritas catches Patrick Moran, son of U.S. Rep. James Moran (D-VA) on tape discussing ways to commit vote fraud. On Wednesday, Mr. Moran resigned as field director for his father's campaign.
Voter ID Opponents Ask Court to Overturn Tennessee Law | 10/19/12
Attorneys representing two Memphis residents whose votes were not
counted in the August primary because they lacked a government-issued
photo ID asked a three-judge Appeals Court panel on Thursday to throw
out the state's voter ID law.
Pew Survey: 71 Percent of Latinos Support Voter ID | 10/15/12
The Pew Hispanic Center has found that as many as 71 percent of Latino registered voters support voter ID laws, which this year will be enforced for the first time in 11 states. Among all registered voters, the ID law, which requires voters to show photo identification in order to cast a ballot, is supported by 77 percent.
Connecticut Mayor Caught on Video Boasting of Vote Guarantee | 10/15/12
Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch is at it again. The Democrat who presided
over a 2010 vote casting and counting scandal in the tight race for
governor was caught on video guaranteeing Democratic U.S. Senate
candidate Christopher Murphy a big result in the state's largest
city-even if it takes days to count.
Judge Orders Removal of Citizenship Question from Michigan Ballot | 10/11/12
U.S. District Judge Paul D. Borman has ordered Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to remove the recently included and highly contested citizenship question from the November ballots. This formal written order followed a preliminary injunction issued from the bench.
Court Upholds South Carolina Photo ID Law -- but Not for this Election | 10/10/12
WASHINGTON -- A panel of three federal judges upheld a South Carolina law requiring voters to show photo identification, but delayed enforcement until next year, in a decision announced Wednesday, less than a month before this year's presidential election.
10 North Dakota State Football Players Plead Guilty to Election Fraud | 10/02/12
- Ten football players at North Dakota State pleaded guilty Tuesday
to misdemeanor election fraud and were sentenced to community service
for faking signatures on ballot measure petitions they were hired to
The 2012 election will be one of the hardest-fought in U.S. history. This brief video gives compelling facts about the possibility of vote fraud and what to do about it, based on the book Who's Counting? by Hans von Spakovsky and John Fund.
Suspicious Registration Forms Found in 10 Florida Counties | 09/28/12
WASHINGTON -- Florida elections officials said Friday that at least 10
counties have identified suspicious and possibly fraudulent voter
registration forms turned in by a firm working for the Republican Party of Florida, which has filed an election fraud complaint with the state Division of Elections against its one-time consultant.
Editorial: Electing to Tolerate Voter Fraud | 09/27/12
fewer than 40 days to go before the 2012 election, access to the voting
booth could determine the outcome on Nov. 6. It ought to be simple: If
you're an American citizen eligible to vote and can prove it with
identification, you should be allowed to cast a ballot. If you can't,
you shouldn't. It's really not that complicated.
Conservative Veterans of Voting Wars Cite Ballot Integrity to Justify Fight | 09/26/12
Roll Call: Call them the voter fraud brain trust. A cadre of influential Washington, D.C., election lawyers has mobilized a sophisticated anti-fraud campaign built around lawsuits, white papers, Congressional testimony, speeches and even best-selling books.
ACLU Sues to Stop Citizenship Check Box on Michigan Ballots | 09/24/12
LANSING - The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit Monday to stop Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson from asking voters if they are U.S. citizens when they fill out ballot applications in the November election.
Three Noncitizens Charged with Vote Fraud in Iowa | 09/21/12
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation filed election misconduct charges Thursday against three Council Bluffs residents, alleging they registered to vote without U.S. citizenship and voted in at least one election.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Sends Voter ID Case Back to Lower Court | 09/19/12
In a 4-2 ruling issued on Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered Commonwealth Court Judge Robert E. Simpson Jr., who upheld the new voter ID law in August, to file a supplemental opinion proving that the new law won't disenfranchise some voters.
Opinion: Voter ID Laws Protect Integrity of Ballot Box | 09/19/12
Americans treasure their constitutional rights and perhaps the most essential one - the right to cast your vote and to have it count - is gradually being eroded. There is a movement underway to convince the public that requiring someone to prove his or her identity in order to vote constitutes "suppression." Yes, that's the argument that Governor Beverly Perdue gave when she vetoed the photo ID law (HB 351) enacted by North Carolina's legislature.
Norm Coleman on Why Voter ID Laws Are Needed | 09/14/12
When the polls closed on the November 2008 U.S. Senate election, I was ahead of Al Franken for the Minnesota seat by 215 votes out of nearly 3 million votes that had been cast. Eight months later, Al Franken was declared the winner of the recount with a margin of 312 votes. A few months after that, Obamacare passed the U.S. Senate on a straight party-line, filibuster-proof 60 votes. I have no desire to re-litigate the 2008 election, but elections matter.
Specter of Fraud Haunts November Election | 09/14/12
The ACRU joined Rep. Joe Walsh at a Capitol Hill press conference in which he announced his sponsorship of a bill that would create national ID standards for voters in national elections, including Congress and the Presidency.
Senators Ask Panetta to Ensure that Troops Can Vote | 09/07/12
WASHINGTON -- Six Republican senators are asking Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta personally to intervene to ensure that U.S. troops stationed away from home get the chance to register and vote in the upcoming election.
Early Voting Begins; May Prove Decisive in Presidential Race | 09/04/12
Early voting in the presidential race begins this month, and in the weeks to come millions of people in key states will cast ballots that could prove decisive on Election Day. They did in 2008, when President Barack Obama's margin of victory relied to a great degree on early votes cast in such crucial states as Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and Iowa.
Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Obama on Early Voting in Ohio | 08/31/12
COLUMBUS - A federal judge in Ohio granted a request from the Obama campaign to give all voters in the swing state the option of casting their ballot in person during the three days before Election Day.
Minnesotans Will Decide Voter ID in November | 08/28/12
The Minnesota Supreme Court decided Monday that a referendum approved by the state legislature to amend the state constitution to require voter ID will also be on the ballot in November. The League of Women Voters had tried to convince the court that the people of Minnesota should not be allowed to decide this issue.
Court Hears Defense of South Carolina's Photo ID Law | 08/27/12
Washington -- South Carolina officials headed to federal court on Monday to defend a controversial new voter identification law, dismissing suggestions the requirement would deny tens of thousands of people, many of them minorities, access to the ballot.
Lead Plaintiff in Pennsylvania Voting Law Challenge Gets Her Photo ID | 08/17/12
The day after a judge upheld Pennsylvania's new voter identification
law, the lead plaintiff in the suit seeking to block the law went to a
PennDot office and was issued the photo ID card she needs to vote.
Judge Upholds Pennsylvania Voter ID Law | 08/15/12
HARRISBURG - A Commonwealth Court judge denied a bid by civil rights
groups to block the new voter identification law from taking effect,
delivering a first-round victory to Gov. Corbett and legislative
Republicans who pushed the measure through this spring saying it was
needed to prevent voter fraud.
Washington Post Poll: 74 Percent of Americans, "Big Majorities" of Seniors, Non-Whites Favor Photo ID | 08/14/12
A new survey by the Washington Post finds that nearly three quarters of those polled say they favor requiring photo IDs when voting in person. "Moreover, big majorities of those whom critics see as bearing the brunt of the
laws are supportive of them, including about three-quarters of seniors
and those with household incomes under $50,000 and two-thirds of
10,000 Dead People Found on Virginia Voter Rolls -- So Far | 08/10/12
RICHMOND -- The State Board of Elections has identified 10,000 dead individuals on the Virginia voter rolls. Local registrars will now begin removing the names from the rolls, but the finding is likely the tip of the iceberg. Only 15 million of the 60 million records in the Social Security death master file have been matched against the state's voter list thus far.
Book Review Reveals War on Vote Integrity | 08/06/12
In their new book Who's
Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk, authors John
Fund and Hans von Spakovsky present hard evidence that voter fraud (some of it
well-organized), combined with incompetence, alleged "reforms," and
bureaucratic indifference have undermined the popular trust in America's most
precious right: picking our leaders.
Von Spakovsky: AP Makes Bogus Charge of Voter Disenfranchisement | 08/03/12
"Legitimate Voters Blocked by Photo ID Laws" read the headline of a July 10 Associated Press article. Sounds pretty damning. It turns out, though, that the article lacked key information about two Indiana voters that might have changed the whole tenor of the story.
Video: Panel Rips False Arguments against Voter ID | 07/26/12
Secretaries of State from Kansas, Colorado and South Carolina joined TruetheVote's Catherine Englebrecht, and former Alabama Rep. Artur Davis in a panel discussion at the Heritage Foundation that addressed the many erroneous notions about photo ID laws. ACRU's Robert Knight, who attended, said, "They hit it out of the park, especially when answering questions posed by two leftwing activists in the audience."
ACRU's Meese, Blackwell, Carleson Urge Governors to Rethink Voter ID Law Vetoes | 07/26/12
Letter Calls "Suppress the Minority Vote" Allegations "Utter Nonsense"
JULY 25, 2012 -- The American Civil Rights Union today is sending letters to four of five governors who vetoed legislation requiring photo voter IDs in order to deter vote fraud. A fifth letter, to New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, was discarded after the legislature voted to overturn his veto and the bill became law, subject to Department of Justice approval.
Signed by ACRU policy board members former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III, former Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell and ACRU Chairman Susan A. Carleson, the letters were mailed to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, Missouri Gov. Jeremiah Nixon, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue.
In each state, both houses of the legislature had passed photo ID laws, which were vetoed by the governors, all of whom are Democrats.
The letters, which urge the governors to sign any new photo ID legislation, observe that:
"It is a sad commentary that states acting to protect their electoral process through common-sense actions, like requiring a valid photo ID to vote, have been vilified for allegedly attempting to 'suppress the minority vote,' or even 'bring back Jim Crow laws.' That is utter nonsense!
"Securing the integrity of the ballot box is in every American's interest regardless of race, party, or ethnicity. In two federal cases, including a 2008 U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Indiana's photo ID law, not a single plaintiff could be found who could plausibly claim inability to obtain a photo ID."
The letter also calls upon "all states to safeguard the integrity of our uniquely American right of self-governance by taking common-sense measures such as:
Require a photo ID to vote in person;
Require proof of U.S. citizenship when registering to vote;
Require signature verification and an acceptable proof of ID when voting by mail.
Critics Rally as Court Takes Up Pennsylvania Voter ID Law | 07/26/12
HARRISBURG -- Critics of the new voter ID requirement rallied in advance of opening arguments on Wednesday in a legal challenge, while the secretary of the commonwealth defended the law and said officials will comply with a separate federal review.
Opinion: Clueless in Minnesota and Michigan | 07/20/12
ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight relates in a Washington Times column how the ACLU is telling the Minnesota Supreme Court that Gopher State voters would not understand a voter ID ballot measure, and in Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed three bills tightening voter ID while signing several others.
ACRU's Knight on the Need for Photo ID Laws | 07/16/12
Robert Knight, Senior Fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times, discusses with Tim Burgan of Cornerstone TV's "His Place" why Christians need to get involved in the upcoming elections and why states need to tighten their voter ID requirements.
Feds OK Florida's Access to Database to Prevent Fraud | 07/14/12
Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott on July 14 lauded the Obama administration's new announcement that gives the state access to a federal database to prevent voter fraud, but he also called the standoff-ending decision a "significant victory" for Florida.
Nonprofit Voter Participation Center Sent Registration Docs to Dogs, Dead People | 07/13/12
A group called the Voter Participation Center has distributed 5 million registration forms in recent weeks, targeting Democratic-leaning blocs such as unmarried women, African-Americans, Latinos and young adults. But residents and election administrators around the country also have reported a series of bizarre and questionable mailings addressed to animals, dead people, noncitizens and people already registered to vote.
Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the NAACP Nation Convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas on July 10. What did media need in order to attend? That's right, government issued photo identification (and a second form of identification too!), something both Holder and the NAACP stand firmly against when it comes to voting.
Obama Deploys Thousands of Lawyers in Voter ID Fight | 06/27/12
President Obama's campaign has recruited thousands of lawyers for this year's election amid a slew of new state voter ID laws. The mass of legal support appears to be unrivaled by Republicans or precedent.
Whistleblower J. Christian Adams' Testimony about Justice Department's 'Voting Wrongs' | 06/27/12
Former Justice Department official J. Christian Adams testified in April before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution on "Voting Wrongs: Oversight of the Justice Department's Voting Rights Enforcement."
Pennsylvania GOP Leader's Remark on Voter ID Rekindles Debate | 06/25/12
A top Pennsylvania Republican's remark that the state's new voter ID law would help Mitt Romney win the state has reignited a debate over whether the law is intended to curb fraud, as Republicans say, or to depress Democratic turnout, as Democrats charge.
Minnesota SOS Refuses to Defend Proposed ID Amendment | 06/14/12
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, a DFLer (Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party) who has campaigned against the photo ID requirement for voting passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature, said Thursday he will not defend the language of the proposed constitutional amendment in a court challenge that names him as the defendant.
Florida Sues Homeland Security Over Voter Lists | 06/11/12
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to move forward with his plan to purge the voter rolls in his state of ineligible voters despite a Justice Department order to halt.
Star Parker on Why Voter Rights Are Not Free | 06/11/12
A free society will soon not be free if the citizens in it see their freedom as something that should arrive effortlessly, free of personal responsibility. ... Black leaders do damage to our nation, and to our black citizens, to label as racist the call for requirements for a modicum of personal responsibility in order to vote.
Justice Department Working to Ensure Illegal Voting? | 06/05/12
Under Attorney General Eric Holder, Florida's efforts to protect against illegal voting are being hamstrung. A Washington Times editorial, "Illegal Voters: The Winning Edge," asks if this is a deliberately partisan act.
Missouri Photo ID Law Won't Be on November Ballot | 05/23/12
Jefferson City -- A state constitutional amendment that would clear the way for a photo identification requirement at Missouri polls will not appear on this year's ballot, the secretary of state's office said.
ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight's Washington Times column looks at Kansas, which has the most comprehensive voting protection law in the nation, and whose secretary of state is leading a multi-state effort to cross-check registration rolls.
Mississippi Governor Signs Photo ID Law | 05/17/12
Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law requiring photo identification at the polls that voters approved in November. The measure next goes to the Justice Department, which halted similar laws in South Carolina and Texas.
New Hampshire Voter ID Law Said to Be in Jeopardy | 05/11/12
A voter identification bill that had the support of the Senate, town clerks and the secretary of state's office is in jeopardy because of changes made by a House committee, said Sen. Russell Prescott, a Kingston Republican and the bill's sponsor.
Stealing Our Elections: Why Do Obama and Holder Oppose Voter ID? | 04/25/12
Columnist David Limbaugh, brother of Rush, asks in a recent column, "Can anyone think of an innocuous reason that President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder oppose state voter ID laws?" The correct answer is definitely "No!"
Washington Times Editorial: 'Fair' Elections, Obama-Style | 04/18/12
The November presidential election is shaping up as a clear choice between a vision of a smaller federal role and President Obama's
view that there's no limit to what the government can do. One thing the
administration won't do is ensure the choices Americans make at the
ballot box are properly counted.
Former DOJ Attorney Testifies on Lack of Voter Law Enforcement | 04/18/12
Former U.S. Department of Justice attorney J. Christian Adams testified before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution on April 18 on "Voting Wrongs: Oversight of the Justice Department's Voting Rights Enforcement."
Arizona Can Require ID at Polls, Court Rules | 04/17/12
A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday ruled that Arizona may require voters to show identification at the polls, a ruling likely to add fuel to the fiery debate about voting rights in a presidential election year.
73 Percent Think Photo ID Does Not Discriminate | 04/16/12
A new Rasmussen survey shows that 73 percent of Americans say that requiring a photo ID before voting does not discriminate against anyone, and 64 percent regard voter fraud as at least a somewhat serious problem.
Minnesota Common Cause, ACLU Vow to Stop Photo ID Amendment | 04/10/12
The Minnesota chapter of Common Cause and the American Civil Liberties Union are preparing a lawsuit against a constitutional amendment ballot measure that would establish a photo ID requirement for voting.
Missouri House Panel Rewords Ballot Measure | 04/09/12
Dealt a setback in court, a Missouri
House committee acted quickly Tuesday to embrace new wording for a 2012 ballot
measure that would allow a photo identification mandate to be imposed upon
voters in future elections.
The columnist and author of the book Stealing Elections explains why the recent sting in which a
conservative activist was offered the ballot of Attorney General Eric Holder
shows the need for photo ID laws.
Photo ID Amendment Goes to Minnesota Voters | 04/04/12
The House and Senate, with Republicans supplying all the
"yes" votes, gave final approval to a proposed constitutional
amendment that would require voters to show a photo ID, create a new system of
"provisional" balloting and end election day "vouching" for
voters without proof of residence.
4 Indiana Dems Charged with Fraud in 2008 Election | 04/03/12
Prosecutors in South Bend, Ind., filed charges Monday against four St. Joseph
County Democratic officials and deputies as part of a multiple-felony case
involving the alleged forging of Democratic presidential primary petitions in
the 2008 election, which put then-candidates Barack
Obama and Hillary
Clinton on the Indiana ballot.
Introduction by ACRU Chairman and CEO Susan A. Carleson
Vote fraud steals a precious civil right that safeguards all of our freedoms. In this crucial election year, the American Civil Rights Union is spearheading a campaign to protect the integrity of the ballot box - ProtectYourVote.us. At a Washington, D.C. press conference, former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski explained the gravity of the situation.
Colorado House Passes Photo ID Bill | 03/21/12
Republicans in the Colorado House approved a proposal to ask voters whether people should provide their photo ID before casting ballots. The measure passed the chamber on March 20 on a party-line vote with Democrats opposing.
Lessons from the Voter ID Experience in Georgia | 03/19/12
The latest data compiled by the Secretary of State of Georgia, Brian Kemp, about the state's experience with voter ID once again shows that the claims by opponents of voter ID are wrong. Click here for full article.
Voter ID Insanity at DOJ Going to the United Nations | 03/13/12
This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell and ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published March 13, 2012 onThe Daily Callerwebsite.
The far left is making an unprecedented two-track move to derail states' efforts to protect the integrity of the ballot box for this November's elections. While the Department of Justice (DOJ) is blocking state efforts, liberal activists are taking this issue to the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Attorney General Eric Holder is invoking Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). He claims it gives him the power to block Texas's voter ID law, which simply requires that voters show that they are who they say they are before they cast a vote to influence an election outcome. This is the same argument Holder made to block South Carolina's voter ID law, a move that has landed him in federal court.
ACLU Fights Sunshine in Wisconsin Recall | 02/03/12
This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published February 3, 2012 onThe American Thinkerwebsite.
When should names on public rolls be kept secret?
Judging by the ACLU's double standard, secrecy is warranted if exposure might reveal vote fraud. On the other hand, if exposure puts marriage supporters at risk for harassment by radical activists...well, then, that's okay.
Unlike its apparent indifference to abuses of pro-marriage donors exposed in California in 2008, the ACLU pressured a Wisconsin agency not to create an online database to verify two million signatures for recalling Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, and four Republican state senators. The ACLU cites possible threats to victims of domestic violence. This might wash, except that the ACLU is also suing Wisconsin over its photo ID law that curbs vote fraud.
Judge Says Virginia Ballot Rules Are Unconstitutional, but Rules against GOP Candidates Anyway | 01/17/12
This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published January 17, 2012 onThe Washington Examinerwebsite.
A federal judge declared that Virginia's rules keeping Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum off Virginia's March 6 presidential primary ballot "will likely be declared unconstitutional, and that the plaintiffs will ultimately prevail."
But then he sided with Virginia, and ordered Virginia's election to proceed with only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul on the ballot.
To make it on the primary ballot, Virginia law requires a candidate to submit 10,000 signatures of Virginia voters who attest they plan on voting in the primary, at least 400 of which must be from each congressional district. Signature petitions can only be circulated by Virginia citizens who are eligible to vote.
This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published January 16, 2012 onThe American Thinkerwebsite.
Pretty soon, the right to cast a meaningful vote might be just a memory.
The issue at hand is ensuring that American citizens can exercise the most fundamental civil right of being an American -- casting a vote with the assurance that it will count and not be canceled by an illegitimate vote.
The ACLU has filed three lawsuits seeking to overturn a new Florida law that tightens the integrity of the ballot box, while the Obama Justice Department has scotched South Carolina's new photo ID law. It's part of a nationwide campaign by the left to overturn numerous recently enacted laws designed to defeat vote fraud.
The ACLU claims that the Florida law, enacted by the Republican-controlled legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Rick Scott, will suppress participation by minority, young, and elderly voters.
Actually, the new rules adopted by Florida, South Carolina, and other states are aimed at Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Elmer Fudd, who work out of former ACORN offices and whose names turn up on registration rolls and recall petitions.
Oakland County (MI) Democrat Official Sentenced Over Fake Tea Party Candidates | 01/11/12
"It looks like if the Democrats can't win through voter fraud, they are not above candidate fraud...
From the Detroit Free Press --
'A former Oakland County Democratic party operative was sentenced to one year probation and ordered to pay more than $2,500 in fines and court costs for his role in creating "fake" tea party candidates in the 2010 election, in an effort to siphon off support for legitimate Republican candidates.'"
Texas Case Suggests Court May Overhaul Voting Rights | 01/09/12
This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published January 9, 2012 onThe Washington Examinerwebsite.
Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement told U.S. Supreme Court justices Monday that lower federal courts cannot redraw state-approved election district maps unless they can point to concrete "identifying specific statutory or constitutional violations."
Instead, Clement said during oral arguments on Perry v. Perez, two federal district judges have nullified the will of the people in Texas. The evident frustration of at least some of the Supreme Court justices suggests they agree with Gov. Rick Perry that state sovereignty must be restored.
Clement represented Perry and the state of Texas in an appeal of lower court decisions throwing out new congressional and state legislative election districts earlier this year.
The Other Voting Right: Protecting Every Citizen's Vote by Safeguarding the Integrity of the Ballot Box | 12/30/11
There is a saying that "people get the government they vote for." The implication of the maxim is that if undesirable or unwise legislation is enacted, if executive branch officials are inept or ineffective, or if the government is beset with widespread corruption, then such unfortunate results are the consequence of the electorate's decision regarding whom to trust with the powers and prestige of public office. The Constitution does not forbid people from enacting wrongheaded policies. If voters elect leaders that fail them, then the citizenry is saddled with the consequences of its choice until the next election. Such is the reality in a democratic republic.
This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published December 30, 2011 inThe Washington Times.
The most consequential election in our lifetime is still 10 months away, but it's clear from the Obama administration's order halting South Carolina's new photo ID law that the Democrats already have brought a gun to a knife fight.
How else to describe this naked assault on the right of a state to create minimal requirements to curb vote fraud?
On Dec. 23, Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez sent a letter ordering South Carolina to stop enforcing its photo ID law. Mr. Perez, who heads the Civil Rights Division that booted charges against the New Black Panther Party for intimidating voters in Philadelphia in 2008, said South Carolina's law would disenfranchise thousands of minority voters.
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson rejected Mr. Perez's math and explained on Fox News why the law is necessary. The state Department of Motor Vehicles audited a state Election Commission report that said 239,333 people were registered to vote but had no photo ID. The DMV found that 37,000 were deceased, more than 90,000 had moved to other states, and others had names not matched to IDs. That left only 27,000 people registered without a photo ID but who could vote by signing an affidavit as to their identity.
Playing the Race Card before Election Day | 12/16/11
This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published December 16, 2011 inThe Washington Times.
Is it racist to require people to show a photo ID when they vote? You need a photo ID for nearly any meaningful transaction, such as cashing checks, including government checks. If this simple requirement "suppresses" the vote, maybe we need to ask why it's such a great idea to push for universal suffrage for every adult who is merely breathing.
Of course, even this latter requirement would suppress the vote in Chicago and New Orleans, where dead people get to vote all the time - and do so cheerfully.
In a speech Tuesday at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, Texas, Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. warned that recent state reforms, such as requiring photo IDs, might repress the minority vote. He said the Justice Department was reviewing photo ID laws just enacted in Texas and South Carolina and early-voting procedures in Florida.
The overall implication of his otherwise elegant speech commemorating passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is that tightening voter requirements is more of a threat to the integrity of the system than vote fraud.
Election Message: Get Involved or Get Left Out | 11/11/11
This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published November 11, 2011 onThe Washington Timeswebsite.
Tuesday's off-year elections revealed a truth well known in sports that also applies to politics: The side that's more energized wins. In Virginia, an energized Republican Party apparently gained a tie in the Senate, giving the GOP control of all three branches - governor, House and Senate - for the first time since Reconstruction. A recount could reverse it, but right now, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling's Senate vote would be the 20-20 tie breaker. This was no small feat, given the gerrymandering by the last Democratic majority.
In Loudoun County, all nine supervisor posts went to the GOP. Even the liberal Democrat School Board chairman who thinks children should read homosexual penguin books lost his seat.
Dick Black, a former House delegate and prominent social conservative, trounced his Democratic opponent for a new state Senate seat despite being vilified by a local newspaper and The Washington Post in articles so biased that the reporters must have typed them only with their left hands. Seriously. They read like hit pieces from Mr. Black's opponent's campaign mailers.
Overall, it was a slam dunk for the GOP in the Old Dominion. Virginia has a vibrant Tea Party movement, a charismatic governor and a motivated base. The election results also reflected public rejection of the Obama administration's disastrous economic and regulatory policies.
Mississippi NAACP Leader Sent to Prison for 10 Counts of Voter Fraud | 07/29/11
"While NAACP President Benjamin Jealous lashed out at new state laws requiring photo ID for voting, an NAACP executive sits in prison, sentenced for carrying out a massive voter fraud scheme.
In a story ignored by the national media, in April a Tunica County, Miss., jury convicted NAACP official Lessadolla Sowers on 10 counts of fraudulently casting absentee ballots. Sowers is identified on an NAACP website as a member of the Tunica County NAACP Executive Committee.
Sowers received a five-year prison term for each of the 10 counts, but Circuit Court Judge Charles Webster permitted Sowers to serve those terms concurrently, according to the Tunica Times, the only media outlet to cover the sentencing."
"Here we go again. Desperation plus the by-any-means-necessary credo plus a nationwide force of Alinsky avengers equals another recipe for voter fraud.
In Colorado, it's Common Cause of Colorado, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund and the Service Employees International Union caught in an apparent scheme to foist some 6,000 shady voter registrations on the state."
How Unions or Their Allies Could be Stealing November's Election Right Now | 10/07/10
"Here is a prediction: Across the country, there will be races that some candidates will lose even though poll numbers, right now, indicate otherwise.
As you read this, at present, you should know that there are only seemingly disconnected anecdotal dots that are starting to connect. However, if the dots do fully connect, we may not know until well after the November 2nd election if, in fact, America's democratic election process will have become the victim of the biggest fraud in our nation's history. What's worse, with early voting beginning this week in many states, it may already be too late to do anything about it."