'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.
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
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."