ACRU: Voter ID Opponents Try End Run Around Court's Shelby Ruling | 06/21/16
ALEXANDRIA, VA (June 20, 2016) --- Opponents of North Carolina's voter photo ID law wrongly sought to use an illegal interpretation of the Voting Rights Act to attack North Carolina's election integrity law, the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) argues in a brief filed on June 16 at the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Regarding North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, et al. v. Patrick L. McCrory, et al., the brief, notes that a U.S. District Court rightly rejected the plaintiffs' claim that the law violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
In 2013, in Shelby County v. Holder, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which had required Southern states and other jurisdictions to obtain preclearance from a D.C.-based court panel or from the U.S. Justice Department for any changes in districting or voting laws. The Court said the requirement was based on obsolete data and was no longer necessary, but left intact Section 2, which empowers the federal government to address discriminatory voting conditions in the states.
In the current case, the plaintiff attempted to make a purely statistical case of disparate impact that the law discriminates against minorities. The plaintiffs sought to use hair-trigger standards to strike down state laws that the Supreme Court invalidated in Shelby County.
"The appropriate standard is one that looks to the totality of the circumstances, as expressed in Section 2, and does not use statistical disparities between groups of voters to establish liability," the ACRU brief says.
The District Court's ruling upholding the law "is consistent with traditional Section 2 jurisprudence, does not conflict with Shelby County, and preserves the constitutional balance between states and the federal government," the brief states.
"The opponents of common-sense voter ID laws are attempting an end run around the Supreme Court," said Susan A. Carleson, Chairman/CEO of the ACRU. "The District Court got it right, and we are confident that North Carolina's law will stand in the appeals process."
Voter ID Laws Balance Risk of Fraud, Barring People from Polls | 06/21/16
Voter ID laws are now active in 33 of the 50 U.S. states, covering about 60 percent of the population. Since President Barack Obama was elected in 2008, 11 states have enacted identification requirements for voting. The rules in those states range from strictly asking for photo IDs such as a driver's license to simpler documents such as a paycheck.
Proponents say the laws prevent voter fraud and give the public more confidence in the process.
"Voter ID can prevent and deter impersonation fraud, voting under fictitious voter registrations, double voting by individuals registered in more than one state, and voting by illegal aliens," Don Palmer, a former election official in Virginia and Florida, wrote in a Heritage Foundation report.
Palmer argued that those who oppose the laws exaggerate the number of people who are affected, and that those assertions inhibit the national debate.
Oregon Registers Thousands Under New 'Motor Voter' Law | 06/21/16
PORTLAND -- Roughly 68,500 Oregonians have been automatically registered to vote under the state's new "motor voter" law, according to the Associated Press.
That's an average 13,700 new voters a month through May, a big jump from the 2,000 per month Oregon typically saw before the automatic voter registration system kicked in Jan. 1.
The program automatically registers people to vote when they apply for or renew a driver's license or state ID card, and on Friday state elections officials began rolling out its second and final phase.
Phase two involves mailing registration paperwork to another 145,000 residents who interacted with the motor vehicle department in the two years before motor voter went into effect.
Voter ID Opponents Insult Latinos, Candidate Says | 06/21/16
ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO -- Refusing to be defined as a victim within a vulnerable population, Roswell's candidate for secretary of state said Wednesday that those who assert Hispanics lack the ability to obtain IDs to vote insult all Latinos.
State Rep. Nora Espinoza, R-Rowsell, the guest speaker at Wednesday's monthly luncheon of the Chaves County Republican Women, said that when one person votes illegally, all other voters are disenfranchised.
"Let me tell you what disenfranchisement really is," Espinoza said. "If a single ineligible voter casts a vote, every single honest voter in New Mexico is disenfranchised. If anyone votes in the place of someone else, whether that person be alive or dead or barks, every honest New Mexican is disenfranchised."
Espinoza, who is Hispanic, said she supports combating voter fraud with a state voter ID law. Espinoza said she will press the issue in her campaign for secretary of state, the third highest office in state government after governor and lieutenant governor, to ensure the integrity of elections.
"The more people believe the system is honest, that your vote will count, that someone can't steal a vote and therefore wipe out your vote, and that the election will be fair to all, well, the more likely they are to believe it's worthwhile, the more likely they are to participate," Espinoza said. "If we elect someone who doesn't believe in these common sense [auth] ideas, they are electing someone with a another agenda in mind altogether. And that agenda does not include safeguarding your vote and the assurance of integrity in the voting system."
Espinoza said her Democratic opponent, Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver, is espousing the same liberal ideas that Toulouse Oliver ran on unsuccessfully in 2014.
"What were those ideas?" Espinoza asked. "In 2014, that candidate said she is against voter ID, wants to register voters as they walk up to the polls on Election Day, believes voter fraud is a myth. Every poll shows that 75 percent of all New Mexicans, Democrats, Republicans, independents alike, all support voter ID. All New Mexicans want fair elections."
Group Asks Judge to Bar North Dakota Voter ID Law | 06/21/16
FARGO -- A federal judge has been asked to temporarily block the enforcement of North Dakota's Voter Identification Law.
The request was filed by attorneys who represent members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. Earlier this year, they filed a lawsuit that claims North Dakota's voter ID requirements ''disproportionately burden and disenfranchise Native Americans.''
Court documents say an injunction would restore the right to cast ballots by signing an affidavit, or by a poll worker's personal knowledge of a voter's eligibility.
Attorneys want the injunction to remain in force until the lawsuit is settled.
North Dakota is the only state without voter registration. State law requires a driver's license, or tribal identification cards.
California's Automatic Registration Could Add 2 Million Voters, Study Says | 06/17/16
A new study from the Public Policy Institute of California estimates that, if executed successfully, the state's new motor voter law could add more than 2 million new voters to the rolls in its first year of implementation.
The new law, slated to take effect next year, is supposed to streamline the way citizens register to vote at Department of Motor Vehicles offices. Once fully implemented, drivers applying for or renewing licenses and completing other DMV transactions will have their information electronically transmitted to the secretary of State, as long as they've confirmed they're eligible to vote and don't opt out of registering.
State officials have been saying for months that potentially millions of new voters could be registered under the new law. The PPIC report released Thursday appears to bolster that claim.
If the law is a success, the report says, California's electorate could grow to include more Latinos, young people and those with foreign-born parents and lower education levels.
Ohio to Invite New Voters, Purge Dead Voters from Rolls | 06/16/16
COLUMBUS -- More than 1.5 million Ohioans who are eligible to vote but haven't registered will get an invitation in August to join the voter rolls and thousands who have died or moved out of state will be dropped, under a new partnership between the Ohio Secretary of State and a national non-profit organization.
Secretary of State Jon Husted predicted on Tuesday that the total number of registered voters will climb beyond the current 7.6 million and the records will be more accurate as Ohio -- once again -- undergoes the added scrutiny of being a crucial swing state in a hotly contested presidential election.
"Our goal has always been to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat in Ohio," Husted said.
Ohio will join 18 states and the District of Columbia participating in the Electronic Registration Information Center, a national non-profit formed in June 2012 to focus on maintaining accurate voter registration records. It is funded by the Pew Center for the States.
ERIC states cross check voter files against Social Security death records, driver's license and vehicle registration records and other databases. Pew is awarding Ohio a $400,000 grant to cover most of the cost of sending notice about the easiest path to register to an estimated 1.5 million to 2.25 million Ohioans who are eligible but not yet registered.
Left-wing organizations and Soros-funded lawyers have been busy making a mess in Ohio just in time for the presidential election.
They have been engaged in a multi-year litigation campaign to make it easier for Hillary Clinton to win the state this coming November. Unfortunately, their campaign has been largely successful. Important election integrity reforms implemented by the Ohio legislature and Secretary of State John Husted have been recently undone by multiple federal courts relying on dubious legal theories.
Whoever says voter fraud is a myth doesn't know much about Ohio.
Just last month, Rebecca Hammond was charged with filing thirty-five fictional voter registration applications. An election in Lorain was invalidated because voter fraud made the difference in the outcome. Aliens are voting in Ohio elections. In 2008, Obama campaign volunteers such as Amy Little and Yolanda Hippensteele committed criminal voter fraud when they illegally voted in Ohio even though they lived elsewhere. And who can forget Cincinnati election official Meloweese Richardson who boasted she voted six times for President Obama and was treated as a hero by Ohio Democrats when she was released from jail?
Criminal voter fraud in Ohio helps Democrats win elections, and Democrats know it. That's why they are pouring millions into overturning election integrity laws in the federal courts. The laws enacted in Ohio were specifically designed to stop election gangsters like Little, Hippensteele and Richardson.
Without winning Ohio, the Left cannot retain power over the executive branch in November. That's why Democrats are fighting so hard in court to strike these election reforms down. That's why they've brought so many lawsuits, to undo the efforts of Secretary Husted and the Ohio legislature to stop the gangsters.
Kobach Predicts Chaos if Court Order Stands in Kansas Case | 06/10/16
DENVER -- Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach contends massive voter confusion will occur if an appeals court doesn't block a lower court's order to register thousands of state residents for November's presidential election.
Kobach made the prediction in a document he filed with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The dispute centers on residents who submit voter registration forms at Division of Motor Vehicles offices and don't provide proof of citizenship. A 2011 state law requires newly registering voters to provide proof of citizenship.
A preliminary injunction issued May 17 by U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson prohibits election officials from enforcing the proof of citizenship requirement for residents who register at DMV offices.
Robinson's order will take effect Tuesday if the Denver-based appeals court doesn't block it by issuing a stay. Kobach requested a stay in the document he filed May 28.
Attorneys for the League of Women Voters and American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday opposed Kobach's request.
The dispute involves whether about 18,000 residents will be allowed to vote, court filings state.
Early voting for the primary election begins July 13.
Virginia's Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently signed an executive order restoring, with the stroke of a pen, the right to vote for all 206,000 Virginia felons who have completed their terms of incarceration and supervised probation. This includes more than 40,000 felons convicted of violent crimes. The order also restores the rights to serve on a jury and to seek and hold public office, and it makes each of them eligible to ask a court to restore their right to own and carry firearms.
The sweeping order has no precedent in Virginia history, and last week Virginia's Republican House Speaker William J. Howell and Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. and four other state voters filed a challenge to its constitutionality. Their petition asks the Virginia Supreme Court to invalidate the governor's order before votes are cast in November, lest the validity of the general election be cast into doubt. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, the state's high court issued an order on June 1 calling a special session of the court to hear argument in the case on July 19.
The executive order defies the text of the Virginia Constitution. Article II flatly prohibits all felons from voting, but it grants the governor a narrow power to restore voting rights to deserving felons on an individual, case-by-case basis. Nothing in the constitution gives the governor power to restore political rights en masse to virtually all felons, no matter how heinous or numerous their crimes.
Gov. McAuliffe, a Democrat, has acknowledged that for 240 years none of the state's 71 other governors exercised wholesale clemency power. In 2010 another Democratic governor, Tim Kaine, expressly declined to issue a blanket restoration order like Gov. McAuliffe's, concluding that such an order would "rewrite" the law rather than follow it. Three years later, a bipartisan committee convened and headed by Virginia's then-attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, advised Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell that a blanket order restoring voting rights would be unconstitutional.
Gov. McAuliffe has attempted to justify his order by claiming that Virginia's felon-disenfranchisement provision was introduced into the Constitution after the Civil War in a racist effort to disenfranchise African-Americans. He told the Nation magazine in April that "in 1901 and 1902 they put literacy tests, the poll tax and then disenfranchisement of felons into the state's constitution."
This is not true. The prohibition on felon voting dates back to 1830--a time when African-Americans were prohibited from voting altogether. The felon disenfranchisement provision could not have been introduced for the purpose of disenfranchising them. No wonder the federal courts have uniformly rejected the claim that Virginia's prohibition on felon voting discriminates on the basis of race.
Hollywood has always loved making films about the walking dead, but in Southern California it appears they have a real life problem with "zombie" voters.
An investigation by CBSLA2 and KCAL9 found that hundreds of deceased persons are still on voter registration rolls in the area, and that many of these names have been voting for years in Los Angeles.
For example, John Cenkner died in 2003 according to Social Security Administration records, yet he voted in the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010 elections. His daughter told the station that she was "astounded" and couldn't "understand how anybody" could get away with this.
Another voter, Julita Abutin, died in 2006 but voted in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014. According to CBS, the county confirmed they have "signed vote-by-mail envelopes" from Abutin since she passed away. So either someone has been forging her signature or her ghost has quite an earthly presence.
The investigation revealed that 265 deceased persons voted in Southern California, 215 of them in Los Angeles County. Thirty-two were repeat voters, with eight posthumously-cast ballots each. One woman who died in 1988 has been voting for 26 years, including in the 2014 election.
This report comes twenty years after the contested election of Rep. Loretta Sanchez. D-Calif., from this same area. An investigation by a U.S. House committee found that hundreds of illegal ballots were cast by noncitizens and improper absentee ballots.
Hundreds of Dead Voters Found in California -- Will Media Cover It? | 05/25/16
By Tim Graham
With the presidential candidates arriving in California to campaign and raise funds, this report from the Los Angeles CBS affiliate should become national news:
"A comparison of records by David Goldstein, investigative reporter for CBS2/KCAL9, has revealed hundreds of so-called dead voters in Southern California, a vast majority of them in Los Angeles County."
Voter fraud? But liberal Democrats like to claim there is zero evidence of voter fraud.
CBS2 compared millions of voting records from the California Secretary of State's office with death records from the Social Security Administration and found hundreds of so-called dead voters.
Specifically, 265 in Southern California and a vast majority of them, 215, in Los Angeles County alone.
The numbers come from state records that show votes were cast in that person's name after they died. In some cases, Goldstein discovered that they voted year after year.
Across all counties, Goldstein uncovered 32 dead voters who cast ballots in eight elections apiece, including a woman who died in 1988. Records show she somehow voted in 2014, 26 years after she passed away.
It remains unclear how the dead voters voted but 86 were registered Republicans, 146 were Democrats, including Cenkner.
ACRU's Charles Cooper Sues Virginia Gov. McAuliffe over Felon Voting | 05/24/16
By Robert Knight
The Democrat felon voting express train in Virginia hit a sharp curve on Monday when Republican lawmakers went to the state's highest court to derail it.
Constitutional attorney Charles J. Cooper's law firm filed a lawsuit on behalf of Republican leaders in the Virginia legislature asking the state Supreme Court to block 206,000 felons from voting in November.
The lawsuit Howell v. McAuliffe states that Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe abused the separation of powers in an April 22 executive order that gives a blanket restoration to convicts who've completed their sentences.
McAuliffe is countermanding longtime policy, in which Virginia's governors have restored voting rights by individual cases, the suit states. The felons who received the blanket amnesty include inmates convicted of rape, murder, and other major offenses.
It's worth noting that McAuliffe, who served as a fundraiser for Bill and Hillary Clinton, ignored the fact that his two predecessors, Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Bob McDonnell, both attempted blanket amnesty for some felons but abided by opinions from state attorneys general ruling this out as unconstitutional.
The current hyper-partisan attorney general, Democrat Mark Herring, who refused to defend the state's constitutional marriage amendment, has no such qualms, which is why the GOP leaders resorted to the lawsuit.
"In his blanket restoration, the Governor didn't consider the violence of the offense, the number of offenses, or whether the offender has paid his victim's medical bills," said a press release from Virginia 58th District delegate Rob Bell. "The executive order covers felons who are still on unsupervised probation. It makes 40,000 violent felons eligible to sit on juries, and is already being used by a defendant accused of murdering a state trooper to demand that these felons be included in his jury pool."
Virginia Assembly Republicans Sue Governor over Felon Voting | 05/23/16
Virginia Republicans on Monday asked the state's highest court to block more than 200,000 felons from voting in November, arguing that Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe abused his power by restoring the voting rights of thousands of convicts who've completed their sentences.
In a lawsuit GOP leaders filed in the Virginia Supreme Court, they say McAuliffe violated the separation of powers by effectively suspending the state's ban on voting by felons. They say McAuliffe is ignoring decades of practice, which has made clear that governors can restore voting rights only on a case-by-case basis.
"Gov. McAuliffe's executive order defines the plain text of the Constitution, flouts the separation of powers, and has no precedent in the annals of Virginia history. The governor simply may not, with the stroke of the pen, unilaterally suspend and amend the Constitution," their lawyers wrote in the suit.
The lawsuit is being brought by House Speaker William Howell and Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment along with four other Virginia voters.
They're asking the justices to prohibit election officials from registering felons and to cancel all such registrations since April 22. As of last week, election officials said nearly 4,000 felons had signed up to vote, media outlets reported.
Judge Rules against Kansas Proof of Citizenship to Vote | 05/18/16
WICHITA -- A federal judge said Tuesday that Kansas can't require people to show proof of U.S. citizenship when registering to vote for federal elections at motor vehicle offices.
U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson ruled that the state's proof-of-citizenship requirements likely violate a provision in the National Voter Registration Act that requires only "minimal information" to determine a voter's eligibility. She ordered Kansas to register thousands of voters whose paperwork is on hold because they did not comply with the requirement. But she put her preliminary injunction on hold until May 31 to give the state a chance to appeal.
The state immediately said it would appeal. Unless a higher court halts Robinson's order before the end of the month, it would take effect then, clearing the way for those residents to cast a ballot in the upcoming federal elections.
Poll: Most Voters Support Voter ID Laws | 05/17/16
Election Law Blog -- (Quinnipiac poll) Florida voters support 77 - 20 percent, including 60 - 36 percent among Democrats, requiring voters to show photo ID.
[Ohio] Voters support 75 - 22 percent requiring voters to show photo ID. Democrats are divided with 50 percent in favor of photo ID and 48 percent opposed.
[Pennsylvania] Voters support 64 - 34 percent requiring voters to show photo ID. Support is 94 - 6 percent among Republicans and 63 - 35 percent among independent voters. Democrats are opposed 56 - 40 percent.
Missouri Lawmakers Pass Voter Photo ID Bill | 05/17/16
JEFFERSON CITY -- A measure laying out photo ID requirements at the ballot box won final passage in the Missouri Legislature on May 11.
The bill still needs either Gov. Jay Nixon's signature or, if he vetoes the bill, a successful veto override in the Legislature. It would take effect only if voters approve to a change to the state constitution.
A separate resolution putting the proposed constitutional change on the ballot this year is awaiting approval in the Senate.
Both pieces of legislation advanced out of the House early in the legislative session, but they had been stalled in the Senate until last week.
Democrats launched filibusters every time the bill came up but agreed to stop stalling a vote in exchange for compromise language. With the Wednesday action, the House approved the Senate language.
Under the compromise, anyone who shows up to the polls without an ID can sign a form attesting they are who they say they are and recognizing that photo ID requirements are the law. The state would also pay for photo IDs and any birth certificate needed to obtain them.
Voters who don't sign the form could cast a provisional ballot, which would count if they can prove their identity.
Voters in swing states Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are strongly in favor of requiring photo identification in order to vote, a Quinnipiac poll revealed Tuesday.
Potential voters in Florida were most supportive of voter ID laws, with 77 percent supporting and 20 percent opposing voter ID requirements.
Among likely Democratic voters in the Sunshine State, 60 percent supported voter ID laws while 36 percent opposed the laws.
Support for voter ID laws in Ohio was almost as pronounced. Seventy-five percent of potential voters in Ohio favored photo ID requirements while only 22 percent opposed the laws.
Democratic voters were more evenly split, with 50 percent supporting and 48 percent opposing voter ID laws.
"Ohioans ... are overwhelmingly in favor of requiring a photo ID for anyone wanting to vote," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll.
Opinions on voter ID laws in Pennsylvania were more split than the other two states, but supporters of voter ID laws still outnumbered opponents by 30 percentage points, with 64 percent supporting and 34 percent opposing the laws.
Giving Violent Felons the Automatic Right to Vote Is Not Morally Defensible | 05/09/16
By J. Christian Adams
Giving violent felons the automatic right to vote is not morally defensible.
In elections, just as in society, it is important that everyone follow the rules.
Automatically restoring the right to vote for felons is a bad idea. Before felons enjoy the full measure of citizenship, at a minimum, they should seek an individualized determination that they deserve the right to vote. Redemption loses its value when redemption is automatically bestowed.
If the goal of felon voting restoration is to integrate felons back into society, it should be an active and contemplative exercise by the applicant seeking redemption, not an automatic one.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's decree that felons will enjoy automatic voting rights in the swing state of Virginia was a bad idea and contrary to state law. When the integrity and credibility of American elections is involved, it is essential that everyone follow the rules. Breaking the rules is particularly corrosive when it appears to have a brazenly partisan aim, as in Virginia.
Giving violent felons the automatic right to vote is not morally defensible. Violent criminals who have shown contempt for other members of society and our laws should not have a voice in the process of writing laws. When a violent felon helps to choose lawmakers, laws will invariably skew more toward the criminal to the detriment of the law-abiding citizen.
If you commit violent crimes, in nearly every state you forfeit multiple constitutional rights, including the right to vote and the right to own firearms. Most advocates for restoring rights never seem to get around to Second Amendment rights. That's no accident because the national campaign to restore felon voting rights is first and foremost an effort to help Democrats win elections.
Studies have shown that felons vote overwhelmingly for Democrats, and the advocates for felon voting know it, and usually like it. Automatically restoring felon voting rights is the latest instance of normalizing criminal behavior. Voters with violent criminal tendencies are the last thing we need anywhere close to the American election process.
Wisconsin Democrats Ask U.S. Justice Dept. to Oppose Voter ID Law | 05/04/16
Wisconsin's Democratic congressional delegation urged the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday to consider a legal challenge to the state's voter ID law or joining ongoing litigation against it.
The letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch cites reports of long lines at polling places in Wisconsin's April 5 primary -- the first high-turnout statewide election in which the state's voter ID requirement was in place.
It also points to reports of "troubling statements by individuals closely connected to the state Legislature's consideration of the law indicating that its passage may have been motivated, at least in part, by a desire to reduce youth and minority participation in elections."
The latter may be a reference to two recent public statements -- the first coming from Republican Congressman Glenn Grothman, who said the Republican presidential nominee has a chance to win Wisconsin this year because "photo ID is going to make a little bit of a difference."
The other came from former state Senate GOP staffer Todd Allbaugh, who recounted sitting in on closed-door meetings of Republican lawmakers during the voter ID debate in 2011 in which he said "a handful of GOP senators were giddy about the ramifications and literally singled out the prospects of suppressing minority and college voters." At least one Republican lawmaker who participated in those meetings, Sen. Van Wanggaard, denied any recollection of hearing such comments.
The letter to Lynch was signed by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Madison and U.S. Reps. Ron Kind of La Crosse, Gwen Moore of Milwaukee and Mark Pocan of Black Earth.
Missouri Senate Reaches Voter ID Compromise | 05/04/16
FACED with a filibuster as the Missouri legislative session winds down, state senators struck a deal Monday that will allow them to proceed with a voter identification plan to be decided by voters.
State Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee's Summit, said "a good compromise" is making it possible to pass his proposal before the Legislature adjourns May 13.
Kraus and fellow Republicans want voters to decide the fate of a constitutional amendment requiring that voters show a photo ID at polling places to protect against election fraud. Democrats have generally opposed the bill, saying it would "disenfranchise voters" with low incomes, the elderly, the homeless and minority communities.
For nearly a month, it appeared the bill would stall. Democrats launched a filibuster. They read stories from newspapers, recited election results, and read passages from a book. Off the Senate floor, Democrats said they wanted some type of safety net so that qualified voters would not be turned away from the polls.
Kraus and other supporters eventually agreed to allow people without photo IDs to cast ballots if they present a paycheck, utility bill or a similar confirmation of their names and addresses. Those voters also would sign paperwork confirming that they lack photo IDs, triggering perjury charges if fraudulent statements are made.
State Sen. Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, still opposes photo IDs but welcomed what he called "earnest and sincere" negotiations to find a compromise.
The Missouri House still must act and could bypass Gov. Jay Nixon to have a statewide vote later this year.
If the measure becomes law, Missouri would join 17 other states that require a photo ID to vote, according to the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures.
Election Fraud Feared as Hackers Target Voter Records | 05/03/16
A series of data breaches overseas are spurring concerns that hackers could manipulate elections in the United States.
Since December, hundreds of millions of voters in the U.S., the Philippines, Turkey and Mexico have had their data discovered on the web in unprotected form. In some instances, legitimate security researchers found the information, but in others, malicious hackers are suspected of pilfering the data for criminal purposes.
The data breaches are raising questions as the U.S. considers whether to move toward electronic balloting. More people than ever are using the internet to register to vote and to request mail-in ballots. Some states have even become vote-by-mail only in recent years.
"If you can't keep the voter registration records safe, what makes you think you can keep the votes safe?" asked Pamela Smith, president of election watchdog Verified Voting.
For a politically inclined hacker, insecure voter data could "very easily" create a pathway to "massive" voter fraud, said Joseph Kiniry, CEO of Free & Fair, which advocates for secure digital election systems.
Supreme Court Refuses to Block Texas Voter ID Law -- for Now | 04/29/16
The Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal to stop Texas from enforcing its challenged voter ID law. But the court said it could revisit the issue as the November elections approach.
The law has been in effect for recent elections, even after a trial judge struck it down in 2014 and an appellate panel found last year that the law had a discriminatory effect on minority voters.
The challengers in the ongoing lawsuit argue there is no reason to allow the requirement to show picture identification at the polls to remain in place.
But justices rejected the plea in a brief order Friday. The full New Orleans-based appeals court will hold a new hearing on the Texas law in May.
The high court said that it is aware of "the time constraints the parties confront in light of the scheduled elections." If the full appeals court has not issued a ruling by July 20, the court said, it would entertain a renewed emergency appeal over the voter ID law.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton called the identification requirement a "common-sense law to provide simple protections to the integrity of our elections and the democratic process in our state." He said the state looked forward to defending the law in the appeals court next month.
Virginia Gov. McAuliffe Breaks the Constitution to Plump the Democratic Vote | 04/25/16
By Hans von Spakovsky
In what is likely an unconstitutional state action seemingly calculated to ensure that the purple state of Virginia goes blue in the November election, Governor Terry McAuliffe (D.) signed an order on Friday restoring the voting rights of 206,000 ex-felons in Virginia, including those convicted of murder, armed robbery, rape, sexual assault, and other violent crimes.
The order also restores their right to sit on a jury, become a notary, and even serve in elected office. McAuliffe believes that ex-felons can be trusted to make decisions in the ballot booth and the jury box but apparently not to own a gun. He draws the line at restoring their Second Amendment rights; that would be a bridge too far. His order specifically does not restore their "right to ship, transport, possess, or receive firearms."
And while his order requires that felons complete probation and parole before enjoying restoration of their rights, it applies regardless of whether they have paid any court fines or restitution to victims. What McAuliffe entirely dismisses is the principle that if you won't follow the law yourself, you can't demand a role in making the law for everyone else, which is what you do when you vote.
Virginia Governor Adds 200,000 Felons to Voting Rolls | 04/22/16
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- More than 200,000 convicted felons will be eligible to vote and run for public office in Virginia under a sweeping executive order announced Friday by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
McAuliffe said his actions would help undo Virginia's long history of trying to suppress the black vote.
He said he was certain he had the legal authority for the massive extension of voting rights, adding that he'd consulted with legal and constitutional experts, including Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring.
Imagine an election for president where votes cast at the ballot box mean next to nothing. While activist groups gripe about long lines and the return of Jim Crow whenever someone has to pull out a photo ID, it's the Democratic Party primary that deserves scorn for disenfranchising voters this year. With Hillary stacking up the super-delegates even while Bernie Sanders keeps winning, why should anyone bother voting?
This is nothing new. The Democrat Party has a long history of disenfranchising its party members and voters through Jim Crow laws that disenfranchised the vast majority of African Americans. Jim Crow was invented by Democrats and administered by Democrats.
While the hyperbole of Jim Crow is tossed at Republicans who seek to bring integrity to elections, it is the Democrats practicing systematic disenfranchisement again in 2016. Bernie Sanders won seven of the last eight Democratic primaries or caucuses but he is no closer to winning the Democratic Party nomination.
Alaska Legislators Approve Voter Information Sharing | 04/19/16
The Alaska House has approved a bill calling for the state to share voter information with other states in an effort to deter voter fraud.
Representatives voted 36-3 Saturday afternoon to approve Senate Bill 9, one of many items of legislation considered by the Alaska House and Alaska Senate on the 89th day of the Legislative session.
The Electronic Registration Information Center is a project of several states and supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts. As of December 2015, 15 states participated in the information-sharing program, including Republican-leaning ones like Alabama and Democratic-leaning ones like Oregon.
"ERIC is a proven model that works," said Rep. Dan Saddler, R-Eagle River and the bill's prime sponsor in the House.
Rep. Sam Kito III, D-Juneau, spoke up in support. In a speech on the House floor, he explained how one Juneau woman, attending college Outside, was encouraged to register to vote at the college when she couldn't remember if she had previously registered in Alaska.
"By registering again, she lost her eligibility for her Permanent Fund Dividend," Kito said. "It's important for us to be able to share information with other states."
New Yorkers File Suit over Alleged Election Fraud | 04/19/16
More than 200 outraged New York voters have joined a lawsuit claiming the party affiliation on their voter registration changed without their consent. The voters say they are unfairly being shut out of Tuesday's primary.
The suit, filed Monday in Brooklyn, calls for New York to be an open primary state, allowing anyone to vote in primaries regardless of party affiliation.
"For many of our complainants, to have the electoral process deprived of them, it's devastating," Shyla Nelson, an activist and spokeswoman for Election Justice U.S.A., told the Daily News.
New York is one of 11 states that has a closed primary system and, due to an obscure election law, voters must have been registered by November of the previous year for the party whose primary they plan to vote in -- this is the earliest change-of-party deadline in the country.
Texas Defends Voter ID Law at Supreme Court | 04/13/16
Arguing that its five-year-old law requiring voters to have a photo ID before they may cast a ballot will not deny anyone in Texas the right to vote, state officials urged the Supreme Court on Monday afternoon to allow the law to remain in effect while a federal appeals court conducts a new review of it.
If federal voting rights law would treat the requirement as illegal, the federal law would be unconstitutional under the Fifteenth Amendment, the state contended.
ACRU Sues Philadelphia over Voter Records | 04/07/16
The ACRU is suing Philadelphia over city officials' refusal to open voter registration records for public inspection as required by federal law.
In a complaint filed April 4 in U.S. District Court under Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (Motor Voter Law), the ACRU seeks "specific records... to ascertain why Defendants have implausible percentages of active registrants as compared to age-eligible United States citizens who live in Philadelphia."
Specifically, the ACRU seeks a court order finding the city in violation of NVRA, and requiring officials to allow inspection of voter registration records and the various means by which the city is supposed to be updating them. The ACRU had requested access to the records in a January letter to city officials.
Philadelphia voter rolls have contained an implausible number of registrants over the years with the total registered nearly exceeding the number of eligible citizens in Philadelphia. The ACRU seeks to examine why this is occurring and what can be done to ensure that only eligible citizens are voting in Philadelphia elections.
Group: Philly's Voter Rolls Are Abnormally and Suspiciously Large | 04/07/16
By Victor Fiorello
It seems like every time there is an election in Philadelphia, there are allegations of shenanigans soon to follow, with the good ol' saying "vote early and vote often" being a staple of our democratic process. But one group isn't waiting until after the April 26th primary to cry foul. They've already filed a lawsuit.
The Virginia-based American Civil Rights Union is the right wing's answer to the left's American Civil Liberties Union. Founded by late Reagan administration advisor Robert Carleson and with a board that includes anti-porn and anti-drug crusader Edwin Meese, the ACRU has gone to court against Obamacare and in favor of gun owners and the formerly anti-gay Boy Scouts. And now the ACRU has come to Philadelphia with some pointed questions about our voter registration numbers.
ACRU filed a federal lawsuit against the City Commissioners Office, the municipal body in charge of our elections, claiming that it hasn't bothered to respond to a January letter that the organization sent demanding access to voter registration records here. The ACRU says the letter was sent by certified mail, and in failing to reply, ACRU maintains that the city is in violation of the National Voter Registration Act.
Supreme Court Got It Wrong: Noncitizens Shouldn't Be Counted | 04/05/16
By Hans von Spakovsky and Elizabeth Slattery
In a loss for voters, the Supreme Court has ruled unanimously against two residents of Texas who had argued that the Texas legislature diluted their votes when it used total population to redraw state Senate districts.
In Evenwel v. Abbott, the Supreme Court allowed states to use total population in redrawing district lines, even though that this includes a large number of noncitizens (legal and illegal), felons, and others who are ineligible to vote.
Sue Evenwel and Edward Pfenninger challenged the state Senate districts drawn by the Texas legislature using total population in 2013.They claimed that both the number of citizens of voting age and the number of registered voters in their districts deviated substantially--between 31 and 49 percent--from the "ideal" population of a Texas Senate district. They argued that this disparity significantly diluted their votes in comparison to those of voters who live in districts with large numbers of non-voters.
According to this logic, their votes were worth roughly half those of voters in other districts. In other words, they claimed that their Senate districts had the same number of representatives as other districts that contained the same number of people but only half the number of eligible voters.
This is a particular problem in Texas, which has almost two million illegal aliens, about seven percent of the state's population.
Heloise Gets It about How to Prevent Vote Fraud | 04/05/16
The household advice column "Hints from Heloise" weighed in this week on the importance of accurate voter registration rolls:
Dear Heloise: In 2012, my father died, and in 2014, I was still getting voter mailings in his name. I went to the voter-registration office in our town and had his name removed.
I also checked when we went to vote to make sure his name was removed. I did the same last year for my mother. By doing this, no one can use their names to vote. - Nancy J. in North Carolina
Dear Nancy: I am sorry about the loss of both of your parents in such a short time. Hopefully others reading this hint will keep this in mind. It's amazing how many dead people vote, in every state. The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 requires that every state "make reasonable efforts to remove persons who have died," but there is no set standard for doing this. Each state is different, so take the time to make sure a deceased person's name is no longer on the roll.
Notify your voter-registration office yourself, and follow up when you go to vote. - Hugs, Heloise
Supreme Court: Count Illegals in Legislative Districting | 04/05/16
A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that illegal immigrants and other noncitizens can be counted when states draw their legislative districts, shooting down a challenge by Texas residents who said their own voting power was being diluted.
The ruling does not grant noncitizens the power to vote, but says the principle of one person, one vote doesn't require localities to only count those who are actually eligible to vote when they are deciding how many people to put inside of each district.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the court, said even though only eligible voters are supposed to cast ballots, elected officials represent all people within their districts, and it is that act of representation, not the election itself, that the boundaries are drawn to.
Polls consistently show that Americans -- regardless of race or ethnicity -- agree that requiring identification to vote is a common-sense way to ensure the integrity of our elections. The repeated narrative pushed by critics that this "suppresses" votes is a myth.
That claim has been disproven by the turnout results in states such as Georgia and Indiana, whose voter ID laws have been in place for years. In fact, these states experienced almost no problems despite apocalyptic predictions of opponents. The number of Americans who don't already have an ID is minuscule -- and every state with a voter ID law gives a free ID to anyone who can't afford one.
Opponents who say there is no voter fraud are wrong. As the Supreme Court noted in 2008 when it upheld Indiana's photo ID law, we have a long, documented history of voter fraud in this country -- and it could make the difference in a close election. That is why states should also be requiring proof-of-citizenship to register to prevent non-citizens from illegally voting.
Florida Mayor, Two Others, Indicted for Vote Fraud | 03/31/16
ORLANDO --The mayor of Eatonville and two others face a host of charges in connection with an election fraud investigation.
News of the indictment came as the grand jury looking into the case concluded its service Monday.
Mayor Anthony Grant is accused of offering bribes in exchange for absentee votes -- allegations the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has investigated.
"These three people conspired together to essentially present votes as if they were legitimate," said State Attorney Jeff Ashton. "That is the allegation in a number of the counts."
Grant turned himself into authorities Monday night and is in the custody of the Orange County Jail. The two others named in the indictment, James Randolph and Mia Nowells, are also in custody.
Officials said Randolph and Nowells worked for or with Grant during the election.
"This indictment is the culmination of a one-year investigation," Ashton said.
In a news conference, Ashton said Grant, along with his two alleged co-conspirators, Nowells and Randolph, is accused of either telling people how to vote or intimidating people to influence how they voted on their absentee ballots in last year's election.
West Virginia May Permit Auto Voter Signup | 03/31/16
CHARLESTON (AP) - A push to automatically sign up voters that began with new laws in Oregon and California will soon likely hit a third, notably less liberal state - West Virginia.
The proposed change has taken a less-than-conventional route to the governor's desk.
After condemning a Republican voter ID bill as the "voter suppression act," Democrats offered an amendment to include automatic registration when people get driver's licenses or IDs. The Republican-led Legislature accepted it without much resistance.
The reception was much cooler on the West Coast - only one Republican in California and none in Oregon voted for similar automatic registration setups. And in New Jersey, Republican Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a similar proposal cleared by Democrats last year.
But West Virginia's Republican Senate president had only positive things to say.
"If managed properly, automatic registration is a great benefit to our citizens and will encourage more people to go to the polls," said Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer.
ACLU Sues Kansas over Proof-of-Citizenship Voting Law | 03/19/16
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tens of thousands of people in Kansas are being deprived of their right to vote, the American Civil Liberties Union argued in a lawsuit filed on Feb. 18 that challenged a state law requiring residents to show proof of citizenship when they register to vote.
The suit is the latest to take direct aim at a three-year-old measure ushered into law by Secretary of State Kris W. Kobach, who has lobbied heavily over the years for measures that he said were needed to prevent non-citizens from casting ballots.
The ACLU, arguing that fraud claims were unfounded, brought the class-action suit in federal court on behalf of six Kansas residents who said they were left off the voter rolls after registering at the state's Department of Motor Vehicles.
Passed by its Republican-dominated legislature five years ago, the law requires residents to show proof of citizenship when they register.
CBS Evening News Sounds the Alarm Playing the Race Card Against Voter ID Laws | 03/16/16
Amidst their voluminous Super Tuesday 3 coverage, the CBS Evening News found just over two minutes to trot out the tired liberal argument that voter ID laws, like the one in North Carolina, have a racist angle.
Anchor Scott Pelley set the scene from the start of the segment before correspondent Mark Strassamann took over by making it clear that it would be a left-leaning piece on the issue:
"In North Carolina, about 1,000 voters cast provisional ballots because they didn't have enough identification to meet the state's new, strict voter ID law. The law was passed even though voter fraud is almost unknown there. Opponents say the law is meant to silence minority voters."
Non-Citizen Voting Case Pits Justice Department Against States that Require Proof-of-Citizenship | 03/15/16
By Hans von Spakovsky
The free-for-all boxing match between the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), the League of Women Voters, the NAACP, Kansas, and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) resumed on Wednesday, March 9.
They're tussling over the right of states to require proof-of-citizenship from people using the federal voter registration form.
In Courtroom 18 of the D.C. federal courthouse, Judge Richard Leon presided over a sometimes contentious hearing on the plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction that would rescind the Election Assistance Commission's change of the instructions on the federal voter registration form to accommodate a request by Kansas. The Sunflower State wants the form to note that Kansans wishing to register must meet a proof-of-citizenship requirement.
At the first hearing in this case on Feb. 22, Leon refused to grant a temporary restraining order requested by the League of Women Voters and the NAACP, the plaintiffs who don't want the Election Assistance Commission to mention proof-of-citizenship.
Justice Department Unwilling to Defend Election Assistance Commission
Normally, the Justice Department would be expected to defend the Election Assistance Commission in court. Instead, the Justice Department lawyers tried to throw the case by agreeing to a temporary restraining order. Leon expressed astonishment at the Department of Justice's behavior, calling it "unprecedented" and "extraordinary."
Rather than take that as a warning about the Department of Justice's potentially unethical and unprofessional behavior in refusing to carry out its duty to defend its client, the Federal Programs Branch came into this week's hearing once again trying to lose the case.
Court to Hear Appeal of Ruling Striking Down Texas Voter ID Law | 03/12/16
AUSTIN -- The full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will to hear arguments on the constitutionality of the Texas voter identification law, the court said late Wednesday.
The move, in response to a request by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, is the latest step in a case that seems destined for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Last year, a panel of three judges on the appeals court issued a complicated ruling that largely was applauded by the plaintiffs in the case -- which include several civil rights groups and U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth -- when it said the state's voter ID law violates the U.S. Voting Rights Act through its discriminatory effects.
The panel affirmed a portion of a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi, rejected another piece of it and sent other portions back to the lower court for further review.
Later that month, Paxton asked the whole court to rehear the case, Veasey v. Abbott.
In its order Wednesday, the court didn't specify a date to hear the case.
Paxton responded Wednesday by saying the order "is a strong step forward" in the state's defense of the law.
"Safeguarding the integrity of our elections is a primary function of state government and is essential to preserving our democratic process," he said in a statement. "We look forward to presenting our case before the full Fifth Circuit."
Chad Dunn, an attorney for the lead plaintiff, said he looks forward to presenting the case.
"So far, seven federal judges have already struck down Texas' voter photo identification law because it is the most complicated, discriminatory and burdensome such law in the country," he said.
Voter ID Age Dawns in North Carolina | 03/12/16
Raleigh -- After years of debate and lawsuits, showing photo identification at the polls is now a fact of life for North Carolina voters.
Early voting for the March 15 primary started Thursday across the state, and every voter is being asked for a photo ID, even if they've voted at the same precinct for years and the poll workers know them.
"The check-in official is going to be responsible for looking for reasonable resemblance, and the only thing they're looking at is the photo on the ID - does the photo reasonably resemble the person?" said Kim Strach, director of the State Board of Elections.
No Voters Denied Due to Photo ID Law, former Virginia Officials Testify | 03/12/16
Several former state and local election officials testified in federal court that they were not aware of any eligible voter who has been denied the right to cast a ballot because of Virginia's photo voter ID requirement enacted in 2013.
"None," said Cameron Quinn, a former state elections official who from 2011 until last year was the general registrar for Fairfax County, testifying on March 1 in the sixth day of a trial before U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson in a lawsuit filed by the Democratic Party of Virginia and two voters challenging the state law. Fairfax is the state's largest jurisdiction and has 700,000 registered voters.
Justin Riemer, a former member of the Virginia State Board of Elections and Donald Palmer, the former secretary of the board, also testified that they were not aware of anyone unable to vote because of the photo requirement.
Faulty Data Fuel Challenges to Voter ID Laws | 03/07/16
By Don Palmer
The use of photo identification to confirm the identity of voters serves an essential election security function in America's polling places and boosts citizens' confidence in the voting process.
In perhaps their most prevalent means of attack, opponents of laws requiring photo ID greatly exaggerate the number of voters without a valid ID. In legislative, litigation, and public relations battles, opponents use wildly inflated numbers in an attempt both to portray these laws as burdensome and to gain partisan electoral advantage.
They cite a highly inflated number of voters who do not possess a driver's license as the universal number of those who are not able to vote, even though, under all state photo ID laws, various other forms of ID, such as federal and state government IDs, U.S. passports, tribal IDs, or even employer-issued or university student IDs, are also acceptable.
West Virginia Voter ID Bill Goes to Senate | 03/01/16
The West Virginia Senate is taking up a bill that the House of Delegates passed that would require voters to present identification at the polls before voting.
Lead sponsor Delegate Patrick Lane, R-Kanawha, said 33 states have some form of voter ID law on the books that vary in what form of identification voters are required to produce. West Virginia falls somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, with what Lane called a "non-strict photo ID" bill that would accept several different forms of identification as proof of identity.
Under the bill, which passed the House on Feb. 17, a voter would be able to produce a state drivers license, drivers license from another state, non-driver's state ID card, passport, photo student ID card or a photo ID from an employer as proof of identity. The bill would also provide for voters to present a non-photo Social Security card, Medicare or Medicaid card.
Lane said virtually any eligible voter in the state should be able to come up with one of the forms of identification included in the bill. But if they can't, they would still be able to vote a provisional ballot under the proposed legislation.
Lane also said a voter would be able to bring someone who has known him or her for at least six months to the polls to vouch that the voter is who he or she purports to be.
House Democrats, however, spoke out against the bill, which they claimed is an attempt to suppress minority voters.
Virginia Voter Photo ID Law Challenged in Court | 03/01/16
A Virginia law requiring voters to show photo identification went on trial in federal court on Feb. 22, challenged by Democratic Party activists who allege it throws up barriers to voting by minorities and the poor.
Lawyers defending the 2013 Virginia law said it prevented voter fraud. The trial in U.S. District Court is one of several voting rights legal battles as Democrats and Republicans square off before November's presidential and congressional elections.
The Democratic Party of Virginia and two party activists are suing the Virginia State Board of Elections and want Judge Henry Hudson to strike down the law.
Attorney Bruce Spiva, representing those challenging the measure, said the photo ID law was an effort to hamper the Democratic Party in the state.
It creates "irrational hoops that people have to jump through" and has a "disproportional impact on people of color," Spiva said.
Mark Hearne, an independent counsel for the state attorney general, dismissed the allegations.
"It is impossible to show a suppressive effect on minorities from the photo ID law," Hearne said. He added the law was an effort to protect against voter fraud.
Electoral integrity has scored big -- District of Columbia federal district court Judge Richard Leon just issued an order denying the request by the NAACP, the League of Women Voters, and the U.S. Justice Department for a temporary restraining order (TRO). Thus, there will be no TRO preventing the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) from instructing residents of Alabama, Georgia, and Kansas that they must comply with state laws requiring proof-of-citizenship when they register to vote.
Judge Leon said in a four-page order that because "the registration deadlines for the Alabama and Georgia primaries and for the Kansas Republican Caucus had already passed at the time this TRO motion was filed . . . and that the effects of the [EAC's] actions on the ongoing registration process for the Kansas Democratic Caucus . . . are uncertain at best, plaintiffs have not demonstrated they will suffer irreparable harm" before the scheduled March 9 hearing on the request for a Preliminary Injunction. Judge Leon was also "not yet convinced that plaintiffs have demonstrated a substantial likelihood of success on the merits and looks forward to the benefit of full, adversarial briefing on the complex and important issues this case presents."
This is a tremendous victory, particularly given the questionable conduct of the Justice Department, which came into court on Monday refusing to defend the actions of the EAC and saying it would consent not only to a TRO, but to a preliminary injunction. Judge Leon castigated DOJ during the hearing and added a footnote to his four-page order about the behavior of Justice after he said he expects a "full, adversarial briefing."
Zavala County Mayor Resigns After Arrest, Recall Petition Certified | 02/21/16
CRYSTAL CITY -- A South Texas mayor under a federal corruption indictment resigned from office on Friday after a recall petition was certified and he was arrested over a disturbance that disrupted a city council meeting.
In a letter of resignation submitted to the city clerk, Ricardo Lopez said his departure would take effect Friday afternoon.
"I appreciate the opportunities I have been given to be mayor of Crystal City. I wish all the citizens of Crystal City success in the future," his letter stated.
Lopez and two city council members are named in a federal public corruption indictment returned earlier this month. Another council member has been charged with human trafficking.
Crystal City is the county seat of Zavala County, which in January 2015 entered into a federal court consent decree with the American Civil Rights Union to clean up its voter rolls. The county had more than 100 percent of its age-eligible residents registered to vote.
Lopez was led from a city council meeting in handcuffs late Tuesday night after an apparent scuffle ended the gathering in pandemonium. The meeting, which was to schedule a recall election for him and two council members, ended prematurely after the mayor's arrest cost the panel a quorum.
He was released from the Zavala County Jail the next day after posting a $12,000 bond. However, the rest of the Tuesday council meeting was postponed until Wednesday, then was canceled when Lopez didn't attend and the group again lacked a quorum. Upon his release from jail, Lopez told reporters that he would attend no more council meetings.
Obama Administration Fighting Efforts to Keep Non-Citizens from Voting | 02/21/16
By Hans von Spakovsky
Several well-funded organizations -- including the League of Women Voters and the NAACP -- are fighting efforts to prevent non-citizens from voting illegally in the upcoming presidential election. And the United States Department of Justice, under the direction of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, is helping them.
On February 12, these groups filed a lawsuit in D.C. federal court seeking to reverse a recent decision by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). The Commission's decision allows Kansas and other states, including Arizona and Georgia, to enforce state laws ensuring that only citizens register to vote when they use a federally designed registration form.
An initial hearing in the case is set for Monday afternoon, February 22. Under federal law, the EAC is responsible for designing the federal voter-registration form required by the National Voter Registration Act, or Motor Voter, as it is commonly called. While states must register voters who use the federal form, states can ask the EAC to include instructions with the federal form about additional state registration requirements. Some states are now requiring satisfactory proof of citizenship to ensure that only citizens register to vote.
Voter ID in Wisconsin Primary 'Pretty 'Simple' | 02/17/16
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board estimated 10 percent of registered voters in Wisconsin cast a ballot in the Spring Primary Election on Tuesday.
At the 7th District polling location in La Crosse, Cheryl Vieth said voter turnout was around the 10 percent, and that was OK because it allowed time to adjust to the new voter I.D. law.
"So it's a good process for them to get used to to bring the right, correct, information to the voting place," Veith said.
Veith said the process was simple and her polling location saw no issues.
The same was true for voting staff in Onalaska.
"Everybody seems very much aware, I think there's been enough publicity," election inspector Sharon Mahlum said.
A few local voters had the same feeling.
"If you have an ID already then it's pretty simple. You just show them your form of identification and they take care of the rest," Courtney Kirker said.
"Nope, I normally have my drivers license on me so nothing different," Lee Worrell said.
Congressman Seeks to Add Florida to National Voter Database | 02/17/16
U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch is calling on Florida election officials to participate in a national database aimed at preventing voter fraud -- amid reports that more than two dozen people possibly voted twice in the 2014 general election.
The West Boca Democrat penned a letter to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner on Tuesday, urging him to sign up for the Electronic Registration Information Center, a database used by 15 states and the District of Columbia.
Deutch says the system known as ERIC would improve the accuracy of voter rolls by allowing Florida to compare its list of voters with other states' at a minimal cost of $50,000.
"We have a record when it comes to our elections that is obviously not one we are terribly proud of," he said. "I can't understand why we wouldn't join an effort with a nationwide database that can combat problems of people being registered to vote in two states."
Deutch's calls come after election supervisors in Broward and Palm Beach counties launched probes in January into reports of as many as 32 people voting twice in the 2014 general election -- once in Florida and once in their home state up North.
It's a felony to vote in the same federal election twice.
Missouri Voter Photo ID Bills Head to Senate Floor | 02/09/16
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) Two proposals aimed at requiring Missourians to show photo ID before voting are heading to the Senate floor.
Senators voted 8-2 Monday along party lines to advance a bill and a constitutional amendment out of committee. Both measures have already passed the House, though the constitutional amendment would need voter approval.
Ruling May Be Weeks Away in North Carolina Photo Voter ID Case | 02/02/16
A federal judge's decision appears to be at least several weeks away in litigation over North Carolina's photo ID mandate for voters, making it likely that the new requirement will begin when early in-person voting begins March 3.
Trial ended Monday in multiple lawsuits over the new statute, which is supposed to be implemented for the first time during the March 15 primary.
The requirement, first approved by Republican elected officials in 2013 but eased somewhat last summer, makes North Carolina one of more than 30 states with some kind of voter ID requirement now in force.
But the U.S. Justice Department, state NAACP and others challenged the requirement in a state with a history of racial discrimination and racially polarized voting.
Their lawsuits also challenged other provisions in the 2013 law that in part scaled back early voting and ended same-day registration during the early-vote period.
Only voter ID was considered during the six-day trial.
The trial judge had refused before the trial to block voter ID from taking effect on schedule. U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder asked both sides to provide additional documentations by Feb. 24.
Lawyers who oppose the law pointed in their closing arguments to their expert's report presented last week in court that up to 224,800 registrants lack proper voter ID. The expert also said black voters were more than twice as likely as white voters to lack a qualifying ID and face economic and social obstacles to obtain one.
A competing database expert who took the stand Monday as a final defense witness testified that the report had several weaknesses and the number of those lacking ID was inflated. There are more than 6.4 million registered voters in North Carolina.
Closing Arguments Begin in North Carolina Voter ID Trial | 02/01/16
Closing arguments are set to begin this afternoon in the closely watched federal trial on North Carolina's photo ID requirement.
Janet Thornton, a labor economist at Economic Research Services in Florida, was the last witness that state attorneys called. Plaintiffs, including the N.C. NAACP, rested their case Thursday.
The photo ID requirement was passed in 2013 as part of a sweeping elections law that state Republican legislators pushed soon after the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a key section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. That section required mostly southern states and 40 counties in North Carolina to seek federal approval of major changes in elections laws.
Voting rights activists consider North Carolina's election law, known as the Voter Information Verification Act, to be one of the most restrictive in the country. The photo ID requirement didn't take effect until this year and was amended last year just weeks before a federal trial on other provisions of the law.
The N.C. NAACP, the U.S. Department of Justice and others filed a federal lawsuit in 2013, alleging that the elections law places undue burdens on blacks and Hispanics, is unconstitutional and violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Thornton was called to criticize the work of one of the plaintiffs' experts -- Charles Stewart, a professor of political science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Stewart testified last week that based on his analysis matching databases from the State Board of Elections and the Department of Motor Vehicles, blacks were twice more likely to lack a photo ID than whites.
Thornton testified that Stewart's methodology was flawed and that it was hard to know exactly how many people did not have a photo ID. She also testified that his analysis failed to account for voters who were later removed from voter registration rolls or were considered inactive.
Voter ID Measures Advance in Missouri House | 01/22/16
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Republicans' decade-long effort to add an ID requirement for voters won initial approval Wednesday in the Missouri House of Representatives.
In a voice vote, lawmakers finalized the language of a bill and a constitutional amendment aimed at requiring a photo ID to vote. The measures still need a final vote to pass the chamber, and the constitutional amendment would need voter approval. A Senate committee heard testimony this week on a similar bill and constitutional amendment.
House Republicans blocked attempts by Democrats to add more forms of acceptable photo IDs, to register people to vote automatically when they apply for driver's licenses, and to add the phrase "voter suppression" to the amendment's ballot language.
Lawmakers are pursuing a constitutional change because in 2006 the Missouri Supreme Court struck down a photo ID requirement, saying such measures weren't narrowly tailored enough and were an undue burden on voters.
Reports of Voters Casting Ballots Twice Are Probed in Palm Beach, Broward Counties | 01/15/16
PALM BEACH, Florida -- Fourteen Palm Beach County voters appear to have cast ballots twice in the 2014 general election -- once in Florida and once up North, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher said Wednesday.
A Coral Springs database analyst brought the issue to Bucher's attention, and he says he has uncovered dozens of other instances across Florida of people voting twice.
"We talk a lot about voter fraud," said Andrew Ladanowski, a data analyst and information technology consultant at AddinSolutions. "Everyone accuses everyone of it, but no one has investigated cross-state voter fraud."
Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes said Wednesday her office also is looking into information Ladanowski provided that up to 18 people voted twice there.
Election supervisors in Florida don't have access to a national database to check other states' voting records, making it difficult to detect people who vote twice, said Brian Corley, president of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections and Supervisor of Elections in Pasco County.
Judge Rejects Insanity Defense in Voter Fraud Case | 01/15/16
MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A judge is not buying a suburban Milwaukee man's claim that he was insane when he voted 13 times in six elections in 2011 and '12.
51-year-old Robert Monroe of Shorewood pleaded no contest Monday to six felony election fraud charges.
After a two-day sanity trial, Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Dennis Cimpl ruled Wednesday that Monroe knew he was voting illegally -- and he'll go to prison instead of a mental institution when he's sentenced February 26th.
The judge refused to accept a doctor's claim that Monroe had a dissociative disorder when he voted five times for Governor Scott Walker in his 2012 recall election.
The Maryland state legislature is back in session, and the Democrats have announced that one of their priorities is overriding Governor Larry Hogan's veto last year of a bill that would automatically re-enfranchise felons when they are released from prison, even if they are still on parole or probation (Maryland already automatically re-enfranchises felons once they are no longer on probation or parole). Governor Hogan is adamant that this is a bad bill.
And Governor Hogan is right, so here's hoping that the veto-override effort fails.
If you aren't willing to follow the law yourself, then you can't demand a role in making the law for everyone else, which is what you do when you vote. We don't let everyone vote -- not children, not non-citizens, not the mentally incompetent, and not felons -- because we have certain objective, minimum standards of responsibility and commitment to our laws that must be met before someone is given a role in the solemn enterprise of self-government. People who have committed a serious crime against their fellow citizens don't meet those standards.
The right to vote can be restored to felons, but it should be done carefully, on a case-by-case basis after a person has shown that he or she has really turned over a new leaf, not automatically on the day someone walks out of prison -- let alone when parole and probation have not yet been served. After all, the unfortunate truth is that most people who walk out of prison will be walking back in. Deep down, the Left knows all this; that's why, though it is happy to let felons vote, it is somehow reluctant to restore their Second Amendment rights.
Missouri Legislators Renew Push for Voter Photo ID Law | 12/28/15
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Republican Missouri legislative leaders, backed by veto-proof majorities, will try again in 2016 to require voters to show photo identification at the polls, despite numerous failed attempts over the past decade.
Sen. Will Kraus, a Lee's Summit Republican running for secretary of state, pre-filed a proposed constitutional amendment to allow for photo identification and a bill that would require voters to present government-issued photo ID. GOP House members pre-filed similar measures.
A change to the state's constitution would be necessary before implementing a photo ID law because the Missouri Supreme Court struck down a similar measure in 2006 as unconstitutional.
Kraus said photo ID protects against people fraudulently impersonating other voters. Fraud has not been a significant problem in Missouri, according to Democratic Secretary of State Jason Kander, whose office supervises elections.
Kraus' proposal would allow people to obtain free state photo ID cards if they don't already have a driver's license, military ID or other government-issued identification.
"My goal would be to make sure that we secure the election process and then make sure we do not disenfranchise anyone," Kraus said.
He cited a mayoral election in April in Kinloch, a St. Louis suburb. The city attorney served the incoming mayor, who won by 20 votes in an election in which only 58 voted, with impeachment papers after the city claimed 27 voters were illegally registered.
"That just shows you that there are people that would like to cheat elections," Kraus said.
Study Says More Non-Citizens on Voter Rolls than Thought | 12/21/15
The former head of a Washington think tank specializing in immigration issues says that voter registration numbers in Texas and elsewhere may be inflated because of the presence of non-citizens on voter rolls.
David Simcox, former executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, released a study Tuesday afternoon that said an estimated 1.8 million to 2.7 million non-citizen immigrants in the Unites States may be illegally registered to vote, thereby potentially influencing the outcome of the upcoming presidential and congressional elections.
The report also estimated that anywhere from 161,000 to 333,000 non-citizens may be registered to vote in Texas.
Calling the state's political culture "a mix of the worst of Old South Dixieland politics and Latin American politics," Mr. Simcox said Texas has a political history marked by election fraud, sometimes involving Mexican or Mexican-American voters.
Using Texas population estimates from the 2000 census, Mr. Simcox said his study found a disproportionately high number of registered voters when compared to the total number of eligible voters in six major metropolitan counties and five counties near the Mexican border, all having a high percentage of non-citizen residents.
The Left seeks power, and at least for the time being, that requires winning elections. So the Left pursues every scheme it can concoct to boost votes for its favored causes and candidates. This report details how the Left not only opposes every law, like voter ID, that aims to ensure honest elections, it is also passing laws and regulations that aim to swamp the polls with Left-friendly voters.
And so non-citizens, and illegal immigrants, and underage voters are being welcomed to voting booths, while voter registration and even voting itself are on the road to being made compulsory for every person with a heartbeat.
Where does this notion that anyone with a pulse must vote come from? Why is it that even the most modest measures to ensure an election has integrity provoke hysteria from the Left and shameless comparisons to Jim Crow measures that unconstitutionally denied large numbers of Americans the right to vote?
The Left has long used shrill rhetoric to stifle many electoral integrity laws across the country. More recently, it has become increasingly emboldened as it parades illegal voters to the polls. There is a simple explanation: Voter fraud and illegal immigrant votes have historically favored Democrats, as we shall see.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A civil rights group on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging Alabama's photo voter ID law as an infringement on voting rights and an attempt to suppress the influence of black and Hispanic voters.
The Greater Birmingham Ministries and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People filed the suit Wednesday in Birmingham federal court. Alabama's law requires voters to show a valid state-issued photo identification at the polls in order to vote. The law went into effect in the 2014 elections.
"It is appalling that, 60 years after Rosa Parks' courageous protest in Montgomery and 50 years after voting rights activists marched in Selma, the Alabama Legislature continues to pass laws that are designed to deprive people of color of their basic civil rights," said Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
The lawsuit is the latest attempt to roll back voter ID requirements implemented in Republican-controlled states. The U.S. Justice Department challenged photo identification requirements in North Carolina and Texas, and a federal appeals court in August found the Texas law to be discriminatory.
States that have implemented the requirements say the measures are needed to curb voter fraud. Opponents, often Democrats, say the requirement presents a barrier to the ballot box for poor, minority and elderly voters.
The lawsuit contends that Alabama politicians who created and backed the law knew that black and Latino voters "disproportionately lack the required photo ID."
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said his office will review the lawsuit.
"Voting rights are important to every citizen, and it is imperative that every Alabamian who is eligible to vote have the ability to vote," Bentley said in a statement. "A photo ID protects the process of voting and ensures fair elections are held."
Hillary Clinton Warns Black Audience over Voter ID Laws | 12/07/15
Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton warns black legal activists that "there is mischief afoot" when it comes to voting rights issues in the United States.
Speaking at the National Bar Association's 60th anniversary celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Montgomery bus boycott Dec. 1 in Alabama, Clinton appealed to the conspiracy-minded instincts of those who believe that photo ID laws represent a Republican effort to suppress the vote, rather than a way to prevent voter fraud.
"I thought we'd solved that problem," Clinton said about voting access. "Unfortunately, there is mischief afoot. Some people are just determined to keep other Americans from voting."
Clinton cited the closing of some DMV offices in Alabama, as part of necessary budget cuts, as a vote-suppressing plot, despite evidence to the contrary.
Clinton was introduced at the event by Benjamin Crump, the high-profile lawyer for the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown families who was recently named president of the National Bar Association following his headline-grabbing advocacy work.
ACRU Wins Consent Decree in Third Mississippi County to Clean Up Voter Rolls | 11/30/15
ALEXANDRIA, VA (Nov. 30, 2015) - The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) has settled its federal lawsuit against the Clarke County, Mississippi Election Commission, marking the third time a Mississippi county has agreed by consent decree to clean up its voter rolls.
In July, ACRU, represented by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), sued the county because it has more voters on the rolls than living citizens. The lawsuit, filed by PILF and Mississippi attorney Henry Ross, alleged a violation of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which requires maintenance of accurate voter rolls.
In 2013, the ACRU secured Section 8 agreements with Walthall and Jefferson Davis counties, and two weeks ago, on Nov. 12, sued a fourth Mississippi county, Noxubee, over its corrupted voter rolls.
The agreement between the parties was approved by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Hattiesburg Division, on Nov. 25. The agreement requires the Commission to begin identifying and removing voters who are no longer eligible to vote in Clarke County as early as April 2016.
The ACRU originally notified the Commission by letter in June 2014 that its voter rolls were potentially in violation of federal election law. According to U.S. Census data and other public records, Clarke County, Mississippi had 12,646 registered voters, despite having a voting-age population of only 12,549. The Commission never responded to the notice letter.
The agreement also requires the Commission to periodically notify the ACRU in writing about the Commission's efforts to clean up its voter rolls.
"Corrupted voter rolls have been a problem in Clarke County for years," said ACRU Policy Board member J. Christian Adams, who is president and general counsel of the Public Interest Legal Foundation. "This settlement is a positive step towards a cure and should give Mississippians confidence that their legitimate votes will not be cancelled out by an ineligible voter."
The Obama Justice Department has shut down enforcement of Section 8 of the NVRA and thus allowed voters rolls around the nation to remain corrupted and filled with ineligible registrations. The ACRU is the only private party under NVRA to successfully sue to clean up county voter rolls.
ALEXANDRIA, VA (Nov. 30) - Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy has issued an emergency injunction to stop a race-based election in Hawaii, as per a request in a brief filed by the American Civil Rights Union.
"The government has been operating a brazenly racially based voter registration process," the brief states.
Kennedy's order, issued on Nov. 27, enjoins the state from counting ballots or determining winners until he or the court further rules. Submitted on behalf of the ACRU by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), the brief in Akina, et al. v. State of Hawaii notes that this is the second time that Hawaii has conducted a racially exclusionary election. The last time, appeals courts did not have time to review the law thoroughly before the election took place.
"The election of delegates [to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs] had occurred and tens of thousands of Hawaiian residents were denied the right to vote," the brief states. "This court must not let that happen again...."
Eventually, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Hawaii's justifications for having racially exclusive rolls and elections and declared that such ancestry tests violated the 15th Amendment, which bans racial tests by governments to register to vote and participate in the political process.
The plaintiffs in this case, who are Hawaiian residents, are asking the Supreme Court to issue an injunction to halt the election until a full appellate review is conducted and thus prevent Hawaii from getting away with an unconstitutional voter registration test a second time.
"The Supreme Court's language in Rice v. Cayetano (2000) is sweeping in scope and unforgiving to racial tests to register to vote," said J. Christian Adams, ACRU Policy Board member and president of PILF. "The right to register to vote on a government-run registration roll without passing an ancestry test is a fundamental Constitutional right. Hawaii escaped full review of this policy once before. It should not happen twice."
ACRU Asks Supreme Court to Stop Race-Based Registration and Election | 11/24/15
ALEXANDRIA, VA (Nov. 24) --- An emergency injunction is needed to stop a race-based election now underway in Hawaii and ending Nov. 30, a brief filed today at the U.S. Supreme Court by the American Civil Rights Union argues.
"The government has been operating a brazenly racially based voter registration process," the brief states.
Submitted on behalf of the ACRU by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), the brief in Akina, et al. v. State of Hawaii notes that this is the second time that Hawaii has conducted a racially exclusionary election. The last time, appeals courts did not have time to review the law thoroughly before the election took place.
"The election of delegates [to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs] had occurred and tens of thousands of Hawaiian residents were denied the right to vote," the brief states. "This court must not let that happen again...."
Eventually, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Hawaii's justifications for having racially exclusive rolls and elections and declared that such ancestry tests violated the 15th Amendment, which bans racial tests by governments to register to vote and participate in the political process.
The plaintiffs in this case, who are Hawaiian residents, are asking the Supreme Court to issue an injunction to halt the election until a full appellate review is conducted and thus prevent Hawaii from getting away with an unconstitutional voter registration test a second time.
ALEXANDRIA, VA (Nov. 16, 2015) -- The American Civil Rights Union on Thursday, Nov. 12, filed a lawsuit against a fourth Mississippi county for its corrupted voter registration rolls.
This time, it was against Noxubee County, which has a long history of vote fraud and voter intimidation.
As with the other three counties, voter rolls maintained by Noxubee contain more people registered to vote than citizens eligible to vote, according to the lawsuit, filed on ACRU's behalf by the Public Interest Legal Foundation. The complaint argues that Noxubee County's election commission is violating Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). It was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Northern Division.
The ACRU's Mississippi legal campaign is having a demonstrative effect on other counties. New data show that since 2010, the number of counties with more registered voters than eligible residents has dropped considerably.
In 2013, the ACRU won consent decrees in federal court for Walthall and Jefferson Davis counties to clean up their voter rolls. It was the first time in history that a private party had sued under the NVRA (better known as Motor Voter) and reached a consent decree to compel counties to clean up their voter rolls. In July, the ACRU sued Clarke County for having corrupt voter rolls.
ACRU's review of databases revealed that as of 2015, more than 110 percent of Noxubee's voting-eligible citizens are registered. This strongly indicates the county has failed to purge the names of people who died, moved away or were convicted of disenfranchising felonies.
How Democrats Suppress the Vote | 11/18/15
By Eitan Hersh (fivethirtyeightlcom)
In the ongoing fight between Democrats and Republicans over election procedures like voter ID and early voting, the Democrats are supposedly the champions of higher turnout and reducing barriers to participation. But when it comes to scheduling off-cycle elections like those taking place today (Nov. 3), the Democratic Party is the champion of voter suppression.
Indeed, few people will vote today. Many elections are taking place, but almost all are for local offices. School boards, for example, are up for election in Houston; Fairfax County, Virginia; Charlotte, North Carolina and in hundreds of other communities that oversee the education of millions of schoolchildren. But only a small number of highly engaged voters will participate in the elections for these offices.
Scheduling local elections at odd times appears to be a deliberate strategy aimed at keeping turnout low, which gives more influence to groups like teachers unions that have a direct stake in the election's outcome. But before getting into the details of off-cycle elections, consider the parties' basic positions on issues of voter participation. As election law expert Rick Hasen has noted, there is a philosophical divide between the parties. Supposedly, for Republicans, small barriers to participation can help the functioning of a democracy. For instance, in recent years, Republicans have been pushing a requirement that voters present identification when they show up to cast a ballot. They argue that voter ID laws can prevent fraud and foster confidence in the electoral system. But they also argue that if an ID requirement deters people who aren't particularly well-informed or invested in the political process, this might be a net benefit for the electoral system.
The Democratic philosophy is different. For Democrats, universal participation is a value: All voices ought to be represented in the electoral sphere, so the government should not put up any unnecessary barriers to participation.
Debates over issues like voter ID are politically explosive because each side suspects the other of having a strategic motive, not a philosophical one, for its position. Maybe Republicans want lower turnout not because it yields an informed electorate, but because it favors their side. Maybe Democrats promote higher turnout not because of an ideological commitment to civic engagement, but because higher turnout helps elect Democrats (though there is substantial disagreement on whether that is true).
Nowhere are the strategic motivations -- and the hypocritical rhetoric -- of both parties more apparent than in the timing of elections.
The election calendar in the United States is an insane mess. Exhibit A is New Jersey. New Jersey holds federal elections with the rest of the country on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even-numbered years. But elections for state office in New Jersey are held in November of odd-numbered years. School district elections are held on the third Tuesday in April or else in November. And fire district commissioner elections are held on the third Saturday in February.
It isn't just New Jersey. Most states -- 44 out of 50 -- hold some state and local elections off the federal cycle.
Political scientist Sarah Anzia, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, gives a compelling explanation in an outstanding book published last year. The first point that Anzia makes is that the off-cycle election calendar is not a response to voter preferences; voters do not like taking multiple trips to the voting booth. Anzia asked a nationally representative sample of Americans if they prefer elections held at different times for different offices "because it allows voters to focus on a shorter list of candidates and issues during each election" or all at the same time "because combining the elections boosts voter turnout for local elections." Voters of all political stripes prefer consolidated elections, and by wide margins. But that's especially true for people who identify as Democrats, who prefer consolidated elections 73 percent to 27 percent.
Consolidation is popular, and during the decade-long period between 2001 and 2011 that Anzia studied, state legislatures across the country considered over 200 bills aimed at consolidating elections. About half, 102 bills, were focused specifically on moving school board election dates so that they would coincide with other elections. Only 25 became law.
The consolidation bills, which were generally sponsored by Republicans, typically failed because of Democratic opposition, according to Anzia. By her account, Democrats opposed the bills at the urging of Democratic-aligned interest groups, namely teachers unions and municipal employee organizations.
Meet the Police Officer Who's Been Charged with Voter Fraud | 11/12/15
By Hans von Spakovsky
Call the cops! It looks like someone is committing voter fraud in Indiana again! Ironically, in this case, however, the alleged fraudster who has been arrested by the Indiana State Police was a cop.
Unfortunately, even officers who graduate from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy are capable of violating the public trust by allegedly trying to steal an election.
That is the case with Officer Lowell Ross Colen of the Rising Sun Police Department, a small Indiana town of around 2,300 people on the Ohio River across from Kentucky.
Colen was apparently an average guy at the police department. According to his chief, Dave Hewitt, Colen was "fairly well liked and very loyal." Hewitt described Colen as the "kind of guy that would come in and put his time in." However, it seems Colen was doing more than providing for the public safety while on duty at the Rising Sun Police Department.
Colen wanted individuals to vote for his father, Francis "Swede" Colen, in the 2015 May primary for city council. So, he allegedly proceeded to fill out absentee ballot applications for people who were not even eligible to vote in the election, and then voted with these ballots after he received them from election officials.
According to the Indiana State Police Department, he forged the signatures of the supposed voters on some of the documents before turning them into the Ohio County, Ind. clerk's office.
In some cases, Officer Colen is even believed to have been in uniform and on duty while committing the acts.
In a twist of fate, the voting scofflaw was arrested in his home on charges of official misconduct, forgery, voter fraud and ghost employment. He has been charged with 13 felony counts, and is, of course, entitled to a presumption of innocence, so it remains to be seen what the final disposition will be.
Nonetheless, this goes to show that, contrary to what some skeptics say, voting fraud does occur in this country. In local elections with small margins of victory, fraud is especially able to be the deciding factor.
Voter ID laws have been challenged because liberal Democrats deem them racist. I guess that's because they see blacks as being incapable of acquiring some kind of government-issued identification. Interesting enough is the fact that I've never heard of a challenge to other ID requirements as racist, such as those: to board a plane, open a charge account, have lab work done or cash a welfare check. Since liberal Democrats only challenge legal procedures to promote ballot-box integrity, the conclusion one reaches is that they are for vote fraud prevalent in many Democrat-controlled cities.
There is another area where the attack on ballot-box integrity goes completely unappreciated. We can examine this attack by looking at the laws governing census taking. As required by law, the U.S. Census Bureau is supposed to count all persons in the U.S. Those to be counted include citizens, legal immigrants and non-citizen long-term visitors. The law also requires that illegal immigrants be a part of the decennial census. The estimated number of illegal immigrants ranges widely from 12 million to 30 million. Official estimates put the actual number closer to 12 million.
Both citizens and non-citizens are included in the census and thus affect apportionment counts. Counting illegals in the census undermines one of the fundamental principles of representative democracy --- namely, that every citizen-voter has an equal voice. Through the decennial census-based process of apportionment, states with large numbers of illegal immigrants, such as California and Texas, unconstitutionally gain additional members in the U.S. House of Representatives thereby robbing the citizen-voters in other states of their rightful representation.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson dismissed the idea that restrictive anti-voter fraud requirements could be racist, echoing the position of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach -- a champion of such measures who has called accusations of racism a personal insult.
"I've made it my personal project, every time I visit a country outside the U.S., to ask what do they do to ensure the integrity of voting? There's not one single country anywhere -- first world, second world, it doesn't matter -- that doesn't have official requirements for voting," Carson said on Oct. 16.
"My question to those people who say we're racist because we apply those standards: Are all the other countries of the world racist? I don't think so. Voting is an important thing. Obviously, you want to make sure that it's done by the appropriate people."
Carson made the comments in an interview with The Topeka Capital-Journal ahead of a planned appearance in Topeka.
Kobach, who is also a Republican, drew fire from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who posted a tweet linking to a New York Times story on Kansas' plan to purge incomplete voter registrations older than 90 days. She commented: "We should be doing everything we can to get young people more engaged in our democracy, not putting up obstacles."
The tweet was the second time Clinton has criticized Kobach in recent months. In August, Clinton called the purge of the incomplete registrations a "targeted attack on voting rights." In both cases, Kobach hit back, saying every non-citizen vote cancels out a citizen's vote.
"The Hillary Clinton campaign is unhappy with the fact that Kansas has the most secure election system in the country," Kobach said.
Federal Lawsuits Stay Alive over North Carolina Voter ID Law | 11/04/15
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A federal judge has refused to dismiss portions of federal lawsuits challenging North Carolina's upcoming voter identification requirement, setting up a likely trial early next year.
U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder denied the motion from attorneys for the state during a court hearing Oct. 18 in Winston-Salem. The state wrote that the voter ID claims filed in 2013 by civil rights groups, voters and the federal government are moot because the legislature eased the photo identification requirement that begins in 2016.
The plaintiffs argued the modified voter ID mandate still threatens to burden black and Hispanic voters, who are less likely to have qualifying IDs.
Photo ID is supposed to begin with the March 15 primary.
Tough Kansas Voter ID Laws Trigger Lawsuits | 10/20/15
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Secretary of State Kris Kobach's successful push to require new Kansas voters to document their U.S. citizenship has spawned three lawsuits, including one he pursued against a federal agency in trying to enforce the policy.
Kansas is one of only four states that make new voters show a birth certificate, passport or other citizenship papers. The Kansas requirement took effect in 2013, and Kobach has directed county election officials to cancel more than 31,000 incomplete registrations, most from people who've failed to comply with the requirement.
ACLU Loses Bid to Expand Wisconsin Voter IDs | 10/20/15
A federal district court on Tuesday refused to expand the kinds of identification voters can use, rejecting the arguments made by a special interest group that aimed to make voting easier for students, veterans and people with out-of-state driver's licenses.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against Wisconsin's voter ID law earlier this year, claiming the law was unconstitutional due to its limitations.
The ACLU asked the court Oct. 5 to expand the law to include IDs for veterans, IDs for technical college students and out-of-state driver's licenses. They argued the law arbitrarily excluded those classes of people.
District Judge Lynn Adelman rejected the ACLU's arguments in his decision. Adelman explained that a line must be drawn between acceptable and unacceptable forms of ID, otherwise the state would have to create and maintain an infinite list.
Adelman believed the logistics of expanding the list of acceptable forms of ID could hinder the state's capability of administering the law, but also conceded the state could have added veteran's IDs to the list.
"To be sure, Wisconsin probably could have included veteran's ID on the list ... without significantly increasing its administrative burden," Adelman said in his opinion. "However ... the state had to draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable forms of ID somewhere."
Critics Predict California Motor Voter Law Will Flood Rolls with Non-Citizens | 10/11/15
A bill signed Saturday by California Gov. Jerry Brown aimed at improving voter turnout has critics predicting that it will ramp up voter fraud by making it easier for non-citizens to cast ballots.
The New Motor Voter Act automatically registers to vote all eligible voters when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses at the Department of Motor Vehicles, instead of requiring them to fill out a form. Those eligible may opt out of voter registration.
The goal is to ease barriers to voting, but election-integrity advocates warn that the measure could inadvertently add millions of illegal voters to the rolls, given that California allows undocumented aliens to obtain driver's licenses.
Anti-fraud groups True the Vote and the Election Integrity Project of California had urged Mr. Brown, a Democrat, to veto the bill, saying it would lead to "'state sanctioned' voter fraud" and pointing out that the legislation exempts from penalties ineligible voters who wind up being registered.
"This bill is terrible. It makes an already bad situation much, much worse," True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht said in a statement.
About That Voter-ID Fracas in Alabama: Much Ado About Nothing | 10/08/15
By Hans von Spakovsky
Many on the left are in a ferment over Alabama's closure of some part-time Department of Motor Vehicles offices. It's being done for budgetary reasons, but liberals are claiming it's being done to raise a "barrier for poor and minority voters" in getting an ID to vote, according to the Washington Post. Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton said that "it's a blast from the Jim Crow past" and Jesse Jackson claimed that "this new Jim Crow isn't subtle."
It's really a sign of how desperate critics of voter-ID laws are that they would raise such inflammatory, ridiculous claims over a budget issue that has nothing to do with race, Jim Crow, or discrimination. After all, they've been steadily losing their fight against voter ID in the courts, with only a few exceptions, and in the realm of public opinion.
Alabama's new voter-ID law for both in-person and absentee voting went into effect last year. Despite the outcries that it would "suppress" votes, there have been no problems or complaints that anyone has been unable to vote because of the new requirement. It's been the same in all of the other states, such as Georgia and Indiana, that have implemented such ID laws. I've written numerous papers looking at turnout data in states after ID laws became effective -- ID laws have no discernible effect on decreasing or preventing turnout.
Alabama has 44 driver's-license offices throughout the state. It apparently also had 31 satellite offices that were open only part-time and that accounted for less than 5 percent of the driver's licenses issued each year. Because of the budget passed by the state legislature, Alabama's state government had to "allocate scarce limited resources in Fiscal Year 2016," according to a letter sent by Governor Robert Bentley to Representative Terri Sewell (D., Ala). So the state government decided to close these satellite offices. Sewell is one of the critics whose "impulsive, ill-informed" comments about that decision were, Governor Bentley says, "based on irresponsible media reports."
What all of the media and critics missed or deliberately ignored is that, in addition to being able to use a driver's license to meet the voter-ID requirement, you can get a free voter ID in every single county in the state. In addition to DMV offices, the secretary of state offers free voter IDs in all 67 counties through the local election registrar.
In an article in Politico, Mark Rozell, acting dean of the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs at George Mason University, and Paul Goldman, a weekly columnist for the Washington Post, point out a fact that should greatly concern all Americans: that the presence of millions of noncitizens, both legal and illegal, could tilt the presidential election toward the Democrat Party and decide the election in favor of the eventual Democratic nominee.
Voter Fraud Happens
As I have outlined in many different articles and a recent book on voter fraud, illegal voting by noncitizens is a growing problem. Most election officials are not taking the steps necessary to detect or stop it, and many prosecutors including the current Justice Department seem reluctant to prosecute it.
A study released in 2014 by three professors at Old Dominion and George Mason Universities in Virginia concluded that 6.4 percent of the noncitizen population voted illegally in the 2008 election, enough to have changed the outcome of various contests in a number of states.
That includes the winner of North Carolina's electoral votes, which went to Barack Obama by a relatively small margin, since a majority of foreign-born residents favor the Democratic Party.
That may also be why Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the governor of a battleground state, vetoed a bill that would have required jury commissioners to provide local election officials with the names of individuals called for jury duty from the state's voter registration list who were excused for not being U.S. citizens.
Some States Have Congressional Districts They Shouldn't Have
But as Rozel and Goldman accurately point out, noncitizens may be changing the outcome of presidential elections even without voting illegally. This is related to the problem of some states having more representatives in Congress than they should, and others being shortchanged unfairly due to the huge--and growing--population of illegal aliens whom the Obama administration and its political allies want to provide permanent amnesty.
All of this stems from the way apportionment is conducted.
There are 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Under Sec. 2 of Article I of the Constitution and Sec. 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment, every ten years, after the "Enumeration" (the Census), we redistribute those 435 seats based on the "whole number of persons in each State." In other words, the number of members of the House that each state gets is based on the total population of each state relative to the total population of the U.S., which includes noncitizens. Thus, the upwards of 12 million illegal aliens present in the U.S., combined with other aliens who are here legally but are not citizens and have no right to vote, distort representation in the House.
Former AG Mukasey Hits Obama Justice Department Voting Section | 10/05/15
Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey delivered a sharp criticism of the Obama Justice Department, particularly the DOJ Voting Section in a speech republished in Hillsdale College's Imprimis. In a broadside aimed at the Obama-era DOJ, Mukasey hits the Department's biased and partisan law enforcement policies.
Mukasey's speech should be required reading for every Presidential campaign.
Mukasey revisits the dismissal of the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party by Eric Holder and other political appointees shortly after the 2009 inauguration:
During the 2008 election, two members of the New Black Panther Party showed up at a polling place in Philadelphia dressed in black battle fatigues . . . In the waning days of the Bush administration, the DOJ's Voting Section filed a lawsuit and won a default judgment. But in the spring of 2009, after the Obama administration took over, those handling the case were directed to drop it. The only penalty left in place was a limited injunction that barred the person with the nightstick from repeating that conduct for a period of time in Philadelphia. And when the Office of Professional Responsibility looked into the matter, their finding criticized the bringing of the case more than the dropping of it.
As one "handling the case," the benefit of hindsight has revealed the New Black Panther dismissal as a sign of things to come. By 2015, we've grown used to outcome-driven law enforcement from the Justice Department. Laws are mere suggestions, not commands to this administration. If the Obama administration disagrees with a law, they simply refuse to enforce it.
In the New Black Panther case, the incoming Obama administration found it reprehensible that the civil rights laws would be used to protect anyone other than Democrat party constituencies. While the Office of Professional Responsibility behaved as General Mukasey described, the Justice Department Inspector General issued a report that documented the pervasive hostility inside the Voting Section to equal enforcement of the law to protect all Americans.
Simply, if the victims of civil rights violations are white, they don't receive protection. This outcome is no accident. It is a result of beliefs held by civil servants working inside the Justice Department.
If a Republican wins the Presidency, he or she would be well advised to listen to General Mukasey and implement fundamental changes to the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, particularly the Voting Section. Step One may well be remedial training on what the Rule of Law means. (PJ Media coverage of the New Black Panther dismissal can be found here, here and here.)
Texas: Birth Certificate Lawsuit a Ruse to Validate Foreign ID's | 10/05/15
Attorneys for the state of Texas argued in federal court in Austin on Oct. 2 that a lawsuit joined by dozens of undocumented Texans has nothing to do with their U.S.-born children being denied birth certificates by the state vital statistics unit. Instead, the attorneys claimed, the suit is a ruse to compel the state to accept Mexican consulate-issued identification.
"This is more about the legitimacy of the matricula, I'm just throwing that out there," argued Thomas Albright, an assistant attorney general for the state, referring to the contested form of photo identification that Department of State Health Services (DSHS) says it will not accept, and has never accepted, as proof of identity for undocumented parents seeking birth certificates for their American-born kids.
Oct. 2 was the first time attorneys have appeared in court over the lawsuit, which was originally filed in May by four undocumented women from the Rio Grande Valley who allege that the state has wrongly denied them access to their children's documents. They allege that in previous years, the state accepted the matricula consular for their now-older children as part of a selection of documents parents could use to prove their relationship. The matricula is a photo ID that the Mexican consulate issues to Mexican nationals living in the United States.
The White House has doubled down on its efforts to use massive
immigration for political advantage.
On September 17, traditionally known as Constitution Day, the White House chose to highlight it as Citizenship Day, announcing a national campaign by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to naturalize legal immigrants and turn them into millions of new voters by 2016.
That's right. Tax dollars allotted to the agency responsible for safeguarding our borders and ensuring national security are being spent to facilitate a permanent political sea change next year.
Reporting on the campaign, The New York Times noted that "about 60 percent of immigrants eligible to naturalize are Latino and about 20 percent are Asian, both groups that voted overwhelmingly for President Obama. Nearly a third of legal permanent residents eligible to naturalize are Mexican."
Since 1980, the Hispanic vote differential for Democratic presidential candidates has never been less than 18 percent (Democrat John Kerry v. President George W. Bush in 2004) and has averaged 33 percent. With Hispanics making up more than 10 percent of the electorate and growing fast, this is no small advantage.
Asian voters, who once were typically anti-communist, Southeast Asian refugees who voted overwhelmingly Republican, now heavily favor Democrats. In 2012, nearly three-quarters of Asian-American voters, who represent 3 percent of the electorate, voted for President Obama.
These demographic trends bode well for Democrats, but for a White House looking to establish permanent, one-party rule, it is never enough. Hence, Homeland Security's campaign to naturalize 8.8 million green card holders as fast as possible.
Last November, President Obama created the White House Task Force on New Americans "as part of a series of executive actions to fix our broken immigration system."
J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department Voting Section attorney and a Policy Board member of the American Civil Rights Union, wrote on April 23rd in PJMedia.com that, "DHS sources report that racial interest groups such as La Raza (translated to "The Race") and the American Immigration Lawyers Association have been playing a central and influential role in rewriting the administration's immigration policies - both the public policies as well as internal and largely unseen guidelines."
The National Council of La Raza's former Senior Vice President for the Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation, Cecilia Munoz, an assistant to the president and director of the Domestic Policy Council, co-chairs the Task Force on New Americans.
"Her particular area of expertise is immigration policy, which she covered at NCLR [La Raza] for twenty years," says her White House web page. Her co-chair is Leon Rodriguez, who Mr. Adams said was "a central player in the radicalization of Eric Holder's Civil Rights Division."
With the country divided almost equally between the two major parties, a massive voter infusion of newly coined citizens could easily tip the balance, which is why Democrats relentlessly press for immigration amnesty while their media allies label any resistance to unlimited immigration as "hate," "bigotry" and "xenophobia."
DHS is funneling millions of tax dollars to groups that back amnesty and naturalization. The agency's Citizenship and Integration Grant Program has awarded $53 million through 262 competitive grants since 2009 to organizations in 35 states and the District of Columbia, according to its website.
Major grant recipients include Catholic Charities in several cities as well as various ethnic pressure groups in major urban areas all over the country. One perennial $250,000 grantee, Make the Road New York, recently sponsored the Fourth Annual TransLatina March to protest "Homotransphobia."
Over the past week, DHS's United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offered practice tests on cellphones for citizenship tests, 70 workshops and 200 naturalization ceremonies.
America is a land of immigrants. Even Native Americans probably emigrated from Asia. And America has benefited from millions of legal immigrants who play by the rules and seek better lives.
Mr. Obama is importing and bribing a new electorate with government largesse in order to fundamentally transform the United States. Immigration per se is not the issue.
The combination of lawless immigration with ruthless political calculation, is.
* Robert Knight is a senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a Washington Times contributor.
If you think that the politicians who now run our government are bad, how about a system with leaders chosen by people too lazy even to register to vote?
That's the goal of leftist groups that are pushing "automatic registration" while opposing common-sense election safeguards like photo voter ID laws and citizenship requirements.
The process got going in 1993, when Bill Clinton signed his first piece of legislation, the National Voter Registration Act, better known as Motor Voter. That law mandates ease of registry to vote at state departments of motor vehicles and other government agencies, such as welfare offices. But people still have to bother to sign up.
Automatic registration, otherwise known as "universal registration" was adopted in March in Oregon, where Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and the Democratic-led legislature approved the nation's first "opt-out" registration system. On the heels of that victory, progressives in 17 states and the District of Columbia, plus both houses of Congress, introduced similar bills. In June, Hillary Clinton floated the idea of automatically registering all 18-year-olds.
California's Democratically-controlled Senate enacted the California New Motor Voter Program on Sept. 10, followed by the House on Sept. 11. Gov. Jerry Brown was expected to sign it. Under the new law, all adult citizens who get a driver's license, renew a license, obtain a state identification card, or file a change of address form with the Department of Motor Vehicles will be automatically registered to vote. As with Oregon's law, people can opt out. For now.
Euthanasia-loving Oregon, which is keeping one step ahead of California as a fount for progressive activism on the Left Coast, had already adopted via referendum an all-mail-in ballot system in 1998. Mandating automatic registration is just the latest wrinkle.
The next inevitable "reform" - mandatory voting - was mentioned by President Obama last March during a town hall in Cleveland, where he said, "Other countries have mandatory voting. It would be transformative if everybody voted - that would counteract money more than anything."
So, people who can't be bothered to register or to vote and don't have even a minimal grasp of American constitutional government would be forced to vote. Qui bono? Obviously, the party that sustains the Free Stuff Army, whose growth to a tipping point could end the American experiment in liberty and self-government. This would certainly qualify as "transformative."
The national campaign for automatic registration is led by a group called FairVote, which is funded by left-leaning organizations that include the Ford Foundation, the Herb Block Foundation, the Ms. Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and George Soros' Open Society Institute.
Based in the hippie town of Takoma Park, Maryland, where FairVote led a successful fight to change the law in 2013 to allow 16-year-olds to vote in municipal elections, FairVote is also pushing to destroy the constitutionally required Electoral College and replace it with a National Popular Vote in presidential elections. This would make smaller states meaningless in presidential campaigns (talk about "flyover country") and create a huge incentive for even more vote fraud in major cities like Philadelphia and Chicago, where stuffing ballot boxes is second nature.
In addition to advocating a national voting age of 16, FairVote wants "a comprehensive 'voting curriculum.'"
Imagine for a moment what will be served up to high school students, who are already immersed in a progressive stew of moral relativism, climate change hysteria, revisionist history, sexual "liberation" and increasingly stringent political correctness. It's not for nothing that SAT critical reading scores have hit their lowest average in 40 years, and the lowest math scores in 16 years. Teachers are too busy brainwashing kids into the New Political Order to bother much with math and English. No wonder the left wants 16-year-olds to vote before they fully develop their cautionary adult natures.
For good measure, FairVote also supports the misnamed Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2015, which would undo the Supreme Court's historic Shelby v. Holder decision in 2013 that struck down an outdated portion of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). FairVote employs an outrageous lie, saying that the effect of the Shelby ruling is "stripping the Justice Department of the powers it had for five decades to curb racial discrimination in voting."
Nonsense. All the Shelby ruling did was to end the anachronistic system by which Southern states and several other jurisdictions were under special scrutiny of the Justice Department and a D.C.-based federal court panel. The high court noted that Jim Crow was long dead and that the VRA categories were based on now-irrelevant 50-year-old data.
Meanwhile, Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act is still "a permanent, nationwide ban on racial discrimination in voting. It bans intentional discrimination as well as discriminatory 'results' based on a court's review of the 'totality of the circumstances' under which it occurred," according to the Heritage Foundation.
How an Alabama Woman Used Voter Fraud to Get Her Boyfriend Elected | 09/11/15
By Jason Snead and Hans von Spakovsky
In Dothan, Ala., the verdict is in: it was election fraud.
Last week, a jury convicted 66-year-old Olivia Reynolds on 24 felony counts of absentee ballot fraud in the contested 2013 election for the Dothan City Commission. Reynolds worked on the re-election campaign for District 2 incumbent Amos Newsome. During the tainted 2013 election, she forged and altered enough absentee ballots to guarantee victory for her boss and boyfriend.
The verdict will only come as a shock to those who still insist that voter fraud simply doesn't exist in the U.S.
In 2013, Newsome narrowly won reelection to his office, besting challenger Lamesa Danzey by a scant 14 votes.
However, after Danzey identified at least 37 absentee ballots that she claimed were illegally cast, the Houston County Sheriff began investigating irregularities in the District 2 race. Danzey, it turned out, had won the in-person vote by a hundred votes, 343-243. But Newsome had carried a whopping 96% of the absentee vote, winning 119 of the 124 ballots cast by mail. That was enough to tip the scales in the incumbent's favor - and to raise the eyebrows of investigators given how much the margin of absentee ballots cast for Newsome differed from the margin of votes cast for him on Election Day.
One Person, One Vote: Advancing Electoral Equality, not Equality of Representation | 09/11/15
By Hans von Spakovsky and Elizabeth Slattery
The Supreme Court has held that the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause includes a "one-person, one-vote" guarantee requiring voting districts to be drawn "on a basis that will insure...that equal numbers of voters can vote for proportionally equal numbers of officials."
So far, states have been free to choose which population category to use, such as total population, voting-age population, citizen voting-age population, citizen-eligible voting-age population, or some variant thereof, as long as the Constitution does not forbid it. Now, in what may be the most important voting case in 50 years, Evenwel v. Abbott, the Supreme Court is presented in its October 2015 term with the chance to clarify whether the "one person, one vote" principle includes a judicially enforceable right to ensure that voters are not denied an equal vote.
Nevada GOP Activist Files for Voter ID Ballot Measure Petition | 09/09/15
CARSON CITY -- Conservative activist Sharron Angle wants Nevada voters to decide whether to abolish the state health insurance exchange and require photo identification at the polls.
The Republican former assemblywoman and former U.S. Senate candidate filed two petitions last week with the Nevada Secretary of State.
Proponents would need to gather more than 55,000 signatures from all over the state to get either measure on the 2016 ballot. Each would need to pass two consecutive elections to become a constitutional amendment.
One proposes banning the exchange created as part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The other proposes requiring proof of identity before casting a vote, and requiring the government to issue ID cards to those without one.
ACLU Moves to Strike Down Kansas Citizenship Voting Rule | 09/09/15
The American Civil Liberties Union and Secretary of State Kris Kobach jockeyed for legal advantage Friday in a court case challenging Kobach's implementation of the state's voter proof-of-citizenship law.
Representing Kansas voters who can cast ballots in federal races, but not state and local elections, the ACLU filed a motion for summary judgment that would strike down Kobach's two-tier voting system without a trial.
Nearly simultaneously, Kobach filed a motion that would allow him to immediately appeal a judge's ruling that he overstepped his authority by dividing voters into two voting camps, those who registered using a state form and those who registered using a federal form.
The case is important because it could let people work around a state law - authored by Kobach - that requires prospective registrants to show documents proving their citizenship before they are granted voting privileges.
The proof-of-citizenship requirement is separate from the requirement that voters have to show photo ID when they cast a ballot.
While a driver's license is sufficient for Election Day voter ID, the state's voter-registration form requires a higher level of documentation. That can usually be met only with a birth certificate, passport, or special papers issued to foreign-born and tribal citizens.
The federal registration form accepts a sworn statement from the voter, signed under penalty of perjury, as proof of citizenship. At Kobach's direction, only voters who can document proof of citizenship are allowed to vote in all federal, state and local elections.
Voters who register with the federal form without providing their citizenship papers are only allowed to vote in federal races for president and members of Congress.
Texas Seeks Full Court Rehearing on Voter ID Law | 09/09/15
Texas has asked the full bench of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to rehear civil rights plaintiffs' case against the state's voter ID law after a three-judge panel from the same court ruled that the law discriminates.
Because the state's request for a rehearing is pending, and since Texas may also seek a hearing at the U.S. Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit in a Sept. 2 order rejected civil rights plaintiffs' proposals to have the litigation remanded to the trial court, where a judge could have ordered Texas to immediately start changing how it identifies voters.
"We will get those decisions pretty quickly," Rolando Rios, of San Antonio's Law Office of Rolando L. Rios, said about the rulings on the en banc Fifth Circuit and Supreme Court hearings. Rios represents the Texas Association of Hispanic County Judges and County Commissioners, which is an intervening plaintiff in the litigation.
But the U.S. Department of Justice, which has sided with the civil rights plaintiffs in the litigation, wants to avoid any wait for Texas to redo its voter ID procedures. To that end, the DOJ also filed on Sept. 2 a motion requesting that the Fifth Circuit enter an injunction directing Texas to accept as sufficient valid voter registration certificates from voters who lack the specific list of documentation required under the law SB-14, which the Fifth Circuit's three-judge panel struck down. Passed in 2011, SB-14 requires voters to show specific government-issued photo identifications. Among the identifications the law allows voters to show: driver's licenses, concealed handgun licenses, U.S. military identifications, U.S. passports or other U.S. citizenship certificates.
Vote Fraud Convictions in Alabama City Spur Call for Resignation | 09/09/15
DOTHAN -- Three Dothan, Alabama city commissioners are calling for the resignation of District 2 Commissioner Amos Newsome after a third worker from Newsome's most recent commission campaign was convicted of voter fraud.
District 1 Commissioner Kevin Dorsey, District 4 Commissioner John Ferguson and District 5 Commissioner Beth Kenward told the Dothan Eagle on Friday that Newsome's presence on the commission could lead to a lack of confidence from voters toward the commission as a whole.
Olivia Reynolds, who assisted Newsome's commission campaign in 2013, was convicted this week on 24 counts of felony absentee voter fraud. Lesa Coleman was convicted in April on seven counts of felony absentee voter fraud. Janice Hart pleaded guilty to several counts of misdemeanor absentee voter fraud earlier this year. Three voter fraud charges remain pending against another person, Daniel Webster III.
A Court Smacks Down Obama's Justice Department | 08/31/15
By J. Christian Adams & Hans A. von Spakovsky
The recently concluded federal trial over North Carolina's election rules proved one thing beyond a reasonable doubt: The Obama administration and its partisan, big-money, racial-interest-group allies will stop at nothing to win elections. And using the courts to change election rules is a key part of their strategy.
That was clearly evident in the federal courtroom in Winston-Salem. The plaintiffs, including the Justice Department, challenged a number of election reforms implemented in 2013 that were designed to reduce the cost and complexity of running elections and make it harder to commit voter fraud.
The administration pushed a novel legal argument. In its telling, if a change in election rules might statistically affect blacks more than whites, it constitutes illegal discrimination. For example, if 98 percent of whites have a voter ID but only 97.5 percent of blacks have one, then requiring voters to present ID violates federal law. Never mind the fact that getting an ID is free, easy, and open to everyone without regard to race. And never mind if a policy change is in line with the rules of many other states, or if it's explicitly sanctioned by federal law. The mere act of changing the law in the wrong direction is discriminatory.
In other words, the Obama administration would turn the Voting Rights Act into a one-way ratchet to help Democrats. The court refused to go along.
None of the reforms had an obvious racial angle. For example, North Carolina required voters to vote in the precinct where they actually live. This commonsense reform -- returning to the law the state had prior to 2003 -- prevents chaos on Election Day, from overcrowded polling places to precincts' running out of ballots because election officials can't predict how many voters will show up. Thirty-one states do not allow voting outside of your precinct. The Justice Department claims that North Carolina broke the law when it returned to this policy.
Fix Sought for Texas Voter ID Law Before Fall Elections | 08/24/15
AUSTIN -- The Obama administration and several civil rights groups are urging a federal appeals court to fast-track the process of temporarily fixing Texas' voter ID law in time for the Nov. 3 elections.
In court filings Thursday, the Justice Department and civil rights groups asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to allow a lower court to immediately start working on an interim remedy to the law passed in 2011 by the state's Republican-led Legislature.
A three-judge panel at the 5th Circuit ruled in part earlier this month that Texas' strict voter ID measure violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.
The 5th Circuit bounced a portion of the case back to a federal court in Corpus Christi and instructed it to correct the law ahead of the upcoming elections while the rest of the case works through the courts. The 5th Circuit noted the lower court should craft a remedy that would "avoid election eve uncertainties and emergencies."
However, the 5th Circuit is set to retain jurisdiction of the case until Sept. 28.
The Justice Department and the civil rights groups argue that timeline might not allow for an interim solution to be put in place across the state for early voting, which starts Oct. 19. They've asked the 5th Circuit to allow the federal court in Corpus Christi to come up with a fix earlier.
Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2015/08/21/3999267/embattled-magoffin-judge-executive.html#storylink=cpy
Justice Department May Try to Settle ID Part of Voter Law Suit | 08/20/15
CHARLOTTE --The U.S. Justice Department and others suing over North Carolina's 2013 election overhaul are looking to settle one part of their case: voter ID.
Republican state lawmakers watered down the ID provision this summer, just before a federal trial on the overhaul began. Now there's a list of acceptable excuses for not having an ID, including lack of transportation or disability. So the Justice Department, the League of Women Voters and other plaintiffs are finalizing a settlement offer for that part of the case.
Another ACLU Attack on Election Reforms | 08/17/15
By Robert Knight
Although people in the nation's smallest state can obtain photo voter IDs with ease, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says that requiring an ID in order to vote is a hardship.
The group's Rhode Island chapter has demanded an end to the photo voter ID law that a solidly Democratic legislature enacted in 2011. It's the latest attack by the ACLU and other leftist groups against state election reforms that are specifically designed to prevent vote fraud.
Over the past few years, courts have struck down laws in Arkansas, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Texas, while upholding them in Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio and Wisconsin. In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Indiana's photo voter ID law, which has been a model for other states. North Carolina's voter ID law, which also curbs early voting and ends out of precinct voting and same-day registration, went to trial in late July in a federal court.
Does Rhode Island Have an Identity Crisis? | 08/15/15
By Susan A. Carleson
Although Rhode Island residents can easily get a photo voter ID, requiring one at a polling place suppresses "minority, low-income, disabled, and elderly voters," according to the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
So, of course, the ACLU has demanded an end to the state's photo voter ID law enacted by a Democratic legislature in 2011.
Anyone living in Rhode Island who wants to get a free voter ID can get one. All you have to do is provide an employee ID card; an ID card provided by a commercial establishment; a credit or debit card; a military ID card; a student ID card; a health club ID card; an insurance plan ID card; or a public housing ID card.
Don't have one of those forms of identification? No problem!
List of Voter Fraud Cases Keeps Growing | 08/12/15
The Heritage Foundation's list of nearly 300 documented cases of voter fraud in the United States continues to grow.
Recent additions reveal that voter fraud is not just an individual or isolated crime; in some counties and communities, election fraud is almost a way of life.
These additions again reinforce the need for measures such as voter ID laws and procedures designed to verify the accuracy of voter registration information are needed to prevent these crimes in the first place.
Take East Chicago, Ind., for example, a town made infamous by the extensive voter fraud that occurred there in the 2003 Democratic mayoral primary election.
The fraud was so pervasive that the Indiana Supreme Court overturned the results of the primary and ordered a new special election that resulted in a different winner.
A local judge found "direct, competent, and convincing evidence" that supporters of the election's apparent victor, incumbent Mayor Robert Pastrick, orchestrated an elaborate scheme of absentee ballot fraud.
How the Latest Federal Court Ruling Affects Texas' Voter ID Law | 08/07/15
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A federal appeals court declared that Texas' strict 2011 voter ID law has a "discriminatory effect" on minorities and violates the Voting Rights Act. But the three-judge panel's unanimous, 49-page decision also overturned a lower court's previous assertion that the law amounted to an unconstitutional "poll tax." Here's a closer look at the Wednesday ruling, the law and where the case stands now.
Will Supreme Court End Political Subsidy to Illegal Aliens? | 08/06/15
By J. Christian Adams
The United States Supreme Court has been asked to end a political subsidy to aliens through the use of alien population in allocating legislative seats. In a case arising out of the decision by Texas to count aliens -- illegal and legal -- in drawing legislative districts, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether using aliens violates the principle of "one person, one vote."
The case is Evenwel vs. Abbott.
Currently, many states count aliens when establishing the population of legislative districts, therefore diluting the legislative clout of citizens. Legislative districts -- whether for Congress, a state legislature, or a county council -- must be more or less equal in population.
The case before the Supreme Court will decide what population must be used to calculate that "population." If Texas prevails, illegal aliens and noncitizens may be counted. This means areas with high alien population will dilute the legislative clout of areas where the residents are almost all citizens.
Election Reform in North Carolina and the Myth of Voter Suppression | 08/04/15
By Hans von Spakovsky
In 2013, North Carolina passed omnibus electoral reform legislation that, among other provisions, eliminated same-day registration, required that qualified persons who desire to vote in an election must register to vote no later than 25 days before Election Day, reduced the number of early voting days from 17 to 10, and created a voter ID requirement.
Although opponents of this bill predicted that such reforms would disenfranchise minority voters and significantly suppress voter turnout, turnout actually increased. African-American voter turnout increased by almost 30 percent and Caucasian voter turnout increased by approximately 15 percent.
Clearly, these changes did not suppress voter turnout.
Revisiting the Lessons from the Voter ID Experience in Texas: 2015 | 08/04/15
By Hans von Spakovsky
Critics of the Texas voter identification law claim that a voter ID requirement suppresses voter turnout.
However, turnout data from elections held with the voter ID law in place show that there is no evidence whatsoever that this requirement has prevented Texans from turning out to vote. In fact, turnout increased during the 2013 state elections--despite the enactment of the new voter ID requirement.
Likewise, during the 2014 midterm elections--a contest that saw voter participation plummet across the U.S.--turnout in Texas declined at a smaller rate than the national average and a smaller rate than the rates in 12 states that have no ID requirement.
ACRU Files Suit against Third Mississippi County | 07/31/15
ALEXANDRIA, VA --- The American Civil Rights Union on July 27 filed a complaint in federal court against another Mississippi county that has corrupted and inflated voter registrations.
Voter rolls maintained by Clarke County actually contain more people registered to vote than citizens eligible to vote. The complaint argues that Clarke County's election commission is violating Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). It was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Hattiesburg Division.
"Clarke County has had longstanding problems maintaining plausible numbers of registrants on the rolls," the complaint filed against the Clarke County Election Commission says. "During the 2010 federal general election, over 101 percent of living citizens eligible to vote in Clarke County were registered to vote."
ACRU's review of databases revealed that as of 2015, more than 100 percent of Clarke's voting-eligible citizens were registered. This strongly indicates the county has failed to purge the names of people who had died, moved away or been convicted of disenfranchising felonies.
Group Files Lawsuit against County over Voter Rolls | 07/31/15
The American Civil Rights Union has filed a federal lawsuit against Clarke County claiming the county has more voters on its rolls than living citizens of voting age.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Mississippi against the Clarke County Election Commission.
The lawsuit says: "Voter rolls maintained by the Defendant for Clarke County contain more voters registered to vote than citizens eligible to vote. In March 2015... Clarke County, Mississippi had 12,646 registered voters, despite having a voting age population of only 12,549 according to the United States Census. More than 100 percent of living citizens old enough to vote were registered to vote in Clarke County in 2015."
The lawsuit alleges that the Election Commission has failed to provide required maintenance of the county's voting rolls.
Clarke County Circuit Clerk Beth Jordan said the county is in the process, along with the Board of Supervisors attorney, of working with the ACRU to address voter rolls problems or concerns.
Symposium: Does "one person, one vote" really mean what it says? | 07/28/15
By Hans von Spakovsky, ACRU Policy Board member, in SCOTUSblog
Evenwel v. Abbott may wind up being the most important voting case in sixty years. Its political ramifications could rival those of Reynolds v. Sims, the 1964 case that established the principle of "one person, one vote" under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The key question in Evenwel is what population does that principle require legislatures to use when they are redrawing legislative districts?
Prior to Reynolds, states like Alabama and Tennessee had refused to redistrict for more than half a century, despite a dramatic, nationwide population shift from rural to urban areas. These state legislatures were dominated by rural legislators, who were not willing to reapportion and lose their power and control.
Under the principle established in Reynolds, districts have to be drawn "on a basis that will insure, as far as is practicable, that equal numbers of voters can vote for proportionally equal numbers of officials." Within two years of the Reynolds decision, legislative districts had been redrawn in almost every state, and urban areas gained a substantial number of legislative seats.
Today, lawmakers from urban areas dominate many state legislatures because of the huge influx of non-citizens, both legal and illegal, into predominantly urban settings. This greatly increases the population of non-voters who can be and are used to fill in urban legislative districts. If the Court rules for the plaintiffs, there could be a similar loss of clout by urban areas that rural districts experienced after Reynolds.
In this case, Sue Evenwel and Edward Pfenninger are contesting the state senate districts drawn by the Texas legislature in 2013. The legislature used total population in determining whether the population of each senate district met equal protection requirements. Evenwel, a registered voter in Senate District 1, and Pfenninger, a registered voter in Senate District 4, filed suit because both the number of citizens of voting age and the number of registered voters in these two districts deviate substantially - between thirty-one and forty-nine percent - from the "ideal" population of a Texas senate district.
No Vote Fraud? Here Are Five Cases in 2015 | 07/15/15
By Hans von Spakovsky (ACRU Policy Board member) and Brandon Johnson
Despite being only six months into 2015, there have already been a slew of sometimes bizarre stories about voter fraud across the country. They show just how far some people will go to cheat the system. Here are a few of the most outlandish stories:
1. Madison County, Ga.
Mohammad Shafiq of Madison County, Georgia, was none too happy with Madison County sheriff candidate Clayton Lowe.
So Shafiq started campaigning for the other candidate by submitting fraudulent voter registration cards supposedly for new voters, apparently intending to eventually vote under those registrations.
When the fraud was detected, he coerced a couple to sign affidavits falsely saying they had registered themselves.
He was charged with two counts of voter identification fraud, two counts of perjury, and three counts of tampering with evidence.
He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years probation and a fine of $6,750.
Mississippi Circuit Clerk Charged with Vote Fraud | 07/14/15
NEW ALBANY, Miss. -- The state Attorney General's office has arrested a veteran Union County deputy circuit clerk, accused of trying to influence voters.
A newspaper reports Rhonda Wilhite Dowdy, of New Albany, was arrested Monday on one count of voter fraud. Rachael Ring, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Jim Hood, confirmed the arrest Thursday.
Dowdy has worked for the Union County Circuit Clerk's office since August 1987.
Ring says Dowdy is accused of changing the address of non-resident voters to make it appear they live in the county in exchange for their vote for a specific candidate. Ring could not release which candidate or whether the candidate knew of Dowdy's alleged actions.
North Carolina Voter Law Trial Gets Underway | 07/14/15
RALEIGH, N.C. - Changes to North Carolina's voting access rules finally went to trial this week. A judge ultimately will determine whether Republican legislators illegally diminished the opportunity for minorities to participate in the political process or acted to protect election integrity.
The U.S. Justice Department, voting and civil rights groups and individuals sued soon after the General Assembly approved an elections overhaul law in summer 2013. After interim arguments reached the U.S. Supreme Court last fall, the trial began Monday and is expected to last two to three weeks addresses the crux of the allegations.
Attorneys representing those who sued contend the restrictions violate the federal Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution by throwing up large electoral obstacles to minority voters historically subjected to racial bias and should be thrown out.
Attorneys for the state and Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, who signed the law, say there's no evidence the law will diminish the ability of black citizens to elect who they want representing them. None of the restrictions are barred by the Constitution, according to a brief previewing their case, and black voter participation increased during the 2014 elections- - when changes were first implemented -- compared to the 2010 elections.
'Politiqueras' and Vote Fraud in the Rio Grande Valley | 07/09/15
In the vote-rich Rio Grande Valley of Texas, home to hundreds of thousands of legal and illegal immigrants, the American Civil Rights Union is fighting a legal battle to clean up dirty voter rolls.
At the same time, a left-wing campaign called Battleground Texas, funded partially by billionaire George Soros, is attempting to "turn Texas blue" by inflating voter rolls before the 2016 election.
The ACRU recently won a consent order in federal court to clean up voter rolls in one border county (Terrell) and is pursuing the same in another (Zavala). In both counties, the number of registered voters exceeds the number of legal, age-eligible residents.
This week, a National Public Radio report showed why the ACRU has put so much time, money, and effort into ensuring ballot integrity in South Texas.
NPR shined a light on an FBI investigation into vote fraud in the region, including the widespread use of "politiqueras," who gather mail-in ballots and pay people to vote.
Here's an excerpt:
According to the Justice Department, in 2013, more public officials were convicted for corruption in South Texas than in any other region of the country. One of the practices the task force is looking at is vote-stealing.
They're called politiqueras -- a word unique to the border that means campaign worker. It's a time-honored tradition down in the land of grapefruit orchards and Border Patrol checkpoints. If a local candidate needs dependable votes, he or she goes to a politiquera.
In recent years, losing candidates in local elections began to challenge vote harvesting by politiqueras in the Rio Grande Valley, and they shared their investigations with authorities. After the 2012 election cycle, the Justice Department and the Texas attorney general's office filed charges.
The NPR report prompted Republican Party of Texas chairman Tom Mechler to state that Texas Democratic Party chairman Gilberto Hinojosa "needs to come clean with the people of Texas" about whether he "personally participated in the corrupt practice of using politiqueras to commit voter fraud," according to the Houston Chronicle.
Mechler asked whether Mr. Hinojosa "knowingly oversaw institutional voter fraud or if he simply turned a blind eye to fraudulent practices that were routinely committed by Democrat candidates in South Texas."
FBI Investigating Vote Fraud in Rio Grande Valley of Texas | 07/08/15
National Public Radio -- A new FBI anti-corruption task force is trying to clean up the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. According to the Justice Department, in 2013, more public officials were convicted for corruption in South Texas than in any other region of the country. One of the practices the task force is looking at is vote-stealing.
They're called politiqueras -- a word unique to the border that means campaign worker. It's a time-honored tradition down in the land of grapefruit orchards and Border Patrol checkpoints. If a local candidate needs dependable votes, he or she goes to a politiquera.
In recent years, losing candidates in local elections began to challenge vote harvesting by politiqueras in the Rio Grande Valley, and they shared their investigations with authorities. After the 2012 election cycle, the Justice Department and the Texas attorney general's office filed charges.
"Yes, there is a concern in which the politiqueras are being paid to then go and essentially round up voters and have them vote a certain way," says James Sturgis, assistant U.S. attorney in McAllen.
In the town of Donna, five politiqueras pleaded guilty to election fraud. Voters were bribed with cigarettes, beer or dime bags of cocaine. In neighboring Cameron County, nine politiqueras were charged with manipulating mail-in ballots.
Evidence Lacking in Charge that Voter ID Laws Reduce Turnout | 07/06/15
Hillary Rodham Clinton and her Democratic allies are shining a bright light on voter ID laws and other perceived roadblocks to the ballot box, yet drawing a straight line from laws designed to crack down on fraud to low turnout in a single contest is notably difficult, analysts say, and data on the most recent elections tend to lag behind the fast-moving debate.
Individual contests, the amount of time and money spent on each campaign and the weather can be major factors in how many people show up at the polls on Election Day, clouding a debate that has roiled courts and kicked up dust among progressives who say minorities and the poor have been disenfranchised.
Many analysts point to a Government Accountability Office study that found turnout dropped by roughly 2 percent in Kansas and Tennessee from the 2008 to the 2012 contests, compared with states that didn't change their voter ID laws. Yet analysts say the record of impartial studies is limited, and researchers are still breaking down November's midterm contests.
"Start spreading the news ... I'm voting today...."
If the Democratic Party and its constituent groups have their way, the Big Apple's non-citizen immigrants will be singing that variation on the Sinatra anthem "New York, New York" at the polls next year.
That's the plan, as outlined at a recent press conference announcing the "Engaging Immigrant New York City" campaign, which its organizers call "an initiative to mobilize immigrant New Yorkers in preparation for the 2016 Presidential elections."
This is exactly the kind of grass-roots activism envisioned by billionaire George Soros, who has committed $5 million to expand the electorate and loosen voting requirements by getting rid of photo ID laws and other recent election reforms.
Increasingly, citizenship -- a prime condition for voting -- is being treated as an annoying speed bump on the way to the election booth. President Obama's Justice Department has even sued Kansas and Arizona over their laws requiring proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote.
Although New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has not publicly embraced the idea of registering non-citizens, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has gone on record supporting legislation to allow legal residents who are not citizens to vote in city elections, according to capitalnewyork.com.
Nevada Conservatives Irked at GOP Legislators for Not Passing Voter ID | 06/23/15
WASHINGTON -- Nevada conservatives are disheartened that another attempt to pass a voter identification measure out of the legislature failed this session, even though the GOP has full control of the state government for the first time since 1929.
Many expected Nevada to join the list of states that require people to show a government-issued ID in order to vote. Texas, where the GOP also is in control, passed a voter ID law in 2011, but is currently bogged down in litigation over its law's intent and impact.
Republican legislators had tried to pass a Nevada voter ID bill in previous sessions, but had more muscle on their side this time, with majorities in both chambers of the state legislature. Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval had previously said he would support a voter ID law, though he refused this year to take a stance before any proposal reached his desk. But, as the session closed June 1, bills in the Senate and Assembly hadn't gotten out of committee, leaving Democrats feeling gleeful and conservatives glum.
The repeated defeat of voter ID bills in Nevada comes in contrast to
states like North Carolina. A large package of voting rights
restrictions, including a strict photo ID bill, was passed swiftly in that state in 2013 after Republicans gained control of both the governorship and
legislature for the first time in more than 100 years. A challenge to
that law will be heard in court next month.
Soros to Spend $5 Million to Attack Voter ID Laws | 06/23/15
illionaire investor George Soros has committed $5 million to aid to fight voter ID laws and other legislation in several key states that Democrats argue keeps voters away from the polls.
Attorney Marc Elias, who also represents Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, talked with Soros in January 2014 about supporting planned federal lawsuits for that year and the 2016 election aimed at overturning voter ID laws, according to the New York Times.
"We hope to see these unfair laws, which often disproportionately affect the most vulnerable in our society, repealed," Soros told the Times.
The Hungarian-born billionaire, a generous donor to liberal causes, is currently writing lawsuits in Ohio, Wisconsin and North Carolina.
Democrats Sue over Virginia Voter ID Law | 06/16/15
Virginia Democrats filed a lawsuit on June 11 challenging the state's voter ID law, joining an effort backed by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton to overturn voting rules in several swing states ahead of the 2016 elections.
The Democratic Party of Virginia said in the lawsuit that the photo ID requirement, which was approved by the Republican-run legislature, would make it difficult for residents to vote.
"The commonwealth voted strongly to support Democrats in recent national elections. After Republicans determined they couldn't change the minds of the electorate, they decided to change the makeup of the electorate instead by making it more difficult for Virginians to exercise their right to vote," Susan Swecker, chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Virginia, said in a statement.
Similar arguments have been raised in lawsuits challenging GOP-backed voter ID laws in presidential battleground states of Ohio and Wisconsin.
Opponents of voter ID laws claim they disproportionally stops blacks, Hispanics and poor Americans from voting. Proponents argue that the laws are a safeguard against voter fraud. But there has been scant evidence of either widespread voter fraud or that the laws cause widespread problems with access to voting.
"This is another politically-motivated lawsuit funded by George Soros and out of state interest groups who are seeking to manipulate the court system in order to benefit the Democratic Party," said Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell.
Mr. Soros has pledged to spend as much as $5 million trying to overturn voter ID laws and other election rules ahead of next year's elections.
Clinton Calls for Sweeping Expansion of Voting Registration | 06/05/15
HOUSTON -- Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday called for sweeping changes in national voter-access laws aimed at making it easier for young people and minorities to take part in elections, putting her on a collision course with Republicans who say such measures are a political ploy that would lead to widespread abuses.
In a speech at a historically black college here, Clinton called for federal legislation that would automatically register Americans to vote at age 18 and would mandate at least 20 days of early voting ahead of election days in all states.
Making her most fiercely partisan political speech since her first, failed run for president in 2008, Clinton attacked Republicans for what she characterized as a calculated attempt to turn back the clock on voting rights -- and called out several potential 2016 opponents by name for backing voter restrictions as governors.
Justice Department Attacks States' Power over Elections | 06/04/15
The Obama Justice Department has quietly launched an effort to erode traditional state powers over elections.
In the first instance, Attorney General Loretta Lynch has drafted and sent a bill to Congress which would force state election officials to turn over power to tribal governments to determine the location and number of polling places on Indian reservations in state-run elections. In the second instance, the DOJ is seeking to erode the power of states to prohibit the mentally incompetent from voting, as long as they express a desire to vote to their caregiver, often a unionized government worker. In both instances, the Justice Department is acting at the behest of activist groups and undermining powers the Constitution gives to the states.
Given the election results of the last twenty years, it might be surprising to learn that the California constitution says that "no idiot or insane" person shall be entitled to vote. Understand that 'idiot' is a legal term used to denote someone who is literally incompetent or incoherent. Other states use the term 'imbecile' or the more modern, 'incompetent."
While the terms may be anachronisms, the reasons behind the prohibition on voting are as valid today as they were in 1849. Allowing someone who is not competent or aware to vote corrupts elections and invites the patient to be victimized by someone effectively stealing that patient's vote.
Rasmussen Poll: Nearly 8 in 10 Back Voter ID | 06/03/15
Despite Democratic charges that conservative states and politicians are engaging in discrimination by demanding that voters show identification, more than three-quarters of likely voters believe photo ID laws are needed.
A new Rasmussen Reports poll out Wednesday found support for photo ID laws at 76 percent, nearly exactly the 78 percent support registered in 2006 when the latest movement to scrap the laws kicked off.
President Obama and several top Democrats have accused Republicans of attempting to keep minorities from the polls with the photo requirement, but even their own party faithful don't agree.
Rasmussen found that 58 percent of Democrats believe a photo ID must be shown before voting. Ninety-two percent of Republicans and 78 percent of voters not affiliated with either major party support photo ID rules.
Majority Rejects Counting Illegals When Districting | 06/01/15
The U.S. Supreme Court has just agreed to hear a case challenging how Texas sets up state legislative districts. The American Civil Rights Union filed a friend of the court brief in that case.
Texas currently counts everyone in the state, including illegal immigrants, before carving up districts of proportional population size, but the challenge argues that only eligible voters should be counted because the current system creates some districts with much larger numbers of eligible voters than others.
Sixty-six percent (66%) of voters in a Rasmussen survey agree with the legal challenge and say states should only count eligible voters when setting the size of legislative districts for voting purposes. Just 23% favor the current system in Texas that counts all residents including illegal immigrants. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.
Most Democrats Think Illegal Immigrants Should Be Allowed to Vote | 06/01/15
Are voters ready to let illegal immigrants vote? A sizable number, including most Democrats, are.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that one-out-of-three Likely U.S. Voters (35%) now believes that illegal immigrants should be allowed to vote if they can prove they live in this country and pay taxes. Sixty percent (60%) disagree, while five percent (5%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Fifty-three percent (53%) of Democrats think tax-paying illegal immigrants should have the right to vote. Twenty-one percent (21%) of Republicans and 30% of voters not affiliated with either major political party agree.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 26, 2015) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to states giving more political power to areas with high illegal alien populations.
In a brief filed in March, the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) argued that Texas and a U.S. District Court erred in approving state senate districts based on "total population" rather than on eligible citizen voters. "Total population" includes illegal aliens.
Counting non-voters, including illegal aliens, when assessing the size of senate districts, gives citizens living in areas with high numbers of illegal aliens more senate seats than areas with mostly U.S. citizens, the ACRU says in the brief, filed on behalf of the plaintiffs in Evenwel and Pfenninger v. Abbott et al.
The ACRU brief, which includes hard evidence that non-citizens are registering to vote, notes that even the United States Department of Justice uses only citizen population in allocating legislative seats in redistricting litigation.
"The current Texas method violates the one-man, one-vote concept that ensures fair elections," said ACRU President Susan A. Carleson. "We're pleased that the Court is taking the case."
Don't Believe Voter Fraud Happens? Here Are More Examples | 05/26/15
By Hans von Spakovsky
In the interest of helping out the editorial writers and pundits of media outlets who don't think voter fraud occurs, I wanted to note just a few recent cases (and readers interested in seeing almost 200 more such cases can do so here.):
In McAllen, Texas, two campaign workers (known as politiqueras in local parlance) who bribed voters with cocaine, beer, cigarettes and cash during a 2012 school board election have been sentenced separately to serve eight and four months in prison, respectively. U.S. District Court Judge Randy Crane called this election fraud "terrible" and said that "our country requires that our voting process be clear and free of fraud for democracy to work... it's dangerous for this to occur without consequence."
A couple in Le Sueur, Minn., was charged with felony voter registration fraud for lying about where they lived so they could vote in a school bond referendum in another town.
A woman in Dothan, Ala., was sentenced to six months in prison for her part in a voter fraud scheme that got a city commissioner re-elected. She was the second of the four people charged to have been found guilty of voter fraud in the case, which may have involved more than 100 absentee ballots.
New Hampshire Supreme Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law | 05/18/15
CONCORD, N.H. --The New Hampshire Supreme Court on May 15 upheld a lower court ruling that struck down a 2012 voter registration law, saying language that links voting to getting a driver's license is unconstitutional and could discourage some people from casting ballots.
The court, in a unanimous decision, said because the language is confusing and inaccurate, and because it could cause an otherwise qualified voter not to register to vote in New Hampshire, "the burden it imposes upon the fundamental right to vote is unreasonable."
There's more racism afoot in the land, and it fits the soft bigotry of lowered expectations.
Did you know that minorities need more than a full month in which to cast a vote? And they can't be expected to show a photo ID like other voters. That would be asking too much of them.
Who, you might ask, is perpetrating this libel about the missing adulthood of America's minorities? Why, the very people who claim to speak for them on all matters. The same ones who created redistributive welfare policies that destroyed inner-city families.
The latest ploy that makes some citizens out to be imbeciles in need of a master is a legal attack on several election reform laws enacted in 2014.
In Ohio, leftist groups have filed a lawsuit demanding that state officials restore more than a full month of voting before Election Day, plus other measures intended to eliminate the slightest inconvenience at having to register or to vote.
They claim the new rules violate the First, 14th and 15th amendments and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, plus the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
"This is the Left's new legal strategy to go after election reforms aimed at discouraging vote fraud," said J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department Voting Section attorney and current policy board member of the American Civil Rights Union. Mr. Adams, who has successfully sued counties in Mississippi and Texas to clean up their voter rolls, added, "If they succeed in Ohio, they'll roll this out all over the country."
On May 8, the Ohio Organizing Collaborative filed in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Ohio, alleging that election reforms enacted in 2014 by the Republican-led legislature that reined in the state's lax requirements were intended to burden people who tend to vote Democrat, especially minorities and young voters.
Meet the Federal Bureaucrat Who Stopped Kansas from Preventing Foreigners from Voting | 05/05/15
The Supreme Court has been asked to allow Kansas and Arizona to verify that only United States citizens are registering to vote in those states. Unfortunately, a single federal bureaucrat refused to allow Kansas and Arizona to weed out non-citizens trying to register to vote.
Meet Alice Miller, the Acting Director of the Election Assistance Commission.
Miller alone, sitting in her inside-the-Beltway office, refused to amend the Kansas and Arizona version of a federal voter registration form to include state laws requiring proof of citizenship. Backed by a swarm of left wing groups, Miller, by herself, made it easier for foreigners to vote in Kansas and Arizona.
New Hampshire Bill Would Require 30-day Residency | 05/04/15
A bill has been passed by the New Hampshire state Senate that would require voters to reside in the state for 30 days before becoming eligible to vote.
Senate Bill 179 was passed by the Republican-controlled state Senate in a party-line vote, and is currently in committee in the House.
New Hampshire law currently permits same-day voter registration. The legislation would amend the way the state defines "domicile" to require that a voter reside in the Granite State for "no less than 30 consecutive days" before they become eligible to cast a ballot.
Supporters argue that a residency requirement would reduce voter fraud.
Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) want every state to offer same-day voter registration for federal elections.
The Democratic senators have reintroduced the Same Day Registration Act, which would require states to allow voters to register on the day of an election.
Ten states, plus the District of Columbia, currently allow eligible voters to do so, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In addition, the group notes that Illinois is expected to implement statewide same-day voter registration later this year.
Advocates argue it can help increase voter turnout, while opponents say it increases the chances for voting fraud.
Klobuchar said the legislation would help "foster" the right to vote.
"The right to vote is the foundation of our democracy," she said in a statement. "We should be doing everything we can to foster this right."
Growing Evidence that Non-Citizens Are Voting | 04/30/15
Noncitizens are registering to vote and at best, it seems the federal government's officials don't care about this illegal activity.
At worst, it raises questions whether some in Washington support illegal voting, so long as it supports their political agenda.
The exact number of noncitizens who are voting in our elections is difficult to quantify because of the bureaucratic quagmire perpetuated by federal agencies against the (very few) states that have the resolve to attempt to verify citizenship.
Federal agencies responsible for immigration and naturalization routinely fight efforts to compare voter rolls with lists of known noncitizens.
Yet evidence of noncitizen voting mounts. The American Civil Rights Union just filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court documenting instance after instance of noncitizens registering and voting. It urges the Court to take up a petition for certiorari filed by Kansas and Arizona seeking to overturn a bad decision on this issue by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Obama Administration Blocks Efforts to Stop Non-Citizen Voting | 04/30/15
Approximately 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in the 2008 presidential election, according to a study released last year by professors at Old Dominion University and George Mason University. The figure for the 2010 midterm elections was 2.2 percent. The Obama administration doesn't care. In fact, it is trying to stamp out state-led efforts that would help ensure that only American citizens are electing our leaders.
The latest bureaucratic roadblocks have been erected in Arizona and Kansas, which simply want people to verify their citizenship before voting. To implement their commonsense measures, Arizona and Kansas asked the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) -- a small federal agency that exists primarily to assist the states in creating the federal form citizens use to register to vote by mail -- to add the proof-of-citizenship requirement to the registration instructions specific to Arizona and Kansas.
Their request was denied because of the decision of one federal employee in Washington, D.C.
Arizona and Kansas sued. A commonsense victory at the district court was overturned by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the fight to restore election integrity has now arrived at the Supreme Court, which is being asked to reverse the decision by the EAC and allow Kansas and Arizona to ensure that only citizens vote in their states.
Last week, the Public Interest Legal Foundation filed a brief, on behalf of the American Civil Rights Union, supporting Supreme Court review. The brief explains to the Supreme Court that the so-called safeguards of the federal registration form have unequivocally failed to prevent non-citizen registration.
Report: DHS Adding Millions of 'New Americans' to Vote in 2016 | 04/26/15
There are millions of green card holders in the United States, and sources inside the Department of Homeland Security say a new program is urging them to become citizens in time to vote in the 2016 election.
Of the 20 states with the highest green card population, 14 are holding Senate races in 2016, so millions of new voters could dramatically impact the election.
J. Christian Adams said on "Fox and Friends Weekend" that this is a case of Democrats using the levers of power to preserve power.
"What they're doing is doing a full-court press on getting these aliens - 9,000,000 of them - registered as citizens in time for the 2016 election," Adams said. "They're redirecting resources of DHS to this effort, this campaign."
Adams noted that an internal memo from Leon Rodriguez, the director and co-chair of the DHS' "Task Force on New Americans," said, "This report outlines an immigrant integration plan that will advance our nation's global competitiveness and ensure that the people who live in this country can fully participate in their communities."
"They say it nakedly in this letter that this is all about politics," Adams stated.
On a host of electoral integrity issues, the liberal position can be summarized in two words: enable cheating. You think that's too harsh?
How else to explain the race-baiting rhetoric from President Obama on down against something as common-sense as voter photo ID laws, which the public supports by wide margins? Or the intense drive for Election Day registration, mail-in voting and earlier and earlier balloting, all of which make it harder to detect and prevent vote fraud? Or the opposition to any law ensuring that only citizens can vote?
A case in point of the latter is the Obama administration's stiff-arming of two states that want to require proof of U.S. citizenship in order to register to vote. Kansas and Arizona, which already require proof of citizenship on state election forms, asked the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to include a requirement for proof of citizenship on the federal form.
Backed by the Obama Justice Department, the EAC declined. The two states sued, won in U.S. District Court, but saw the verdict overturned in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Now, the case is heading for the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a brief submitted this past week asking the court to take the case, the American Civil Rights Union provided key evidence -- federal voter registration forms -- exposing the shocking ease with which noncitizens can register to vote without any proof of citizenship.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 21, 2015) --- Non-citizens, even some admitting so on their application forms, are registering to vote under current federal law, as exposed in documents submitted today by the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) to the U.S. Supreme Court.
According to ACRU's brief in Kobach v. U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), of thirteen federal voter registration forms provided to the Court by the ACRU, "Four of the individuals actually checked 'no' on the citizenship question, six checked 'no' and 'yes', and the remaining three left the checkbox blank entirely." Nevertheless, they were all registered to vote.
"The left is registering non-citizens to vote every day of the week,
using the federal form. Every ineligible vote cancels out the vote of
an American citizen," said ACRU Chairman Susan A. Carleson. "Our
election process is becoming a mockery. The states need to be allowed to
require proof of citizenship to register to vote."
No. 3 Democrat: Voter ID Laws Helped Killer Cop Gun Down Victim | 04/15/15
Did you know that voter-ID cards caused last week's police-involved shooting of an unarmed black man?
This incredible revelation comes courtesy of the No. 3 Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, James Clyburn of South Carolina. Responding to the five bullets that North Charleston police officer Michael Slager fatally fired into the back of a black man named Walter Scott, Mr. Clyburn blamed this bloody mess on none other than the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its work for ballot integrity.
The U.S. House Assistant Minority Leader, Mr. Clyburn explained to "Hardball" host Chris Matthews, thanks to "ALEX [sic] . . . a climate has been created in the country that's causing these things to occur all over." Clyburn continued: They have drawn up these legislations [sic], pieces of legislation like stand your ground, that legislation gives a license for people to be vigilantes. They are the ones that are drawing up all of these, uh, so-called voter-ID laws. They are the ones that have been drawing up these unfair redistricting plans. These people are a cancer eating at the inners [sic] of our society.
So, photo-ID requirements are not just disenfranchising blacks who, supposedly, are incapable of possessing or even requesting them before they visit the polls. Now, voter ID is responsible for gunning down a black man.
North Carolina Back in the Voter ID Pack | 04/15/15
RALEIGH - The new election laws the Republican-led General Assembly passed in 2013 in many ways put North Carolina more on par with other states across the country.
Up to that point, the Tar Heel State had some of the least restrictive election laws. Now, it probably falls somewhere in the middle of the pack. Here's how the state compares today, according to information from the National Conference of State Legislatures:
Voter ID: North Carolina is one of 34 states that have passed voter identification requirements, and such requirements are in force in 32 states. Pennsylvania's voter ID law was struck down and won't be appealed. North Carolina's takes effect in 2016, barring action by the courts to the contrary.
Vote Buying Is at Center of Kentucky Judge-Executive Case | 04/15/15
FRANKFORT (AP) - On election day in Magoffin County, Jerry Adams said his second cousin drove him to the local Save-a-Lot and gave him $25 to vote for Michael "Doc" Hardin for county judge executive - a key office that controls a lot of jobs in this economically depressed area.
Hardin would go on to win the election by 28 votes over Republican challenger John Montgomery. But Montgomery would challenge the results in court, and in February a circuit court judge took the unusual step of declaring the office vacant after ruling that Adams and at least three others were paid for their votes while other voters benefited from property improvements from county workers prior to the election.
On Tuesday, the state Court of Appeals was to weigh whether to uphold that decision in a case that displays eastern Kentucky's century-old history of vote-buying in local elections. State and federal officials have a number of election fraud cases every year, so many that the Attorney General's office audits election results of randomly selected counties each year and state and federal officials monitor elections through the Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force.
Adams: Non-Citizens Are Registering to Vote | 04/08/15
Local state government officials are registering non-U.S. citizens as valid voters -- even when the non-citizens say they are not Americans on their voter registration forms, a former Justice Department attorney tells The Daily Caller.
J. Christian Adams, a former United States Department of Justice official in the Civil Rights Division, will show the Supreme Court in an American Civil Rights Union brief later this month that non-citizens are registering to vote through the government's motor voter program. The motor voter act became law during the Clinton administration as an easier way to register voters through their local Department of Motor Vehicles offices, but Adams says the program is failing to weed out those who are not American citizens.
"The bigger problem is that when they get those drivers licenses, there's a government social services agency that is compelled under motor voter to offer voter registration," Adams says. "For example, I'm representing a client -- the American Civil Rights Union. We're about to file a brief to the Supreme Court that shows actual voter registrations of people who on their voter registration forms that they're not citizens, but they're still getting registered to vote."
Judge Rejects Dismissal, Grants ACRU Standing in Texas County Case | 03/31/15
A federal judge has ruled that the American Civil Rights Union has standing to
sue Zavala County, Texas, over its inflated voter registrations. The ACRU filed
the lawsuit in March 2014, citing the National Voter Registration Act of 1993
(Motor Voter Law), which requires maintenance of accurate voter rolls.
District Judge Alia Moses of the U.S. Western District
of Texas, Del Rio Division, on Tuesday issued a court order denying dismissal
of the case, which the defendant, Zavala County, had sought. At the same time,
the judge granted ACRU organizational standing to pursue the case, in which
ACRU alleges that Zavala County has more registered voters than age-eligible
NJ Democratic Official Resigns Over Vote Fraud Ruling | 03/30/15
PERTH AMBOY-- The chairwoman of the Democratic Organization in Perth Amboy has resigned after a scathing ruling by a judge that pointed toward pervasive voter fraud in the November city council elections.
"This distraction could only hurt our party and as a loyal Democrat it is the best thing to do," Leslie Dominguez-Rodriguez wrote. "The reporting in the media was inaccurate as to what the judge stated in her ruling. In the interest of the party I will resign."
Per the party's bylaws, Martin Arroyo will take over as party chairman, Dominguez-Rodriguez said in her letter.
On Thursday, Judge Heidi Currier ordered a new election for one City Council seat after finding at least 13 ballots were illegally cast. That margin was greater than the apparent election-night victory of Fernando Gonzalez.
Sergio Diaz, the runner-up, filed suit, and succeeded in getting Gonzalez's win tossed out.
Wisconsin Attorney General: Voter ID Fight Is Over | 03/30/15
It's been a long, costly court battle, but Wisconsin's attorney general says the fight over Voter ID is over -- despite attempts by opponents to find a different legal appeal.
Last week the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the law requiring Wisconsin voters to show a photo ID.
Backers of the law say it's a commonsense bill that makes it easy to vote and hard to cheat. Opponents are still fighting for the estimated 300,000 voters they say can't easily get a state ID.
Sunday on "Upfront with Mike Gousha," Attorney General Brad Schimel said challenges to the law are a moot point.
"The Supreme Court doesn't make decisions with the intentions of leaving all sorts of loopholes and opportunities to challenge their decision. This has been looked at carefully. If there were arguments that these groups had to make, they should have made them when the case went up the first time," Schimel said.
Supreme Court Deals a Blow to Racial Redistricting | 03/25/15
The Supreme Court has dealt a heavy blow to efforts -- often by the Republican Party -- to draw legislative districts that pack black voters into majority black legislative districts in order to elect black representatives.
In a case decided today arising out of Alabama state legislative plans, the Supreme Court held that the Voting Rights Act does not require the preservation and protection of legislative districts with percentages of black voters designed to produce black elected officials. Republicans and black politicians often argue that the Voting Rights Act requires line drawers to preserve proportional black representation by creating districts where black candidates are sure to win election. These plans help Republicans by bleaching out surrounding areas helping to elect Republicans.
Instead, the Court ruled that what must be preserved is the "ability to elect" minority preferred candidates of choice -- who need not necessarily be minority candidates themselves. This means legislatures can dip below numeric thresholds which create majority black districts, and not necessarily offend the Voting Rights Act.
Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Wisconsin Voter ID Law | 03/24/15
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal to overturn Wisconsin's voter identification law, upsetting civil rights and liberal groups that say the law discourages minorities from casting their ballot.
On Monday the justices said, without comment or explanation, that they would not hear an appeal aimed at overturning the voter ID law, which was signed into law in 2011 by Republican Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 presidential contender.
The American Civil Liberties Union immediately filed a motion for a stay so as to not allow the law to go immediately into effect.
The ACLU challenged the law -- which requires voters to present photo identification before they cast their ballots -- saying it violates the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act against discrimination in voting.
In a statement Monday, Mr. Walker praised the justices' decision to let the law stand as "great news for Wisconsin voters" and "a common-sense reform that protects the integrity of our voting process, making it easy to vote and hard to cheat."
Vote -- Or Else: The Siren Call of Universal Suffrage | 03/23/15
It's not enough to propose liberal ideas. Eventually, you must use force against your fellow citizens if they don't embrace them. Coercion is at the heart of the liberal enterprise.
Hence, President Obama has unveiled his latest plan to fundamentally transform the United States -- mandatory voting. It comes on the heels of his unconstitutional order granting legal status to 5 million illegal immigrants. Coincidence?
Ironically, it also landed the very same day that Hillary Clinton floated the idea that summer camps should be created for adults because we have a "fun deficit." Perhaps they will get together and create Camp Chicago, where "fun" activities include voting early and often.
To bolster his case, Mr. Obama noted at the town hall in Cleveland on Wednesday that, "Other countries have mandatory voting."
Most other countries have voter ID laws too, but I guess that doesn't fit the narrative.
"It would be transformative if everybody voted -- that would counteract money more than anything," Mr. Obama said. This is the man who shunned matching funds as hundreds of millions of dollars poured into his campaign, some of it anonymously from outside of the country.
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Obama's Mandatory Voting Fantasy | 03/23/15
There's nothing that excites someone to vote like being forced to do it. But federal force is one of President Obama's favorite things, so his recent announcement that mandatory voting might be a good idea is hardly a surprise.
Normally, Americans have an aversion to being told what to do. Imagine if a president had proposed mandatory prayer for all Americans. Most previous presidents thought prayer was a good idea, so why not prayer for everybody -- by mandate?
Mandatory voting is just as unappealing. After all, part of the right to vote we hear so much about also includes the right not to vote. Americans have the constitutional right to reject the political process, check out and not vote. In fact, one might argue electoral apathy is a sign of a nation's health. If things are going well enough, if people are content, then voting isn't a priority. Voting only rises in importance when the government manages to screw up people's lives enough to make voting important again.
Deciding not to vote is still casting a ballot of a different kind. Or as Neil Peart put it in another context, "if you chose not to decide you still have made a choice."
ACRU Wins Consent Decree to Clean Up Texas County's Voter Rolls | 03/19/15
SANDERSON, TX (March 18, 2015) --- The United States District Court in Del Rio, Texas, has entered a consent decree requiring a Texas county to maintain clean voter rolls. Terrell County had more registered voters than age-eligible residents.
In the decree, signed by Judge Alia Moses, Terrell County officials agree to abide by federal law and clean the voter registration rolls of deceased persons, former residents and otherwise ineligible voters.
"We're very pleased," said ACRU Chairman and CEO Susan A. Carleson. "The Left's 'Battleground Texas' campaign is counting on vote fraud to 'turn Texas blue' and end national two-party competitiveness, but they will have a tough time if all Texas counties clean up their voter rolls."
WSJ Writer Rejects False Narrative on Voter ID Laws | 03/13/15
George Evans, the mayor of Selma, Ala., steered clear of playing the race card in a recent interview, writes the Wall Street Journal's Jason Riley.
In his opinion piece, Riley highlights the fact that Mayor George Evans did not give in to a National Public Radio interviewer's tactic of tying Selma's history dealing with race issues to today's race relations.
"Ferguson, Mo., in 2015 is not Selma, Ala., in 1965. Black people in America today are much more likely to experience racial preferences than racial slights," Riley writes. "The violent crime that is driving the black incarceration rate spiked after the civil-rights victories of the 1960s, not before. And if voter-ID laws threaten the black franchise, no one seems to have told the black electorate. According to the Census Bureau, the black voter-turnout rate in 2012 exceeded the white turnout rate, even in states with the strictest voter-ID requirements."
Another Voter Fraud Arrest in Texas Border County | 03/02/15
Texas authorities have formally charged two men accused of cheating during the 2012 Democratic Party 2012 Primary near the Texas border. The most recent arrest was carried out by the Cameron County District Attorney's office after a grand jury handed down indictments against two separate individuals, information provided by the Cameron County DA's office to Breitbart Texas revealed.
One of the defendants has been identified as Jose Angel Garza. He was formally charged on a five count indictment on the charge of tampering with a marked ballot. Rafael Angel Elizondo has been charged with one count of the same charge for an offense that allegedly took place in July 2012, the information provided to Breitbart Texas revealed.
DA's investigators have arrested Garza but Elizondo is in New York. Elizondo is expected to return to the border community where he will be arrested, the DA's office said.
The investigation into the voter fraud is being carried out by the Texas Attorney General's Office in conjunction with the DA's office who announced that more indictments could follow.
As Breitbart Texas previously reported, the Texas border has been the scene of multiple voter fraud arrests in connection with the 2012 Democrat primaries and the presidential election.
Colorado Democrats Kill Voter Photo ID Bills | 02/23/15
DENVER - Colorado lawmakers on Feb. 18 once again took up the issue of photo identification as a requirement to vote, killing two measures that would have mandated the practice.
The Republican-backed measures were killed by the Democratic-controlled House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on party-line votes.
Similar attempts in recent years at the Legislature also failed.
Both bills addressed same-day voter registration, enacted by a Democratic-backed measure in 2013 that made sweeping reforms to the state's election laws, including allowing voters to register on Election Day.
By John Fund
Governor Rick Scott of Florida has doggedly pursued pro-growth policies that have helped make his state, which is the third-largest in the nation, a success story. I praised him as recently as last month for his inaugural address calling for further tax cuts and budget reform. But when Scott runs off the rails, he creates a real train wreck. In 2012, he infamously proposed expanding the state's Medicaid program to comply with Obamacare. He was rescued from that folly only by his Republican legislature, which knew that Washington couldn't be trusted with its end of the bargain. Now he has once again confounded his allies and emboldened his critics. This time, it's about his failure to block non-citizen voting.
Missouri House Passes Photo Voter ID Bills | 02/21/15
The Missouri House has passed two pieces of legislation to require voters to show government-approved photo identification at the polls.The first, House Joint Resolution 1, is a proposed constitutional amendment to allow for a photo ID law to be passed by the legislature. It would also have to be passed by Missouri voters. The second, House Bill 30, would be the implementing bill placing photo ID requirements in state law.
House Democrats and black caucus members sharply criticized the proposal on Wednesday, calling it racist and saying it would amount to a poll tax on people without a photo ID. Shamed Dogan of Ballwin, the only black Republican in the Missouri legislature, strongly disagreed during today's final debate.
"There's no truth to these allegations," Dogan said, "to say that other members of this body are trying to pass legislation for some sort of insidious reasons, racially discriminatory reasons, it's out of line (and) it's really uncalled for."
D.C., Other Cities Debate Non-Citizens Voting | 02/11/15
Last month, for the third time in a decade, a bill was introduced in the D.C. Council to allow legal immigrants to vote locally. The measure has little chance of passage, but it is illustrative of a growing movement to expand local voting rights to noncitizens that has spawned similar proposals in several dozen communities across the country.
MSNBC Misleads about Woman 'Arrested for Voting'; It Was Perjury | 02/10/15
In his February 9 story on MSNBC's The Reid Report, headlined "Counted Out," network correspondent Zachary Roth offered viewers a misleading look at the plight of an Iowa woman -- now suing the state for restoration of her voting rights -- who "had been charged with illegal voting."
"For a lot of people, this sounds insane, the idea that this woman, that people would try to jail her for thinking she could vote again," anchor Joy-Ann Reid told Roth after the conclusion of his pre-taped segment.
But in point of fact, the woman in question, a convicted drug offender named Kelli Jo Griffin, was prosecuted last March for committing perjury by virtue of allegedly lying about her voting disqualification on a voter registration form.
Indiana Voter ID Law for Absentee Ballots Advances | 02/09/15
INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana legislative committee has backed a proposal that would require the use of voter identification numbers for mail-in absentee ballots.
The Senate Elections Committee voted 5-4 Monday to advance the bill.
Sponsor Republican Sen. Mike Young of Indianapolis says requiring the identification number will help prevent instances of voter fraud. The number would be available via a state phone line and website.
ACRU Asks Court to Take NC Voter Law Case | 02/09/15
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals erred when it overruled a District Court's opinion upholding a law reforming North Carolina's voting process just before the 2014 election, the American Civil Rights Union argues in a brief filed Feb. 4 urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the state's appeal.
In State of North Carolina, et al. v. League of Women Voters of North Carolina, et al., the ACRU's brief, written by General Counsel Peter Ferrara, notes that minority voting percentages in 2014 rose under the law instead of declining as the plaintiffs had projected.
MARTINSBURG -- Two bills have been introduced in the state Legislature that would require voters to produce a photo ID to vote: House Bill 2092 and Senate Bill 340.
State Delegate Tim Manchin, D-Marion, is the sponsor of HB2092. He is the minority chair of the House Judiciary Committee.
"I think the general public thinks it's a good idea to require people to have an ID to vote," Manchin said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "People are concerned that people who are not qualified to vote are voting."
Voter ID Advocate Calls Justice Dept. a 'Rogue Agency' | 01/29/15
WASHINGTON - Texas Voter ID advocate Catherine Engelbrecht, who sued the IRS over its targeting of conservative groups, slammed the Justice Department as a "rogue agency" Thursday in testimony before a Senate panel considering attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch.
Engelbrecht, founder of Houston-based True the Vote, was invited to testify by Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, underscoring GOP efforts to highlight their differences with current Attorney General Eric Holder, a lightning rod for Obama administration critics.
Although Engelbrecht expressed no specific position on Lynch's confirmation, her participation was criticized by Democrats and some liberal groups who say the two-day hearing on an otherwise qualified nominee has been turned into a forum for administration critics.
"I'm here today because I was targeted by the government for daring to speak out," Engelbrecht told the committee. "I'm here as one of thousands of Americans who have become living examples of a kind of trickle down tyranny that is actively endorsed by the current administration and rigorously enforced by the Department of Justice."
Wisconsin Is Ground Zero in Voter ID Fight | 01/19/15
Wisconsin is not only an electoral battleground state, it is ground zero in the fight to ensure honest elections.
Failing to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker in 2012 or to defeat him in the 2014 election, union-backed legal groups are continuing their efforts to try to make voter fraud easier to commit.
Rebuffed by the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a petition at the U.S. Supreme Court asking the court to overturn Wisconsin's Voter ID law. On Thursday, Attorney General Brad Schimel's communications director Anne E. Schwartz responded to an email, saying only that, "We will continue to defend the Wisconsin Voter ID Law."
Enacted in 2011, Act 23 requires voters to show one of several forms of photo identification before voting.
Wisconsin is one of 17 states that have added a voter ID law following the Supreme Court's upholding of Indiana's photo ID law in 2008. A total of 34 states now require some form of ID to vote, according to the ACLU's petition.
Grand Jury Recommends Charges Against Pa. Attorney General | 01/09/15
A grand jury has recommended criminal charges against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane. The grand jury found that she leaked secret grand jury information to a newspaper in an effort to smear political enemies. PJ Media has been covering Kane's refusal to prosecute Pennsylvania Democrats who took bribes in order to oppose photo voter identification legislation in Pennsylvania.
New Mexico Legislator Seeks New Voter ID Law | 01/05/15
ALBUQUERQUE - A state legislator is pushing for voter identification requirements in New Mexico.
Cities and state around the country have enacted voter ID legislation. It's required in Albuquerque during city elections, and people in Hobbs recently passed a similar law.
"Anybody who's not voting accurately by who they say they are, that's too many," Republican Rep. James Smith told KRQE News 13.
Smith filed a bill that would require voters to produce government-issued photo IDs with some exceptions. People who don't bring their ID could still vote if they gave a social security number and date of birth.
Smith's proposal would change not only how you vote in person, but also by mail.
"This bill covers absentee ballots as well, where you have to prove who you are over absentee ballots and if there is a place for voter fraud, it's more likely in the absentee or the registration than it is in in person voting," Smith said.
The Voter Suppression Myth Takes Another Hit | 12/29/14
Federal lawsuits against North Carolina claim that recent changes to the state's election laws will "suppress" minority votes. For example, in N.C. State Conf. of NAACP v. McCrory, plaintiffs assert that the new laws "impose a disproportionate burden on the ability of African Americans to vote" and will "raise costs for voters and deter participation." They highlight testimony by a former director of the State Board of Elections who asserted that the laws will "ultimately reduc[e] turnout in comparison to comparable elections."
Turnout data for the 2014 election, posted Dec. 10 on the state's Board of Elections website, tell a different story. Black turnout and registration for the November 2014 election increased by every relevant measure compared with November 2010, the last non-presidential general election.
Last July, North Carolina adopted electoral reforms that eliminated same-day registration, reduced the number of days of early voting to 10 from 17, and required ballots to be cast in a voter's home precinct. It also instituted a voter-ID requirement that will take full effect in 2016.
Two sets of plaintiffs, led by the NAACP and the League of Women Voters, sued in federal court on Aug. 12, 2013. They were followed a few weeks later by the Justice Department. Attorney General Eric Holder asserted that the state's new laws would restrict "access and ease of voter participation" and "would shrink, rather than expand, access to the franchise."
All three suits alleged that the reforms will inflict "burdens" on North Carolina voters--and in particular, on minority voters. These allegations were backed by reams of expert reports submitted by social scientists predicting that these burdens would depress voter registration and turnout.
One expert in the Justice Department lawsuit claimed that more than 200,000 black voters, along with 700,000 white voters, would be "burdened" in an off-year election. Another expert concluded that particular provisions "will lower turnout overall" and "will have a disparate impact on African-American voters."
Those predictions were not borne out. The 2014 elections were the first test of the impact of North Carolina's new laws, including a "soft rollout" of its voter-ID requirement--under which poll workers asked voters if they had ID and if not, to acknowledge the new requirement in writing. Board of Elections data showed that the percentage of age-eligible, non-Hispanic black residents who turned out to vote in North Carolina rose to 41.1% in November 2014 from 38.5% in November 2010.
Pa. Legislator Seeks Again to Impeach state Attorney General | 12/22/14
Rep. Daryl Metcalfe has renewed his call to impeach Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane for what he called "blatant disregard and disrespect for the law."
The Republican, who represents Butler County, had introduced a similar resolution last year after Kane refused to defend Pennsylvania's marriage law. That law was eventually overturned in the courts.
On Monday, Metcalfe circulated a memo to his House colleagues seeking co-sponsors for a new resolution calling for Kane's impeachment. The memo comes after a difficult week for Kathleen Kane, in which a grand jury rejected her claims that charges against Philadelphia lawmakers who allegedly took bribes to oppose a voter ID law could not be pursued because the investigation was racially motivated. That presentment spurred public criticism from Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams and U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party.
An exerpt from Rep. Metcalfe's memo: "During the public hearing, testifier J. Christian Adams, Policy Board member of the American Civil Rights Union, observed,'It is the obligation of the Attorney General to ignore the race, religion or partisan affiliation of wrongdoers in deciding whether to enforce the law.' Because the Attorney General raised the specter of racial targeting in announcing her decision not to continue the investigation, she has not met this obligation. In contrast, the outcome of DA Williams' efforts has, thus far, proven that such investigations can be successfully conducted without partisan or racial considerations. In recent comments on the investigation, Williams stated, 's an African American and as a law enforcement official, I was disgusted that the Attorney General would bring racism into this case.'"
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.
Battleground Texas: Inside the Fight to Turn the State Blue | 06/05/14
McAllen, Texas (MSNBC) -- Battleground Texas, a Democratic group working to turn the Lone Star State blue, gathered a group of 20 or so young volunteers in a college classroom here last weekend just a few miles from the Mexican border. They came to be trained in the nuts and bolts of political organizing--how to register new voters, set up phone banks and door-to-door canvasses on behalf of Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor. But, over a lunch of tamales and salsa, an organizer asked participants, nearly all Hispanic, to share the personal stories that had led them to get involved.
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 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.
Adams Talks of Dead Voters, Alabama Voter Fraud | 05/22/13
A lawyer who resigned in protest from his government job took his message of an out-of-control Justice Department to the Port City on May 21, 2013, focusing on several Alabama anecdotes.
J. Christian Adams spoke to the Mobile chapter of the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group, about an ends-justifies-the-means mentality that he contends has infected the Justice Department under Attorney General Eric Holder.
Adams, author of "Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department," rose to prominence in 2010 after alleging that political considerations scuttled the prosecution of members of the New Black Panther Party accused of intimidating white voters in Philadelphia during the 2008 election.
Adams said Holder and political appointees are undermining the rule of law. The framers drafted the Constitution to prevent that kind of corruption, he said.
"They had these guys in mind," he said.
Adams discussed three parts of his book dealing with Alabama - its history of voter fraud, its inflated voter registration rolls and its attempt to enact a voter identification law.
Adams cited Perry and Hale counties, both of which have a history of voter fraud - particularly with respect to absentee voting. He said "wranglers" have filled out absentee ballots in local elections and coerced residents to sign them "by the hundreds."
'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."